How to Dissolve Fillers – Tips, FAQs and More

If you have gotten dermal fillers before, then you know all about the benefits of non-invasive, non-surgical cosmetic procedures. Not only is the procedure itself fast, easy, and painless, the results will wear off over time. This is ideal for patients who change their mind, want to try a new look, or who want to go all natural for a bit. 

Recently, Qazi Cosmetic Clinic has gotten a lot of visits from new patients. Many of them ask Dr. Qazi how to dissolve fillers because they got sub-par fillers from another provider and are unhappy with the shape or quality. Sadly, there are many inexperienced, uncertified people out there who offer fillers for cheap, but don’t really know what they are doing. This is why Dr. Qazi is here to help.

How Do Fillers Work?

Dermal fillers are designed to restore volume to the face, improve your skin quality, lessen the appearance of wrinkles, and create symmetry. Here’s how fillers work: when injected, the sugar complex creates instant volume beneath the skin. This is how fillers can reverse the appearance of premature aging by filing in the temples or under the eyes. Dermal fillers also increase the amount of collagen in your skin. Because collagen is the protein responsible for skin texture and elasticity, this will improve your skin texture over the course of a few months. 

There are several benefits to getting fillers: 

  • They’re perfectly safe for all ages and skin types. 
  • Fillers can fix everything from lost volume to wrinkles. 
  • In addition to reversing signs of aging, fillers can also give you natural contour.
  • The procedure is fast, comfortable, and has no downtime.
  • Most types of fillers can be easily reversed.

Because certain types of fillers are made from hyaluronic acid, they can be easily reversed if you don’t like your results. If you received fillers and want them corrected, schedule a consultation at Qazi Cosmetic Clinic in Orange County to learn more about your options. 

Dr.Qazi demonstrates how to dissolve fillers, applying the procedure to one of his patients

How To Dissolve Fillers

Most types of fillers can be easily dissolved with a corrective shot of hyaluronidase. 

The method for how to dissolve fillers depends on the type and brand of the filler used. If the filler is made from hyaluronic acid, then it can be easily corrected with Hyaluronidase. If you had Voluma, Juvederm, Elevess, Hylaform, or Puragen fillers, then Dr. Qazi will easily be able to dissolve them. 

These types of fillers are able to be dissolved because the material that they are made of, hyaluronic acid, is a molecule that is naturally found in the body. They will dissolve on their own over time when the body begins to break down the chemical bonds and metabolize the fillers. If you don’t want to wait for this natural process to happen, then hyaluronidase can speed up this process by breaking the chemical bonds in the filler and allowing it to be absorbed into your skin more quickly. 

If you received fillers that are not made from hyaluronic acid, then it may be a bit trickier to dissolve them. Other commonly used fillers include: 

Dr.Qazi's patient is receiving the treatment to dissolve fillers

Calcium Hydroxylapatite 

The brand name is Radiesse. This type of filler is a mineral-like compound that is naturally found in human bones. It is commonly used because there is very little risk of allergic reaction, side effects are rare, and it doesn’t migrate. However, there are no agents that can effectively dissolve this type of filler. Pilot studies have tested the use of sodium thiosulfate, but the results did prove helpful for use in a clinical setting. 

If you received Radiesse filler and you do not like your new look, your options are to wait it out until the filler dissolves on its own, or undergo surgery to have it removed. 


The brand name is Aquamid. This filler is most commonly used to plump the lips, treat depressed scars, and enhance the jawline. It is a clear, biocompatible gel that is notable for being allergy safe and radio transparent – so it won’t interfere with x-rays. Polyalkylimide fillers can only be removed in a small window immediately after injections. If necessary, a cosmetic physician can suction out the fillers through a small incision. However, once more time has passed, your only option to have them removed is through surgery. 

Polylactic Acid

The brand name for this filler is Sculptra, which Dr. Qazi normally uses for treating cellulite. It is unique among dermal fillers because it is known as a stimulator because it does not procedure immediate results and instead stimulates your body’s collagen production over a few months. Sculptra is semi-permanent, so it is harder to reverse than other fillers. However, it also normally requires multiple treatments to achieve the desired results. This can be beneficial because it allows patients to observe the results and decide if they want to continue.

The before and after of the results achieved by Dr. Qazi's patient in how to dissolve fillers

When To Dissolve Under Eye Filler

There are many uses for fillers, but one of the most popular treatments for patients of all ages is under eye fillers. At Qazi Cosmetic Clinic, we normally use Voluma to correct the appearance of sunken eyes and create symmetry in the face. Because Voluma is made up of hyaluronic acid, it can easily be dissolved with an injection of Hyaluronidase. 

If you received under eye filler from another cosmetic physician and do not know what type of filler you have, contact Dr. Qazi to set up a consultation. Qazi Cosmetic Clinic gets many new patients who got their fillers done somewhere else. Dr. Qazi can help figure out what your filler is made of, determine if it can be dissolved, and offer alternatives if it cannot be easily dissolved. 

Are wondering when to dissolve under eye fillers or have questions about the best time for taking out fillers? Here are 5 signs that your fillers need to come out: 

1. Allergic reaction to the filler

This is relatively rare because fillers are made from materials that are naturally found in the human body. Normally, if it is your first time getting fillers, the cosmetic physician will do a patch test to ensure that you are not allergic. However, for patients with allergies to bee stings, there is an increased risk for being allergic to certain types of filler.

Signs that you are allergic to dermal filler include: redness, prolonged swelling, and acute pain. If you experience these symptoms at any time, regardless of where you got your fillers done, contact Qazi Cosmetic Clinic for treatment and filler reversal. 

2. Product migration

While rare, it is possible for fillers to move and settle in a location where it is not supposed to be. An experienced cosmetic physician like Dr. Qazi knows how to prevent migration and tailor the injection sites to the patient’s face structure. However, less experienced providers may not have perfected this technique yet. When patients wonder how to dissolve  fillers, this is the primary reason. They wanted fuller cheeks or more volume around the eyes, but suddenly the filler is way lower than it is supposed to be. And having jowls is not a good look.

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    In cases of product migration, the solution is to first dissolve the filler that has migrated. Once it has been corrected, it is usually necessary for Dr. Qazi to inject more filler into the desired area. During this part of the treatment, extra care is taken to ensure that the filler stays where it is supposed to. 

    3. Unwanted lumps and bumps

    Some swelling is normal; however, if an area of your face has too much volume or uneven lumps, then it is time to take those fillers out. In some cases, the treated area may need a little massaging to even out the filler and get rid of any bumps. However, areas like the lips, chin, and nose can easily appear bulbous if too much filler is injected or if it doesn’t settle properly. In cases like this, a shot of Hyaluronidase is necessary to dissolve the filler to correct your appearance. 

    4. Vascular problems

    If the filler is injected too close to a blood vessel, it can interfere with blood flow and cause great harm to the blood vessels. This never happens if you receive procedures only from board-certified cosmetic physicians. During COVID-19 lockdown, there was a rise in DIY injections, cheap injections taking place in kitchens, and fake fillers being sold online. These types of unregulated, untrained services can cause lifelong scarring, and may even kill you. 

    As a general rule, never get injected with anything in a kitchen or with something that you bought online. Fillers might be safe and non-invasive, but they still require the expertise of an experienced doctor to do them properly and safely. If you want to do beauty DIYs, stick to face masks and winged eyeliner life hacks 

    5. You don’t like the results

    It’s okay to change your mind! Maybe you thought that you’d look good with temple fillers and realize that you liked your face better before. Maybe you want to look like your sisters or your mom again. Many celebrities have changed their minds about fillers. For example, Khloe Kardashian reportedly tried them and thought they made her look “crazy,” so she went back 3 different times to have all the filler dissolved. Other celebrities including Jessica Simpson, Kylie Jenner, and Courteney Cox have also opened up about having their fillers dissolved or removed. 

    For Kylie Jenner, she admitted to having her iconic lip fillers removed during her pregnancy because she didn’t want to risk hurting her baby. Courteney Cox, on the other hand, decided to embrace aging several years ago and had all her fillers dissolved so that she could enjoy her natural face as she aged. 

    Dr. Qazi is applying the procedure to dissolve under eye fillers

    Taking Out Fillers: What You Need To Know

    Whether you are having health concerns or if you want to look like your old self again, it is easy and painless to dissolve most types of fillers. This is what you can expect when you have your fillers dissolved at Qazi Cosmetic Clinic: 

    1. During your consultation, Dr. Qazi will examine your fillers and discuss your options. If you received your fillers somewhere else and don’t know what type you have, Dr. Qazi can help determine if they can be dissolved. This is also your time to ask questions, explain your goals, and share any concerns. 
    1. During the procedures itself, you will recline comfortably in one of our treatment rooms. Dr. Qazi will inject the hyaluronidase enzyme into the treatment area with a small needle. If you have concerns about needles, let Dr.Qazi’s team know. 
    1. Depending on your goals, you may require another injection of filler. If your original filler migrated, then a second injection will be required to improve the appearance of the original treatment area. 
    1. You will be safe to resume normal activities immediately. Monitor the treatment area to ensure that you don’t experience any further complications. If you have any questions or concerns while you are healing, contact Qazi Cosmetic Clinic for expert medical advice. 

    How Long Does Hyaluronidase Keep Working?

    When you receive a Hyaluronidase injection, the effect will be immediate. You may feel sensations of heat near the treatment area. This is normal; the heat means that the enzyme is successfully breaking the chemical bonds to dissolve the enzyme. You will also notice the treatment area immediately begin to soften. Hyaluronidase will continue working for 24 to 48 hours after injection. 

    It is normal for a small amount of swelling to occur. Do not be discouraged, this doesn’t mean that it didn’t work. It can take 48 hours for your body to adjust and for the swelling to go down. If you have had multiple fillers over time, it may take multiple sessions for all the filler to be completely dissolved. Filler injections into larger areas of the body can also take longer and require more sessions to fully dissolve. Once your fillers are fully dissolved, you will be able to return to your previous look and be safe from any filler-related medical complications. 

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      Is Taking Out Fillers Right For Me?

      If you are wondering how to dissolve fillers or when to dissolve under eye fillers, the team at Qazi Cosmetic Clinic can help! Schedule a consultation to learn if your fillers can safely be dissolved with a Hyaluronidase injection. If you have another type of filler, Dr. Qazi may recommend surgery or waiting it out. 

      By: Dr. Nadir Qazi

      Dr. Nadir Qazi is a board certified physician specializing in minimally invasive cosmetic procedures. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery and an instructor for advanced injections and laser techniques.

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