What filler, what area Pt 2 – Reversible and non reversible fillers
We are continuing our look into soft tissue augmentation (fillers). Here we take a look at the difference between reversible and non reversible fillers, their compounds and the brands that are available. In this blog we are delving into the slightly less common filler of choice, non-reversible fillers such as Sculptra and Radiesse.
Non reversible fillers are slightly different from Hyaluronic acid fillers. They are not immediately dissolvable with Hyaluronidase and typically last longer, around 12 – 18 months. Sometimes up to 2 years depending on individual.
According to global news wire, *Hyaluronic acid fillers claimed 77% of the filler market in 2019. This data shows us that in general, these fillers are a more popular choice for clients. This may be due to the fact they are dissolvable, in such cases that the client doesn’t like the results or the rare instance they need to be removed for health reasons.
What are non-reversible fillers?
Non reversible fillers such as Sculptra are a slightly harder compound of filler, still performed in the same manner as Hyaluronic acid fillers such as Juvéderm and Restylane. Sculptra is made up of a compound called poly-L-lactic acid, this substance has also been successfully used in the medical industry for dissolvable stitches.
Another non reversible filler is Radiesse, this consists of a compound called calcium hydroxyapatite gel. This substance can give a instants results unlike Sculptra which results are gained over time, generally up to 6 weeks. We asked our very own aesthetic doctor, Dr Paul, what his opinion was on both non dissolvable fillers Radiesse and Sculptra and out of all fillers what type he prefers to use…
“There is no one filler fits all, generally, I would use Sculptra for longer lasting results on the face. Areas such as the jawline and cheekbones as it restores structure but also helps the body to produce more collagen in those areas. Radiesse can be used in larger areas, much like an implant say. Overall, I believe hyaluronic acid fillers are a great first option to add subtle enhancements in softer areas such as lips and tear trough where the skin is slightly thinner and more delicate”.
There is a number of filler options available on the market. If you are struggling to know what may be best for you, you could get in touch with a reputable licensed medical aesthetic practitioner for advice. Ensure they are experienced and knowledgeable in the different fillers available and can help you understand the pro’s and cons of each so you can make an informed decision that is right for you.