Silicone Injections: Not Worth The Risk

Silicone injections are illegal in the US, but many women receive them-knowingly or unknowingly-in the pursuit of lasting results. However, complications are common.

Silicone injections first gained popularity in the 1950s, when they were used to augment breasts. Because they caused infections, deformities and bumps, they were eventually banned. They are, however, FDA-approved as microdroplet injections for scars.

Liquid silicone is often used off-label or on the black market by unqualified providers. Some women are misled and told that both medical- and nonmedical-grade silicone injections can be used to augment anything-lips, buttocks, face, etc.

Although it lasts indefinitely, silicone does not adapt to aging tissue. The only way to reverse any damage incurred-and damage is not uncommon-is with a surgical procedure, which may not eliminate all the silicone or correct the visible effects. Lisa Rinna recently underwent surgery to improve the appearance of her lips, which she had injected with silicone in the '80s.

More serious that the outward effects, injected silicone can migrate through the blood, causing clotting in the lungs and potentially death.

Have you or someone you know been affected by the side effects of silicone injections? Has a questionable provider ever offered silicone injections to you? Were you fooled into believing you were receiving a safe filler when, in fact, you were being injected with silicone? Share you story by leaving a comment below.