Silikon™ 1000 and AdatoSil 5000 (purified polydimethylsiloxane, Bausch & Lomb), are both a type of cosmetic filler made from pure silicone. Silikon 1000 and AdatoSil 5000 are FDA approved for treating retinal detachment in the eye. However, doctors have been using these products off-label safely and effectively for many years as fillers that can actually provide permanent results. The long-term nature of Silikon 1000 and AdatoSil 5000 means that—unlike treatments employing almost every other filler—most patients will not have to undergo another procedure to maintain the results.
Successful in restoring lost volume, filling in wrinkles and acne scars and plumping up the skin, Silikon 1000 is a very effective treatment all around the face, including the lips, cheeks and eye area. Dr. Victor uses AdatoSil 5000 to help patients achieve fuller, more even lips, a contoured facial structure and smooth, unlined skin.
The Silikon 1000 Procedure
Since this particular type of filler offers permanent results, it is recommended to proceed slowly and cautiously, conducting the procedure in steps. Rather than injecting a full dosage of Silikon 1000 into the site in one session, Dr. Victor will do it gradually by spreading the treatment across several sessions. This is called the micro-droplet technique, since it involves the injection of only tiny quantities of Silikon 1000 around the treatment site. The body does not absorb the droplets, instead they cause a reaction that includes the production of collagen to surround them.
By gradually making these injections of micro-droplets every few weeks, Dr. Victor can ensure that the shaping will be even and that the volume will reach the desired level without overfilling or under filling the area. This provides a very natural outcome, and is an important safety measure to take since the results are permanent and therefore not easily corrected. The number of sessions required will vary depending upon the patient’s individual needs and goals for treatment.
AdatoSil 5000 Procedure
Some patients may require an anesthetic to numb the treatment area prior to the procedure if they are especially sensitive or receiving the injection in a location such as the lips. Discomfort is typically minimal and the procedure requires little to no downtime from normal activities afterward. Any swelling that may result should resolve in less than two hours. Usually one or two treatments are all that are necessary for Dr. Victor to augment the lips.
The use of Silikon 1000 and AdatoSil 5000 are considered to be very safe, with a low occurrence of any complications or adverse reactions. However, as with any cosmetic procedure, there are some side effects occasionally associated with its use. These include the formation of lumps or pockets of inflamed tissue. In some cases, if the filler is not injected properly, the silicone may migrate, or move from the injection site to another area. These issues are much more common when a large quantity of Silikon 1000 or AdatoSil 5000 is injected at one time than when the administering physician uses the safer micro-droplet method. Dr. Victor specializes in the micro-droplet method, and after 30 years of experience, he is an expert injector of silicone.
Due to the permanency of the results, Dr. Victor typically recommends that his patients try an alternative, short-term filler first. This allows you to see what the results may potentially look like and discuss them with Dr. Victor so that a permanent solution with Silikon 1000 and AdatoSil 5000 can truly be tailored to your goals.
Your body forms collagen around Silikon 1000 and AdatoSil 5000 and eventually the desired look is maintained. The amount of collagen formed depends upon your body’s sensitivity to Silikon 1000 and AdatoSil 5000. No skin test is required.