The nice thing about dermal fillers (in contrast to getting implants) is that it is semi-permanent. Meaning, it can be easily reversed.
When do you dissolve fillers?
Fillers are usually dissolved when the product has migrated or there are visible lumps that are bothersome. Also, there are times when the patient is just not satisfied with the results.
However, it is also used for emergency purposes such as blockage in the vessels.
How long does it take to dissolve?
The “dissolver” of dermal fillers is called hyaluronidase– it breaks down hyaluronic acid (the main component of the filler) into smaller molecules that are easier for the body to absorb.
As soon as it is injected, the hyaluronidase takes effect. It will continue breaking down the bonds between the hyaluronic acid for 24 to 48 hours.
The full effect can be appreciated after 48 hours, once the swelling has subsided.
Depending on the kind of dermal filler that has been used, the number of sessions needed to break it down will vary.
What can you expect afterward?
Pain, swelling, and redness are expected for hyaluronidase, which can be quite strong.
If you have a history of allergy, most especially to wasps or bee stings, a patch test is recommended.
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About the Author: Dr. Elli Reyes is a specialist of Aesthetic Medicine from the Philippines. With over four years of specialized training, her aesthetic practice has involved a variety of skin treatments involving Botox, fillers, and the like. As a licensed physician, she has been engaged by multiple clinics and is regularly interviewed by the local media as an expert in the science of the skin. Her research and writings to date have centered on nutrition, functional health, and general beauty.