Silicone Biopolymer Injection Removal


There are many people in the U.S. who have begun turning towards injectable silicone as a way to achieve their aesthetic goals. These treatments are used to add volume to the face and other body areas, including the buttocks and breasts. The primary downside to injectable silicone treatments is that they aren’t nearly as safe as many alternatives, such as hyaluronic acid fillers and fat transfer methods. If you’re experiencing worrying side effects after having a biopolymer, such as liquid silicone injected, you may require Silicone Biopolymer Injection Removal from Michael J. Sundine, M.D. in Orange County & Newport Beach, CA.

A woman with moles on her face --Newport Beach Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Michael Sundine

What is Silicone Biopolymer Injection Removal?

Subcutaneous fillers have helped to improve cosmetic results while allowing for a less invasive procedure than a corrective surgical procedure. To that end, multiple fillers have been utilized to correct volume issues and increase lip size, fill in tear troughs, fill in nasolabial creases and the pre-jowl sulcus, and augment buttock size. Many patients have had the injection of unapproved fillers such as silicone. These substances can be fraught with multiple problems due to migration, painful encapsulation, infections due to unsterile injection techniques and unsterile fillers, and chronic inflammatory processes throughout the body. Common fillers that we have seen include silicone biopolymer, PMMA Bellafill, Artefill, Artecoll, and Bio-Alcamid.

Common areas for filler injection include:

  • Nose
  • Tear trough area
  • Nasolabial creases (the crease for the side of the nose to the corners of the mouth)
  • Hips
  • Thighs
  • Buttocks

Patients who are having problems related to complications from fillers may have the following issues:

  • There may be redness and swelling in the areas where the filler has been injected. The infection and cellulitis may be recurrent and patients may present having had several courses of antibiotics.
  • There may be firmness and tenderness where the filler has been injected. There may also be nodules underneath the skin.
  • The skin overlaying the injected filler may be red or brown.
  • There may be pain, itching, and burning around the areas where the filler has been injected.
  • There may be numbness because of the compression of nerves by the filler.

Silicone Biopolymer Injection Removal for Brazilian Butt Lift

As a full and round appearance to the buttocks has gained popularity patients have turned to injections to augment the fullness of the buttocks. The Brazilian Butt Lift (so-called BBL) utilizes harvested fat for injection into the buttocks. Many patients who do not have enough fat donor sites have turned to injections, especially of silicone, in order to augment the buttocks.

Some of the late effects of the injections include pain, fibrosis, lumpiness and irregularities, and nerve compression symptoms. The treatment of the injected material may involve a combination of liposuction and direct excisions of the areas of involvement. It is important to understand that if there is significant fibrosis around the silicone any liposuction may not completely resolve the issues.

Scarless Mole Removal -- Newport Beach Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Michael Sundine

What Are The Benefits of

Silicone Biopolymer Injection Removal?

The benefits of having Silicone Biopolymer Injection Removal in Newport Beach & Orange County can provide the following benefits:

  • Prevents complications from silicone injections
  • Alleviates any symptoms from biopolymer silicone in the body
  • Restores your peace of mind
  • It improves your appearance if liquid silicone has hardened in your body
  • Provides immediate results

Who are the Best Candidates

For Silicone Biopolymer Injection Removal?

Practically any adult with silicone injected into their bodies could be a good candidate for a Newport Beach Silicone Biopolymer Injection Removal. Ideal candidates for the procedure should have the following characteristics:

  • Have silicone biopolymer in your body
  • Have realistic expectations for the procedure
  • Be experiencing side effects of the silicone biopolymer, such as pain or firmness
  • Be committed to maintaining a healthy lifestyle
  • Have no plans for future silicone injections
woman laying down -- facelift -- Newport Beach Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Michael Sundine

What’s The First Step?

The consultation will involve a careful review of the issues involved such as pain, any history of infections, nodularity, duration, and any other associated symptoms. A complete review of the medical history is performed in preparation for any possible surgical procedure. Ideally, the type of filler is identified and an examination of the involved areas is then performed.

Following a careful and comprehensive consultation a plan for treatment is developed. In some cases, especially in patients with extensive involvement, imaging studies such as an MRI scan may be needed to define the extent of involvement and the proximity of the material to important anatomic structures.

What to expect on the day of Silicone Biopolymer Injection Removal treatment

For patients who have had silicone injections into the lips therapy generally begins with some cortisone injections into the lips to decrease the inflammation around the silicone. This may not be adequate to resolve the issue and the patient might move towards surgical excision of the silicone. This procedure is generally done as an outpatient with the patient under a general anesthetic.

Other areas in the face may be treated initially with cortisone injections as well. Again if the pain and swelling do not resolve the patient may progress to surgery. Oftentimes liposuction of the areas using small cannulas to remove the filler material may be performed. In cases where there is a firm encapsulation of the filler open procedures to remove the material and the capsule using hidden incisions.

Dr. Sundine getting ready for surgery

Silicone Biopolymer Injection Removal


Your recovery timeline after silicone biopolymer removal will depend on the specifics of the procedure, but on average, patients need around one to two weeks of rest before resuming their regular routines. You may also need to wait four to six weeks before engaging in strenuous physical activity.

How much does Silicone Biopolymer Injection Removal cost in Newport Beach, CA?


The cost of Silicone Biopolymer Injection Removal in Newport Beach & Orange County will vary on numerous factors, including the amount of silicone being removed, if you’re replacing it with another implant or injection, and surgical and facility fees, among other things. The best way to learn how much your procedure will cost is to come in for a consultation with Dr. Sundine and allow him to examine your body. After he creates your surgical plan, our Patient Coordinator will be able to provide you with a full price breakdown.

Why choose Dr. Michael J. Sundine?

Dr. Michael J. Sundine is a renowned board-certified plastic surgeon who has written books on plastic surgery, has won numerous awards, but most importantly is expertly trained. Not only will Dr. Sundine be able to provide his expertise but he also exercises compassion and a terrific bedside manner for his Orange County mole removal patients. Dr. Sundine is an active member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS), and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics (FAAP).

Schedule Your Consultation

If you are looking to quickly remove moles or other skin lesions without the pain or downtime of surgery, Silicone Biopolymer Injection Removal in Newport Beach could be exactly what you need! To schedule your consultation with Dr. Sundine, call us at 949-706-3100 or use our website to request your appointment and a member of our team will be in touch with you!

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