A recent documentary by singer K. Michelle has brought to light why some women desire the perfect body (Season 1 Episode Suffering In Silence K. hides in bathrooms painfully scratching at the sores from her silicone butt injections). This has often led to many women getting silicone injected into their buttocks for fullness and to conform to social norms.
Complications can occur at the time of initial injection.
This is different than the silicone that is used in breast implants.
The only FDA improved silicone oil that is FDA approved is in small amounts for ophthalmic use. Many patients want the silicone from the buttocks removed once the complications appear.
- Silicone can get into a blood vessels and travel to the lungs (pulmonary embolism) and can be fatal.
- If the silicone travels to the brain, a stroke can occur.
- Silicone oils are used in lubricants and caulking materials.
It is difficult to almost impossible to remove all of the silicone.
This silicone can often be visualized by MRI and is often dispersed throughout the muscle and fatty tissue of the buttocks. Surgical removal of the tissue in the most problematic areas are often performed.
Burning, redness of the skin and dimpling of skin are some of the common complications. The silicone can often pool in the lower buttocks and give a hanging appearance. Surgical removal can also lead to scarring and disfigurement.
Do not receive injections from an unlicensed health provider.
Before considering silicone butt injections consult with a board certified plastic surgeon.
When sitting, A BBL pillow is used to avoid pressure on the buttocks. Six weeks or more of pressure relief is suggested. This procedure also has potential complications. Fat emboli can occur at the time of injection. This risk is increased if the fat is injected into the gluteal muscle.
The American Society of Plastic Surgery suggests the direct muscle injection should be avoided.
Before considering any of these procedures, consult a board certified plastic surgeon. As portrayed in the documentary, many of the long-term risk and complications cannot be undone.