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Can silicone be removed?

Q:

My face became swollen after having Botox.  However, the doctors are saying that the Botox is not the initial cause.  A few years ago, I had silicone put in my face and the doctors are now saying that the swelling is due to a reaction of having Botox after the silicone.  Can the silicone be removed from my face - my cheeks and around the eyes?  I want to have my face back.

A:

Free silicone is not meant to be injected as a filler. We learned that in the 60's and 70's.

Silicone injection can cause severe granulomas.  These are very difficult to remove completely.

One can attempt to remove some without injury to the facial nerve, but those deep enough to wrap around vital structures cannot be removed.  They can be pulled up as they have a tendency to drop down and give an aged look to the face.

Remember that the silicone that was injected was NOT a medical grade silicone, but bought from the hardware store.

The swelling you have is due to the silicone and has nothing to do with Botox.  As to your statement (I want to have my face back). unfortunately that cannot be achieved.  The damage is permanent.  We can only TRY to improve on what you have.

A:

Although some Silicone is "Medical Grade," even it causes problems when injected.  I saw many problems in the 70's from this and swore never to use even the medical grade product.  The main reason for this is that there is really nothing you can do once problems begin.  This is what happened to Priscilla Presley.  The results you see now are from attempting to remove non-medical grade Silicone. The Silicone is replaced with scar, which causes problems of its own.

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