Biopolymer removal



What is

Biopolymer removal

Biopolymers are substances that are not suitable for human application that are used for fillings on different body parts with aesthetic purposes and good initial results but with serious consequences in the long term. Biopolymers are usually used by unscrupulous persons, they vary from liquid silicone, liquid Vaseline, paraffin, nonmedical forms of vitamin E, to vegetable or industrial oil.

Treatment for biopolymer disease (Iatrogenic alogenosis) is a comprehensive treatment that has a medical component and a surgical component. Medical treatment is based on taking medication that controls swelling response of the body against these products and are used on initial stages of treatment. Surgical treatment consists of removal of strange material. Direct extraction (scalp) shall be required or by liposuction of these substances with the sole purpose of reducing and controlling side effects.

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Dr. Minyor Avellaneda

Academic Training
  • Member of the Colombian Plastic Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery Society.
  • Associated member of the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS).
  • Volunteer at Fundación Operación Sonrisa Colombia (Operation Smile Internacional).
  • University of Birmingham, Alabama (United States), Observership.
  • Maxillofacial and pediatric surgery atChildren's Hospital Alabama (United States)
  • Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeon, Universidad El Bosque.
  • Physician - Surgeon Universidad Javeriana, Bogotá.


To Our Office
1How long does removal of polymers take?
The procedure lasts about four to five hours.
2How long is the recovery?
Patient may return to working activities fifteen days after surgery depending on recovery of each patient and kind of working activity that they have.
3What post-surgery precautions must I have?
It is important to attend every post-surgery massage and control. Basically, to follow recommendations and take medication. Physical activities such as sports may be practiced again on the twentieth day after surgery and they may gradually increase in intensity.
4If I am a foreign patient, how long do I have to stay in Colombia?
It is advisable to stay in Colombia at least twenty days after procedure, for better post-surgery control.
5Am I going to have anti-aesthetic scars after surgery?
If it is worth the case, it is necessary to do scars on skin to be able to extract biopolymers. In other cases, with just liposuction most of the material may be removed.
6May I put prostheses or fat after extraction of biopolymers?
Yes, at extraction of biopolymers of the buttock region, volume and shape are lost. Thus, alternatives such as buttock prostheses and lipo-injection are supplementary mechanisms for this loss of volume. Placing prosthesis or fat must be done at least six months after removing biopolymers.
7Can this surgery be combined?
Yes, this surgery may be combined. In most cases, removal of biopolymers is combined with procedures such as lipo-suction, lipectomy and other body procedures.
8Does it hurt much?
In most cases, presence of biopolymers generates pain in patients. Removal of these substances helps reduce that pain in the long term.