Augmentation Desperation


Mammogram of Free Silicone Injected into the Breast


Ryan Polselli

This image demonstrates the consequences of injecting free silicone into the breast.

Patients looking for a quick and cheap fix to enlarge their breasts sometimes resort to injecting silicone (frequently automotive grade silicone from a tube).

For patients that are lucky enough to avoid some of the initial risks such as infection, the initial breast enlargement is short-lived. As the breast tissue reacts to the free silicone, it always forms an extremely lumpy, marble-like appearance that is essentially permanent. Patients that wish to correct the appearance must undergo extensive surgical reconstruction that still leaves the breasts disfigured.

Although this practice has been around for several years, it is surprising that it continues.

Ryan Polselli, M.D.