Dermal filler is a product injected in the face, to replace volume that has been lost during the ageing process and provide contours to balance features. Removing filler can be a result of many things; overfilling, asymmetry, a lumpy or irregular texture and in some rare cases, adverse reactions and infection.
There are a couple of methods that are in place to remove the filler in the event of this happening. Hyaluronic acid-based filler products like Juvederm, Restylane and Belotero can be removed using the enzyme Hyalurondiase. It is not the perfect solution as it is difficult to determine the amount of filler that is being dissolved, often leading to further filler treatment required afterwards. Having a treatment with hyaluronidase is not without risk – there is always chance of an allergic reaction occurring due to the animal product it contains. It can take up to 48 hours for the effects to become noticeable and as I previously mentioned, further filler treatment may be required following the removal procedure. Non-hyaluronic acid-based fillers like Radiesse and Sculptra can be more difficult to reverse. In more rare and serious cases, filler can be surgically removed.
If you are unfortunate enough to dislike the results from your filler treatment, the best advice is to wait a few days for the body to metabolize the filler. Massaging any suspected lumps a couple of days post procedure may facilitate any lumps that occur. If you experience any pain, signs of infection or unusual swelling following any filler treatment it is imperative you contact your injector or doctor straight away.
Prevention of course, is always better than a cure so ensure you commit to researching which injector is right for you prior to having any injectable treatment. Sometimes adverse reactions happen regardless of the skill of your injector, so it is important you prepare yourself for any event that may occur.