You’ve probably heard about silicone injections for cosmetic enhancement. There are many cases where people have had butt injections with silicone as well as facial injections. Injectable silicone is not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for any aesthetic procedure including facial and body contouring or enhancement. Silicone injections can lead to long-term pain, infections, and serious injuries, such as scarring and permanent disfigurement, embolism (blockage of a blood vessel), stroke, and death.
No dermal fillers are FDA-approved for large-scale body contouring or body enhancement. The FDA cautions you to never get injectable silicone or an injectable filler as a breast filler, buttocks (butt) filler, or filler for spaces between your muscles.
So what if you have gotten silicone injections and the silicone has migrated or moved? What if your health is in danger? Can you have the silicone removed?
Dr. Ryan Stanton is a board-certified plastic surgeon in Beverly Hills. He says that the only option is to surgically cut out the silicone. This often results in more tissue deformation. He says that if it’s impossible to remove all of the silicone you may still need surgery in the future if you continue to have issues. An MRI is valuable in identifying the exact location of the silicone and migration of the silicone can be observed as well.
Yichen Shen, Qianqian Pang, and Jinghong Xu published a paper in the Chinese Journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in December 2021. Liquid silicone injection has been used for cosmetic purposes for 60 years and has shown great popularity in Asia for several decades. Liquid silicone became popular in Germany, Switzerland, and Japan in the 1940s, and thousands of patients were treated in that decade.
Since then, serious complications after liquid silicone injection have received much attention from the public and doctors. Complications of liquid silicone injection include infections, hypersusceptibility, vascular embolization, granulomatous reactions, nodule formation, skin discoloration, and filler migration.
The authors believe that small-volume injections can be treated with topical cryotherapy or intralesional corticosteroid injection. However, surgical excision is the treatment of choice for large doses. The focus of treatment should be to remove the injected material and degenerated tissue as much as possible while protecting normal tissue and its function. Through open reconstructive surgery with an appropriate incision, postoperative scars can be hidden.
Recently, a woman was charged alongside her mother for the murder of an aspiring adult film star after they allegedly injected the star’s buttocks with silicone in a “back ally butt lift.” Alicia Galaz and her mother, Libby Adame, are accused of practicing medicine without a license and causing the death of 26-year-old Karissa Rajpaul in 2019 after injecting her buttocks with a poisonous silicone mixture.
The Los Angeles Police Department believes this might be part of a larger string of illegal butt lifts across LA County. “These are very dangerous, unlicensed medical practices that are propagating themselves through social media,” says LAPD Deputy Chief Alan Hamilton, adding that he believes victims are afraid to come forward because of embarrassment.
“We need these victims to come forward because we need to find out if there are other victims out there that are permanently disfigured or may have passed away as a result of some of these procedures and may have been a victim of a criminal act,” he says.
Since NBCLA first reported the crime in September of 2021, Det. Dinlocker says more than 100 women have come forward believed to be victims. He alleges the mother-daughter duo would transport their medical supplies to private homes with no regard to any emergency contingency. If something were to go awry, he alleges the suspects would disappear, leaving paramedics to arrive to an unknown medical emergency.