Filler Normalization/ Reversal (Hyaluronidase)

In Birmingham, AL

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Price: $500

Procedure Time: 1.5 hours

Recovery Time: 1-2 weeks

Introduction to

Facial Filler Normalization/ Reversal

Hyaluronic Acid (HA) is naturally found in our connective tissue, skin, and nerve tissues, acting as a ‘cushion’ or ‘lubricant’ for these tissues. Also naturally occurring in our bodies, is the enzyme hyaluronidase, which catalyzes hyaluronic acid’s breakdown. The constant production of HA and subsequent breakdown with hyaluronidase means that one-third of our body’s hyaluronic acid is turned over daily. If you’ve had some Dermal Filler work done and are unsatisfied with the results or if you have an “overfilled” look, Filler Normalization/ Reversal in Birmingham, AL from Raggio MD Facial Plastic Surgery could be just the answer you seek!

What is Facial Filler Normalization/ Reversal?

Filler Normalization offers a way to reverse any undesirable filler you’ve had in the past. Hyaluronidase is an enzyme used to help break down hyaluronic acid in a controlled manner. This is useful in situations where it’s necessary to reverse or adjust the effects of dermal fillers in aesthetic procedures such as facial filler injections, as it helps dissolve hyaluronic acid in areas requiring correction. 

When injected into the skin, this enzyme works by breaking the bonds of hyaluronic acid, which is a substance that attracts and retains moisture in the skin, providing hydration and volume. By breaking these bonds, hyaluronidase allows hyaluronic acid to break down into smaller fragments that the body can reabsorb more rapidly. This is valuable in situations where quick correction or reversal of results with hyaluronic acid products is needed.

Hyaluronidase is the only true ‘antidote’ to hyaluronic acid fillers, and given the potential longevity of dermal fillers, its role in cosmetic medicine is vital for correcting unwanted aesthetic effects or complications from fillers. Traditionally, Dermal Fillers are considered to be ‘temporary’ and only last from 6 to 18 months. However, recent literature would suggest that dermal fillers last significantly longer, as dermal fillers have been found to remain in the body for several years after the initial injection.

What are the benefits of Facial Filler Normalization/ Reversal?

Our Dermal Filler patients in Birmingham have experienced the following benefits from their Filler Normalization or Reversal:

  • Breaks down errantly placed Facial Filler Hyaluronic Acid for a normalized appearance
  • Effective results
  • Can improve self-esteem and overall well-being by reversing unwanted filler effects
  • Treatment is quick, safe, and painless

Who are the best candidates for Filler Normalization/ Reversal?

The best candidates for a Birmingham Filler Normalization or Reversal are those with the following characteristics:

  • Not allergic to hyaluronidase
  • Have an “overfilled” appearance from too much filler
  • Experiencing unsatisfactory results from a previous filler treatment
  • Have had at least two weeks pass after the last dermal filler injection
  • In overall good health
  • Maintains realistic expectations

Some medicines can cause unwanted or dangerous effects when used with hyaluronidase, including the following:

  • Furosemide (Lasix)
  • Phenytoin (Dilantin)
  • Sedatives or anxiety medications (such as diazepam, lorazepam, alprazolam, Valium, Xanax, Ativan, Tranxene, and others);
  • Aspirin or salicylates
  • cortisone or ACTH (Corticotropin);
  • Estrogens
  • Antihistamines (such as a cold or allergy medicine).

If you are currently taking any of these medications or have any concerns about Filler Normalization or Reversal, Dr. Raggio and his team will discuss all of your options and find a solution that will be right for you.

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What’s the first step for Facial Filler Normalization or Reversal?

What are the first steps?

If you’re looking into Filler Normalization or Reversal in Birmingham, AL, your first step is to contact Dr. Blake Raggio’s office and schedule a consultation. When you come into Raggio MD Facial Plastic Surgery, you will meet with Dr. Raggio. You will be able to express your aesthetic concerns, ask questions about the treatment, and have your areas of concern assessed. You will also be asked certain medical and lifestyle questions, which you should be completely open and honest about as the information you provide will help Dr. Raggio avoid any unnecessary risks. 

Dr. Raggio will craft a custom treatment plan, and yYou will also be provided with some instructions to follow prior to your treatment that will help provide the safest and most optimal results.

What to expect on the day of Filler Normalization/ Reversal treatment

The process of getting hyaluronidase injections is simple and convenient and is very similar to when you got your initial filler injection. The treatment does not require any preparation, however, you should come in with a clean face and without makeup. Immediately before the injection, Dr. Raggio’s team will disinfect the area where the Hyaluronidase enzyme will be applied, and then Dr. Raggio will administer the hyaluronidase into the area of concern with a very precise needle or cannula application. 

Dr. Raggio may observe you in our office for about 15 minutes to ensure you don’t have an allergic reaction to the treatment, which is uncommon.

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Filler Normalization/ Reversal Recovery

The process is simple. After your treatment, you will be able to return to your normal routine. The effects of hyaluronidase injections are typically observable within 48 hours. There may be some side effects of bruising and swelling, which tend to resolve independently within one week of the procedure, should they occur. Some patients may require more than one treatment session of hyaluronidase injections to dissolve their filler completely, which is typically performed at 2 weeks after the initial hyaluronidase injection. 

The amount of time and hyaluronidase required to dissolve lip filler fully depends on the type and amount of filler injected initially. Your provider will reassess the treated area two weeks after your initial hyaluronidase injections to evaluate the results and determine whether any additional hyaluronidase is needed.

How much does Filler Normalization/ Reversal cost in Birmingham, AL?

The cost of Filler Normalization/ Reversal in Birmingham varies based on how much treatment is required and the areas affected. The best way to learn about the full amount for your Normalization/ Reversal is to come in for your initial consultation with Dr. Raggio or a member of our team. After your treatment plan is created, our Patient Coordinator can provide you with a total cost breakdown.

Why choose Dr. Raggio for Facial Filler Normalization?

By placing your trust in the capable hands of Dr. Blake Raggio, you are choosing a double-board certified Facial Plastic Surgeon who is an authority in the arena of face surgery. Whether a patient is seeking surgical or non-surgical rejuvenation for the aging face, Dr. Raggio relies on his unique and comprehensive training, as well as his artistic eye and appreciation for beauty, to help restore and create a more attractive and youthful appearance to the face in a subtle but natural way. Whether the issue is functional or cosmetic, Dr. Raggio closely and carefully listens to each individual’s concerns to design a personalized treatment plan for each and every patient. Above all else, Dr. Raggio is passionate about his work and enjoys making others feel more confident about themselves.

Dr. Raggio’s success is indicative of his esteemed credentials and qualifications. 

He strongly believes in educating the next generation of clinicians and serves as a Clinical Adjunct professor with the Faulkner Physician Assistant Studies Program, as a Clinical Adjunct professor with Tulane University Medical Center Department of Head and Neck Surgery in New Orleans Louisiana, and as a Clinical Preceptor for the University of Alabama Birmingham (UAB) School of Medicine

Dr. Raggio also serves as an Injectable Trainer (e.g., BOTOX, Facial Filler) for the Beverly Hills Institute of Aesthetic Medicine in Los Angeles, CA. He enjoys sharing his passion and knowledge for all things Facial Plastic Surgery-related, and takes great pride in delivering exceptionally natural results with injectables, BOTOX included.

He is an active member of multiple medical societies, including the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (AAOHNS) as well as the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons (AAFPRS)

Lastly, Dr. Raggio is one of only a few Fellowship-Trained Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons in the entire Birmingham Hoover Metropolitan area, and has obtained rare Dual board certification in both Head and Neck Surgery as well as Facial Plastic Surgery.

For these reasons, patients can be confident and rest assured that they will receive the absolute best Facial Filler Normalization in Birmingham with Dr. Raggio and his team at Raggio MD Facial Plastic Surgery.

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Schedule a consultation

If you are interested in Filler Normalization or Reversal, we encourage you to visit with Dr. Raggio! To schedule your consultation, please call our office directly or use our website to request an appointment, and a friendly member of our team will be in touch with you. 

Raggio MD promises you’ll receive the best Facial Filler Normalization results in Birmingham without compromise. Dr. Raggio prides himself on being a perfectionist and tailors an individualized treatment plan for each patient. He believes that no two surgical cases are identical and that outstanding results demand precision, attention to detail, and an appreciation for beauty.

Patient reviews

  • Torrey

    5 Star Review

    I am a week post-op from my cosmetic rhinoplasty with Dr. Blake Raggio, a Facial Plastic Surgeon here in Birmingham, Alabama. I just had my cast removed today and I could not be happier with my results already!

  • Jessica

    5 Star Review

    Thank you, Dr. Blake Raggio, for the excellent work on my nose. The Rhinoplasty to correct the deviated septum and nostril closure went so smoothly. My breathing has improved and the before and after pictures were amazing. Your knowledge and skills improved my health and facial profile.

  • Pamela

    5 Star Review

    Dr. Blake Raggio is an amazing Facial Plastic Surgeon. I am one week out from having my
    Blepharoplasty and Browlift and could not be more pleased. Not only is he a talented Facial Plastic Surgeon he also has a wonderful bedside manner.

  • Elizabeth

    5 Star Review

    Dr. Raggio and staff get an A+ for their superb care! From the time you walk in the door to the time you leave, you will be treated like family! Best of all you’ll leave looking younger and feeling good! You can’t beat the care and compassion from Dr Raggio and his staff!

  • Chelsea

    5 Star Review

    Dr. Raggio is the absolute best! He listens and is very precise with his injections. I am extremely happy with the results I have gotten with him. He does not push any services on you, either. I have uploaded two pictures to show the difference. I get Botox and lip filler.

  • Sheila

    5 Star Review

    I went to Dr Reggio for my eyelids. They were folding over. I was scared to have the surgery but the right eye was bothering me. So I decided to have the surgery and this Doctor is such a delight and kind-hearted. I am very, very happy with the way my surgery turned out. I would highly recommend Dr. Raggio to anyone!

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