Treating a Rare HA Fillers Complication: Plastic Surgery Hot Topics with Rod J. Rohrich, MD

Video Author:Rod J. Rohrich, MD

Published on:November 24, 2021

Hyaluronic acid fillers are the second-most popular non-invasive aesthetic procedure globally. It’s a simple, out-patient treatment with great results and very low risk of complications.  However, one of those rare complications is pretty serious: intravascular embolisms, or blockage of the blood vessels.

In this video, Rod J. Rohrich, MD, Editor-in-Chief of “Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery,” discusses a new experiment that tested the efficacy of different-sized doses of hyaluronidase, an enzyme which can break down hyaluronic acid and dissolve the embolism.

Read the December 2021 PRS #PlasticSurgery article, “Hyaluronic Acid Embolism Treated with Subcutaneous High and Low Hyaluronidase Doses: Efficacy and Surrounding Tissue Effectby Salinas-Alvarez, Welsh, Soto-Dominguez, et al. Find it on

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Keywords: plastic surgery; experimental; embolism; hyaluronidase; hyaluronic acid; HA; fillers; facial fillers; cosmetic; aesthetic;