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Sure, ass shots, Brazilian butt lifts, or booty implants are all the rage, but it kinda does make sense that putting a foreign object in one’s body might wreak havoc on its systems … I’m not judging here but it’s imperative that we do our homework before we undergo the knife.

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Accordingly, a new study found that a specific type of butt implant has been linked to a rare but deadly cancer that had previously been only linked to breast implants.

As reported this month in the Aesthetic Surgery Journal, the first documented case of gluteal implant-associated ALCL (anaplastic large-cell lymphoma) was documented in a woman who died after getting a behind job. 

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The case involved a middle-aged woman who received textured silicone gluteal implants about a year before her cancer-related death.

The New York Daily News reports that 457 women in the U.S. have been diagnosed with breast implant-associated ALCL, including nine who died, but prior to this case, no one was diagnosed with ALCL for butt implants.

Note that ALCL is only related to textured silicone implants and not saline or fat-transferred implants, silicone shots, and certainly not black market plastic surgery, which runs its own risk of deformity, complications and death.

Ms. Bronner Helm is the Senior Editorial Director at Colorlines. Mouthy Black Girl. Rosalynn Carter Mental Health Fellow. Shea Butter Feminist. Virgo Sun, Aries Moon.

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DISCUSSION

textured silicone gluteal implants

(google, google) - so basically large silicone breast implants, for the butt. Seems like that would be _safer_ than silicone injections, because at least they’re contained within a .. uhh.. butt shaped ‘thing’. Whereas silicone injections would be right touching all your body’s defense mechanisms and not contained to any one particular spot. More surface area, and possibility for injections to migrate around.

Well, can’t argue with reality, I guess.

Seems like when I was young, ladies that had the silicone breast implants had problems when/if they leaked, and the salt-water ones were developed because of that. (Seems like I saw removal of the salt water ones, from I dunno, someone who wanted to get rid of them (or had health problems related to said implants?) and they looked pretty sketchy after a few years in the body. Not clear and healthy fluid inside. Looked like something (algae? fungus?) grew in them.)

Not something I think about frequently, so I could be totally mistaken.