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Silicone injections

Silicone is a manmade injectable filler that can be used to augment body parts and to fill wrinkles, facial depressions, and acne scars.

Silicone Injections Side Effects

Side effects from silicone injections include lumps, raised lines, ulcers, bruising, swelling, redness, chronically inflamed tissues, and general inflammation. Permanent fillers like silicone carry the risk of granulomas, which are small lumps that can develop under the skin after the injection. A granuloma can form at any time even up to 25 years after the initial injection.

Chronic inflammation of the lungs, or pneumonitis, can also occur when massive volumes are injected. Moreover, a granuloma can migrate from the injection site. Pieces of the liquid silicone can also drift from the injection site once it hardens. The worst possible scenario is the materialization of a deadly embolism that can result from silicone that enters the bloodstream or the lungs. An investigation in 2006 to determine the consequences of liquid silicone when injected by unsafe means revealed that, over a 15-year period, 11 women out of a 44 person study suffered a silicone induced pulmonary embolism.

Who shouldn't use it: Liquid silicone is often misused and abused by unlicensed practitioners. Silicone comes in medical grade and industrial grade. Industrial grade silicone contains dangerous ingredients that should in no way be injected into the human body. Even when administered by an accomplished doctor, medical grade silicone can also lead to complications. An estimated four in every 1,000 patients have a post injection problem of some sort.

After care for silicone injections: Once injected, liquid silicone hardens on its own. If it hardens, the area can be massaged to loosen it.

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