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What Happens When Lip Fillers Dissolve?

The dissolving of lip fillers is one of the best news to people considering getting lip fillers. This article will enlighten readers on what happens when lip fillers dissolve, the reasons for dissolving lip fillers, if lip fillers are reversible, the process involved, and how long it takes to dissolve.

Over time, the number of people getting lip fillers has risen. Lip fillers are not permanent. Most of them last between 6- 8 months because they are slowly dissolved in the body. Some people also chose to dissolve the lips fillers earlier because of complications or not being interested anymore. Trends are constantly changing, and people want to try out new things. Fillers are injected to increase lip fullness. After the filler fades away, the skin returns to its initial look. Different brands dissolve at different speeds; sometimes, one might require more than one session to see the full results.

Reasons for Dissolving Lip Fillers

Here are more reasons for dissolving lip fillers;

  • Poor placement; when the injection is placed wrongly, it can lead to swelling, infection, or tissue death if the filler is not dissolved in time.
  • If the filler is injected very close to the surface of the lips, causing bumps and uneven skin.
  • If the filler is injected incorrectly, it can cause the product to move, making certain places look swollen.
  • Too much product can lead to bruising, change in skin color, and lip sensitivity.
  • Patients who want to reduce the product but not wholly.

Are All Lip Fillers Reversible?

According to Abduljabbar&Basendwh (2016), Hyaluronic acid fillers are the only reversible fillers which are mainly why they are preferred over others. HA exists naturally exists in the body, mainly in the connective tissues. An enzyme called hyaluronidase is injected into the lips helping the filler to break down and dissolve. Though fillers from other products like siliconecannot be dissolved, they usually don’t last forever. Lip fillers that are not from HA can be corrected by injecting more filler to even things or also surgical removal. If a filler was injected years ago and in large volumes, they may need 3 to 4 sessions with an interval of two weeks before results are seen. The gaps will allow swelling and bruising to subside.

Process of Dissolving Lip Fillers

If an individual has decided to dissolve their filler, it is essential to consult an aesthetician expert before doing the procedure so that onecan discuss the expectations. Here is what is expected during the process;

  • The cosmetic doctorapplies a small amount of hyaluronidase to check for allergic reactions.
  • If there is no allergic reaction, lips are cleaned to avoid infection, and numbing cream is applied to minimize pain and discomfort.
  • The cosmetic doctor will measure the required amount depending on whether you want the whole filler dissolved.
  • The cosmetic doctor will inject the hyaluronidase into sections of your lips to ensure every part of your lip is injected.The medical expert will clean your lips and apply an aftercare cream to keep the lips moisturized.

Is It Safe to Dissolve Lip Filler?

The process is safe in most cases because the fillers naturally occur in our bodies. However, an allergic reaction can be a side effect. If the hyaluronidase is dissolved in massive amounts, it can take away more volume, causing puckering and unevenness in the lips; that’s why one is recommended to visit a very professional and experienced cosmetic doctor. The process does not hurt, but a little stinging can be felt, just as when the fillers are injected. Also, a topical anesthetic cream can be used to reduce the pain. Wang et al. (2017) stated that, before the treatment, be sure to prepare for it by avoiding certain medications and supplements that could increase the risk of bleeding and bruising.

Dissolving lip fillers also comes with some side effects, which are bruising and swelling, which take 48- 72 hours before subsiding. Tenderness and redness can also be experienced around the lip area.It is expensive to have lip fillers dissolved in most cases. Most clinics usually charge a lot more to correct and dissolve lip fillers. They could do it for free if theyvisittheir initial cosmetic doctor.

How Long Does It Take to Dissolve?

Cosmetic doctorsstate that the dissolving results can be seen immediately after hyaluronidase has been injected. After two days, one will see full results; if more dissolving needs to be done, one can do it again. Immediately after injection, slight swelling may occur, which can be confused with the product not functioning. Dissolving the filler can also happen in one procedure which is less than 30 minutes, but cosmetic doctors recommend two in case the process does not yield desired results. After the filler has been dissolved, it is essential to note that one must wait a few weeks before re-injecting fillers. This will help to ease the pain and discomfort experienced when removing the stuffing. According to Bhojani-Lynch (2017), dissolving lip filler is much more complex than getting a suitable fill, so it is vital to go for the best.

Frequently Asked Questions on Fillers

Do Fillers Dissolve Completely?

Lip fillers take 6 to 12 months to dissolve completely. Most people use hyaluronic acid, which occurs naturally in the body.

Are Lumps Normal After Fillers?

Lumps are a normal side effect caused by trauma from the injection. The lumps usually disappear with time.


As much as lip fillers can be dissolved, the first step to avoiding any mishaps is to do a lot of research before getting lip fillers. Check for the most reputable, registered, and experienced cosmetic doctor in your town and visit for consultation before having the process done. Dissolving lip fillers can be costly, and it is advisable to wait for the product to dissolve on its own to avoid extra costs. Explain to the cosmetic doctor if you want the whole filler or some removed. Visit a professional aesthetician because hyaluronidase can dissolve some of the natural HA in the lips, causing puckering. The cosmetic doctor should be able to administer the correct amount.


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Bhojani-Lynch, T. (2017). Late-onset inflammatory response to hyaluronic acid dermal fillers. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Global Open, 5(12).

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Wang, X., Wu, X., Liu, K., Xia, L., Lin, X., Liu, W., & Gao, Z. (2017). Topical cryoanesthesia for the relief of pain caused by steroid injections is used to treat hypertrophic scars and keloids. Medicine, 96(43), e8353.

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