What Causes Allergic Reactions to Fillers? Is There a Way to Do a Test?

Is there a way to know ahead of time if you will react allergically to Restylane or Radiesse or Selphyl? Can you do a test injection on your arm or back like they do for regular allergy testing first? If one occurs what happens (symptom wise-itching, swelling, scarring) and how do you counteract it?

Doctor Answers 2

Filler allergies

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Allergic reactions to fillers are quite rare but not unheard of. Since Selphyl is based on your own blood plasma and platelets, you cannot be allergic to it. It you have concerns about allergies, you may want to explore this alternative to filler which works by stimulating collagen formation in the dermis.

Allergic reaction

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Allergic reactions to hyaluronic acid fillers is extremely rare and therefore skin tests are not recommended. If you are overly sensiive , a skin test probably can be performed just like what we used to do with collagen.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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