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Lip augmentations add volume to your lips and make them bigger.

Injectable fillers aren’t permanent, but they can last anywhere from 3 to 18 months, depending on the type you choose. In short, they can still be a pretty big commitment.

“If you are not completely happy with your results, you don’t have to wait. Depending on the type of lip augmentation you use, you may be able to dissolving your lip augmentation early.”

If you want to reduce the volume or lumpiness, you can have some of the filler dissolved.

Below, you can find the details on dissolving lip fillers, including which type of fillers you can have dissolved, how the process works, and what to expect.

Only hyaluronic acid (HA) fillers, like Juvederm, Restylane, and Belotero, can be dissolved.

Your body has a sugar called HA in it. HA helps keep your skin hydrated. The lab-made version of the HA is called the HA in fillers.

“They won’t last forever, regardless, but they are made from anything else. You need to get follow-up injections to maintain their look.”

What to do about non-HA fillers?

If you’ve had your lips augmented with anything other than HA and don’t like the results, an experienced cosmetic surgeon may be able to correct asymmetry or lumpiness by injecting more filler to even things out.

Do you want to have more filler injected or wait for it to degrade on its own? You can also have the option of having the surgery.

You should start by asking a good cosmetic surgeon about your options.

Search for a board certified cosmetic surgeon in your area through the American Society of Plastic Surgeons or the American Board of Cosmetic Surgeons.

You need to get injections near the lip fillers to get rid of them.

Theidase is anidase that is found in your body. It breaks down the filler, speeding up the dissolving process that would take place over time.

The medical uses of hyaluronidase have been around for a long time.

It does not just remove lip fillers. It can be used to remove HA fillers from your cheeks, under your eyes, and any other areas.

If you decide to have your lip fillers dissolved, you should request a consultation with a doctor.

You can discuss your options during the consultation.

What to expect

If you decide to remove the fillers, here is a general idea of what to expect.

  1. Your care team will apply a small amount of hyaluronidase on your arm to check for an allergy or sensitivity.
  2. “If you don’t have any adverse reactions, they will apply numbing cream to the area to make it less painful.”
  3. “If you don’t want your lip augmentation to be completely dissolved, they may first make sure the hyaluronidase doesn’t remove your entire lip augmentation.”
  4. They will inject hyaluronidase into your lips to get the solution as close to the HA as possible.
  5. They will clean your lips again and apply a balm or cream.

The process takes a few minutes after the patch test.

The effect of hyaluronidase is immediate. Everyone has their own body chemistry and not everyone notices the same results.

Different brands of HA can degrade at different speeds. The amount of dissolved filler can be a factor. You may need to return for more than one session in order to get the results you want.

People notice results within a few days.

Your lips might appear larger after the procedure. This can happen because of swelling from the injections and extra volume from the dissolving fluid.

It’s generally safe to have lip fillers dissolved by a reputable plastic surgeon or dermatologist.

You will want to keep a few potential risks in mind.

There’s a small chance hyaluronidase will cause an allergic reaction. According to 2020 research, the risk of allergic reactions is typically very low: between 0.05 percent to 0.69 percent. Fewer than 0.1 percent of people experience itching and swelling.

You have a greater chance of an allergic reaction with a dose of more than 100,000 IU. The rate of allergic reactions increases with a dose of 200,000 IU.

The smallest dose is likely to be used by your doctor to help minimize the risk of an allergic reaction.

Hyaluronidase may also interact with certain medications, including some anxiety medications and antihistamines.

Another potential side effect to consider: Hyaluronidase could potentially break down too much of the filler, as well as your body’s own HA. Consequently, you might lose more volume than you want and notice some unevenness in your lips. Your body will eventually produce more HA, but this can take a few months.

If you’re unsatisfied with the results of your lip augmentation, or you experienced some complications, the doctor who performed the original filler injections may dissolve them free of charge. It never hurts to start by asking about their policy.

The cost of having lip fillers dissolved or having them dissolved because you have changed your mind about the look is dependent on:

  • How much hyaluronidase will they need?
  • Their location is where they are.
  • Their experience level is low.

According to RealSelf.com, the cost ranges between $50 and $1,625, with an average cost of $450.

“The internet suggests you can do a lot, but this isn’t something you should do yourself. You will need a medical professional to dissolved lip fillers for you.”

If you try to dissolve them at home, you could be injured or even have serious consequences.

The hyaluronidase can break down the lip fillers.

“If you don’t like your lip augmentation, you can connect with the professional who did it to learn more about your options. You can also consult a board certified doctor.”


“A Canadian writer and author named Arida Santos- Longhurst has written extensively on all things health and lifestyle for more than a decade. She can be found frolicking around her beach town with her husband and dogs in tow or trying to master the stand-up paddle board when she isn’t holed up in her writing shed.”