What effects does it have?

What is it?

Subcutaneous injection of 'filler' material to create the appearance of body fat, e.g. on cheeks, hips or buttocks, but which is extremely dangerous.

It's also known as Filler.

How long does it last?

The effects are permanent but frequently involve very serious medical complications.

More information


Silicone filler injections are extremely dangerous and can result in permanent disfigurement 1 or death 2. Do not attempt this.

Silicone injections are different from modern breast augmentation, which is significantly safer.


  1. 1 Hage, J Joris, Kanhai, RC, Oen, Ayke L, Diest, Paul J van and Karim, Refaat B (2001) “The devastating outcome of massive subcutaneous injection of highly viscous fluids in male-to-female transsexuals.” Plastic and reconstructive surgery, 107(3), pp. 734–741.
  2. 2 Clark, Richard F, Cantrell, F Lee, Pacal, Adam, Chen, William and Betten, David P (2008) “Subcutaneous silicone injection leading to multi-system organ failure.” Clinical Toxicology, 46(9), pp. 834–837.

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