What Are The Hazards Of Illegal Silicone Injections?

By: Dr. J. Timothy Katzen


Whether cosmetic or medical, any procedure should always be performed by a qualified, licensed, experienced provider using approved materials in an accredited facility. Unfortunately, there are many unlicensed individuals who offer discounted services and treatments for patients looking to save money. One of the most common instances is illegal silicone injections. Nearly always, these injections contain chemicals that are not approved for medical use and may cause dangerous and even life-threatening complications. Furthermore, the inexperience of the injector can lead to additional problems.

Internationally recognized plastic surgeon Dr. Timothy Katzen and the caring team at J. Timothy Katzen, M.D. Beverly Hills offer silicone injection removal for men and women to restore their health and appearance. Find out more about the exceptional dangers of illegal silicone injections and the importance of having black-market silicone removed as soon as possible.

What are silicone injections?

Illegal silicone injections are a dangerous practice that involves injecting non-medical-grade silicone into various parts of the body for the primary purpose of adding volume. Typically, these injections are offered at a lower price than approved cosmetic procedures. Often, they are administered by unlicensed, untrained, inexperienced individuals out of their own homes or hotel rooms. This situation makes non-medical grade silicone injections exceedingly hazardous and even life-threatening. Common areas that men and women receive illegal silicone injections include:

  • Face

  • Cheeks

  • Lips

  • Breasts

  • Genitalia

  • Buttocks

  • Thighs

  • Hips

Why are silicone injections dangerous?

Aside from being improperly performed by unlicensed individuals, illegal silicone injections usually contain dangerous substances and chemicals that can lead to a host of complications, health problems, cancers, and even death. Some of the symptoms and conditions that may develop due to illegal silicone injections include:

  • Deformity

  • Severe pain

  • Chronic swelling and inflammation

  • Chronic fatigue

  • Permanent numbness

  • Infection

  • Tissue necrosis

  • Lumps of scar tissue

  • Organ failure

  • Cancer

  • Blindness

  • Hypercalcemia

  • Granulomas

  • Tachycardia

  • Hyperextension

  • Asia Syndrome

  • Anxiety

Can I get silicone injections removed?

Fortunately, patients who received illegal or dangerous silicone injections can often relieve many of their symptoms when silicone injection removal is performed. This complex and challenging procedure should only be performed by a highly experienced provider. Dr. Katzen has helped countless men and women restore a more attractive figure and reverse painful issues associated with their illegal silicone injections.

Silicone injection removal in Beverly Hills is generally performed using one of two different approaches. Depending. The way Dr. Katzen will remove the silicone depends on the severity of the case, amount of silicone present, treatment site, and other factors. During your initial consultation, Dr. Katzen will thoroughly evaluate your areas of concern and determine which silicone removal method is most appropriate for you. The two safest and most effective options for silicone injection removal include:

  • UltraSound guided vaser assisted silicone suction: This procedure involves using ultrasound imaging to identify the silicone, followed by the injection of a specialized tumescent fluid. Next, VASER energy is administered to liquefy the scar tissue around the silicone. Finally, suction is ultimately used to remove both the silicone and scar tissue.

  • Direct excision: Direct excision involves a surgical incision on the skin, that allows the silicone and scar tissue are directly removed. This method also allows Dr. Katzen to remove any diseased tissue if necessary.

Can I get new injections after silicone injection removal?

In many cases, patients can safely have an augmentation procedure or treatment on the area where silicone injections were removed. However, it is essential to allow your body time to recover from the removal procedure and let the tissues heal before undergoing a subsequent treatment.

Do I really need to get my silicone injections removed?

Yes. The dangers of illegal silicone injections can wreak havoc on your appearance, health, and life. Even if you aren’t currently experiencing any symptoms associated with your illicit silicone injections, they may begin to develop at any time.

Restore your health and beauty with silicone injection removal in Beverly Hills, CA.

Don’t gamble with your future and risk complications like cancer, organ failure, or death. If you have received illegal silicone injections, our team is here to help.

Call TODAY to schedule a consultation. For your convenience, Dr. Katzen has offices in Beverly Hills, CA, Las Vegas, NV, and Dubai. 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 FREE consultation to have your silicone removed.


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