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How to Dissolve Lip Fillers

Kristina Cadwell  
March 22, 2021  

Lip fillers are one of the most popular non-surgical cosmetic procedures, and for good reason: in just half an hour, you get subtly enhanced or visibly bigger lips. The results are usually stunning. If you love the results, you can fill your lips again.

But what if you don’t?

Luckily, you have options. Read on to find out what you can do to dissolve your lip fillers.

How to dissolve lip fillers

How Long Does a Lip Filler Take to Dissolve?

Lip fillers are not permanent, so you’re not stuck with them forever. If you want your dermal fillers to dissolve naturally, you need to wait 6 to 12 months. You can also get a reverse treatment by a professional who will dissolve your lip fillers in a matter of days.

How to Get Lip Fillers Dissolved?

There are two ways to get lip fillers dissolved – naturally or with lip filler dissolving injections administered by a licensed professional.

Multiple methods on dissolving lip fillers

The Natural Way

Fillers are made of substances that gradually break down in your body. Most often, it’s hyaluronic acid, but there are also others – make sure to check out the fillers we offer at our Med Spa.

Hyaluronic fillers dissolve on their own, thanks to an enzyme that is naturally found in the body – Hyaluronidase. Hyaluronidase gradually degrades hyaluronic acid over the course of 6 to 12 months.

Injections

If you can’t wait 6 to 12 months for your lip fillers to dissolve naturally, a medical professional can inject the enzyme Hyaluronidase into your lips to break down dermal fillers. You should see the effects of the procedure within a few days. Sometimes dermal fillers don’t dissolve fully or evenly after one procedure. If that happens, you will need to repeat the treatment.  

Using injections to dissolve lip fillers

Things You Should Know Before Dissolving Lip Fillers

As with any treatment that includes needle pricks and insertion of any substance, dissolving lip fillers does not come without potential risks and side-effects. Before you book the procedure, here’s what you should know.

Is Dissolving Lip Fillers Painful?

Lips are full of nerve endings and sensitive to pain. That is why it may sting a little when the injection is inserted into the lips. Most aesthetic professionals apply a numbing cream before administering Hyaluronidase.

Can I Dissolve Lip Fillers at Home?

You cannot dissolve lip fillers at home. Only licensed medical professionals can administer the enzyme Hyaluronidase. However, you can wait for your dermal fillers to dissolve on their own.

What Does the Procedure Look Like?

The lip filler dissolving treatment starts with a patch test. The physician administers a needle into your arm with a dose of Hyaluronidase to see if you develop an allergic reaction. If you don’t, you can undergo the lip filler dissolving procedure after half an hour.

The physician first numbs your lips with a numbing cream. Then they inject Hyaluronidase into your lips using several small needles. The whole procedure lasts for 10-15 minutes.

The enzyme breaks down dermal fillers gradually. The effects should be seen within 48 hours, but full effects may take up to two weeks.

What Are the Risks of Dissolving Lip Fillers?

The biggest risk is that Hyaluronidase can potentially degrade your own natural hyaluronic acid rather than just the foreign filler. If that happens, you will have thinner lips than expected. That is why you should only let an experienced professional perform this treatment or wait for your lip fillers to dissolve naturally.

There is also a risk of allergic reaction. This is why it’s necessary to do a patch test prior to the actual injections.

Are There Side-Effects of Dissolving Lip Fillers?

Swelling and bruising are common side effects of dissolving lip fillers with injections, but it will subside within a few days.

There is also a small chance that the lips could become even thinner than anticipated. This can eventually be treated with another round of fillers.

Takeaway

Being able to have your lip fillers dissolved is a great option to keep in mind in case something goes wrong. While it is a good last resort, we recommend it does stay precisely that – last resort.

If you find a qualified, skilled injector with a lot of experience, you’re more likely to be happy with your results. Good aesthetic judgment and professionalism are necessary for the best end results. Make sure your injector asks you about your wishes but tells you straight away what is possible and what is unlikely. These precautions are the best recipe for a symmetric and beautiful face.

Check out our Lip Fillers FAQ article to learn more about the most common issues and questions that may arise before and after getting treatment or learn about lip filler aftercare.

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