Hyaluronidase is an enzyme that dissolves synthetic hyaluronic acid filler. It is the ‘antidote’ to overuse of these filler products.
Hyaluronidase can be injected in an area where too much filler has been used. Occasionally surgical removal is warranted if the location is difficult to get to, or the filler is permanent.
The effect is seen after 48 hours and lasts for life.
Non-surgical treatment has minimal risk. There is a small theoretical risk of an allergic reaction to the hyaluronidase preparations, if a person has not had these injections before. The injection sites occasionally bruise and can swell. Infection is also a theoretical risk. Occasionally the treatment needs to be repeated if the desired effect has not been achieved.
Most patients are very pleased with the outcome.
Avoid physical activity for 24 hours and return two weeks later to assess the achieved result and address any asymmetries or under-dosing.
- Surgery duration: 30 minutes In clinic
- Type of anaesthesia: Usually local anaesthetic cream only
- Time in hospital: 1 hour
- Time off work: 0 days
- Recovery time: 1 day
- First follow up appointment: 2 weeks
- Total number of follow up appointments: 1
- Pain management: Simple pain relief (paracetamol and/or ibuprofen) if required
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