While Kylie Jenner is hardly the only celebrity who has tried lip fillers, her enviable pout is one that everyone loves to talk about. Recently, she stirred up some conversation when she revealed on Instagram that she “got rid of all” her fillers after a fan commented that she looked “like the old Kylie” in a picture. This sparked a lot of talk about what “getting rid” of lip fillers means. People wondered, “can your lip fillers dissolve on their own?” Or do they have to be removed?

While lip fillers are a top treatment and they are very common, there’s still some confusion out there about how they work. So to answer the question of “can you lip fillers dissolve,” below we’ll talk about how lip fillers work, whether or not they can dissolve on their own, and how lip fillers can be dissolved by a professional.

How Lip Fillers Can Dissolve On Their Own: Understanding This Non-Permanent Lip Augmentation Treatment

There are several treatments that can plump up your natural lips, including permanent surgical treatments and non-permanent injectable treatments. Lip fillers fall into the non-permanent category. There are numerous types of fillers for the lips, each of which can last for varying lengths of time, after which they’ll begin to naturally fade.

The most widely used type of lip filler is a hyaluronic acid lip filler, which plumps the lips through the application of hyaluronic acid, a hydrating molecule. Some examples of hyaluronic acid lip fillers include Juvederm Ultra XC, Juvederm Volbella, Restylane, and Belotero. These lip fillers, and all dermal fillers made of hyaluronic acid, do dissolve naturally after a while. Depending on the formula (and each person’s unique body chemistry), hyaluronic acid lip filler injections can last anywhere from 6 to 18 months. Lip fillers can be maintained for permanent results, but maintenance appointments are needed, since hyaluronic acid does dissolve after some time. 

Wondering why hyaluronic acid dissolves over time? Our body contains natural enzymes called hyaluronidases, which catalyse the degradation of hyaluronic acid. Over time, the hyaluronidases in our body will break down a hyaluronic acid filler, slowly removing it from the body.

How Lip Fillers Can Be Dissolved By a Professional

While our body will naturally dissolve hyaluronic acid filler over time, hyaluronic acid lip filler can also be dissolved by a medical professional. For example, if a patient at our office is unhappy with the results of their hyaluronic acid lip filler treatment, Dr. Zadeh can inject a synthetic form of hyaluronidase to quickly dissolve their lip filler. After getting hyaluronidase injections, lip filler begins to dissolve immediately and is fully dissolved within 3 to 4 days.

It’s important to note that only hyaluronic acid fillers can be dissolved with hyaluronidase injections. There are some other types of temporary lip fillers that can’t be dissolved because they don’t work the same way as hyaluronic acid fillers. One example is Sculptra, a filler that works by stimulating the body’s own natural collagen production. Sculptra is more long-lasting than hyaluronic acid fillers, lasting for up to 3 to 5 years before its results begin to naturally fade. But this type of filler can’t be immediately dissolved, since it works by stimulating collagen production, rather than through the application of hyaluronic acid.

Try Lip Fillers in Sherman Oaks

If you’re considering trying lip fillers for the first time, make a consultation appointment at the Z Center for Cosmetic Health today. Dr. Zadeh is an experienced provider of lip fillers with an artful eye and a talent for producing a natural look. You can see some examples of Dr. Zadeh’s work by clicking here

Additionally, if you’re unhappy with the results of the lip fillers you received at another dermatologist or plastic surgeon’s office, know that Dr. Zadeh can also do corrective work. If you have lip fillers that need to be corrected, make a consultation appointment with Dr. Zadeh. At your consultation, Dr. Zadeh can examine your lips, listen to your aesthetic concerns, and develop a customized treatment plan to help you reach your aesthetic goals.