She’s Come Undone?
AAFPRS Members Respond to Reports of Filler Regret
For years, fill’er up was the mantra of women and men seeking cosmetic surgery and the doctors who treated them with injectables to add volume to facial wrinkles and folds. Today the pendulum is swinging back toward a more natural-looking appearance, and as a result, growing numbers of men and women are opting to have their fillers dissolved.
It’s called filler regret, and it is largely avoidable, according to members of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. The AAFPRS annual member survey shows that more than 70 percent of facial plastic surgeons reported an increase in injectables for patients younger than 30 years old, and for those who have yet to take the plunge, the top concern is the fear of looking unnatural or bloated.
Some injectables like Sculptra can’t be dissolved, but hyaluronic-acid based soft tissue fillers such as the Juvederm and Restylane families can be dissolved with the melting agent hyaluronidase.
Choose a skilled facial plastic surgeon with expertise in the conservative and artistic use of filler. “Fillers aren’t out, they have never been more popular, but overfilled faces are no longer considered attractive,” says AAFPRS president Phillip R. Langsdon, MD. Select a physician based on qualifications, not price to stay safe and get the results you’re looking for.
If you are unhappy with the look or feel of your fillers, a facial plastic surgeon has experience using hyaluronidase and a newer agent called sodium bisulfate which may help dissolve Radiesse, another filler. “Results can be seen in as little as 15 minutes with hyaluronidase, but it can keep working for 48 hours— which is why you want a doctor with experience to administer it over several days,” says Dr. Langsdon.
Injectables are great option to erase many signs of facial aging, but other tools and technologies may be more appropriate depending on your concerns and goals. “Laser skin rejuvenation, chemical peels or microneedling with platelet-rich plasma (PRP) are also popular ways to improve the skin surface and rejuvenate the face,” adds Dr. Langsdon.
The AAFPRS reminds patients to always go to a board certified facial plastic surgeon who specializes in surgery of the face, head and neck. Select a physician based on qualifications, not price to stay safe and get the results you’re looking (to search for a board certified qualified surgeon near you, please visit: www.aafprs.org/patient/finder/finder.cfm).
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The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery is the world’s largest specialty association for facial plastic surgery. It represents more than 2,500 facial plastic and reconstructive surgeons who perform plastic surgery of the face, head and neck, and the majority of the rhinoplasties, throughout the world. www.aafprs.org