Whatever happened to Silicone?

Although liquid silicone injections were banned by the FDA is 1992, many unqualified providers will still administer them off-label, with potentially deadly effects. I’m willing to bet that if you asked 5 friends who are “in the know” about cosmetic procedures, that at least 3 of the would not know that silicone was banned. Take a look at Priscilla Presley. That’s how she got that look.

Silicone was used as long ago as the 1950s to augment breasts, and then became very popular in the 1970s and 1980s to fill in wrinkles and enhance lips. However, studies discovered that the injections caused infections and deformities, as well as potentially migrating via the bloodstream and causing blood clots. Just last year, a 43-year old woman died after having black market silicone injections to her thighs and buttocks.

Since silicone is permanent and does not adapt to aging tissue, surgery is required to remove it. Lisa Rinna recently had surgery to improve the appearance of her lips, which were affected by silicone injections administered in the 1980s.

Silicone injections have been replaced by FDA-approved alternatives such as: Botox, fat injections, collagen and Restylane. Most of these treatments last between six months to a year.

So, if anybody asks you about silicone or tells you there’s a great, cheap offer for fillers at Dr. X’s office in Bakersfield, keep in mind, t’ain’t so! And if there IS anybody injecting silicone, don’t get any.

To your health & beauty,

Dr. Dev

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