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Dissolving Dermal Filler

By December 8, 2023January 10th, 2024No Comments

Dermal fillers are a swift, instant and immediate way to achieving your aesthetic goals with minimal invasiveness and low risk. However, what happens when you want reverse the results? In this blog post, we’ll explore the steps taken to dissolving dermal fillers.

hyaluronic acid transparent gel

What are dermal fillers?

Before we delve into how dermal fillers are dissolved, it’s important we establish what dermal fillers are and what they’re made out of. There are two types of dermal fillers, these are:

Hyaluronic acid based dermal fillers

The most popular kind of dermal fillers are those that contain hyaluronic acid. They can be used to treat any fine lines and wrinkles by plumping and smoothing. There are many brands available and some of these are; Juvederm, Restylane and Eloquence. They can be injected in areas such as the cheeks, lips and around the eyes. This kind of dermal filler stimulates the production of collagen and elastin which slow down as we age. Hyaluronic acid dermal filler results can be reversed by dissolving the hyaluronic acid.

Non hyaluronic acid based dermal fillers

Dermal fillers that do not contain hyaluronic acid can be removed but the process isn’t as quick as dissolving hyaluronic acid. They can either be partially removed by using a steroid injection or in extreme cases, can be removed surgically.

What is used to dissolve dermal fillers?

An enzyme called hyaluronidase is used to injected hyaluronic acid based fillers. It is a naturally occurring enzyme that occurs within our skin. When it comes to dissolving dermal fillers, it is formulated at a higher concentration to quickly target and remove any unwanted filler.

What happens during the procedure?

The first and most crucial stage in dissolving dermal fillers involves an allergy test to determine if there’s any allergic reaction to hyaluronidase. To minimise any discomfort, a numbing cream is applied to the chosen area and then the hyaluronidase will be injected at several points where the original filler sits. If you prefer not to dissolve all of your filler, the hyaluronidase can also be diluted.

young woman receiving hyaluronidase to dissolve dermal fillers

How long does hyaluronidase take to dissolve?

After hyaluronidase has been injected, it usually has an immediate effect. The filler will be broken down and dissolved within a matter of minutes but the results will be visible after 24 hours. You may experience side effects such as swelling but these should subside within few days,