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THEY CAN FIX A SCREW UP
We all know injectable fillers virtually erase wrinkles. But what happens when the thing you want to erase is the injectable filler itself? "I see patients with fillers that were put in the wrong place all the time," says Comstock. "A botched job can make the face appear off balance." If you use a high volume of long-lasting filler, like calcium hydroxylapatite (Radiesse), you're out of luck—it lasts for a year and can't be removed easily. But with hyaluronic acid fillers (Perlane, Juvéderm, and Restylane), there's a simple exit strategy. Dermatologists can inject an enzyme that can dissolve hyaluronic acid within 24 hours. "Your body will actually metabolize it, so there's no trace of it in your system," says Comstock. When it's time to give fillers a second chance, show the dermatologist a picture of yourself in your 20s. "It's critical to know where a person's soft tissue was originally in order to replicate it correctly," says Comstock.