Why Every Injector Needs Hyaluronidase
Every injector no matter the expertise level should be carrying hyaluronidase. It is the 911 to most cosmetic fillers.
What Is Hyaluronidase?
It is an enzyme that breaks down hyaluronic acid fillers (HA fillers). It can be used in smaller amounts to break down small bumps of filler or in a large quantity in case of an emergency (vascular occlusions) to prevent necrosis of healthy tissue. It starts working within minutes, however, can take up to 48 hours for full effect.
Hyaluronidase is inarguably the most important drug to have onsite when injecting HA fillers, and carried in large doses too! In the rare case of an emergencies, your injector might give you 1500 iu of hyaluronidase per hour if your tissue is compromised. In the rare event you may be allergic to HA fillers, hyaluronidase will be given in large amounts to dissolve the filler.
Does Every Injector Carry Hyaluronidase?
Every injector should carry hyaluronidase, however, they don’t. Why is that? Honestly, I can’t tell you exactly why.. It is truly negligent not to. We have heard injectors theories not to carry it such as: it is too expensive, they throw it out each time it is expired etc. Well look, that’s a great thing that injectors throw it out!
It means they are using safer techniques to not be using their 911 (hyaluronidase)! Hyaluronidase is expensive, but the cost of it is not above a patient’s vision, life, and safety.
7 Facts About Hyaluronidase
- Not carrying hyaluronidase is dangerous and negligent.
- It must be refrigerated. To all those injectors that have Botox Parties and filler parties- we are looking at you!
- It can be temporarily painful-however, adding some lidocaine helps to relieve the stinging.
- Your injector may re-inject you every hour in the case of an emergency
- Filler bumps that are older may need multiple treatments to dissolve fully
- Hyaluronidase does not break down all fillers. Only hyaluronic acid fillers.
- Patients with anaphylactic allergies for bee and wasp stings are contraindicated for hyaluronidase. However, in the case of a filler emergency, a good injector will weigh the risk benefits for you to receive hyaluronidase. If they need to inject, they will have an Epi-Pen on site.
Learn more in this video by Nurse Sheena:
For more information on hyaluronidase please contact us and we would be happy to answer any questions you may have about it.