Five Reasons Why Silicone Injections Are Harmful To The Body

By: Dr. J. Timothy Katzen


In a perfect world, all cosmetic treatments and procedures would be performed by a licensed and experienced provider. Unfortunately, however, thousands of men and women each year undergo illegal and dangerous procedures, often in an effort to save money. For patients who receive illegal silicone injections, the consequences can range from inconvenient to deadly. At J. Timothy Katzen, M.D. Beverly Hills, plastic surgeon Dr. J. Timothy Katzen is highly experienced in the complex techniques required to safely and appropriately remove illegal silicone injections from the face and body. With silicone injection removal, Dr. Katzen can help restore a patient’s appearance, health, and peace of mind. Read on to learn more about the risks and harms of illegal silicone injection, and find out what options you have to get your silicone injections removed.

What are illegal silicone injections?

For men and women seeking a cheap alternative to dermal fillers or cosmetic surgery, illegal silicone injections may sound tempting. However, these injections are extremely dangerous and pose a number of serious risks to the patient’s health, appearance, and more. Illegal silicone injections are often performed to enhance the lips, buttocks, breasts, or cheeks and typically involve the injection of nonmedical silicone material by an unlicensed individual in a non-sterile environment. This combination of factors makes illegal silicone injections exceptionally harmful. Four of the most compelling reasons why patients should never get illegal silicone injections include:

1. Silicone injections can cause permanent disfigurement

Illegal silicone injections with non-medical silicone often leave the patient with hardened, lumpy, asymmetric features that look very unnatural.

2. Silicone injections can cause chronic pain

In addition to chronic pain and discomfort, illegal silicone injections can cause:

  • Swelling
  • Inflammation
  • Numbness
  • Redness/discoloration
  • Diseased tissue
  • Tissue necrosis
  • Fatigue
  • Infections

3. Silicone injections migrate

Once injected, illefal silicone injections move. That means silicone injected into the buttocks can move into the labia/scronum, thighs, kness, and even ankles. Also, facial silicone injections can migrate throughout the face and neck.

4. Silicone injections can cause cancer

Illegal silicone injections are not only a cosmetic nuisance, but they can lead to a range of serious health problems, including cancer.

5. Silicone injections can kill you

Not only can illegal silicone injections cause life-threatening cancer, but they can also lead to organ failure, the need for an organ transplant, and – in some cases – death.

Regardless of whether or not you are experiencing symptoms related to your silicone injections, they should be removed as soon as possible to reduce your risk of developing complications in the future.

How are silicone injections removed?

Depending on the location of your silicone injections, your symptoms, and other factors, Dr. Katzen may recommend one of the following techniques for silicone injection removal:

  • UVASS: In ultrasound-guided VASER-assisted silicone suction, Dr. Katzen locates the silicone with ultrasound imaging. VASER energy is then used to liquefy this scar tissue, surrounding the silicone. Suction is used to remove the silicone nd associated scar tissue.

  • Direct excision: In some cases, Dr. Katzen may remove silicone injections through an open incision.

In either case, Dr. Katzen uses extreme care and precision to safely remove illegal silicone injections and help restore a more natural look with as little scarring as possible. For patients who wish to augment the treated area after silicone injection removal, Dr. Katzen can discuss the possibilities of using fillers (like sculptra), implants, or fat transfer once the area has healed.

Don’t put your life at risk any longer. Consider silicone injection removal in Beverly Hills, CA

Whether you are experiencing frightening symptoms associated with your silicone injections or you have no symptoms at all, your health is still at risk. To learn more about the importance of removing illegal silicone injections, call J. Timothy Katzen, M.D. Beverly Hills today to schedule your one-on-one consultation with plastic surgeon and silicone removal expert Dr. J. Timothy Katzen.

Call to schedule a consultation. For your convenience, Dr. Katzen has offices in Beverly Hills, CA, Las Vegas, NV, and Dubai, UAE. Physical or virtual consultations can be arranged. Virtual consultation options include FaceTime, Zoom, Skype, and WhatsApp. Call (310) 859 - 7770 today to schedule your consultation to restore your health and beauty.

This is a middle-aged female who had illegal silicone injected into her buttocks. Unfortunately, her body rejected the silicone and the silicone migrated to her hips. This picture shows the silicone dripping out of her skin.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.