You know that silicone has been used safely for decades to add beautiful and natural-looking volume and shape to breasts worldwide. So when you first hear about silicone injections to augment your breasts or buttocks, it seems like a natural next step. Why not forgo the protective casing and just add the silicone directly to the body part you want to enhance?
But injecting silicone directly into living tissue is a vastly different procedure than augmenting your body with FDA-approved silicone implants. So vastly different that the FDA has issued a warning against using silicone or any other injectable filler for large-scale body contouring, calling the unapproved treatment “extremely dangerous.”
Injected Silicone Can Block Blood Vessels
When safely contained in soft, medical-grade, silicone shells, the silicone in breast implants normally stays in place. However, when silicone is injected directly into areas with high vasculature — such as the breasts or buttocks — the free silicone travels through the veins and vessels to other parts of the body. The silicone can block vessels that service the heart, lungs, and brain, leading to heart attacks, stroke, and even death.
Injected Silicone Creates Gravel-like Texture
Free-floating silicone can also form clumps under the surface of your skin, creating a gravel-like texture that can be unflattering, uncomfortable, and unsafe. While injectable medical-grade silicone has been used safely to treat retinal detachment, using it for cosmetic purposes is strictly off label and not approved.
Silicone has also been shown to create granulamatous tissue when injected into unapproved areas, such as wrinkles along the mouth and nose.Removing the pebble-like collections of silicone requires surgery. Unfortunately, surgery can’t necessarily remove all of the silicone, as it tends to circulate throughout the body.
Beware of Bargains
As cosmetic surgery procedures grow in popularity and more and more effective therapies are developed, bargains and copycats abound. While knock-offs in the fashion world have no real consequences, substituting a less expensive substance, such as generic silicone, for brand-name dermal fillers, can have measurable and serious health consequences.The consumer review site, RealSelf.com, is filled with regrets of consumers who thought they were receiving FDA-approved, brand-name dermal fillers only to discover they’d been injected with off-label silicone.
Any time you receive a medical procedure — and “cosmetic” injections are medical procedures, too — be sure you are working with medical professionals. Look for doctors and plastic surgeons who are board-certified and licensed in your state. Be sure to read their reviews, too.
All Medical Procedures Performed by a Doctor
Dr. Julio Garcia, an expert Las Vegas plastic surgeon, performs all injectable therapies himself. Even though many other practices relegate injectable therapies to assistants, Dr. Garcia believes that any procedure that breaks the skin barrier should be undertaken with the utmost precaution. Whether you’re getting facial contouring, or wrinkle relief with Botox® or a dermal filler, your procedure takes place in a relaxing injection room where your comfort and safety are paramount.
Stick to Proven Products and Techniques
Dr. Garcia only uses FDA-approved injectables with safe, tested ingredients, such as hyaluronic acid, a substance that your body produces to keep your skin moist and your joints lubricated. He also only uses injectables to fill in small areas, such as wrinkles and scars, rather than using them to reshape and contour large body parts.
FDA-approved dermal fillers that Dr. Garcia offers include:
- Sculptra® Aesthetic
Silicone Implants Are Safe
Unlike free-circulating silicone injections, contained, medical-grade silicone implants are safe and FDA-approved for adding form, shape, and volume to the face, breasts, and buttocks. Dr. Garcia stresses, however, that any invasive procedure carries risk and makes sure you understand all of the risks involved in any procedure you have, including the rare complication of a silicone implant leaking.
Dr. Garcia offers long-lasting, medical-grade silicone implants to add volume and strength to the face, such as:
- Creating a stronger or longer chin
- Building up the jawbone
- Adding depth and lift to the cheekbones
He also offers safe, medical-grade implants to add volume, shape, and lift to your breasts including:
- Saline implants — filled, in position, with salt water
- Silicone implants — filled with soft, silicone gel
- Gummy bear implants — made of thicker, silicone gel
- Structured saline implants — a silicone inner core surrounded by saline
The shells for the implants that Dr. Garcia uses are constructed from stable, medical-grade silicone.
Beauty Takes Time
In addition to being a double-board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Garcia is also a skilled artist with a degree in Art History. He brings both advanced skill sets to each one of his consultations and procedures.
Whether you’d like to re-contour your face or augment your breasts, Dr. Garcia spends time evaluating your bone structure, skin quality, and anatomy. He makes recommendations that are designed to enhance the harmony and balance of your facial features and body contours to bring out and enhance your own natural beauty.
Dr. Garcia also ensures that you understand each procedure, including associated risks and benefits. When creating injectable therapies — from a simple wrinkle treatment to a full liquid face lift— he’s happy to share with you the branded packaging so you can be sure you’re getting the treatment that’s best for you.
And if you’re augmenting your breasts with silicone or saline implants, Dr. Garcia also takes the time to help you find the right size, shape, and volume that is best for your unique figure. To set up a consultation for face augmentation or breast enlargement Vegas, simply call the office or email.