Intraoperative Ultrasound Imaging in Silicone Filler Removal

Marissa A. Suchyta, Christopher H. Hunt, Patrick Eiken, Samir Mardini

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Dermal filler injections, one of the most commonly performed procedures in facial esthetic surgery, are rising in popularity. This has also led to an increase in nonmedical grade filler injections performed by nonmedical personnel, including that of injectable silicone. Surgical removal of silicone fillers is challenging, as the hydrophobic material often disperses within the soft tissue as droplets. This can lead to a systemic inflammatory reaction requiring steroid treatment. MRI localization of the filler material does not enable intraoperative guidance, and palpitation of the material is challenging since the filler droplets are often too small to palpate and located in multiple planes. We present a case demonstrating the advantages of utilizing intraoperative ultrasound to localize and silicone filler material. Utilizing this technique, we were able to achieve a high degree of excision of silicone filler material and the patient was able to stop her previous necessary immunosuppressive steroid regimen successfully.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)E276-E278
JournalJournal of Craniofacial Surgery
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 1 2021


  • Excision
  • filler
  • imflammatory reaction
  • intraoperative imaging
  • removal
  • silicone
  • ultrasound

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Otorhinolaryngology


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