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Silicone injections being used as a dermal filler can cause more harm than beauty

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Silicone has been widely used for cosmetic treatments in Thailand in the past several decades. Whether it is silicone bars for a nose job or liquid silicone-filled bags for breast augmentation, the word "silicone" has secured its place in the cosmetic surgery glossary over many years. 

Given the popularity of cosmetic silicone, the recent news regarding the Medical Council of Thailand considering a ban of a particular type of filler _ liquid silicone _ for cosmetic purposes has raised numerous questions, especially among cosmetic surgery enthusiasts regarding the safety of the material. The Medical Council reasoned against liquid silicone saying that it is likely to cause unwanted side effects on the skin. Silicone in the form of liquid can also penetrate through skin layers and flow to other parts of the body resulting in inflammation, swelling, distorted organ shapes or even death.

Secretary-general of the Dermatological Society of Thailand Dr Rataporn Ungpakorn said there are several downsides to a liquid silicone injection and, as a result, the method is not used by certified healthcare providers.

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