Safety concerns about injectable fillers

Safety concerns about injectable fillers

29th Oct 2018

Since the time the bigger buttocks trend went mainstream, a number of illegal and unsafe practices to augment the buttocks have emerged. Many patients use injectable fillers to add projection to their behinds; however, most of them end up with permanent disabilities or even death. Injectable fillers are not safe at all. The most common injectable fillers used for butt augmentation are the hydrogel and liquid silicone.

There are many patients who are unaware of the side effects and serious risks of injectable fillers. Practitioners who performed butt augmentation via injectable fillers do it illegally. They are not licensed and they perform the procedure in hotel rooms or unaccredited facilities only. If someone promises to augment your buttocks at a cost extremely lower than of the safe butt augmentation procedures, consider it a red flag.

What makes injectable fillers unsafe?

The injectable fillers are basically polymers or liquid silicone. For example, the particular hydrogel used in the hydrogel buttock injection is called “Acrylamide”. It is often sold under the brand name Aquamid. This kind of filler is manufactured by cooking starch-laden foods at extremely high temperatures. Typically, it is used for commercial purposes, but lately, some unlicensed practitioners have started using it for butt augmentation.

On the other hand, there are many people who think it is safe to augment the buttocks with liquid silicone. Basically, the safest method to use to augment the butt is with silicone implants, not liquid silicone. Liquid silicone is extremely dangerous and has been linked with a number of health complications and life-threatening risks.

During the butt augmentation procedure, the injectable fillers, hydrogel, liquid silicone, or other similar substances are injected into the soft tissue of the buttocks. The injection does not remain limited to the soft tissues only. Instead, the fillers travel to other areas of the body by entering the blood stream. Not only it can leave your buttocks in poor aesthetic shape, but it can also lead to life-threatening conditions like heart attack, stroke, and accumulation of liquid in the lungs.

Prior to considering the injectable fillers butt augmentation procedure, patients must do their research first to know the risks associated with it. The FDA has not approved the use of injectable fillers in buttock augmentation. Anyone who is offering you the procedure is doing it illegally. Moreover, research has found that the substances used in injectable fillers are extremely dangerous, not only aesthetically but also in terms of physical health.

Board-certified and reputed plastic surgeons never perform buttock augmentation with injectable fillers. They will examine your butt’s aesthetic flaws and recommend you only the safest and FDA-approved butt augmentation procedure.

It is worth mentioning here that many people have died after getting injectable fillers. Besides the fact that the substance is unsafe, the people performing the intervention are unlicensed. They are simply after your hard-earned money.

Some people may achieve good results with injectable fillers and think it is better than the FDA-approved methods. The fact is that the results are only short-lived. After a few weeks or months, the buttocks start to look weird and abnormal. Moreover, the patient starts to experience serious health issues.

The most common health risks of injectable fillers include failure of the kidneys, infections, pulmonary embolism, cardiac arrest, and stroke. Furthermore, the patient is likely to experience unbearable pain and get permanent aesthetic flaws in her buttocks.

What are the FDA-approved methods for buttock augmentation?

The FDA has so far approved two procedures for buttock augmentation: the fat transfer to the buttocks and the butt implant surgery. Both of these procedures are relatively safer and deliver reliable aesthetic outcomes. These procedures have been clinically tested and proven to be safe and effective.

The fat transfer procedure, more popularly known as the “Brazilian butt lift”, involves the use of your own body fat to enhance your rear ends. If you have excess fat in your body, you may qualify for this intervention. The BBL’s focus is primarily on enhancing the shape of your buttocks, instead of making it bigger. You will get a mild or moderate projection in your backside as an outcome of the surgery.

The Brazilian butt lift is typically performed under IV sedation or general anesthesia. The procedure starts with the liposuction of the fat donor sites. The fat collected from the fat donor sites is then purified in a centrifuge, and the healthy fat cells are then grafted into the buttocks. As a result, the buttocks become shapelier and more projected.

On the other hand, the butt implant surgery involves the use of foreign objects called “implants” to augment your backside. The implants are made up of semi-solid silicone and are highly durable and immune to ruptures and leaks. They also come in different sizes. The size most suitable for you will be determined by your plastic surgeon during the consultation session.

This type of surgery is performed under general anesthesia. The plastic surgeon will place an incision on your butt and insert the implant inside it. The implant can be placed below, within, or over the gluteal muscle. After placing the implants in the intended position and location, the incisions will then be closed and sutured. As a result of the implants, the buttocks will appear bigger and shapelier. The primary goal of this surgery is to make your behind look bigger. If your goal is to achieve a shapelier backside rather than a bigger one, you should undergo the fat transfer procedure instead.


Buttock augmentation is one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures in the US; however, many patients undergo the illegal procedure of butt augmentation via injectable fillers. The injectable fillers are extremely dangerous for your health. The FDA has not approved the use of it for buttock augmentation. The only FDA-approved and safe butt augmentation procedures are the butt implant surgery and the fat transfer to the buttocks.

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