Questions and Answers Emervel

What is Emervel? / FAQ
  • What is Emervel®?

    Emervel® is an exciting and sophisticated range of soft dermal fillers designed to help you look and feel your best. Smooth away facial lines, restore volume or enhance your smile with a lip treatment.  The Emervel range is designed to complement the varying stages of facial ageing to provide natural looking results. 

  • Who makes Emervel?

    Emervel is produced by Galderma. It develops, manufactures and markets solutions for aesthetic and corrective treatments. It offers a complete worldwide portfolio in the aesthetic field including the brands Emervel, Restylane, and Skinboosters as well as are other products improving patients’ aesthetic health.

    Galderma, a pharmaceutical company with over 5000 employees worldwide, specialises in dermatology and is present in more than 70 countries. The R&D site in Uppsala, Sweden is Galderma’s Global Center of Excellence for aesthetic and Corrective solutions with state-of-the-art research, development and manufacturing facilities.

    Galderma continues to invest approximately 20% of its revenue back into research and development, in the interest of improving further patient safety and new product development.

    Our UK office is based in Watford, Hertfordshire.  For more information contact us here, or visit;

  • What does Emervel contain?

    The main component of Emervel is hyaluronic acid (HA), or hyaluronan. This is a naturally occurring substance found in all living organisms, though the HA in Emervel is produced by a biotechnological process from bacterial fermentation without using any animal products. HA is mixed with a cross-linker Butanediol Diglycidyl Ether (BDDE) in an aqueous medium to form a gel, which is then purified through dialysis to eliminate non cross-linked BDDE.

  • What is hyaluronic acid?

    Hyaluronic acid is a sugar molecule that exists naturally in almost all living organisms. It binds water and can act as a lubricant and shock absorber in movable parts of the body such as joints. It is also important for the transport of nutrients, regulating water balance and giving volume and structure to our skin.

  • How is Emervel stored?

    Emervel can be stored at room temperature (25ºC) for two years from date of manufacture. Refer to the expiry date on the individual packet for the correct use by date.

  • How long does Emervel last for?

    The effects of the Optimal Balance TechnologyTM used in Emervel provide visible, natural looking facial restoration for 6-9 months. In clinical trials, some effects have also been seen at month 12.

  • How long should you wait between Emervel treatments?

    Based on clinical trial results the interval between Emervel treatment sessions can be 6-9 months, or even longer if preferred.

  • What should I bear in mind when considering a treatment?

    First of all you should always contact a qualified practitioner (visit the Emervel Practitioner Finder to find clinics offering Emervel in your area) to be assured that the treatment will be performed correctly. Emervel treatments should only ever be administered by a trained medical healthcare professional (you can check they are registered with their appropriate professional organisation).  In the UK & Republic of Ireland this includes;

    • Plastic Surgeon
    • Cosmetic Doctor
    • Dermatologist
    • Cosmetic Dentist
    • Aesthetic Nurse Practitioner

    For your safety, be prepared to discuss your medical history during your pre-treatment consultation to ensure Emervel is right for you.  Your treatment should be undertaken in a medical environment, ask to see the treatment room and make sure it affords you privacy and is spotlessly clean. 

    You may want to request to see your chosen practitioners training certificate and insurance certificate to ensure they are appropriately trained and insured for the treatment they are providing.

  • What regulations does Emervel comply with?

    Emervel is classified as a medical device and is tested to the standards of the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO 13485). Emervel also satisfies all requirements for the CE mark.

  • Can everybody have an Emervel treatment?

    Most people can benefit from Emervel treatment. If you wish to;

    1. Reduce lines and wrinkles,

    2. Create more defined or fuller lips,

    3. Define the contours and facial features of your face, such as chin or cheek.

    Emervel should not be used in or near areas where there is or has been skin disease, inflammation or skin related  problems. Emervel has not been tested in pregnant or breast-feeding women, individuals with medical conditions that lower the body’s immune response or individuals undergoing therapy that is immunosuppressive may be more prone to infection by a skin injection procedure.

    During your pre-treatment consultation, you should thoroughly discuss your medical history with your Emervel practitioner.

  • What clinical evidence supports the efficacy and tolerability of Emervel?

    Emervel has been extensively investigated beyond the CE requirements. Randomised, comparative clinical trials demonstrate that Emervel fillers are very well tolerated and show similar or significantly better efficacy than the commonly-used hyaluronic acid fillers in the market.

  • Who is qualified to administer Emervel treatments?

    Only a medically qualified health professional should carry out an Emervel treatment (Plastic Surgeons, Cosmetic Doctors, Dermatologists, Cosmetic Dentists, or Aesthetic Nurses). Your practitioner should have undertaken a Galderma recognised training course (ask to see their training certificate) for the treatment you are having and should have the appropriate insurance.

    If in doubt, please contact Galderma (the manufacturers of Emervel).

  • Do I need to take a skin test?

    No skin test is required as Emervel does not contain any animal-derived ingredients.

  • What is the difference between Emervel and competitor filler products?

    Emervel brings you a unique concept created from the best experience with existing HA technologies, helping you make the most of your soft filler experience. The sophisticated range of fillers, with its unique technology allows you to obtain the outcomes you are looking for with three key points:

    1. Distinctive Technology  - The only range of calibrated and controlled soft dermal fillers to enhance your practice 
    2. Customised textures – Tailored textures to match each treatment area for natural results 
    3. Feelings beyond Satisfaction – 92.1% Patients were improved at month 6 Vs Baseline*; 89% of patients would like Emervel again **


    *Rzany B et al, Dermatol Surg 2012;38:1153–1161
    **Cartier et al, J Drugs Dermatol. 2012; 11 (1)(Supp): s17-s26
    (Results taken from a mean value across all treatments performed in study)
  • Can the range of Emervel fillers be combined, or used with other fillers?

    Each filler in the Emervel is calibrated to match a particular treatment indication. Assuming treatment is required for different areas of the face there is no reason why two or more fillers cannot be used. However, Emervel should not be injected into an area that has already received an injectable implant.

  • What are the contraindications?

    Emervel fillers are contraindicated in patients presenting with severe allergies, particularly those with a known hyaluronic acid allergy, as well as autoimmune disorder, porphyria and hypersensitivity to lidocaine or amide anaesthetics (in lidocaine formulations). It is not recommended for pregnant or breastfeeding patients. Fillers should also be avoided in areas of skin with acute or chronic lesions, or where fillers have already been injected.

  • What are the most common side effects?

    Side effects are similar to those seen with other fillers and normally resolve after a few days without treatment. Possible side effects include: swelling, oedema (puffiness), skin redness and itching, pain in the injected areas, skin colouration or discolouration, sensitivity at the injection site and hardness or a nodule at the injection site.