Signs You May Be A Candidate For Silicone Injection Removal

By: Dr. J. Timothy Katzen


There are certain times it pays to find a good bargain. Getting cheap fillers or silicone injections is not one of those times. Not only are silicone injections illegal and dangerous, but they can also be life-threatening. For patients with silicone injections that are causing problematic symptoms or those who are worried about the possibility of serious complications in the future, plastic surgeon Dr. J. Timothy Katzen offers silicone injection removal at J. Timothy Katzen, M.D. Beverly Hills. Find out more about the risks of silicone injections here and why it’s important to have silicone injections safely removed.

Why are silicone injections dangerous?

Typically, illegal silicone injections are performed by an inexperienced or unlicensed individual in an unsterile setting. In most cases, these injections contain non-medical grade silicone and other extremely dangerous substances. Even though the results may seem pleasing at first, patients can go on to develop a number of painful symptoms and life-threatening conditions, including organ failure, blood clots, cancer, and death.

How do I know if my silicone injections should be removed?

Even patients who aren’t currently having symptoms of silicone injection problems should strongly consider silicone removal to prevent the development of future symptoms or complications, which may include:

  • Chronic pain
  • Swelling and inflammation
  • Redness
  • Deformity
  • Disfigurement
  • Asymmetric features
  • Bulging or lumpy scar tissue
  • Loss of sensation
  • Tingling sensation
  • Referred leg pain
  • Anxiety
  • Fatigue
  • Brain fog
  • Poor sleeping patterns
  • Other medical conditions that do not respond to traditional therapies

How does silicone injection removal work?

Because it is a highly involved and complex procedure, silicone injection removal should only be performed by an experienced, plastic surgeon. Depending on the location of your silicone, how much needs to be removed, and other complications that may be present – such as tissue necrosis or muscle damage – Dr. Katzen will recommend one of two types of silicone removal:

  • UVASS: Ultrasound-guided VASER assisted silicone suction (UVASS) uses ultrasound imaging to identify the location of the silicone. Once the silicone has been located, Dr. Katzen injects a tumescent solution into the treatment site and utilizes precise VASER energy to liquefy the scar tissue that has formed around the silicone. Then, Dr. Katzen removes the scar tissue and silicone with a highly advanced suctioning device.

  • Direct excision: This method involves an incision in the targeted area, through which Dr. Katzen directly excises silicone, scar tissue, and any diseased skin, tissue, or muscle.

Following silicone removal, it is often possible to restore a fuller, more natural look with fat transfer, fillers, implants, or other treatment. If you are interested in tissue augmentation after silicone removal, Dr. Katzen will discuss all of your available options with you. In some cases, it may be necessary to wait a period of time for your tissues to heal from silicone removal surgery before undergoing a subsequent augmentation procedure.

Don’t put your long-term health at risk. Consider silicone injection removal in Beverly Hills, CA

Whether you have silicone in your buttocks, breasts, thighs, face, lips, or elsewhere, silicone injection removal can be a life-changing or even life-saving procedure. To find out more about the silicone removal process, including when it may be time to have your silicone injections removed, call the knowledgeable team at J. Timothy Katzen, M.D. Beverly Hills to schedule your one-on-one consultation with renowned plastic surgeon Dr. J. Timothy Katzen.

Call TODAY 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 TODAY at (310) 859 - 7770 to schedule your consultation to regain your health and natural beauty.


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