Interesting article recently in the New York Times written by Anemona Hartocollis and Christina Davidson, A Cheap, Fast and Possibly Deadly Route to Beauty (April 16, 2009). The article reports on how an increasing number of people are participating in “pumping parties” which use illegal silicone injections for cosmetic purposes.
The injections are administered at home, in motel rooms, in makeshift offices or at “pumping parties,” where the guests take turns injecting one another, officials said.
Silicone injections are not legal in the United States. It’s use is considered by the FDA as a violation of Federal law as the use of liquid silicone injections “does not have an approved application for marketing or currently approved investigational exemption to permit scientific study. Liquid injectable silicone has been regulated as a device by FDA since 1976. It was previously regulated as a drug.”
There are many side effects that can occur which are being overlooked by the participants in the parties or maybe not even discussed with them. These side effects include:
- uneven distribution of the silicone resulting in a lumpy or nodular appearance
- development of localized infections
- formation of granulomas
- silicone pneumonitis (rare, when large quantities are used)
- silicone embolism (rare)
Industrial-grade silicone can be bought at a hardware store. But Dr. Graber said there have been reports of the use of substitutes like castor oil, mineral oil, petroleum jelly and even automobile transmission fluid.
I would encourage anyone looking to have liquid silicone injections to NOT do so. If you ignore that advise, then perhaps look for a well trained physician who used medical grade liquid silicone. You at least will have less likelihood of complications that way.
Lip Augmentation; eMedicine article, November 12, 2008; Jorge I de la Torre, MD, FACS
Face: Liquid Silicone Injections ASAPS — Position Paper
A History of Silicone Infections (pdf) by Dr Robert Yoho