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Dissolving lip fillers: How does it work?

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After years of lip fillers being a popular aesthetic treatment, demand for getting them dissolved is on the rise.

It appears the tide is changing when it comes to getting a plump pout, as top cosmetic practitioners have observed an increase in filler-dissolving procedures.

“Demand for filler dissolving is increasing for two reasons,” explains Dr Kaywaan Khan, founder of Hannah London. “Sometimes people get filler from inexperienced practitioners and have complications which need correcting.

“As this happens, what people want from fillers changes, resulting in clients wanting theirs dissolved to try something new.”

Here are some common questions and answers about the dissolving process.

Can all fillers be removed?

Quite simply – no. Fillers with silicone and semi-permanent fillers such as Sculptra and Radiesse can’t be dissolved, but temporary options, such as hyaluronic acid, can be.

How are they dissolved?

Using Hyalase. This substance contains an enzyme called hyaluronidase, which breaks down hyaluronic acid. This will dissolve your filler – wherever it is in your face/body. It’s then reabsorbed by the body.

What does the process involve?

If somebody wants their filler dissolved, the first step is a consultation in which the practitioner aims to understand why the client wants the filler dissolved, why this is the case, and what their different options are.

The procedure starts with the application of numbing cream and a skin prick test to see if there is any risk of allergy. If there is no allergic response, the Hyalase is injected into the desired area.

How quickly can you see the results?

Results are sometimes immediate, though there will be swelling so it can be hard to tell. After 48 hours, when the swelling has decreased, the filler should be visibly dissolved.

Are there any side effects to the procedure?

“It’s possible Hyalase could break down some of your natural hyaluronic acid, causing some skin puckering and unevenness, but this is avoided by using the correct concentrations and dilutions,” Dr Kaywaan added. “If this does happen, the body will also make the hyaluronic acid again naturally to replace any that is lost.”

There may also be some redness, swelling, and bruising associated with the treatment, and there might be possible psychological effects if patients have had the fillers for a long time and need to get used to their new appearance.

– Cover Media