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This Injectable Treatment Dissolves Unwanted or Botched Facial Fillers in Seconds

Original Article By Sarah Kinonen

allure logoYou saved up for months, asked everyone in your inner circle (and beyond) for advice, and now, after a few minutes with your cosmetic dermatologist, you’ve got yourself a brand-new set of lips à la lip injections. But what happens if, days later, you decide you don’t like them? Turns out, that unwanted hyaluronic acid filler can actually be removed — dissolved, technically speaking — which is something not many people are made aware of during the injection process. All you need it another injection, called hyaluronidase.

“Hyaluronidase is an enzyme that we all have in our bodies,” Min S. Ahn, a facial plastic surgeon based in Boston. “In commercial form, it is a liquid that, when injected under the skin, dissolves hyaluronic acid into the body — within a few hours.” Quick refresher: Hyaluronic acid is the gel that makes up the most commonly used fillers, like Juvéderm and Restylane, says Ahn. “So, by breaking down hyaluronic acid, hyaluronidase can be used to ‘reverse’ those fillers — to create a clean slate.”

The treatment itself is virtually painless and takes only a few seconds to administer. “The enzyme works quickly — the material starts to dissolve immediately, and is completely done within 24 to 48 hours,” he says. However, he warns, those with bee allergies should tread lightly — and talk with your doctor — before signing up for a hyaluronidase-based procedure, as the enzyme is also highly prevalent in bee venom.

“If you are allergic to bees, you may also be allergic to hyaluronidase,” says Ahn. “If you are allergic, you may be at risk of an allergic reaction and therefore may not be a good candidate for its use.” If you aren’t sure if you’re allergic, Ahn recommends having your doctor perform a patch test on your forearm and cheek to check for any signs of allergy (redness, swelling, etc.).

Stafford Broumand, a New York City-based plastic surgeon, says he often administers hyaluronidase to patients from other offices with “poorly placed” or “overly full” filler. “With fillers, you should always see someone who has expertise and experience with injecting the product,” says Broumand. “It is the solution for people who are not happy with filler.”

While Ahn’s practice, the Aesthetic Wellness Center in Boston, offers the treatment free of charge, Broumand says the procedure typically ranges in price from $200 to $500. The cost of surgery satisfaction, though? Priceless.

Male patient receiving an Emsculpt NEO treatment to the abdominal area.

Frequently Asked Questions

What can EMSCULPT NEO do for me?

EMSCULPT NEO is an amazing noninvasive body sculpting treatment. It’s perfect for patients who are looking to get summer body ready! With this state-of-the-art, two-in-one technology, you build muscle and burn fat at the same time! This treatment provides a 30% reduction in subcutaneous fat and 25% growth in muscle on the treated area after a recommended number of treatments.

How does EMSCULPT NEO work?

While you lie down and relax, EMSCULPT NEO sends high-intensity energies deep below your skin, making your muscles contract in a big way that is like doing thousands of crunches or squats in a few minutes. While your muscles are contracting, the energy from the applicator simultaneously sends warmth to your fat cells, heating them up to the point of destruction. So you build real muscle from the contractions while destroying fat cells that are later naturally eliminated by your body.

How many EMCULPT NEO treatments will I need?

The recommended treatment plan is 4-6 treatments, one week apart. Depending on the patient, you may see improvement in your muscle tone, core strength and posture within a few weeks. And you’ll see fat reduction continue for about 12 weeks after your last treatment.

Are there any patients for whom you do not recommend EMSCULPT NEO?

EMSCULPT NEO is great because it has been shown to be safe and approved for all body and skin types. Contraindications include hernia, recent surgery, and pregnancy, so if a patient has any of these conditions, they should wait until they don’t to get EMSCULPT NEO.

What is the difference between CoolSculpting and EMSCULPT NEO?

CoolSculpting is a well-known treatment that is excellent for reducing unwanted fat in targeted areas. EMSCULPT NEO also reduces fat, but it has the benefit of building muscle, which is what its predecessor EMSCULPT was made to do.

Which treatment you choose depends on what your body needs and your personal goals. If you have great muscle tone and only need to get rid of some extra fat in a specific area like your abdomen or below your chin, CoolSculpting is an excellent option. But if you have loss of muscle tone and need more of a lift or tightening to a certain area like your abs or butt, EMSCULPT NEO is your two-in-one solution.

What is your favorite thing about EMSCULPT NEO?

Not only is this treatment super convenient with one treatment lasting only 30 minutes, but there is also no downtime! Patients can go about their day as they normally would immediately after their visit.

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