Is filler irreversible?

February 17, 2021
Is filler irreversible?
written by Helen Hunt

If you’re considering filler, you might be apprehensive about the prospect of permanently altering your appearance. The good news is, you don’t need to be! The vast majority of practitioners work exclusively with temporary filler.

Temporary vs. permanent filler

Juvederm, Belotero, and Restylane are the three most commonly used dermal and lip fillers; they use hyaluronic acid to restore the volume lost when we stop producing collagen at around 25 years old. They’re commonly used in the under-eye/ tear trough area, around the jawline and chin, and of course, the lips.

The use of permanent facial filler is becoming exceptionally rare and for good reason. Permanent fillers, such as silicone or Bellafill, are non-biodegradable meaning the body doesn’t naturally break them down over time.

How long do fillers last?

Temporary fillers such as Restylane last between 6-18 months, but this may vary depending upon where the filler is injected, your metabolism, and on how much filler is injected. Permanent filler does not break down, once injected it is in your body for life.

Is filler irreversible?

Temporary dermal or lip filler is reversible, and can normally be dissolved in one sitting using injections of the naturally-occurring enzyme Hyaluronidase. This enzyme is responsible for breaking down your filler between top-up visits, you’d just be speeding up the process a bit.

The only way to ‘reverse’ permanent filler is via surgery. Even then, if there’s been an adverse reaction- this damage may never be fully reversed.

If it wasn’t already obvious- we don’t like a permanent filler! We strongly believe that the key to a natural, youthful appearance is working with facial anatomy and structure. A permanent filler will remain in place no matter how your face changes over time – this often ends up looking very artificial.

Where can I find safe dermal fillers?

Finding the right face clinic and practitioner reduces the risk of any complications that may necessitate your filler being dissolved. We are committed to providing safe and effective fillers, working with your natural features.

Why not take a look at what our previous patients have to say, or get in touch with us.

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