The Dangers of Silicone Injections

By now, most people are aware that silicone injected into your body is not the safest option.  The illegal practitioners working out of apartments and the back room s of spas and salons know enough to lie to the public and say it is Botox, or collagen or Biopolymer.

The danger not only comes from the people that you hear about on the news using silicone from Home Depot to plump up peoples buttocks, but from medical grade silicone as well.  But WHY is silicone so bad to use in your body?

There is only one type of silicone that is FDA approved as safe to use in the US, and it is for an eye disorder.  There are a very few doctors in the US who use silicone for cosmetics, but only in tiny microdroplet amounts in the face.  The body can tolerate tiny amounts of medical grade silicone carefully placed, but this is not what is being done.

Large volume silicone is poorly tolerated in liquid forms, and serious complications can occur even years later.  Pockets of infection, lumps, migration of the material to other areas, discoloration of the skin, redness and swelling that come and go for years, and chronic pain are not infrequent.  But why do people continue to have these silicone injections?

In most people, problems do not occur, especially right away.  By the time they notice the error, they have already sent dozens of friends for the treatment.  The big danger is that the problems that do occur are sometimes extremely difficult, if not impossible, to correct.

My advice is to be smart, and only have a licensed doctor inject you with anything.  Make sure you see the bottle or syringe, so you are sure of what it is, and the location is clean and professional.  You only get one face and body, so protect it.

State of the Art in Buttocks Shaping

Being the plastic surgeon to the Hispanic community, I am very aware of the desires of my patients for a full, round butt.  In fact, the Brazillian Butt Lift, or fat transfer to the buttocks, is the fastest growing procedure in my practice.  Being known as a specialist in gluteal augmentation, or butt lifts, I also see patients who have tried other methods such as silicone injections and butt implants.  The ones I see are the ones with complications.

Silicone injections to the buttocks are actually illegal in the U.S.  Not to mention, only a doctor licensed to practice in the state where the injection takes place or a nurse under his direct supervision may inject anything into your body.  If someone is a doctor in their country, or a nurse alone, they cannot inject silicone into your buttocks legally.  That is why it is done in apartments, back rooms of spas, and salons.  They call it biopolymer, botox, collagen, or whatever, but it is always silicone.  Do not let this happen to you.

If everything goes right, you may not have a problem.  If there is the slightest impurity, it can create a lifetime of problems and complications that are sometimes impossible to correct.  Permanent color changes, lumps, infections, and abscesses have all been seen in my office.

The solid silicone implants also have issues.  They cannot correct asymmetries , are sometimes uncomfortable to sit on, and can look unnatural.  I do not think they are a good option for most cases.

The fat transfer to buttocks, or Brazillian Butt lift, is incredibly versatile.  You are putting your own fat where you want it, and with proper care, the results can be terrific.  You can even repeat the fat transfer to the buttocks to keep adding to the size, and shape the butt any way you like.

While some patients can lose volume after the butt lift, most are quite happy.  Having the option of repeating the fat transfer makes achieving the desired results much easier except for the patient with no extra fat.  These patients are rare.