Lip Filler Removal: What You Need to Know

Lip FillersLip enhancement is incredibly popular at the moment. If you haven’t had your lips done yet, you might feel like you’re missing out. On the other hand, you may have some concerns about this treatment. What do you do if you don’t like the way you look with lip fillers? Until Kylie Jenner revealed her completely-natural pout not so long ago, many people weren’t aware that fillers could even be removed.

Can Lip Fillers Be Removed?

This is a relatively simple question to answer. Yes, lip fillers can be removed. Sometimes. Here’s what you need to know before you take the plunge into the voluminous lip trend.

Injectable providers have a hefty arsenal of dermal fillers to choose from when augmenting the lips. This is necessary because everyone’s skin is different and the various fillers on the market have unique properties to address the unique aspects of human tissue. Fillers used for lip enhancement may have a base of:

  • Hyaluronic acid
  • Poly-L-lactic acid
  • Calcium hydroxylapatite (CaHA)

It is important to thoroughly discuss which base ingredient is in a filler before injections are administered. Only fillers made with hyaluronic acid can be removed. Other products will degrade over time, but months can feel like an eternity if your lips are out of proportion with your other facial features. If you’ve never had lip enhancement before, we would recommend that you start out small. Talk with your provider and ask for conservative treatment. You can always add more later and, if necessary, you can go back to your norm.

How Lip Fillers are Removed

We have a bit of an issue with the terminology “lip filler removal.” To reverse the effects of lip enhancement, it’s not like we perform surgery to take out something that’s been inserted. Lip filler removal really involves adding something into the tissue. Hyaluronic acid is a molecule that binds to water, that’s how we increase volume. To “remove” HA fillers, we give more injections (we know, we’re sorry). These injections deliver the enzyme Hyaluronidase into tissue. This enzyme dissolves hyaluronic acid and therefore releases the water molecules that are plumping the lips.

Is it time to add volume or reduce it from your lips? We can help with either. Contact Luxurgery at (212) 508-0000 to schedule your treatment.

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