With celebrities like Nicki Minaj and Kim Kardashian making the belfie (butt selfie) famous, there's been more and more talk of the ever popular butt injections among women who desire a fuller derrière. But (no pun intended), the procedure isn't exactly a quick fix, as some have unfortunately found out the hard way.
While Plastic surgery may be a way to change or improve your looks, many don't necessarily want to pay the thousands of dollars it can cost. As a result, the illegal market of butt injections has become a popular option for many women who want to transform themselves at an affordable price. But while the cost may seem to be at a steal of a price, recent headline news leaves many asking is it even worth it?
The health risks of illegal butt injections can not only cause potentially permanent damage to the skin and shape of a person's body, it can also be fatal. Victims of botched procedures conducted in hotel rooms and sub par medical offices have continued to make news, with deaths reported within and outside the United States.
"People would come in and have no idea what they had been injected with," University of Miami plastic surgeon Dr. Seth R. Thaller told New Times who descirbes this as "an epidemic."
Cases of illegal butt injections run the gamut of questionable injectables. From silicone, to Botox, Vaseline, and even Fix-a-Flat for automobiles, the adverse reactions to these injections have caused deformities, scarring, blood clots, serious allergic reactions within the bloodstream, and even death.
With so many misconceptions about cheap and easy injectables, many women lack the basic knowledge before they are ready to go under the needle. If you're considering the procedure, experts remind you to keep the following in mind. Drs. Aisha McKnight-Baron, Michael Salzhaeur and Matthew Schulman gave the following tips to Hello Beautiful:
- Make sure they are Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgeons and an active member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
- Your surgeon should perform at least 6 buttock augmentations per week and be able to show you over 100 of his/her own before and after photos
- Most state medical boards have websites where you can review a doctor's malpractice claims history, more than one or two claims against a surgeon is an indication that there are serious problems.
- Fat injections can range anywhere from $4,000-$20,000 and up depending on the state and on the amount of fat that needs to be harvested and injected.
- Be careful and don't be fooled by the term "cosmetic surgeon." This is simply any doctor - radiologists, general surgeon, cardiologist, gynecologist, etc.
- There are only two safe ways to increase the size of your buttocks: injections of your own fat that are obtained through liposuction (this is called fat grafting), or buttock implants that are placed in the buttock, similar to the idea of breast implants.
- Buttock implants are made of solid silicone. They cannot break or leak and there is no risk for allergic reaction to the implant.
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