Need to dissolve some filler?

Article medically reviewed by Dr. Gavin Chan (MBBS, cosmetic doctor, liposuctionist)

Templestowe Lower, Berwick and Beaumaris Clinics

Dr. Gavin Chan has a background in intensive care, anaesthesia, and emergency medicine. Since 2005, Dr. Chan has provided cosmetic procedures, including anti-wrinkle injections, dermal fillers, liposuction and laser treatments. He is a doctor trainer for various dermal fillers and anti-wrinkle injections. Read More

Have you had some dermal fillers that need to be dissolved? Maybe there’s just a bit too much in one spot, or it is uneven or lumpy. If the filler is a HA based filler, then it is possible to dissolve the filler with a treatment of hyaluronidase. Hyaluronidase is the enzyme that catalyses the break down of HA fillers. Left alone, these fillers can last from 4 months to 2 or more years, so sometimes it is not worth waiting for. Often doctors will advise patients to ‘massage the area’ where there is a lump or excess filler, however, this doesn’t always work. Certainly, if more than 2 weeks have elapsed, it is unlikely that further massage will change the size or shape of the injected filler.

Hyaluronidase does not however dissolve other fillers, for example, it doesn’t dissolve fillers such as Radiesse which is based on calcium hydroxyapatite , or permanent dermal fillers like silicone.

For more information on hyaluronidase, click here.