I had a facial dent filled in with Artecol and for a few years everything was great. However, about a year ago I started to feel a lump and see redness in the area. My Dr has said I have a granuloma and has been treating it with steroid injections, but with little effect. I'm reluctant to have it surgcially removed and my Dr said if I just leave it, it shouldn't have any adverse health risks and just remain an aesthetic issue. Is this true?
Will Granuloma Have Any Adverse Health Risks?
Doctor Answers 1
Steroids will kill the fat around this material.
These foreign body granulomas can be associated with bacterial biofilm. This is essentially a very low grade infection that is caused by bacterial seeding through the skin. I often treat these situations with long term doxycycline and often surgical excision when needed. We really don't have enough information to say if it is a health risk.