Are Nasal Liquid Silicone Injections Dangerous?

by Dr. Ramtin Kassir, M.D., F.A.C.S. | June 23, 2016, 1:24 p.m.

There is an increased number of patients coming to our offices for primary nose jobs and revision rhinoplasty. Some consider surgery, while others prefer the alternative to surgical rhinoplasty-- non-surgical rhinoplasty.

When it comes to non-surgical rhinoplasty and correcting nasal irregularities, Dr. Kassir uses dermal fillers, and strongly advises against liquid silicone injections.


For people who decide they don’t want to go through surgical rhinoplasty (whether it’s because of price or downtime), and wish to improve the appearance of their nose, temporary dermal fillers are used to perform nonsurgical rhinoplasty. The Non-Surgical Nose Job or the “15 Minute Nose Jobs” is performed using dermal fillers such as Restylane, Perlane,Radiesse. Temporary fillers are strategically placed to help camouflage bumps, create a better bridge in a flat, narrow, or scooped nose, refine the tip, correct imperfections and provide symmetry- which can make the nose appear smaller and more attractive. Dermal fillers are not permanent, and reversible.

Dermal fillers are gentle and safe, biodegradable and fully biocompatible with human hyaluronic acid which means  allergic reactions are unlikely.

When it comes to silicone injections for non-surgical rhinoplasty, Dr. Kassir strongly advises against silicone injections due to complications. Liquid Silicone injections are not FDA approved. They can lead to infections, since silicone is a foreign material. Initially, your body will begin to fight hard to reject it. Liquid silicone injections to the nose can lead to secondary inflammation, deformities, and granulomas. Once injected, liquid silicone cannot be reversed without surgical intervention. The body begins to form scar tissue around the silicone, and removal can be very challenging.