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Thinking Of Silicone Injections? Things To Consider

29 June

What are the effects of silicone injections?

Liquid injectable silicone has been used for soft-tissue accretion for a long time. However, silicone is considered extremely controversial for cosmetic use. The FDA approved the use of silicone for detached retinas in 1997, but many doctors still use this filler for off-label cosmetic use.

Other doctors describe these fillers as a time bomb, as side effects can be delayed up to 25 years. Inflamed nodules, painful lesions, tissue death, and brown or red patches on the skin are major complications associated with silicone injections. Even less serious effects can be permanent and may need to be surgically removed.

Why shouldn’t I get silicone injections?

1. Side effects

Dr. Marvin J. Rapaport, a Beverly Hills, California based dermatologist, specifically labels liquid silicone as a time bomb. Dr. Rapaport studied cases of 80 patients who suffered from side effects of silicone injections since 1974. In 1 case, a patient ended up with 50 inflamed nodules on her face at the injection sites, and she needed to receive steroid injections several times a year to reduce the swelling.

2. Silicone doesn’t easily break down

Liquid silicone is also called oil silicone because it has a consistency similar to that of motor oil. When liquid silicone is injected into the body, it causes the body to surround the foreign material with collagen, bulking up the skin as a result. Organic materials used as temporary dermal fillers break down under the skin with time. Because silicone is inorganic, it does not break down over time.

3. It is mostly used by non-licensed practitioners

Most side effects are caused by the injection of an impure substance by an inexperienced physician. That being said, there are still several licensed and experienced practitioners who use injectable silicone for cosmetic use with no severe reactions.

4. There are other options

Most of the time, patients do not know what products they are being treated with. Before proceeding with the treatment, patients should make sure they know what they are getting into. Silicone injectables are meant to keep detached retinas in place. There are several injectables made of bioresorbable material that are widely used for cosmetic use.

5. It’s cheaper for a reason

If you’re being swayed by a cheaper price tag, this is usually an indication that an unlicensed injector is offering the service. Silicone can cause very serious health complications when used off-label.

Other anti-aging injectables

  • Dermal fillers

Dermal fillers are commonly known as injectable implants, soft tissue fillers, or wrinkle fillers. Dermal fillers are made of biodegradable materials and they are used to hydrate the skin, augment lips and facial contours, and fill in skin depressions. Dermal fillers should not be used to increase the size of breasts, or feet, or for implanting into bones, tendons, ligaments, or muscles.

  • Botox

Botox and other botulinum toxin injectables block nerve activity in the muscles, causing a temporary reduction in muscle activity. Signals from the nerves to the muscles are blocked, and the injected muscle cannot contract and cause wrinkles. Forehead lines, crow’s feet, and frown lines can be treated using botulinum toxin.


Using injectable silicone for the augmentation of soft tissues is controversial. When a highly purified medical-grade product is employed appropriately by well-trained and experienced physicians, then injectable silicone may be safe to use. However, even experienced doctors cannot guarantee there will be no side effects.

Patients must be made aware of the potential complications associated with proper and improper use of injectable silicone. If you are unsure as to whether silicone injectables are right for you, discuss the pros and cons with a licensed practitioner.

Patients also need to take into account the potential harm that may be caused by using impure substances or by employing improper techniques.

Disclaimer: The contents of this article are for informational purposes only and must not be considered as medical advice. We, do not agree, endorse, or approve opinions expressed by authors of our medical community. Articles are not reviewed for accuracy by You should always consult your doctor when seeking medical advice.

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