Is Silikon 1000 Safe to Use?
- Asked by qwert123 in NY
- 4 years ago
What are the risks?
Silicone is a dangerous filler
Silicone, if free in the body, is a very reactive substance. This inflammatory reaction takes many years to develop in many patients, but is progressive (doesn't get better) and severe It is often severely disfiguring. The silicone literally causes an inflammatory reaction in adjacent tissues. If you look at the cells under a microscope, they are grossly inflamed by a granulomatous reaction, with foreign bodies casting a birefringent light, literally plastic in the skin surrounded by the body's defenses.
The reason we know this is that we have had to treat many patients who were injected with liquid silicone. Their stories are eerily similar. At first, the effect is nice, but slowly the face starts to distort until it becomes deformed.
Surgery then becomes necessary to remove silicone laden tissue. Unfortunately, silicone cannot be located and removed. It is literally like an oil that has infiltrated the tissues, causing permanent irreparable harm.
I am saddened to see how liquid silicone in any form has had a resurgence. Why we have to reinvent the square wheel is beyond me.
As many of the readers know from the blogs, I am quite against semipermanent fillers, especially silicone, but also Artecoll, Radiesse, etc. We are already treating a wave of patients treated by Artecoll with hugely swollen lumps in their faces and hands. They have failed steroid injections and now need surgical excision, which, in advanced stages of swelling, is only a partially successful treatment.
These are my opinions derived from actual examination and treatment of patients.
Silikon 1000 safety
I recognize that the temptation to receive a permanent filler such as Silikon 1000 can be quite high. Admittedly, I have seen some very nice, natural-appearing results with this product when injected by an experienced physician with good technique. My general stance, however, in regard to permanent fillers including Silikon 1000 and Artefill (currently not available), is that it should not be done. Long-term effects are unknown, and the procedure is irreversible. The potential is there to develop granulomas (nodules that represent immune-related tissue reactions) years, even decades later. We are talking about an elective, cosmetic procedure. It is better to be safe than sorry.
Really depends where you are using it
While silicone is prermanent the disadvantage is that it is very permanent. In other words if you do not like it then there is really no cure. On the other hand the hyaluronic acid fillers like Perlane and Juvederm can be reversed. It is for this reason that they remain my fillers of choice.