Dermal Filler Removal: How Common Is It?

Woman examining her face in the mirror after getting dermal fillers

Celebrities such as Kylie Jenner and Vicki Gunvalson of The Real Housewives of Orange County have admitted to having their dermal fillers dissolved to reverse the volumizing effects of their injectable treatments. This reversal process is fairly quick and simple, and it’s one we’re happy to perform at our Louisville med spa. However, it’s worth noting that we make every effort to prevent the need for removal in the first place by working closely with our patients to create results they can feel confident about.

In this blog post, we’ll take a closer look at everything you need to know about filler removal— and why in most cases, it’s unlikely you’ll need it at all.

Creating Exceptional Results

When under the care of a certified professional, most patients are happy with the outcomes of their injectable treatments. Less-than-satisfactory results are uncommon, and they’re typically the result of an unqualified injector.

At CaloSpa, we work carefully during each dermal filler consultation to plan for great results by discussing your goals thoroughly and determining the best approach and product to achieve them. We then use our experienced injection skills to create a look you’ll feel great about. Dr. Calobrace and Dr. Mays are ExpertInjectors™, meaning they are especially adept at delivering safe and reliable treatments. They have a track record of consistently creating satisfying results as well as fostering a supportive, positive patient experience and working only with FDA-approved products.

The Filler Removal Process

While rare, unsatisfactory results are easy to reverse. When disappointing results do happen, they typically include:

  • Overfilling, which can create a pillowy, unnatural result.
  • Asymmetry created by an imbalance of volume.
  • Lumpiness around the injection site.
  • Poor reaction to the product, which happens in a very small percentage of cases and usually manifests as inflammation.

In these rare situations, we can dissolve the filler at any time with an injection of hyaluronidase, a naturally occurring enzyme that dissolves hyaluronic acid particles. It takes effect within a day or 2, quickly reversing your filler results.

How Common Is Filler Removal?

Because the body naturally dissolves fillers on its own, usually in a matter of months, removal is fairly uncommon. The temporary lifespan of filler results is even a selling point for many patients who enjoy the low risk of the procedure. Many view their first treatment as a “test drive” to help them find the right look.

Dermal fillers are highly customizable, have a relatively low price point, and, when injected by a qualified provider, can create flattering results that don’t require a long-term commitment. While you’re unlikely to choose to have dermal fillers dissolved, we’re happy to do so to help you maintain your desired look.

If you would like to learn more about your dermal filler options at our Lexington and Louisville med spa locations, please contact us online or call (859) 269-2256 (Lexington) or (502) 814-3000 (Louisville).

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