Silicone Injection Removal (Biopolymer Removal)
Silicone Injection Removal Can be Covered by Insurance
Silicone, biopolymer, or PMMA are names that are colloquially used when referring to foreign body substances that are injected into the body in a non-medical setting. The true substantive makeup of these materials varies and are often unknown by the patient or the person using them. Since these injections are performed in a non-medical setting and are often attempted to be removed in a non-medical setting, there is little definitive evidence of what the material makeup is, and what the consequences of exposure to this toxic, foreign body material are.
The actions of these “pumpers” are dangerous, harmful, and illegal. These individuals use deceptive tactics to lure people into settings where they harm, maim, and sometimes even kill people for their own financial gain.
Illicit silicone injections is a cosmetic procedure that are most often performed on the buttocks/ hips but are also seen in breasts, face, lips, male chest, and calves.
Common symptoms reported by our patients suffering from the effects of Silicone:
- Chronic pain of the buttocks, pelvis, and back
- Recurrent swelling of injected areas and adjacent areas
- Numbness and tingling of extremities
- Chronic headaches
- High Blood Pressure
- Hair Loss
- Electrolyte imbalance
- Chronic skin itchiness
- Pustules of product and/or infectious material
- Physical deformity
What we have seen to be true:
- Silicone can travel within the body
- Silicone can cause chronic, recurrent inflammatory responses within the body
- Silicone can cause fat necrosis
- Foreign body substance in the buttocks cause chronic and debilitating nerve pain
- Non-sterile injections can cause infection and cellulitis
- Many silicone patients share the same common symptoms and pathologies
Jeremy Nikfarjam, MD- World Leading Expert in Silicone Removal Surgery
Jeremy Nikfarjam, MD is a world leading pioneer in the open technique of silicone removal surgery. After training in New York City hospitals in the early ‘00s, Dr. Nikfarjam witnessed firsthand the crisis of patients seeking treatment for symptoms related to illicit silicone injections. At the time, there were only palliative treatments being offered- patients were treated with antibiotics and pain medications then discharged. It was then that he knew he had to find a solution for this underserved population.
Dr. Nikfarjam began taking on silicone removal cases that other surgeons had turned away. Each case was a study in the molecular science of this foreign body substance and of the anatomical and systemic ramifications is has in the body. Whereas every silicone case is truly unique, there are many throughlines in the anatomy of a silicone patient. Dr. Nikfarjam took his case history and through those similarities developed a surgical technique that is nearly universal in resolving this condition.
Learn more about Dr. Nikfarjam’s technique and the mission of the Silicone Removal Center
Dr. Nikfarjam believes that this is a medical condition requiring true medical care. As a physician and a surgeon, his knowledge and experience has lead him to this comprehensive approach to treating the unwanted silicone and the associated symptoms. This means nationally recognized hospital care, world renowned teams of specialists, and the most skilled and experienced surgical team.
Dangers of Biopolymer Substances
Injections of Silicone/ Biopolymer substances are primarily performed on the illegal black market. These substances are not FDA-approved for use in bodily tissues. These materials can cause severe reactions including pain, inflammation, stroke, pulmonary embolism, and even death. If left untreated, these materials can migrate causing symptoms in adjacent parts of the body or migrate throughout other bodily systems.
Any patient who has been injected with an illicit foreign body can be a candidate for Dr. Nikfarjam’s silicone removal procedure. You can schedule a consultation with Dr. Jeremy Nikfarjam if you are suffering from any symptoms related to silicone injections. He will review your situation and health history and make recommendations on the best treatment options for you. Dr. Nikfarjam can explain the benefits and risks of the procedure and answer any questions you may have.
Silicone Injection Removal Procedure
Dr. Nikfarjam believes that the illnesses and chronic symptoms related to illicit silicone injections are true medical problems that require medical treatment. Dr. Nikfarjam’s approach to removing silicone and resolving related illnesses is through an open technique performed in a hospital setting. He opened the Silicone Removal Center to offer a first of its kind, truly comprehensive solution to this unique condition.
Dr. Nikfarjam’s silicone removal procedure is performed in three stages:
- Each stage is pre-authorized through a patient’s insurance policy (click here to learn more about the insurance policies we can work with)
- Performed in an in-patient hospital setting with several dedicated teams who specialize in this condition.
- The first two stages are performed back to back over the same in-patient hospital stay (approximately three days)
- Performed via open technique by a United States Board Certified Plastic Surgeon under general anesthesia.
- Incisions are placed so that they are nearly invisible after surgery
- The reconstructive stage is performed approximately four weeks after the first two stages are completed and includes liposuction and fat transfer (also pre-authorized through insurance)
Remove Silicone and Resolve your Symptoms
Dr. Nikfarjam wants you to know that help is available and that you are not alone in your struggle! Many women and men have fallen victim to illegal silicone injectors but are hesitant to talk about their symptoms out of fear of embarrassment or judgement. The team at New You Plastic Surgery understands your situation and wants to help.
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You deserve care and treatment for your condition and help is available. NYC board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Jeremy Nikfarjam is one of just a handful of surgeons in the world who specialize in silicone removal. He can help resolve your symptoms and restore the shape and contour of your buttocks. He will examine you and review your medical history to determine if you are a candidate for silicone removal surgery. Schedule a consultation today.