AESTHETIC ULTRASOUND, FILLER
COMPLICATIONS & FILLER DISSOLVING
If you're new to aesthetic ultrasound & filler dissolving
New patient consultations - 60 mins
Existing patients consultations - 45 mins
Both the consultation & treatment can be done on the day
Ultrasound visualisation is first done to check one or more areas
Each session including filler dissolving is $900
Rarely extras sessions may be required if larger amounts need removing
Filler dissolving is a tricky process and is often bits are missed
Ultrasound can be more precise and use far less filler dissolver
It can also be used in emergencies like vascular occlusions
What is facial aesthetic ultrasound?
Dr Jake has recently trained in using facial ultrasound with the world's leading experts from Cutaneous Facial Ultrasound. Ultrasound is used to assess aesthetic patients and visualise what is beneath the skin in a completely non-invasive way. This can be incredibly useful - filler can often been seen and targeted with tiny quantities of filler dissolver. We can look inside the tissues and look for the location of larger blood vessels that we need to avoid before placing fillers (known as 'vascular mapping'.) Ultrasound is also sometimes used when injecting routine filler or anti-wrinkle patients for more accurate placement of the products and for safer outcomes.
Why would fillers need dissolving?
Filler are an incredibly versatile tool for creating beautiful and long-lasting results. But because of how easily available they are, the quality of injecting is sadly very variable. Things don't always go as planned and Dr Jake is often asked to see patients have had less than ideal results. Common reasons that patients might see Dr Jake for filler dissolving include:
- lumps and bumps
- a poor aesthetic outcomes
- chronic puffiness (common with under eye fillers)
- an obvious asymmetry of the fillers
- filler 'migration' (common with lip fillers)
- vascular occlusions (this is an urgent issue)
How are fillers dissolved?
Traditionally this is done 'blindly'. Injectors will have a rough idea of where problematic fillers are located due to the lump location. But because they often don't know the depth, quantity or different areas of filler, they will typically need to flood the area with filler dissolver. This is an imprecise technique and of course any surrounding and non-problematic filler will also be dissolved as a result. (Even if you don't want it to be dissolved!)
Can all fillers be dissolved?
The majority of fillers used these days are made from a sugar-based gel. These fillers can be broken down by injecting a filler dissolving solution. There are however other types of fillers made of a variety of materials including calcium, polycaprolactone and silicon. These fillers are not dissolvable.
Filler dissolving can be immediate or may take several sessions. Each brand of filler is different and how easy they are to dissolve is related to how much filler was injected previously and how long it has been since the injection.