Hylenex Filler Removal: What You Should Know About It?

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Hylenex Filler Removal: What You Should Know About It?

While fillers are generally great and safe treatments, there are rare occasions when patients are unsatisfied with their results. Whether it is because they received the treatment from someone who wasn’t experienced enough to give the desired results or simply liked the way they looked before the treatment. In this case, flexibility is now one of the favorite things about fillers, as Hylenex Filler Removal offers the option of reducing or reversing them. 

What Is Hylenex?

Hylenex is an FDA-approved injectable designed to dissolve HA (Hyaluronic Acid) fillers. It is made from a protein found naturally in the body called Hyaluronidase, which naturally disperses HA. Hylenex, when injected into the skin, works to break down the HA from the dermal filler at an accelerated rate so that the body can absorb it quickly.

When Is Filler Dissolvant Hylenex Usually Used?

Most dermal fillers available today are made up of hyaluronic acid, composed of gellike, moisture-retaining molecules that provide skin firmness, promote collagen production, preserve hydration, and maintain skin elasticity. In case of unwanted or harmful results from dermal fillers, Hylenex (Hyaluronidase), a reversal agent, can be injected into the skin to dissolve those fillers.

Since HA is a naturally occurring substance found in the skin and joints, most dermal fillers injected worldwide comprise hyaluronic acid. The good news is HA fillers are reversible and are temporary. Furthermore, Hyaluronidase, an enzyme found across many species, can be used as an antidote to dissolve the HA fillers. 

The following conditions are appropriate to use Hylenex:

  • Infected filler
  • Undesired cosmetic result
  • Nodularity
  • Granuloma
  • Vascular compromise (emergency)
  • Blindness (emergency)

How Does Hylenex Work?

Hylenex contains Hyaluronidase, an enzyme that occurs naturally in the body that breaks down a hyaluronic acid gel. The enzyme catalyzes the dissolution of the filler, reversing its effect without damaging the skin’s surface or the dermal structure.

Whether side effects are experienced or are merely unhappy with the face or lip filler treatment results, Hylenex can help improve and reverse unwanted results caused by sub-par treatment applications by undoing the outcome reverting the face to its natural appearance. 

What Are The Important Factors To Consider Hylenex?

Aside from being a recombinant human form, it is least likely to cause an allergic/anaphylaxis reaction. Hylenex filler removal is not an exact science as there are huge variations in the amount of Hylenex required to dissolve a filler. The important factors to consider are:

  • Degree of crosslinking (higher cross-linked fillers are harder to dissolve)
  • Individual variations
  • Inflammatory granuloma or nodules require higher doses
  • Time filler has been in the body (longer time equates to more challenging to dissolve)
  • Urgency (higher doses are required to resolve emergencies generally)

Hylenex treatment is typically and comfortably done in less than 5 minutes. It is often mixed with lidocaine to improve comfort and numb the area for about 30 minutes. Subsequently, HA fillers should be dissolved within a few minutes to hours, but note that some swelling may occur from the injection that is usually resolved after a day or two. 

If filler replacement is desired, this can be performed in 3 days. Likewise, if further treatment is required (in a non-emergency situation), repeat injections are done three days later.

How Long Does Hylenex Filler Removal To Work?

Hylenex takes effect and becomes visible in about 48 hours. However, many factors may affect the length of time it takes to work, including the dermal filler type used initially and the number of treatments patients had.

Some patients who reversed dermal fillers with Hylenex noticed instant results, though it usually takes 24 to 48 hours for most patients. It is important to note that some may experience swelling with Hylenex injections, making it look like the treatment didn’t work. However, by 48 hours, it’s highly likely to see the results.

What To Expect From A Hylenex treatment?

Hylenex treatments are straightforward. The Hylenex will be injected into the same area that the dermal filler is in during the treatment. Treatments generally take about 30 minutes.

Most patients only experience little to no discomfort during their treatment, as the reports say. Some topical anesthetic can be applied to the treatment areas before the injections if preferred by patients.

What Are The Important Things To Know Before Dissolving The Filler?

Corrective work, especially when dissolving filler, is a process that can involve dissolving over multiple appointments and retreating, if desired. Patients must be informed and prepared before deciding on treatment. A few things to consider: 

  • Multiple visits – Depending on the treatment area and extent of correction required, be prepared for a minimum of 2 to 3 visits.   
  • The results could look worse before looking better – Treatment areas could temporarily appear more sunken after dissolving filler.   
  • Consider the timing – Since swelling is common after filler treatment, it’s best to wait at least two weeks before deciding whether the fillers want to be dissolved. 

Who Can Receive The Hylenex Filler Removal?

The ideal candidates for Hylenex are unhappy with the dermal filler results and want their original appearances back. Also, Hylenex is suitable for those who may have received dermal fillers from someone unlicensed or untrained and need professional help with reversing results.

Does Hylenex Filler Removal Hurt?

Those who received the Hylenex often describe it as a burning sensation. However, there is no way to numb this sensation, but placing ice on the area immediately after significantly reduces this sensation. Usually, people are quite comfortable a few minutes after the procedure.

What Are The The Risk of Hylenex?

During post-approval use of hyaluronidase products, there may be adverse reactions that might be identified. The most common side effects are generally:  

  • Erythema and pain from mild local injection site reactions;
  • Enhanced Adverse reactions associated with co-administered drug products 
  • Edema is the most frequently related to subcutaneous fluid administration.

Allergic reactions (urticaria or angioedema) have been reported in less than 0.1% of hyaluronidase patients. Anaphylactic-like reactions following retrobulbar block or intravenous injections have occurred rarely.

Final Thoughts

After receiving a dermal filler treatment, anyone shouldn’t have to live with regret. Suppose you want to go back to looking the way you did before your treatment and are unhappy with a dermal filler treatment results. Units Injection Spa offers Hylenex Filler Removal to effectively reverse the dermal fillers treatment, restoring the appearance to the way it was before your initial fillers treatment.

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