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March 1986

Injectable Silicone for Facial Soft-Tissue Augmentation

Author Affiliations

From the Plastic Surgical Service, Melrose-Wakefield Hospital, Melrose, Mass, and the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Boston (Dr Webster); and Plastic, Aesthetic, and Cosmetic Surgery, Brookline, Mass (Drs Gaunt, Hamdan, and Fuleihan and Mr Smith).

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1986;112(3):290-296. doi:10.1001/archotol.1986.03780030054011

• Medical-grade injectable silicone has been safely and efficiently used for facial soft-tissue augmentation in 235 patients. Our 20-year experience with the microdroplet technique included 2,811 treatments performed for camouflaging furrows and grooves, augmentation of facial eminences, and elevation of certain depressed scars. The indications and techniques of injection are discussed. The augmenting effect is greater than that produced by the small volumes of silicone injected. Our study supports other work indicating induction of collagen deposition in the patients around the microdroplets of silicone, thus providing augmentation from volumes of collagen and silicone as well.

(Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 1986;112:290-296)

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