Recent years have seen a dramatic rise in people taking steps to beautify their appearance or try to look younger. Silicone and other biopolymers are being widely used to enhance certain facial features in young people or get rid of wrinkles in old people. This can be done much more safely using fat transfer techniques. However, liquid silicone and other biopolymers are more popular because of their low costs. More and more unethical clinicians are performing these procedures on unsuspecting people, even after the FDA has strongly advised against their use. This is because when silicone is injected into one part of the body, it can travel to other parts, giving rise to serious health complications.
If you have willingly undergone such treatment, or if you suspect that biopolymers were injected into your body in the guise of safer chemicals approved by the FDA, you should immediately consult a medical health professional to get them removed.
Here are a few questions you can ask your doctor to get a better idea of the whole procedure so you can choose the best option.
What kind of symptoms indicate a need for biopolymer removal?
Getting silicon injections is detrimental to your health because the chemicals in biopolymers injections are incompatible with the human body. They can lead to pain, discomfort, swelling, itching, burning, and hardening on the injection site. If the inflammation caused is left untreated, it can lead to pain and discomfort in other areas of the body, like the arms, torso, and legs.
These chemicals can also release toxins in your body or cause a hypoallergenic reaction, leading to autoimmune dysfunction. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, reach out to a doctor right away, discuss your symptoms, and get a diagnosis so they can formulate a treatment plan for you.
When should you opt for biopolymer removal?
You might think that your surgery was so long ago and since you haven’t experienced any symptoms by now, you are most probably safe from the detrimental effects of these biopolymers. However, ask your doctor if it is possible for you to undergo a removal as a preventive measure.
Often the reactions from biopolymers do not occur immediately after getting injections. Sometimes, they present themselves as chronic issues later in life when significant time has passed. By that time, the damage will be extensive, and it will be difficult to safely conduct this procedure. Doctors have to consider many factors before attempting a removal, like fibrosis in the soft tissue or proximity of important neurovascular structures that could be compromised during the removal. Hence, it is safest to pursue treatment as soon as you can.
Is laser surgery better than open surgery?
More and more doctors are now opting to use lasers one way or another in treating their patients due to their vast benefits. While surgery is also an option, with open surgeries, there is always a risk of further damaging the nerves during treatment, in addition to scarring. Most doctors now opt for laser biopolymer removal instead of open surgeries to prevent these possible risks and side effects.
Laser surgery is also generally non-invasive and safe. Talk to your doctor to determine the best treatment option for your particular case.
What will the recovery look like?
The duration of the recovery period generally depends on how invasive or elaborate the procedure was and how your body responds to it.
Usually, the patient is advised to rest and eat healthily to give the body time to recover. You should make your return to your daily life gradually and carefully, while avoiding vigorous physical activity and unnecessary risks. However, it would help if you inquired with your doctor for more specific and detailed aftercare instructions according to the treatment you are receiving.
Will your insurance cover the treatment?
There are so many different types of insurance, and they all vary in what kind of treatments they cover. Generally, fillers and biopolymer injections are not covered by insurance and you have to pay for these out-of-pocket. However, removal procedures are sometimes covered, depending on your symptoms and how they affect your quality of life.
Ask your doctor if their clinic accepts insurance and talk to your insurance provider about deductibles and other benefits. You can also find out by logging into your online account through your insurance provider and looking for a summary of benefits and coverage.
Biopolymer injections can make you look more pleasing for a while, but they can seriously affect your physical health, which often impacts your mental health. It is imperative to reach out to a professional if you have had any biopolymers injected into your body and ask for them to be removed.
Communicate all your symptoms to the doctor if you’re experiencing any so they can decide the best course of action. Ask about the pros and cons of laser and open surgeries to make an informed decision. Inquire about the recovery time and determine if your insurance covers the treatment.While physical beauty is important for many people, know that it shouldn’t be at the cost of your overall health.