FDA issues warning about illegal injectable body contouring treatments

The US regulator re-emphasises that no injectable filler is FDA-approved for large-scale body contouring or enhancement


The FDA has issued a new warning to consumers about the dangers of injectable body contouring treatments.

Unqualified providers of injectable silicone continue to pose a major health risk, the US regulator explained.

The FDA does not officially approve any large-scale body contouring or enhancement injectables, although it does approve certain dermal fillers for use in the face.

It stated: “That means you should never get an injectable filler as a breast filler, ‘butt filler’, or filler for spaces between your muscles.

“And you should never get any type of injectable filler for large-scale body contouring or enhancement. These kinds of uses can lead to serious injury, permanent scarring or disfigurement, and even death.”

Consumers are also being conned into treatments without full transparency from the administrator.

The FDA said it is aware that some consumers have been told falsely that they were receiving an FDA-approved dermal filler, but were actually injected with silicone or another unapproved product.

Criminal activity can be reported directly to the FDA via its website.

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