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Feds Warn Against Risky Silicone ‘Pump Parties’

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Here we go again folks. Silicone gel injections are once again becoming popular. This time people are dying from them. The Reuter’s piece cites examples in San Diego and Los Angeles, California. A few years ago it was in Florida. We don’t learn.

We have known that silicone gel injections were a dangerous proposition for years. Why is it that people still seek them?

I remember as a resident a patient who had had silicone gel injected into her breasts. This left her with breasts filled with nodules that felt like rocks. These hurt her a great deal. We ended up reconstructing her breasts utilizing her tummy tissue (Free TRAM) following mastectomies. Her results were numb breasts, but the pain was gone.

A high price to pay for being stylish. Please research that which seems “new and different” before having it. You might find that it is neither new nor different. It might also not be desirable.

Until Later,

John Di Saia MD


Silcone gel injections have never to my knowledge been approved by the FDA. They are usually performed by non-medical people. In Florida a few years back, they were performed in beauty shops by hair dressers. I am not sure under what circumstances they were peformed for breast augmentation, but this was in the seventies before the FDA was required to approve treatments.

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  • Ack! I know someone who had this done:

    “Did you get implants?”
    “No, he just injected some sort of silicone.”
    “Ummm, and that’s better?”

    I recall the silicone implants and problems always occured if they burst or leaked. So who the hell gave a thumbsup to injecting silicone directly into the breast?

  • What about guys? Who’s gonna give me some silicone so as I can have me some of them great big musculars like what Arnold Schwarzenegger’s got?

    Then again, maybe one reason silicone injections are not yet popular among guys is our culture doesn’t train men to believe the natural male role in life involves lying down and letting strangers do painful things to your body.

  • Are you talking about sex or surgery?

  • Whichever shoe fits.

  • Their your shoes, you tell me.

  • You can answer the question for yourself.

  • I think you just did.

  • Think again.

  • Victor, Rodney, your mom is calling you boys to dinner…

  • Seriously, though, we should all thank Rodney for stepping forward as a man who supports the cultural preferences leading women to risk mutilation.

    It takes real balls to admit a thing like that.

    In fact, with such legendary balls, maybe Rodney is willing to have a barber jab a needle into his testicles and pump some silicone into them. Give them a couple of extra cup sizes. You know, to impress the hotties who enhanced their bustlines to impress him.

    (Word to the wise, Rodney: you might want to get some of your sperm frozen first, just in case.)

  • Rodney Welch

    You’re so lame when you’re pissed, Victor.

  • Feeling a little testy, Rodney?

  • Rodney Welch

    See above.

  • Are you sure you really want to remind everybody of the things you revealed about yourself in comment #3?

  • Bennett

    “sex or surgery”

    Yeah, I remember playing that game in our basement with some classmates…

  • Eric Olsen

    a case can be made that surgery IS sex

  • Bennett

    Heh! Please Eric, make that case for me. I’m feeling rather curious.

  • Rodney Welch

    Comment 3 was merely a charitable attempt on my part to allow you to erase the assumption that you believed “the natural male role in life involves lying down and letting strangers do painful things to your body,” thereby giving us an all-too-painful glimpse of the Plenty boudoir.

  • Quite an imaginative misreading there, Rodney. I especially enjoyed the way you carefully cut out the word “doesn’t” in order to construct your bald-faced lie about the meaning of what I wrote.

    What comment #3 shows is, you were the first one to suggest sex could possibly be the intended meaning of “lying down and letting strangers do painful things to your body.” I made no such connection.

    That may be a revealing glimpse into someone’s boudoir, and certainly into someone’s mind, but not into mine.

  • Rodney Welch

    Feeling testy, Victor?

  • Eric Olsen

    Bennett, you know, the whole “privileged invasion” thing, rooting around in private spots and whatnot.

    Two rules of thumb: never get caught in a land war in Asia or in a conversation about breasts with Rodney.

  • Rodney Welch

    Eric, please. All I did was make a mild comment on Victor’s silly post, which inspired him to go off on one of his typically lurid flights of fancy.

  • Whoa! Deja vu!

  • Rodney Welch

    Another drawback: it invites lame rejoinders like “Whoa! Deja vu!”

  • Eric Olsen

    mine was small joke, no?

  • Rodney Welch

    A small joke for a tiny conversation. And, so, another rousing game of ‘Get the Goat” comes to a merciful end…

  • Eric Olsen

    actually #3 was pretty funny, in the abstract

  • Rodney Welch

    Glad someone got it.

  • Thanks for your services, Rodney. Sometimes it’s good to have such a predictable combatant handy.

    From the moment you posted your little joke, I knew you could be relied upon to help me propel this article into the upper ranks of those most actively commented upon today.

    I just hope all this activity helps the original article be seen by more of the people who might otherwise have undergone the risky cosmetic procedure it warns against.