Here we go again folks. Silicone gel injections are once again becoming popular. This time people are dying from them. The Reuter’s piece cites examples in San Diego and Los Angeles, California. A few years ago it was in Florida. We don’t learn.
We have known that silicone gel injections were a dangerous proposition for years. Why is it that people still seek them?
I remember as a resident a patient who had had silicone gel injected into her breasts. This left her with breasts filled with nodules that felt like rocks. These hurt her a great deal. We ended up reconstructing her breasts utilizing her tummy tissue (Free TRAM) following mastectomies. Her results were numb breasts, but the pain was gone.
A high price to pay for being stylish. Please research that which seems “new and different” before having it. You might find that it is neither new nor different. It might also not be desirable.
John Di Saia MD
Silcone gel injections have never to my knowledge been approved by the FDA. They are usually performed by non-medical people. In Florida a few years back, they were performed in beauty shops by hair dressers. I am not sure under what circumstances they were peformed for breast augmentation, but this was in the seventies before the FDA was required to approve treatments.