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The FDA highlights the dangers of using injectible silicone

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a public health warning on Nov. 14. It highlighted the dangers associated with individuals having silicone injected into their bodies either to help with contouring or other types of body enhancement.

In their press release, the FDA acknowledges that they've previously approved injectible silicone, also known as dermal fillers, to be utilized on patient's faces such as to bulk up their cheeks or lips. What they haven't approved, however, is the use of these fillers for the purpose of contouring larger segments of the body such as breasts, rear ends or other muscular areas.

The FDA notes that preliminary evidence they've uncovered shows that injectable silicone cannot only cause disfigurement and scarring, but is known to kill as well.

They note that the substance that they've previously approved for faces is a silicone type of oil as opposed to an injectable liquid. The latter remains unapproved, because it stays permanently in your body. Without a shell like a breast implant, this loose liquid can begin circulating throught your body, ultimately causing life-threatening health complications.

An FDA spokesperson notes that cases have been uncovered in which this silicone was injected in a patient's rear end, only to be absorbed into a patient's blood vessels. In that case, it was throughout the patient's body.

In that case, it was only a matter of time before the silicone entered the bloodstream. Once it did, it had the potential of traveling to a patient's lungs, brain or heart, resulting in a stroke, heart attack or some other type of debilitating injury or even death.

They note that in other instances exposure to this material may cause a patient's health to deteriorate over a period of time, causing chronic poor health.

An investigation has shed light on the fact that there are many medical providers claiming to use silicone oil approved by the FDA on a patient's face, only for it later to be determine that they used injectable silicone.

If your health has declined after having used what was supposed to be an injectable filler on your face, then a Nashville dangerous and defective drug attorney can advise you of your rights in your case.

Source: U.S. Food and Drug Administration, "The FDA warns against injectable silicone for body contouring and enhancement," Nov. 14, 2017

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