Far too often, patients seek black market silicone injections to achieve the figure of their dreams. However, this illegal approach to body contouring has serious consequences due to the fluid and unstable nature of the silicone. These injections are extremely dangerous and pose various health risks such as prolonged swelling, severe pain, or even death. Dr. Mendieta has dedicated his career to fighting black market injectors and can help by meticulously removing the liquid silicone, usually over multiple surgeries. It can be quite challenging to remove the foreign substance, but Dr. Mendieta possesses the experience and expertise necessary to perform this procedure and improve his patients’ quality of life.
Am I an Ideal Candidate for Silicone Removal?
After performing a thorough evaluation of each patient’s condition, Dr. Mendieta devises a surgical plan tailored to their needs. Ideal candidates for silicone removal have previously had silicone injections in their buttocks and may be concerned about the following:
- Chronic pain
- Cosmetic deformities
- Tingling in the arms or legs
- Tissue degeneration
How Is Silicone Removal Performed?
The approach to silicone removal depends on the type of complications a patient experiences, the amount of liquid silicone that must be removed, and the number of areas being treated. Typically, incisions are created near the treatment areas, through which silicone can be removed. All of the details of each procedure, including the potential risks, are discussed during the initial consultation appointment with Dr. Mendieta. Most patients will need to undergo more than one silicone removal session to achieve the best results.
What Is My Recovery Like After Silicone Removal?
The recovery process after silicone removal surgery varies from patient-to-patient. Dr. Mendieta will provide you with detailed aftercare instructions and a recovery timeline that reflects your individual procedure. Bruising, swelling, and discomfort can be expected, but these effects can be managed with the recommended compression garments and prescription pain medication.
Exercise and strenuous activities should be avoided until cleared by Dr. Mendieta. It may be advisable to avoid sitting for some time, and this will also be determined at your initial appointment.
What Results Can I Expect After Silicone Removal?
Once the swelling subsides and the body heals, patients should feel much better and experience fewer silicone injection-related side effects. Silicone removal is permanent and can have a significant positive impact on a patient’s life and health.
Frequently Asked Questions About Silicone Removal
Are there safe options for butt augmentation?
Yes! Patients who desire a more prominent and beautiful backside have many safe and effective options to achieve their cosmetic goals. Dr. Mendieta delivers incredible results with the following approved and legal butt augmentation procedures:
Can liquid silicone be injected without causing problems?
In some cases, liquid silicone injections do not result in symptomatic health concerns. However, many patients are unaware of what could be happening in their body until it is too late. Removing the silicone is the only way to reduce the risks associated with black market silicone injections.
What are the risks associated with silicone removal?
Dr. Mendieta performs silicone removal with amazing results, but some of the possible risks include:
- Prolonged swelling
How can I tell if silicone was injected into my cheeks?
Some patients do their homework and ask for safer injection options, such as Sculptra® Aesthetic.
Unfortunately, not every patient does this, and even some that do find that their unreputable doctors lied and injected silicone instead. When this occurs, patients may only learn that it was silicone injected once problematic symptoms start to occur. If you experience any pain or aesthetic deformities, consult with a plastic surgeon as soon as possible.
How does silicone injection removal work?
There are two common approaches for silicone removal. Liposuction can be used to suck the substance out. However, this only works on large accumulations of silicone. If the silicone has spread out through the body, it will need to be removed surgically. Your plastic surgeon will give you details about which treatment option is best for your situation.
How does the doctor know if the silicone has spread?
An MRI can be done to accurately identify where the silicone is and whether it has spread throughout the body.
Does silicone removal require me to put under?
Yes, you will have to either have general anesthesia or conscious sedation. You can discuss your anesthetic options with your plastic surgeon during your consultation.
Is silicone removal recovery difficult?
Simply put, yes. Most patients report feeling discomfort and that the recovery from silicone removal is challenging. Patients should be prepared that recovery can sometimes take between two and 10 weeks. Additionally, some patients are left with dented areas in their body where the silicone was removed.
However, individuals feel happy that they went through the procedure, as keeping silicone in the body is dangerous and can lead to severe problems.
If the procedure leaves dents in my body, can this be fixed?
Sometimes silicone removal causes dents in the body once the silicone is gone. The area can be reconstructed post-removal so that it feels and looks natural again. This is accomplished using safe techniques, such as fat transfer.
Can the plastic surgeon guarantee that all the silicone will be removed?
Removing silicone is very difficult, and, unfortunately, all the silicone cannot always be removed in a single treatment. Your plastic surgeon will check to see if there is any silicone left in the body after your silicone removal. If some remain, the patient can choose to have a secondary procedure.
Do all plastic surgeons offer silicone removal?
No, a lot of plastic surgeons do not offer silicone removal. It is an incredibly challenging procedure and holds some risks. As a result, some doctors don’t feel comfortable with this procedure. That is why it is important you find a plastic surgeon, such as Dr. Mendieta, who specializes in silicone removal and has done it plenty of times before.