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is is possible to have infection from gore-tex ( inserted 10 yrs. ago) after having restylane (dermal fillers) injected 6 weeks ago?

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Dr. Larry Nichter
Cosmetic Surgery 36 years experience
Infection possible: I assume you are speaking about gortex lip augmentation. Although possible it is unlikely in most patients whether or not you had a supplemental Restylane (dermal fillers) filler injection.
Dr. John Hoffmann
Plastic Surgery 38 years experience
Perhaps: Any permanent implant iike gortex can become infected at any point. Gortex however is usually more resistant than some other types of implants. It is possible that an injection of filler like Restylane (dermal fillers) could introduce infection around a gore-tex implant. Signs of infection would be increased swelling, pain, and redness, you should probably consult with a facial plastic surgeon.
Dr. Anthony Perkins
Plastic Surgery 15 years experience
A possibility: It is important to consult a plastic surgeon when suspecting an infection. Treatment can potentially salvage the Restylane (dermal fillers) and also avoid the Gore-Tex from being removed.
Dr. Barry Cohen
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Yes: The injection could have contaminated the implant seek medical care.
Dr. Suzanne Galli
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 24 years experience
Late stage infection: It depends where the gortex is and if the needle from the injections pierced it. If there was exposure to that needle, the possibility of a late stage gortex infection exists.

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