- Hyaluronic acid lip fillers can be removed efficiently using an injectable solution known as hyaluronidase.
- Silicone fillers need to be surgically removed from your lips, which can be painful and may leave scarring.
- Unfortunately, there is no quick method to remove your lip fillers at home.
- On average, it costs between $150 – $500 to have lip injections removed.
Lip fillers like Juvéderm and Restylane add instant, but temporary, volume to the lips. Occasionally, patients are dissatisfied with the outcome of their treatment and seek to reverse it. Luckily, lip filler removal is relatively straightforward.
Hyaluronic acid fillers are removed using hyaluronidase, an enzyme that breaks down the filler, with fast results. Silicone fillers are more difficult to remove and often need to be extracted through a surgical procedure.
How Long Does it Take Dermal Fillers to Dissolve Naturally?
Most lip fillers are made from hyaluronic acid (HA), a carbohydrate that is found naturally in your body. Over time, HA fillers are metabolized by the body, a process that can take up to one year. Collagen is also naturally produced by your body, and collagen-based lip fillers will also slowly be metabolized over the course of two years.
Some lip fillers are more permanent, like those that contain liquid silicone, a synthetic polymer. These types of fillers are not FDA approved, and they will never dissolve naturally. Their removal is more difficult than that of other fillers.
How to Remove Lip Fillers Fast
Most lip fillers can be removed efficiently and with minimal discomfort, using injections to break the filler down. However, depending on the ingredients used in the filler, surgical removal by a trained professional may be necessary. This cosmetic procedure is more invasive and has more risks involved.
HA fillers can be removed using an enzyme called hyaluronidase, which quickly breaks down the HA in your lips.
Before the procedure numbing cream is applied, followed by an injection of hyaluronidase directly into the lips. The results are fast, and fillers usually begin to dissolve within 24 hours. This is currently the most efficient and least invasive method of lip filler removal.
Silicone fillers can take on a lumpy or uneven appearance over time, which may cause you to seek removal.
Surgical removal involves the excision of the silicone filler using a scalpel, with local anesthetic used to numb the affected area. Once the filler has been extracted from the lips, stitching is necessary to allow the skin to heal. This cosmetic surgery process may lead to scarring.
Can I Dissolve My Lip Fillers At Home?
There’s no quick and easy method for dissolving lip fillers at home. Anecdotal evidence suggests that massaging your lips may help the filler to break down at a slightly faster rate, but this method has not been scientifically proven, and effective results are questionable.
What Are the Risks?
Hyaluronidase injections are considered to be a safe and reliable treatment, however, there is still some risk of side effects. Minor and common effects include temporary bruising and swelling at the site of the injection. While rare, allergic reactions to hyaluronidase have been recorded, with patients experiencing pain, itching, erythema, and severe swelling.
Surgical removal of lip fillers will take up to a few weeks for your skin to fully heal, and you may be left with permanent scarring after the procedure. As with any surgical procedure, there are a number of side effects that can occur. These include:
- Pain and swelling after surgery
- Minor bleeding
Pain and swelling will often subside as your skin begins to heal. Infections need to be treated using a course of antibiotics; it is essential to revisit your doctor if you notice increased swelling or red streaks forming around the wound.
How Much Will It Cost?
The cost of lip filler removal can vary greatly depending on your geographic location and the cosmetologist performing the treatment. A single treatment of hyaluronidase (often sold under the brand names of Vitrase and Hylenex) can cost anywhere between $150 – $500. If you have a significant amount of filler in your lips, repeat treatments may be necessary.
The cost of surgical lip filler removal is more expensive, and although it shouldn’t require repeat procedures, it can cost over $1000.
The effects of lip fillers are temporary but can be removed earlier if you are dissatisfied with the final result. HA fillers are dissolved using an enzyme known as hyaluronidase, which breaks down the filler within 24 hours after the treatment. This is a simple procedure and carries little risk of side effects.
Fillers containing synthetic ingredients, such as silicone, may need to be surgically removed from your lips. This method is more invasive and may leave you with permanent scars.
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