Correcting Lips After Too Much Filler

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With the natural look gaining traction, some clients are looking to correct over-treated lips. Check out these expert tips to help them achieve a natural look.

“The issue is that these people received lip augmentation and didn’t realize that it was not what they wanted until they saw themselves with bigger lips and then realized it doesn’t match their face. About 90 percent of the time, I can correct it to a beautiful result without reducing or removing their previous work. The secret is balance. I simply adjust the rest of their face to harmony, and all of a sudden, the patients love their enlarged lips that naturally fit their face.”—Rian A. Maercks M.D., reconstructive plastic surgeon, The Maercks Institute  

“Lip correction can be achieved, but it is a process. Assuming a patient has had a prior treatment with a hyaluronic acid filler, it can be dissolved with hyaluronidase. Hyaluronidase breaks down the protein bonds of hyaluronic acid, thereby dissolving the filler. After waiting about two to three weeks, the process to reshape the lips can begin.”—Tal Roudner, board-certified plastic and aesthetic surgeon, Tal Roudner Plastic Surgery (Coral Gables, FL) 

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