Although the FDA has not approved silicone injections as a cosmetic treatment, many people in the United States are turning to injectable silicone to achieve their aesthetic goals. Most commonly, these treatments are used to add volume to the face and other body areas. The primary downside to injectable silicone treatments is that they aren’t nearly as safe as many alternatives, such as hyaluronic acid fillers and fat transfer methods. If you’re experiencing worrying side effects after having a biopolymer, such as liquid silicone injected, you may require silicone injection removal in Boca Raton & West Palm Beach.
What Is Silicone Injection Removal?
Silicone biopolymer removal in Boca Raton & West Palm Beach is a surgical procedure in which biopolymers such as liquid silicone are removed from the body. The most common version of this procedure involves removing silicone from the buttocks after a butt lift procedure.
Why Is Silicone Injection Removal Necessary?
Silicone oil is a liquid siloxane polymer most commonly used in lubricants, caulking materials, and other similar products. This type of silicone is not the same as the silicone used to fill breast implants. The FDA has not approved liquid silicone as an injectable treatment except for specific use inside the eyes, yet many people still inject the biopolymer into areas such as the buttocks, lips, and cheeks.
When liquid silicone is injected into the body, it can result in serious medical problems. For one, silicone can potentially harden beneath the skin, causing pain and an abnormal appearance. In some cases, the silicone can spread to other areas of the body, blocking blood vessels and possibly resulting in stroke or even death. Therefore, removing silicone biopolymer from your body as soon as possible is essential. Unlike hyaluronic acid or poly-L-lactic acid-based fillers, liquid silicone is permanent and will not dissolve with time.
What Should I Expect During the Surgery?
If you think you may be a candidate for silicone biopolymer removal, the first step will be to have a consultation with either Dr. Cook or Dr. DiBernardo. During this meeting, your doctor will discuss your previous silicone injection and ask about any symptoms you’ve experienced. If you’re a candidate for the procedure, they’ll work with you to create a personalized treatment plan.
The silicone biopolymer removal surgery will be performed as an outpatient procedure using either general anesthesia or local anesthesia with IV sedation. To begin, your surgeon will make an incision where the biopolymer needs to be removed from your body. The specific method to remove the liquid silicone will depend on the biopolymer present and the treated body part. Your doctor will do everything possible to safely remove most of the silicone. Finally, they will close the incision with sutures and bandage the treatment area. The surgery usually takes between one and three hours to complete.
Am I a Candidate for Silicone Injection Removal?
Adults with silicone injected into their bodies could be good candidates for silicone injection removal in Boca Raton & West Palm Beach. Ideal candidates for the procedure should:
Have silicone biopolymer in your body
Have realistic expectations for the procedure
Be experiencing side effects of the silicone biopolymer, such as pain or firmness
Be committed to maintaining a healthy lifestyle
Have no plans for future silicone injections
Benefits of Silicone Injection Removal
If you’ve been injected with liquid silicone, silicone biopolymer removal can offer the following benefits:
- Prevents complications from silicone injections
- Alleviates any symptoms from biopolymer silicone in the body
- Restores your peace of mind
- It improves your appearance if liquid silicone has hardened in your body
- Provides immediate results
What Are the Risks?
Before you undergo silicone injection removal surgery, you should be aware of the potential risks of the procedure:
- Wound healing issues
- Anesthesia risks
- Swelling and bruising
- Unsatisfactory appearance
- Persistent pain
How Long Is the Recovery Time?
Your recovery timeline after silicone biopolymer removal will depend on the specifics of the procedure, but on average, patients need around one to two weeks of rest before resuming their regular routines. You may also need to wait four to six weeks before engaging in strenuous physical activity. After your procedure, Dr. Cook or Dr. DiBernardo will give you detailed instructions for the recovery process.
Why Choose Sanctuary Plastic Surgery for Silicone Injection Removal in Boca Raton & West Palm Beach?
Silicone injection removal in Boca Raton & West Palm Beach can be a very complex procedure, and to ensure that you achieve positive results and avoid complications, you need to have it performed by a qualified plastic surgeon. At Sanctuary Plastic Surgery, our skilled surgeons consistently approach every procedure with precision and attention to detail. Whether you work with Dr. Cook or Dr. DiBernardo for your silicone biopolymer removal surgery, they’ll utilize their talent and expertise to provide you with a comfortable experience and thorough results. Contact our office today if you’d like to schedule your initial consultation.