Long-Term Complications of Illicit Sillicone Injections – PubMed – NCBI
Despite scientific literature replete with stories of disastrous results and disfigurement, illicit subcutaneous injections of highly viscous fluids in massive quantities still are performed, often by unqualified persons. The authors present a devastating long-term outcome from a massive volume of silicone oil injected subcutaneously into the buttocks of a 48-year-old transsexual patient and its ulceration treated only through regular medications
I’m posting this link not just because it involves a transsexual patient, but because these sorts of underground body modifications seem to come up a lot in conversations about transition, especially in places like Internet forums. I’ve never seen any hard numbers, but I’d be willing to bet the instances of illicit silicone injections in the transgender community is much higher than in the general populace.
The monetary and medical barriers to a successful, satisfying transition can sometimes seem insurmountable. It’s understandable why some women would choose to go the route of back-alley injections or black market hormones. But the risks of doing so are just too high. The system is getting better, and hopefully transition will become more accessible and more affordable in the future.