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Am I a Candidate for Silicone Injections?
Silicone injections are not the preferred method of treatment for the majority of patients. However, patients who are not good candidates for temporary fillers and/or for those seeking permanent improvements, silicone injections may be a good option. Candidates for Silikon 1000 injections are often:
- Older individuals
- Patients with HIV and other chronic illnesses who are suffering from facial lipoatrophy
- Patients who have experienced facial or body trauma
To determine if you are an eligible candidate for this treatment, schedule a formal evaluation with an experienced, board-certified dermatologist and facial sculptor like Dr. Jason Emer. Once Dr. Emer has evaluated your condition, assessed your aesthetic goals, and carefully analyzed your medical history, he can formulate your ideal treatment protocol.
Silicone injections are not ideal for younger individuals with minor volume loss. For those patients, Dr. Emer typically recommends a combination of HA dermal fillers, semi-permanent fillers like Bellafill, Sculptra, fat grafting, and/or synthetic donor fat injections with PRP to restore volume safely and effectively.
What to Expect During a Silicone Injection Treatment
Dr. Emer performs Silikon 1000 injections at his state-of-the-art West Hollywood medical practice. Silikon 1000 injections can typically be performed in 30 minutes or less per treatment area.
Silicone injections can be painful due to the thickness of the substance, the size of the needle, and the limitations regarding numbing medication. Because Silikon 1000 cannot be mixed or diluted with lidocaine, Dr. Emer uses topical numbing cream and ice packs to diminish some of the discomfort.
Dr. Emer also replaces the injection needle regularly during treatment, which has been shown to significantly reduce pain intensity and decrease the chance of swelling and bruising. While he uses cannulas for many other dermal filler injections, Dr. Emer does not recommend cannula injection for silicone placement as it can lead to linear collagen production and asymmetrical results.
What to Expect After Silikon 1000 Injections
Although patients experience more bleeding with silicone injections than with HA dermal fillers or fat injections (due to the size of the needle), there is actually very little downtime following a silicone injection. Patients may experience bruising and swelling for two to three days following treatment but are generally able to resume their everyday activities without interruption.
Silicone Injection Results
While silicone injections are permanent, results are not immediately visible after the initial treatment. For significant improvement, microdroplet injections must be administered over an extended period of time to stimulate the natural collagen-building process.
Injections are needed every four to eight weeks until optimal correction is achieved. For regular maintenance, Dr. Emer recommends treatments once or twice per year to maintain the results as the aging process continues.
How Much Do Silicone Injections Cost?
The price of your silicone injection treatment will depend on the size of the treatment area(s), the optimal dosage for you, and how many injections are needed to achieve your desired outcome. Once Dr. Emer has established your ideal treatment protocol, he will review all associated costs with you.