In recent years, many new ways of body enhancements appeared in the cosmetic market. The most popular is based on the use of dermal fillers.
In 2016, in the United States alone, the number of treatments based on new technologies in aesthetic medicine reached 2.6 million, including as many as 2 million patients who opted for hyaluronic acid treatment.
What can go wrong?
New preparations and techniques that appear on the aesthetic services market increase the list of potential indications. Treatments allow for skin rejuvenation, restoration of the lost volume, modeling some of the body’s parts, lip augmentation, or non-surgical rhinoplasty. What’s more, the achievements of modern aesthetic medicine make it possible to become convinced that virtually all areas of our body can be treated with different types of fillers.
The trend of body injections brought an abundance of new preparations in the beauty industry. Not all of them are recommended by aesthetic medicine doctors. Fillers can be divided into non-biodegradable and biodegradable.
What should I know about silicone?
Silicone is a well-known preparation that has been used for over 40 years as a kind of oily suspension containing polymethyl siloxane polymers (the combination of silicone, oxygen, and methane molecules). The solution is characterized by high viscosity. As of today, there is no information in the medical literature on the potential allergies caused by silicone, and the filler was administered for years by frequent injections at monthly intervals. However, even several years after the procedure, lumps, granulomas, silicone fibrosis, blockage of lymphatic vessels, or deformation of the body surface could appear. The injected silicone has the ability to progressively travel throughout the body, causing potentially serious health problems. These complications meant that the majority of silicone products were withdrawn from the list of fillers.
The Food and Drug Administration warning
The FDA has issued a warning about the severe damage and deformation of the body that may result from the use of injected silicone to increase the size of the buttocks, breasts, and other parts of the body, manufactured by unlicensed suppliers. Various adverse events may result from the industrial silicones used for unapproved medical purposes. The agency wants to make the public aware of the dangers that may include irreversible deformities or even death.
The use of injected silicone body contouring is not FDA approved and can cause serious side effects, such as pain, scarring, and tissue distortion, which may become permanent or lead to death. If the silicone migrates beyond the injection site, it can lead to embolism, stroke, or infection. Unlicensed and non-medical offices often administer these silicone injections to shape the body. Because they do not report any harm resulting from these treatments, the true extent of the injuries remains largely unknown.
Synthetic substances that permanently fill soft tissues are generally regarded as non-toxic and non-immunogenic. They differ not only in their structure and chemical properties but also in their ability to cause adverse effects and complications. After the injection of all permanent fillers, a response to a foreign body attempting to remove the injected substance is often observed by clinicians. Inflammatory lesions may develop at injection sites many years later or not at all for some substances that permanently fill the soft tissues.
Biopolymer, or silicone, injection is essentially an introduction of a foreign body to your organism. The most popular areas of aesthetic enhancement include buttocks, hips, breasts, face, and muscles, all of which often become victims of the silicone injections. Biopolymer injections to breast tissue will eventually result in tissue scarring, pain, and breast hardening. Silicone injected into your buttocks can travel through blood vessels producing granulomas and other health issues. Muscle biopolymer injections cause another set of potential health concerns, including necrosis, pain, inflammation, or stiffness.
If you fell victim to the dreadful silicone injection practice, there is a way to reverse the unfortunate procedure. Biopolymer removal consists of eliminating the hazardous substance from your body by renowned and qualified practitioners. Our practice can offer various ethically-performed body enhancement procedures to correct the damage done by silicone injections and provide beautiful and safe results.
Who Qualifies for the Biopolymer Removal procedure?
The ideal candidate for a biopolymer removal procedure is anyone who underwent any type of foreign body injections, including loose silicone or industrial hyaluronic acids. All of the side effects highlighted above, such as pain, discomfort, tissue hardening, or inflammation, should promptly schedule a consultation with our providers to address these issues. The extraction procedure is equipped with innovative techniques that are safe to perform and do not deform your appearance. Our state of the art clinic with experienced and top-notch experts is ready to help you regain your confidence, beauty, and health!
Minimizing the risks associated with the use of fillers:
Fillers used in aesthetic medicine are laboratory formulated in a way that provides safety, comfort, and beautiful outcomes if performed correctly. However, follow our tips below when choosing the right treatment:
- Do not be guided solely by the price of the procedure. If someone offers you a filler injection at a much lower cost than standard industry value, the quality of the preparation or the person’s skills are likely insufficient.
- All procedures involving the injection of fillers should be performed in the sterile conditions of a doctor’s office. Do not opt for home, hotel, or spa injectable treatments by an unqualified practitioner.
- Do not buy the preparations yourself, outside the doctor’s office. Dishonest sellers can offer solutions containing industrial silicone or even baby oil.