The Shellharbour Skin Dissolving Clinic is the first of its kind in the Illawarra, within the lux environment of our new clinic on Benson Ave, under the guidance of Dr Barney Gordon.
Shellharbour Skin offers the dissolving of Hyaluronic acid fillers under ultrasound guidance, meaning unwanted filler can be dissolved with accuracy and in a safe, Dr led clinic . Ultrasound scanning is used to identify where the filler is, with precision and accuracy. Before ultrasound, the dissolution of dermal fillers was undertaken “blindly”, meaning the location and the amount of dissolving required for the target area was estimated by the injector. Historically the amount of dissolving agent required was also estimated, to achieve the desired outcome. With the introduction of ultrasound, injectors are now able to know where to inject the dissolving agent, and see when the filler has been dissolved.
Ultrasound is safe, painless and risk free. There are only benefits of using ultrasound for both injecting and dissolving dermal fillers. Ultrasound is fast becoming the gold standard for both injecting and dissolving across the globe.
Shellharbour Skin is proud to now offer an ultrasound guided Dissolving clinic, as well as offering prescreening assessments before all injectable treatments in the clinic, to reduce the risk of complications during or after the injection of dermal fillers.
A person may choose to dissolve filler for several reasons. The most common reason for dissolving dermal filler is in the unlikely, but possible, event of a complication known as an occlusion. Dermal filler that is injected into – or near – a blood vessel can disrupt the supply of blood and oxygen to the surrounding tissue. An occlusion is an acute, urgent reason for dissolving and must be done in a timely fashion.
Another reason for dissolving dermal filler is due to an unwanted aesthetic outcomes from poorly, or unsatisfactorily placed filler. Poorly placed filler is due to incorrect injection of dermal filler from the injector. Shellharbour Skin’s Dissolving clinic accepts patients who have been to another injector and have had a poor, or unwanted, result from that person’s work. We understand that if a patient has been ‘botched’ by an injector they may very well not want to return to that clinic to have the issue corrected. It can be deeply upsetting for the patient, and this is one of the key reasons we have introduced the Dissolving Clinic.
Other reasons for the dissolution of dermal fillers can be due to migration of dermal filler. This means the filler has ‘moved’ to another unwanted area of the face. Examples of migration are most commonly seen in the lips, when filler ‘spills over’ the boarders of the lips causing lips to look distorted and puffy. Migrated lip filler can affect the way a person smiles, and in some severe cases, how they talk.
Migrated filler can occur in all areas where dermal filler has been injected. Dissolving migrated filler usually requires reinjection again to restore the aesthetic outcome the patient desires.
The last most common reason for dissolving, is a change of mind from the patient. Meaning they may have dermal fillers and after time, they ‘outgrow’ the look they wanted at that time and wish to dissolve the dermal fillers to restore the original outcome. This change of mind is most commonly seen when patients are overfilled, or have attempted to distort their natural anatomy and begin to look unnatural or ‘alien’.
Shellharbour Skin believes in a natural aesthetic look for all injectable treatments and does not carry out any injectable procedures that do not fit within that aesthetic – even if the patient requests it.