In 2009, a beauty queen from Argentina died because of a gluteoplasty (butt augmentation) surgery to plump up her buttocks. The uproar at that time was worldwide and yet we see butt injections growing with alarming frequency especially in developed countries.
Many hoped that the death of the iconic beauty was an isolated incident, but the news kept coming – reports of amputations, allergies, and confirmed deaths from butt injections. Some of cases include that of a 38 year old mother and fashion model that suffered and died from acute respiratory problems (the injected substance seeped into her brain and lungs).
There are two basic types of butt injections:
- Those that use foreign substances (especially silicone)
- Those that use your own fat taken from another part of your body
Silicone (or other foreign substance) butt injections
Foreign substances are free silicone, hydrogels, oils, and saline. Free silicone refers to silicone that is in liquid form and not packed like an implant. In other words, it’s the content of an implant. Silicone, oil, grease, and other non-human substances, are not approved by FDA for use on humans, thus their use is illegal. When silicone is introduced into the body through an injection, there are complications that can happen regardless of whether it is done in a sleazy hotel room or high-end clinic:
- Pulmonary embolism (a blood clot in your lungs or veins because the niddle accidentally enters a vein instead of the butt)
- Kidney failure or critical disruption of the kidney functions
- Inflammation or infection from possible impurities or poor quality silicone
- Appearance of abnormal nodules or bumps under the skin
- Nerve damage
- Scarring and abscess in the butt
- Uneven butt augmentation or asymmetrical results where one cheek is higher or bigger than the other
- Chest pain, breathing problem
Fat transfer butt injections
While less dangerous, fat injections can cause potential problems like:
- Rejection of the fat if you choose to use fat not coming from your own body
- Allergy from anesthesia since it requires two procedures: liposuction and fat injection
- Fat absorption within 8 weeks (which means another procedure would be required, and this cycle could keep repeating if the fat keeps dissolving)
- Buttocks asymmetry from over injection
Alternatives to Butt Injections
The risks of butt injections cannot be overemphasized. Instead of hunting down cheap pseudo cosmetic surgeons or paying $10,000 to a Park Avenue surgeon, why not try these alternatives?
- Exercise to firm your body – one of the most sensible ideas for butt enhancement. It won’t give you humongous apple butt cheeks, but it can prevent sagging and give your behind a natural lift, no matter what your age it. Talk to a certified trainer in your local gym and ask how you can lift your butt and achieve that curvaceous body of yours.
- You can also try padded underwear although you should keep the size to what seems natural. Remember, it’s the substance, and not the size that matters. If you don’t feel like exercising, and you need an instant booty boost, that’s your best alternative.