Silicone Injections: Side Effects and Dangers

Some women do silicone injections to beautify their appearance. Some do silicone injections on the buttocks, breasts, to the face. Although it may make you look more beautiful, silicone injections can also cause various side effects that are harmful to health.

Silicone is a chemical substance that is quite often used as a preservative in drugs or ingredients in pharmaceuticals filler. However, the dosage is not arbitrary. Under the supervision of a doctor, injection filler those made from silicone can be used because the injections of silicone used have already been measured.

However, this is not the same as silicone injections in salons or beauty centers. In some countries, silicone injections for cosmetic reasons are even considered illegal and prohibited. Although in Indonesia there are no specific rules that allow or prohibit this practice, you are advised not to undergo this procedure, especially if it is not under the supervision of a doctor.

Side Effects of Silicone Injections

Silicones come in many forms and not all of them are suitable for use in humans. In addition, silicone injections can cause permanent effects. Side effects can appear immediately or within a few years after the injection.

The following are some of the side effects of silicone injections that are harmful to health:

1. Skin reactions

The use of silicone injections in removing wrinkles on the face or beautifying body shape can cause a reaction at the injection site. This reaction can be bruising or bluish in the skin.

In addition, silicone injections can also cause allergic reactions, such as redness, swelling, pain, itching, and the appearance of lumps in the injected area.

2. Stroke

Silicone is very easy to move and spread from one part of the body to another. When injected into areas that contain lots of blood vessels, such as the face and buttocks, silicone can cause blockages and block blood flow to blood vessels in the brain. If this happens, it can cause a stroke.

3. Granulomas

Silicone injections can cause inflammation of the body's tissues, causing them to break down and harden. In medical terms, this condition is known as a granuloma. This can cause symptoms of a hard and painful lump, as well as tissue damage at the site of the silicone injection.

4. Pulmonary embolism

Silicone injections are also at risk of causing pulmonary embolism or blockage in the pulmonary blood vessels. This condition is very serious and requires immediate medical attention, because it can cause permanent damage to the lungs and even death.

5. Risk of HIV infection and Hepatitis

Silicone injections that are not done by doctors often override the safety and security aspects of patients. Sharing unsterilized needles and syringes increases the risk of transmission HIV/AIDS, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C. This can occur due to mixing of blood from the use of alternating needles.

Because silicone injections can cause various adverse effects on health, doctors and several health institutions, including Food and Drug Administration (FDA), prohibits the use of silicone injections without a doctor's supervision.

If you want to beautify your appearance or try a cosmetic procedure, first understand what the benefits and risks are. If the safety and risks are not clear, it's best to avoid the procedure and check with your doctor first. During consultation, the doctor can give advice and recommend safer and more effective procedures.