Our society places a lot of pressure on men and women alike to have the “perfect body,” and unfortunately, some people have gone to great – yet often dangerous – lengths in an attempt to achieve just that. Plastic surgery is big business, and upwards of 16 million people have some sort of elective surgery or treatment each year. This comes in the form of lip injections, Botox, breast augmentations, tummy tucks and more. However, while there are many skilled plastic surgeons out there, no qualified surgeon would agree to use injectable silicone for body contouring purposes, which is a warning the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued.

Late last year, the FDA issued a warning against using injectable silicone for body contouring and enhancement, whether for gluteal or breast enlargement. The Administration addressed complaints of unqualified providers posing as physicians or other licensed healthcare providers.

When directly injected into the breasts or buttocks, silicone could travel to other parts of the body and block blood vessels in the lungs, brain or heart. Use of injectable silicone can lead to pain, infection, permanent disfigurement, stroke, other serious injuries and death. Side effects may develop right after injection and could be permanent.

If you are considering plastic surgery, please remember the following:

  1. There is no such thing as a no-risk surgery. A reputable plastic surgeon will not sugarcoat any risks involved and should clearly explain what dangers may be involved, no matter how big or small.
  2. Do your research. The American Board of Cosmetic Surgery recommends choosing a surgeon who is Board Certified. Don’t be afraid to ask the surgeon about years of experience and how many procedures he or she has done.
  3. Scheduling a plastic surgery procedure is not the time to pinch pennies. Don’t automatically select the least expensive surgeon. Likewise, just because a surgeon may charge more does not necessarily mean he or she is more qualified.
  4. Understand even the most skilled physicians can make mistakes.
  5. Ask about and research the surgery facility’s accreditations.
  6. Know that no reputable doctor or licensed provider will practice in a non-clinical setting such as a residential home or hotels.

It is important to note silicone oil used for injection inside the eye has been approved by the FDA. However, large-scale injectable silicone has been approved and is different from the silicone used to fill FDA-approved breast implants. We are currently investigating instances of silicone poisoning Mentor MemoryGel and Mentor saline implant cases alike. Learn more about the defective product cases we handle and how The Ruth Law Team may be able to help you.