Disappointed with the Results of Restylane, is There a Way to Dissolve It Quicker?

How long does it take for Restylane to dissolve for the average patient?

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Restylane - Unhappy

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Yes, there is a way - you can have the injected area "dissolved" with hyaluronidase.  You should, of course, discuss this with your own doctor but in the event that you're still unhappy, you can certainly have some of the bulk removed.

I hope that this helps,

Dr. E

Facial Filler

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If you are not satisfied with the results it is always best to discuss treatment plans with the injector. Resylane will metabolize in 9 months or less. However you can have a dose of hyaluronidase injected that will help dissolve the filler. Again, it is best to have this discussion with the injector you chose.
Best of luck to you!


Philip Young, MD
Bellevue Facial Plastic Surgeon

Restylane duration

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For most patients,   You can expect your Restylane results to last 6-9 months.  If you do not like your cosmetic outcomes, you always have the option of using vitrase to dissolve the product if it is a hyaluronic acid.  I suggest you meet with a skilled injector to determine the treatment plan that is best for you. 

Harold J. Kaplan, MD
Los Angeles Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.4 out of 5 stars 7 reviews

If I Am Disappointed with the Results of Restylane, is There a Way to Dissolve It Quicker?

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Spend more time selecting the MD, plastic and cosmetic surgeon that will be doing Restylane injections or use another more suitable filler to accomplish the desired effect.  Hyaluronidase can be injected to dissolve the Restylane although IMO, it's better to massage and let it dissolve on its own.

Francis R. Palmer, III, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 28 reviews

Restylane results

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There are 2 reasons why patients are disappointed with this treatment:

1. Too much product was used and the patient doesn't look "natural." This isn't common. Time and massage of the product can help reduce it. Also, if the injection was recent, there may be some swelling that still needs to resolve.

2. The most common reason patients are disappointed is that not enough product was used (cost is usually the prohibitive factor) and the patient did not achieve the results they wanted.

Go back to yout dermatologist and talk to them about it. There is always a way to fix it.


Gary Goldenberg, MD
New York Dermatologist

Hyaluronidase To Dissolve Restylane

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When disappointed with a treatment, it is always best to return to the physician who performed the treatment and consult with him or her about options to improve the results.  Hyaluronic acid fillers such as Restylane can be reversed with a material called hyaluronidase, the results of which are seen almost immediately.  Hopefully your physician is familiar with hyaluronidase and is comfortable using it to help reverse the effects of the Restylane injections.  The treatment is a series of injections into the area where the filler was originally placed.  Your doctor should mention that you may feel some stinging when the hyaluronidase is injected. 


Channing R. Barnett, MD
Boca Raton Dermatologist
4.1 out of 5 stars 8 reviews

If I Am Disappointed with the Results of Restylane, is There a Way to Dissolve It Quicker?

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If you wish to spend more $'s than low dose hyalurondiase injections. But in most cases Restylane will metabolize away in 3 to 6 months. 

Unhappy with restylane

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If you are unhappy with the restylane treatment, conceiveably you can have hyaluronidase used to dissolve it.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.2 out of 5 stars 30 reviews

It can take two or three years for all the Restylane to disappear.

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Please do not live with a filler service you are not happy with. The service can be adjusted using an enzyme called hyaluronidase. The material does not need to be erased. A skilled injector can actually shape the product as needed.

Kenneth D. Steinsapir, MD
Beverly Hills Oculoplastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 26 reviews

Disappointing results with Restylane

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If you are disappointed with the results of your Restylane treatment, you should return to your injecting physician for re-evaluation of the results and a frank discussion about treatment options. If necessary, your treatment can always be reversed with hyaluronidase. Since there are different types of fillers to treat different kinds of problems, you should always make sure make sure your injecting physician has all of the "tools" to use, such as all of the various facial fillers that are approved for use in the United States. Please remember, your results depend upon the skill and experience of your physician injector.

Mitchell Schwartz, MD
South Burlington Dermatologic Surgeon
4.4 out of 5 stars 13 reviews

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