Understand the Risks of Silicone Fillers

Written by Dr. Evelyn Sterling

Dr. Sterling is known for her compassionate demeanor and personalized approach, taking the time to understand each patient's unique concerns and expectations. Her dedication to patient satisfaction and safety has earned her the trust and loyalty of countless individuals seeking cosmetic enhancement.

Silicone fillers might seem attractive because they last a lot longer than other fillers, making them appear cost-effective in the long run. However, it’s important to know that the FDA has not approved silicone fillers for cosmetic use. Despite this, they have been used by both licensed and unlicensed providers across the U.S. for enhancing various body parts, including the face, lips, buttocks, and hips. Sadly, some of these procedures have been carried out by individuals without medical training, leading to serious health issues for those treated.

The main problem with silicone fillers is that they don’t break down in the body. If someone develops an allergic reaction to the silicone, it can be very difficult, if not impossible, to remove, potentially causing lifelong health issues. The exact composition of silicone fillers is often unknown, making it harder to address any complications that arise.

Why People Choose Silicone Fillers

People are drawn to silicone fillers because they’re long-lasting. This reduces the need for frequent treatments, unlike hyaluronic acid fillers, which the body absorbs within 6 to 24 months. Silicone fillers, however, can last for many years, which becomes a problem if an allergic reaction develops.

Risks and Complications

Using silicone fillers can lead to several complications, such as chronic inflammation, the formation of lumps, skin discoloration, and even tissue damage due to the body’s immune system attacking the filler. It’s crucial for patients to be aware of these risks and understand how silicone fillers can lead to chronic health issues.

Immune Response and Chronic Disease

The body might react to silicone fillers as it would to any foreign substance, triggering an immune response. Unlike hyaluronic acid fillers, which can be dissolved, silicone fillers are much harder to remove. This can lead to ongoing inflammation and chronic diseases until the silicone is successfully removed, often requiring surgery.

Filler Migration and Swelling

Silicone fillers can shift from the original injection site to other body parts, causing unexpected problems. This migration can lead to inflammation and swelling in areas far from where the filler was injected. Swelling caused by silicone fillers can distort the normal appearance of the face and body and might require massage or other treatments to manage.

Infections

Silicone-based fillers can become infected, leading to both immediate and long-term health issues. Treating these infections can be challenging, especially if antibiotics are ineffective.

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