Using silicone implants as well as silicone injections for cosmetic procedures are quite trending nowadays. Silicone injections polymeric organic compounds of silicone most commonly used in plastic surgery procedures.
Generally, silicones are very essential in the field of medicine and cosmetics. They are water-repellent and are stable at a high temperature. It has been used extensively in our modern world. Several uses of silicone include the following:
• Sealant for doors and windows
• Placed in cosmetics to make them smoother
• Used as an implant for breast surgery enlargement and any other type of cosmetic surgical procedures
Cosmetic plastic surgeon uses silicone for many years. The field of cosmetics has been using silicone liquid gel implants since the year 1970. Silicone injections are often used for breast augmentation and any other cosmetic procedures and therapies. Silicone has been used for a couple of years already. It can be injected successfully in different parts of the body like:
• Scrotum (but not including the testicles)
• Penile Shaft
Liquid silicone injections have been used for the correction of facial deformities. It is one of the possible ways for the treatment of these conditions. It is also used for the correction of creases, scars, and wrinkles. Although it is not FDA approved, silicone injections are approved to be used for the treatment of detached retina and also as a lubricant for hypodermic needles.
Drawbacks Of Silicone Injections
Using silicone injections has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. However, during the year 1991, they issued a guideline prohibiting the marketing of liquid silicone injection for any cosmetic purpose due to some cases of reported deaths and side effects brought about by using such product. Since then, the Food and Drug Administration monitored clinical studies investigating the efficacy and safety of using silicone injections. Another organization called The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery or ASAPS also said that “the safety of the use of liquid injectable silicone for cosmetic purposes is controversial, and that it should not be used outside legitimately approved clinical trials”.
Silicone injections are permanent fillers for deep lines, wrinkles, and acne scars, meaning, patients doesn’t need to have maintenance treatments. Once injected into any part of the body, the silicone injection cannot be removed or altered. Effects of silicone injection are well-documented. Although it was not yet proven that silicone causes any systemic disease, several studies have shown that it may be potentially problematic. It may cause several adverse effects and complications like displacement due to gravity; formation of masses of chronically inflamed tissue; movement of silicone to other parts of the body; as well as discoloration and inflammation of surrounding tissue. Foreign-body-type silicoma may also occur even after eleven years.
Other Reported Risks
It refers to the movement away from the intended site. Despite the fact that silicone injections are permanent, it does not mean that silicone will stay put. There is a great possibility that it can migrate and travel to other parts of the body. The migration may cause lumps, infections, and damage muscles or organs.
Even though silicone injections are carefully injected into the body, it can still cause bumps and lumps under the skin. This may happen especially when the injected silicone travels to other areas.
Individuals who are receiving silicone injections or even implants are at a higher risk of developing an allergic reaction. This happens when the body mistakenly perceives the liquid silicone as an invader. Since it is a foreign object, the body tries to fight it off and reject it.