Do Hyaluronic Acid Injectable Fillers Show UpOn 3D CT Scans?

Q: Dr. Eppley, I was wondering if hyaluronic acid injectable fillers show up on 3D CT scans? If not, can we work around them? Because I have fillers in place and would really prefer if I don’t dissolve them for the consultation, because of the long wait time between the first consultation and surgery.

A: The only injectable filler seen on 3D CT scan is hydroxyapatite granules (Radiesse) which appears because of the radiographic density due to their calcium phosphate composition. Hyaluronic acid fillers, which are simply sugar molecules, are not dense enough to be seen radiographically.

Even in cases of Radiesse filler being present, the material is digitally removed to do implant designs.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana