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Experts Warn Against Silicone Procedures for Quick Fix Procedures

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on April 23, 2009

j0185162If you’ve been looking for discount services for breast implants, buttock lifts and other procedures that involve the insertion of silicone implants, you may have come across the opportunity to get silicone injections instead.

New York City’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has issued a statement that says its concerned about the use of illegal silicone injections as a replacement for pricier cosmetic surgery. New York City’s poison control center has received numerous reports from doctors who are treating patients with silicone injections as an alternative to silicone implants.

Silicone injections can be used for the buttocks implant procedures, facial rejuvenation and even for breast implants. The silicone is injected directly into the skin to create a rounder, more plump appearance, and the procedure takes only minutes to complete. However, silicone has not been approved by the FDA for injecting into the body directly, and some people can experience a number of adverse side effects.

A story in the New York Times covered the unfortunate death of Ms. Fiordaliza Pichardo who started getting silicone injections to ‘plump up her thighs and derriere.’ Just one day after receiving one of her injections, she passed away; a medical examiner reported that she died from silicone embolism in her lungs, a situation where the silicone had traveled to her lungs and made it impossible for her to breathe.

Researchers from the Chest Journal explain that symptoms and signs of ‘silicone syndrome’ include fever, cough, chest pains, hemorrhage and altered consciousness. (Source:

The patients may not even realize they are reacting to the silicone until it is too late, and the condition can lead to death.

Silicone injections are typically priced much lower than standard cosmetic procedures, and are illegal in the United States. Still, some doctors are able to obtain the silicone and offer it to patients looking for a ‘discount beauty fix.’ Unfortunately, many patients end up paying a much higher price.


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