The Dangers of Hydrogel Butt Injections- What you Need to Know

Posted November 04, 2021
Dangers of some butt injections

A fuller booty is all the rage, which is why hydrogel butt injections have become so popular and in such high demand. People are attracted to this non-invasive and non-surgical alternative to a Brazilian Butt Lift or Butt Implant. 

However, with such high demand and popularity for a cosmetic procedure, it can create an opportunity for illegal operatives to use and sell black-market injectables to unsuspecting individuals. 

There are injectable fillers that are legal and safe to use for the buttocks, making it very confusing for patients. 

We break down what makes some hydrogel butt injections dangerous and illegal to use and which filler injectables are safe to use for a butt lift and enhancement. Plus, two other alternatives without the use of fillers. 

What is Used for Hydrogel Butt Injectables? 

A hydrogel injectable formulation comprises of polymer polyacrylamide and water, giving its gel-like consistency that replicates a tissue-like formation and is non-biodegradable. A similar hydrogel injectable is Restalyne or Juvéderm. However, these formulations are based on hyaluronic acid (a natural component found in your body to help a skin’s structure and volume). These injectables are commonly used for the face and are FDA Approved

Hydrogel injections for butt augmentation are typically made of polyacrylamide and silicone, but the silicone is not medical-grade—the same type of silicone material is used as a sealant for securing bathroom and floor tiles. The FDA has yet to approve any injectables that uses silicone. 

Are Hydrogel Butt Injections Legal and Safe? 

The short answer is no- hydrogel butt injections made with polyacrylamide and silicone are not legal and safe. It has been reported that the silicone used in these injectables has harmful side effects and can even be fatal with a large dose amount. 

The silicone used in hydrogel butt injections doesn’t stay in place and can travel to different parts of the body, harden into lumps, and because the silicone is not medical-grade, it’s toxic for your body.  

Which Nonsurgical Butt Augmentations are Safe and Legal? 

As we mentioned earlier, there are filler injectables for the buttocks that are safe and legal to use- when performed by a board-certified practitioner. 

Sculptra Butt Injections

Sculptra is formulated with poly-L-lactic acid, a biocompatible synthetic formula that kick-starts collagen production when strategically injected into the buttocks. Collagen is the protein that gives your skin structure and shape. Your body naturally produces collagen, and Sculptra stimulates collagen production. The unique dermal filler formulation does take three to six weeks for your body to produce collagen- but the results will create natural plumpness and add volume to the injected areas. 

There are also alternatives for non-surgical butt lift without the use of dermal fillers. Here are two options to consider:


CoolScuplting is a brand name for a method of freezing fat as known as cryolipolysis procedure. The process of freezing fat aims to remove the fat cells using a special cryolipolysis device that cools the fat cells without harming the top layers of your skin. CoolSculpting is an ideal option for a patient looking to smooth away cellulite appearances and make the buttocks area look tone. It’s doesn’t add volume, like the Sculptra Butt Injections, but can create a smoother appearance of your behind. Still, a noninvasive treatment without any injectables into your body and with minimal recovery time. 


Emsculpt is a non-invasive butt lift treatment that focuses on lifting and strengthens muscles rather than the fat. The Emscuplt machine is FDA-approved and designed with HIFEM (high-intensity focused electromagnetic field), which contracts the treated area with 11,000-12,000 contractions within a 30-minute session. The goal of the procedure is to tone and strengthen the glute muscle. On average, it takes four sessions to gain muscle, but in a clinical case study published by the Laser in Surgery and Medicine, patients saw a 15\\\% growth in muscle volume. All gain with no pain (or needles). 

How Can I Make Sure I’m Making the Right Choice?  

Before you decide on a butt augmentation procedure, make sure you properly interview and consult with the doctor, practitioner, or technician performing the treatment. 

Check the following professional’s background:

  • Board certification
  • Updated license 
  • Patient reviews and referrals

Ask questions about the procedure and injectable fillers:

  • Potential side effects
  • Recovery time
  • Write down the name of injectable
  • Check the ingredients
  • Check the legality of use in your country

There are many safe and legal options for a non-surgical butt lift. You just need to make sure you spend time researching and consulting with a certified professional. Do not take the risk if the treatment costs less than the average price or if the place of business is not set up or zoned for cosmetic medical procedures. Do not pay the price for spending less when it comes to cosmetic procedures and your body. 

There are other safe and legal butt lift augmentation alternatives like the BBL and butt implant procedures. Learn more detail about each procedure to get a complete list of butt enhancement options. 

- VM


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