Dissolving Filler

Dissolving Filler

Filler Dissolving Treatment

Dermal fillers have revolutionized the world of facial rejuvenation, offering a versatile range of treatments to address various cosmetic concerns. From smoothing out wrinkles and fine lines to reviving sunken cheeks and adding volume to the lips, these fillers can help you achieve a more youthful appearance. 

But sometimes, things don’t go as planned, and the results may leave you dissatisfied or even experiencing complications.

At Clinique Dallas, we understand that not achieving the desired outcome from cosmetic procedures can be frustrating. That’s why we offer filler dissolving treatment to reverse the effects of dermal fillers, if needed, and help you regain your natural look.

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What is Filler Dissolving?

Filler dissolving is a reversal cosmetic treatment that involves injecting an enzyme, such as hyaluronidase, into the areas where dermal fillers have been previously administered. These enzymes break down the hyaluronic acid present in the filler and dissolve it, leaving the skin looking more natural. This corrective treatment can be used to address various issues and complications that may arise after dermal filler treatments, such as:

What Can Hyaluronidase Dissolve?

Hyaluronidase plays a crucial role in dissolving different aesthetic fillers. These include:

Dissolving Lip Fillers

Lip fillers, typically made of hyaluronic acid, are used to add volume and definition to the lips. However, when dermal filler migrates outside the vermilion crease, it can cause an uneven appearance and a “duck-like” look. Hyaluronidase can be injected to dissolve the filler, allowing the lips to return to their original state.

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Dissolving Under-Eye Fillers

Under-eye fillers are used to reduce the appearance of dark circles and bags. However, if the filler is injected too superficially or in the wrong area, it can result in lumps, unevenness, or a bluish hue, known as the Tyndall effect. Hyaluronidase not only corrects these issues but also helps in restoring the natural appearance of the under-eye area.

If your tear trough still has a blue hue or seems uneven after using hyaluronidase, your surgeon may suggest an MRI to check for post-septal spread and determine what other procedures will be needed to remedy it.

Dissolving Nose Fillers

Most people choose nose fillers as a non-surgical rhinoplasty option to correct a deviated septum, alter the nostril shape or flattened nose, or simply fill in hollows. But if the filler is injected into the nose but not beneath the skin, it may dissolve on its own within a few weeks or months, potentially leaving lumps or bumps on the nose. 

In such cases, hyaluronidase can be injected to rectify any remaining bumps or even facilitate a complete reversal of the treatment.

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Dissolving Cheek Fillers

From giving you that plump, youthful appearance to adding a bit more oomph to your cheekbones, cheek augmentation can be a game-changer in enhancing facial contours.

When these fillers are injected in excessive amounts, they may cause puffiness and swelling while giving you a distorted appearance. They may also leak into surrounding tissues, leading to pain and infection.

The good news is that hyaluronidase can help eliminate these fillers and improve your facial structure.

What to Expect During a
Filler Dissolving Treatment

Filler dissolving is a simple and painless procedure that’s typically performed on an outpatient basis. But just as with any other cosmetic procedure, you must prepare yourself beforehand to ensure the best results. 

Consultation and Assessment

Before undergoing a filler dissolving treatment, it is important to have a thorough consultation and assessment with a qualified plastic surgeon. This will help you understand the process and set realistic expectations.

During this visit, your doctor will review your medical history to ensure you are a suitable candidate for treatment. They will also ask about any allergies, medical conditions, and medications you are taking.

Afterward, your doctor will examine the areas where the filler was injected and your overall facial structure. This will help them determine the best approach for dissolving the filler or rule out any underlying issues that could compromise the procedure.

In some cases, they may recommend additional tests such as blood work, MRI, or an allergy test to check whether you’re allergic to hyaluronidase/Hyalase.

Based on your goals and the assessment, the professional will create a personalized treatment plan for you. This will include the type of product they will use to dissolve the filler, the number of sessions required, and the cost of the treatment.

Preparing for the Filler Dissolving Treatment

To ensure a successful treatment, it’s important to properly prepare for the filler dissolving process. Here are some steps to follow:

  • Avoid taking blood-thinning medications, such as aspirin, ibuprofen, and certain supplements (e.g., vitamin E, fish oil)  to minimize the risk of bruising and bleeding during the treatment.
  • Stop using retinol and other active serums, which can cause skin irritation and increase the risk of an allergic reaction.
  • Refrain from consuming alcohol and smoking for at least 24 hours before the treatment, as they can increase the risk of complications and slow down the healing process.
  • Drink plenty of water prior to the treatment to keep your skin hydrated and healthy.
  • If you develop any skin infections, cold sores, or other issues in the treatment area, inform your professional immediately. They may need to reschedule your appointment.

The Treatment Process

The process of disolving fillers involves the following steps:

  • Cleansing: The doctor will cleanse the treatment area to remove any makeup, dirt, and oil.
  • Numbing: A topical numbing cream may be applied to the treatment area to minimize discomfort during the procedure.
  • Injection: The doctor will carefully inject the dissolving product (usually hyaluronidase) into the areas where the filler needs to be dissolved and gently massage it for even distribution. The product works by breaking down the hyaluronic acid in the filler, allowing your body to naturally absorb and eliminate it.
  • Post-treatment care: After the injections, the doctor may apply a cold compress to the treatment area to minimize swelling and discomfort. They will also provide you with aftercare instructions to ensure a smooth recovery.

After-Care of Filler Dissolving Treatment

After your procedure, you may experience some bruising, swelling, and redness in the treatment area. Your surgeon will recommend applying an ice pack for the first 24-48 hours to reduce swelling and pain. They may also prescribe an over-the-counter pain reliever to ease discomfort.

You should also avoid touching, massaging, or applying pressure to the treated area for at least 24 hours following the treatment. This will help prevent the dissolving product from spreading to unintended areas

Your skin may appear deflated, wrinkly, or puffy. These are normal side effects that will gradually subside over the next 5 to 7 days.

If your symptoms persist beyond this time frame or you experience excessive itching, inflammation, or skin discoloration, contact your surgeon immediately.

Filler Dissolving: FAQs

The number of dissolving treatments required depends on the type and amount of filler used, the area treated, and the desired outcome. For example, if you have a small amount of filler in your cheeks and lips, then one treatment may be sufficient. If the filler is more extensive and diffuses throughout your face, then multiple treatments may be required to clear away all traces of this unwanted enhancement.

The results of the filler dissolving procedure are visible immediately. The filler begins to dissolve within minutes after treatment — and you will notice that your face looks more natural and contoured, with the previously injected filler no longer causing any unwanted fullness or distortion. The results will continue to improve over the next 24 hours as the body naturally absorbs the remaining filler particles in your skin.

While filler dissolving is generally a safe procedure, some individuals may experience mild swelling, redness, bruising, and tenderness at the injection site. These side effects usually resolve on their own within a few days to a week. 

In rare cases, more serious complications such as infection, allergic reactions, or damage to the surrounding tissue may occur. It is crucial to choose a qualified professional to perform the treatment and follow their aftercare instructions to minimize the risk of complications.

No. Filler dissolvers like hyaluronidase are specifically designed to break down hyaluronic acid-based fillers such as Juvederm, Belotero, and Restylane. Other types of fillers, such as those made from calcium hydroxylapatite, poly-L-lactic acid, or polymethylmethacrylate, cannot be dissolved using the same method. If you are unsure about the type of filler you have, consult with a professional to determine if it‘s suitable for your condition.

Yes, you can have new fillers after dissolving the previous ones. However, it is essential to allow enough time for the treated area to heal and for any swelling or bruising to subside before undergoing a new filler treatment. This typically takes about one to two weeks, but your surgeon may recommend a different timeline based on your individual circumstances.

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