What is HyaloFix and what are its benefits?
HyaloFix is pronounced just as it’s written. It’s a way of fixing a problem of hyaluronic acid gel.
So if you have had filler into your cheeks, or your tear troughs, or your nose, or your lips and you’re not happy with it, either because it has changed its appearance or it’s not what you wanted. You regret getting it done. And I’m afraid, there are many patients out there who have had hyaluronic acid gel and then have thought “No, I don’t want this after all”. They come to me a few days afterwards or even a few weeks afterwards and they want to get this fixed. So it’s called HyaloFix.
With HyaloFix, I use hyaluronidase enzyme. This is used off-license and its action is to reverse the hyaluronic acid gel.
Many patients ask me what possible side effects are because the blogs are talking about it affecting your normal hyaluronic acid gel. You might be aware that we are all made out of hyaluronic acid gel. And also, we have our natural hyaluronidase. So constantly, every day, I am producing in my own tissue hyaluronic acid gel and I’m breaking that down with my own hyaluronidase.
However, when you got a large amount that’s been injected by a cosmetic surgeon or whoever has put it in, and it needs to be reversed, your own hyaluronidase is only reversing that very, very slowly over the next 6 months to a year, 18 months, depending on weight or type of hyaluronic acid gel, that’s cross-linking, has been used.
So with hyaluronidase enzyme, that will break down all of the added hyaluronic acid gel. It may very, very temporary break down a little of your hyaluronic acid gel, but it is so temporary because remember you are producing it all the time, and there are no signals being sent to your cells to say “Stop producing it!”. It’s only acting on that little bit that’s there that hour, that minute. So I don’t find with my patients, who are treated here at Clinica London, that they are getting problems from their own tissue. And I go a great length to try to reassure them about that and explain it to them the way I’ve explained to you.
More about Jane Olver
Ms Jane Olver is the founder of Clinica London and a Consultant Ophthalmologist and Oculoplastic Surgeon. Her special expertise is in oculoplastic and cosmetic eye surgery including eyelids and lacrimal surgery. She is specialised in endoscopic lacrimal surgery for watering eyes in adults and children. She has over 20 years’ experience in treating people with eye problems just like you, and has published extensively in scientific journals about Ophthalmology and Lacrimal Surgery and is the author of the books “Ophthalmology at a Glance” and “Colour Atlas of Lacrimal Surgery”. At Clinica London, she is responsible for the Aesthetic Medicine and Surgery part, as well as patients with eye, eyelid and tear duct problems, and acute eye problems.