You followed fashion trends, or your favorite influencer, or just your heart, and you got lip fillers. But now you’re not so sure about them. Maybe you don’t like the shape, perhaps you tried saving money and went to a non-reputable injector (we hope that’s not the case!), or maybe you feel it’s too much of a bold lip and would like to have more subtle features. That’s okay! You’re free to change your mind about anything about your body. So, let’s consider your options here. You can let your lip filler dissolve naturally, which takes six months to two years, depending on the injected filler itself. Or you can take advantage of a reverse cosmetic treatment – dissolving lip fillers. Yes, it’s possible. If you don’t want to wait, read on to find out what you can do about it!
Getting Rid of Lip Fillers
Lip fillers are one of the most popular non-surgical cosmetic procedures, and for a good reason. In just half an hour, you can get subtly enhanced or visibly bigger lips. The results are usually stunning. Another appeal of lip fillers is that they’re not permanent, so you’re not signing a contract that says these are your lips from now to eternity. How so? Fillers are made of substances that gradually break down in your body. Most often, it’s hyaluronic acid, but there are some others – make sure to check out the fillers we offer at our Med Spa. This means that your enhanced pout will disappear after several months or a year, and if you love your results, you’ll have to fill the lips again. But what if you don’t?
Dissolving Lip Fillers Naturally
Hyaluronic fillers dissolve on their own thanks to an enzyme that is naturally found in the body – Hyaluronidase. Hyaluronidase causes hyaluronic acid to degrade gradually over the course of six to 12 months. If you love your results, you might be sad to see your full lips fading away. But if you’re not too happy with them, six to 12 months is a long time to wait and hate seeing yourself in the mirror. If you changed your mind or didn’t like how much you’ve had done, find comfort in knowing that an aesthetic professional can do a reverse treatment and make you happy with your lips again in a matter of days.
Dissolving Lip Fillers Quickly
A greater interest in dissolving lip fillers appeared in the summer of 2018, when the Princess of Lip Fillers – that is, Kylie Jenner – showed up in photos looking different than before. It soon became clear that she had had her lip fillers removed. This sparked curiosity: how does one do that? The answer lies in the same natural enzyme that does it gradually – Hyaluronidase. In fact, having access to injectable Hyaluronidase is practically a must for all injectors who work with fillers in case something goes wrong while injecting.
Lip fillers can be dissolved very quickly if Hyaluronidase is injected directly into the lips. The concentration and the quantity of the enzyme will dissolve the filler within three to four days, and then you can go back to looking like you did before getting the filler. The enzyme is FDA-approved for this use, and after it breaks down the filler, your body will absorb it.
What Is the Process of Dissolving Lip Fillers Like?
Dissolving lip fillers is an injectable treatment, just like getting them. You’ll get some numbing cream on the area, but we have to warn you nevertheless – this process can be painful, even more so than getting the fillers.
Hyaluronidase comes in liquid or powder form, and your injector will mix it with a saline solution before injecting it. They will then inject the enzyme with a series of tiny injections into the area with the fillers. The enzyme works immediately and breaks down the filler, but it also causes swelling, which will prevent you from actually seeing the results right away. You will have to wait for about 24 hours to see your lips without the filler. On the other hand, some cases require more than one treatment to dissolve all the filler. Your injector is likely to schedule a check-up appointment to see if you’re happy with the result and how they can improve it, if necessary.
Are There Any Risks of Dissolving Lip Fillers?
As with any treatment that includes needle pricks and insertion of any substance, having your lip fillers dissolved does not come without risks.
The biggest risk is that Hyaluronidase has the potential to degrade your own natural hyaluronic acid rather than the foreign filler that it should aim for. That is why you should only let a skilled and experienced professional perform this treatment.
Another risk is that of an allergic reaction if you are allergic to Hyaluronidase, so that’s why a patch test is necessary prior to the actual injections.
Swelling and bruising are common side effects for injections, but they will subside within a few days.
Then there is a small chance that the lips could go even thinner than anticipated. This can then be treated with another round of fillers after a while.
Why Do People Choose to Dissolve Lip Fillers?
We mentioned briefly that sometimes people could be unhappy with their results with filler, which can mean lips being too big. However, having your lip fillers dissolved can also be the solution if you’ve had the bad luck of having a poorly trained practitioner. They may place the filler in the wrong plane, creating lumps, bumps, or an unnatural looking shape.
If the filler is placed too close to the surface of the lip, it can lead to hard lumps and bumps, which looks uneven and just plain bad.
Furthermore, too much filler can lead to pain and discoloration, and sometimes poorly administered fillers can migrate and look swollen.
Being able to have your lips dissolved is a great option that you can keep in mind should something go awry when it comes to your fillers.
However, while it is a good last resort, we recommend it does stay precisely that – last resort. If you find a qualified and skilled injector who has an admirable portfolio of lips they’ve done, that increases your chances of ending up 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’s less realistic. That’s the best recipe for a symmetric and beautiful face!