Vulvar asymmetry due to silicone migration and granulomatous immune response following injection for buttock augmentation

David B. Harker, Jake E. Turrentine, Seemal R. Desai

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A 34-year-old woman was referred to the authors' dermatology clinic for evaluation of right labial swelling and dyspareunia. Her symptoms began after receiving a liquid silicone injection into the buttocks at a cosmetic plastic surgery clinic that was operating illegally by an unlicensed provider. A single prior debulking surgery had produced only temporary relief of symptoms, and the swelling returned. Work-up including magnetic resonance imaging and skin biopsy revealed migration of the injected silicone from her buttock to the subcutaneous tissue of the right labia majora, with an associated granulomatous immune response to the silicone. To the authors' knowledge, the extent of contiguous soft tissue involvement shown in this case has not yet been reported in the medical literature, nor has the finding of migration from the buttocks to the vulvar tissues to produce such dramatic asymmetry. Treatment with intralesional steroids and minocycline was initiated with improvement noted at onemonth follow-up. Large volume and adulterated silicone injections are associated with a host of complications, including silicone migration and granuloma formation. No consensus for treatment exists, but attempted therapies have included surgery, local steroid injections, systemic steroids, tetracycline antibiotics, and other immune modulators. Treatment must be tailored to the individual case, considering the patient's preferences and medical history.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)50-54
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology


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