In recent years, dermal fillers have experienced a remarkable surge in popularity as a non-surgical cosmetic solution for facial rejuvenation. From enhancing cheekbones and plumping lips, to smoothing wrinkles and deep lines, fillers can provide immediate and noticeable results. The procedure is relatively quick, minimally invasive, and requires little to no downtime, making it especially convenient for our busy lifestyles. The benefits are plentiful, but what about the downsides? Too much of a good thing can sometimes have negative effects and yes, there are times when fillers might not give us the result we’re looking for. If you’re considering getting your fillers dissolved, this InStyle article “Everything You Want to Know About Getting Your Fillers Dissolved, Explained” can make this process less intimidating. So, let’s find out more….

When Do Fillers Need to Be Dissolved

When done properly by a highly trained injector, dermal fillers can work wonders to achieve a more refreshed, vibrant facial appearance, without the need for surgery. Advancements in filler formulations (most fillers are hyaluronic-acid based) and techniques have also led to improved safety and natural-looking outcomes. However, there are instances when fillers can lead to an unsatisfactory result, causing individuals to consider dissolving them. One such instance is when fillers are done too frequently, before the original treatment has had a chance to gradually fade on its own. Depending on the area and type of fillers, their effects can last anywhere from 6 to 24 months. Over-filling an area of the face can create asymmetry, bumpiness or an unnatural look. Another, though less common reason for dissolving fillers is if it caused a complication or compromised the skin.

Which Fillers Can Be Dissolved and Possible Side Effects

Before having this treatment, it is important to know that the only types of fillers that can be dissolved are hyaluronic acid-based ones. This includes some of the most popular and more frequently used brands such as JUVÉDERM® and Restylane®. On the other hand, non-hyaluronic acid fillers that use different formulations, such as RADIESSE® and Sculptra, cannot be dissolved. If you’re worried about the potential side effects of dissolving your fillers, you can have some peace of mind that these effects are usually temporary and minimal. It’s possible you may experience some bruising, swelling or some discomfort. If you’re especially prone to bleeding or bruising, Dr. Konstantin Vasyukevich, a top NYC facial plastic surgeon, recommends avoiding blood thinners leading up to the treatment. 

What Is The Process of Getting Your Fillers Dissolved

The process of dissolving fillers usually requires a short office visit and starts with the application of topical numbing cream or local anesthesia to minimize discomfort. Hyaluronidase, also called hylenex, is the enzyme used to dissolve the hyaluronic acid. Your highly trained injector will customize the proper ratio of solution needed to achieve the best results. The amount of solution injected might also depend on how old the fillers are, as Dr. Konstantin says the old fillers are typically harder to dissolve than the ones recently placed. The hyaluronidase will continue working for 2-3 days after the injection. The cost of this treatment can vary based on the reason for having the fillers dissolved and your provider’s policy, however most offices have no charge or only a small fee for this service. It is advised to wait a week or two before getting new injections. 

If you’ve been thinking of trying this treatment for yourself, don’t let the possible downsides deter you. There’s a good reason why dermal fillers continue to be a popular sought-after option for facial enhancement in today’s beauty-conscious society as the positives greatly outweigh any negatives. However, in case you do experience an unsatisfactory outcome, you can feel at ease knowing that an easy solution to reverse these effects is readily available. Choosing a qualified, experienced injector and having a thorough discussion about procedure details and expectations is an imperative step in getting the results you want. 

You can read the full article in InStyle Magazine. If you would like to know more about dermal fillers and if they would be beneficial for you, we would be happy to see you for a consultation. Please call our Manhattan-based practice if you have interest in facial rejuvenation procedures with New York’s top facial plastic surgeon and facelift expert, Konstantin Vasyukevich, MD.

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