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Treatment of silicone lip nodules and large lips with surgery - Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery

The surgical treatment of silicone injection complications


Silicone is an inert substance that is widely used in medicines.  Liquid silicone has been thought to provide permanent facial volume enhancement in patients and has been used across the world for lip injection as well as facial volume injections.  Patients who have lip injections with silicone often develop a complication of silicone that results in progressive lip swelling, lip nodules, silicone lip granulomas, chronic silicone induced inflammation, subclinical infection, silicone extrusion, and silicone bumps on the lips.  These complications can dramatically affect quality of life of individuals, particularly women, who have had silicone injections to the lips. 


Although silicone has been used extensively with facial fillers, patients with silicone complications in the lips are particularly prone to an aesthetic deformity and chronic discomfort.  Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian is a double board certified plastic surgeon in Los Angeles and has developed a specific surgical protocol for the treatment of silicone lip complications.  He specializes in the management of silicone in the lips and performs surgery in Santa Monica and Beverly Hills.  Dr. Karamanoukian sees patients from across the globe for silicone lip complications and can provide you with specific details for the management of silicone in the lips.


Silicone injections have been used for decades in the lips and it is thought that they produce a chronic inflammation that can lead to soft tissue swelling and lip nodules.  These chronic reactions do not subside with time and can actually worsen with longer duration of the filler.  Unfortunately, standard medical protocols for silicone lip complications cannot manage long term consequences of silicone in the lips.  These complications include chronic inflammation, discomfort and pain, nodules and bumps, and overall poor aesthetic contour of the lips themselves.  Silicone injections can cause complications in the upper lip as well as the lower lip.


Dr. Karamanoukian is one of a handful of plastic surgeons in the world who has developed specific protocols for the management of silicone lip complications.  These surgical protocols have been perfected to manage specific problems associated with silicone in the lips.  The overall goal is to debulk the silicone in the lip and maintain and enhance the natural contours of the lips themselves.  Fortunately, these outpatient procedures can be performed without damage to the nerves or muscles of the lips.  If silicone has been injected into your lips and you have developed complications associated with liquid silicone in your lips, Dr. Karamanoukian can begin your path to success with a consultation.


Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian performs surgery in Santa Monica and Beverly Hills, California.  He sees patients from across the world who have developed problems with silicone lip injections.  These patients have a range of symptoms from the most minimal to the most severe, and have benefited tremendously by a dedicated approach to the surgical management of silicone lip complications.  Many surgeons feel that silicone cannot be removed from the lip, but our expert team of surgeons has developed a protocol that can minimize the reaction and can improve quality of life.  This improvement in quality of life can be life changing and can restore confidence in your lip and face.


The first step to restoring the natural beauty of your lips is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian in Los Angeles.  Dr. Karamanoukian has developed specific protocols for lip silicone complication and can only provide you with recommendations based on a one on one consultation and physical examination.  Dr. Karamanoukian does not provide consultation or recommendations for silicone lip complications by telephone interview or through e-mail.  There are sudden characteristics of silicone lip complications that can only be derived from a thorough physical examination and consultation and this is a requirement for any patient who would like to seek options for silicone lip removal.


One of the newest advancements in silicone lip complication repair is the use of a specific laser to remove silicone from the lip.  The laser does not remove the silicone itself and does not vaporize the silicone itself, but a new protocol allows for laser assisted surgical resection of lip silicone.  Lip repair can be performed using a specialized computer generated continuous beam of laser light to surgically remove and debulk the silicone from the lip.  This should be performed carefully in order to minimize trauma to the lip and to maximize the surgical aesthetic outcome.


If you have complications associated with silicone injections to the lip, please call our office at 310-998-5533.

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