Silicone injections – Don’t make a fatal mistake!

by Dr. Adam Rubinstein on February 11, 2011

Buttock augmentation is very popular in the United States and throughout the world. There is probably no place where butt augmentation is more popular than in Miami. Butt augmentation is something that a lot of patients come to my office to discuss. I perform these kind of augmentations on a regular basis. But there are some dangers that patients need to know about.

There are basically two ways to augment the buttocks. They can be made larger by using implants, or by injecting something to increase the volume of the buttocks. Implants are riddled with problems including malposition, infection, extrusion (popping out through the scar), causing pain, and a few others. Suffice to say that butt implants are not a great choice. The problem is that injections can be even more dangerous.

I regularly perform butt augmentation using fat injections. This is a procedure that takes fat from areas with too much of it and places the fat into the butt. The fat is removed with liposuction and then injected back into the buttocks. The result is a really soft and natural butt augmentation and a sleeker body contour after the liposuction. Results can be terrific. The procedure is not inexpensive costing anywhere from $7000 up to $15,000 depending upon the surgeon and the amount of work being done. Patients often prefer cheaper alternatives but don’t know that making that choice comes with high risks.

Some patients try to save some money and have other artificial materials injected into their buttocks. Silicone is often the choice. Silicone butt injections can cause tremendous problems and possibly lead to death. There are many stories in the news about patients trying to have a cheap procedure and ending up dead. Most recently some patients flew to Pennsylvania from England to have this procedure done. One died shortly thereafter in a local hospital. Her injections were done by a non-medical person in a hotel room. Other similar stories are found in New York City and Los Angeles. Always a non-medical person, sometimes in a spa, most of the time in a hotel room, and all ending in death of a patient.

Tomorrow I will broadcast my live radio show talking about plastic surgery disasters. We will spend a good amount of time discussing these tragedies. Tune in (or listen to the archived show) and you might learn something that could save your life. If you’re thinking about having buttock augmentation I strongly recommend fat transfer as a safe choice when performed by a qualified and board certified plastic surgeon. If you try to find a bargain you will probably get more than you bargained for!

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