Lightroom Desktop: Layers all flattened when editing in Photoshop

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Sometimes when I re-edit a photo that I previously edited in Photoshop (from Lightroom CC) all my layers are flattened.

When I go to the web version (lightroom.adobe) and download the edited photo I can see all the layers.
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Greetings adriaanf, 

Here's how it is supposed to work. If you use LIghtroom CC to send a photo to Photoshop, it comes back into Lightroom CC with the layers intact. If you send that file back to Photoshop again, the layers should be available - however... 
...if you move any sliders or make any adjustments or edits to the image, the file sent to Photoshop the second time will be flattened and sent without the layers. You now have three files, the original, the first Photoshop edit and a second Photoshop edit.  Is that how it is working for you?
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Aha I see. Yes that actually makes sense, but when I was in my workflow it wasn't obvious at the time.

It did work like that for me, however there was a case as I mentioned in my original post where I didn't make any adjustments to the photoshop file and the only way I could get the layered version was to go onto the web-based version lightroom.adobe and download that file first and then open it in photoshop.
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It's a old post but I thought I put some life back into it instead of starting a new topic.
This is a weird situation. As adriaanf explained, all layers are gone after a slider is moved in Lightroom CC Desktop. In the first place why ? Lightroom classic doesn't do this.
Now in Lightroom CC Desktop I only have the original raw file and a flattened Tiff file.
If I want the previous version back, I'll have to go to the web version of lightroom and download it there. Sure, happy I still have the file with layers, but how stupid is this !?!
If I had a lot of work in PS and accidentally move a slider in Lightroom CC, it's "gone".

Just make it work as Lightroom Classic and don't flatten anything, or at least make the previous layered version also available in Lightroom CC Desktop.