The Senate on Thursday voted to officially ban the sale of cosmetic butt injections. The AP reports the House voted on a similar measure in October, and the Trump administration is expected to sign the bill.
The Pain Surgeons Association, a cosmetic body, released a statement arguing that the legislation does nothing to prevent “the real problem, which is the ongoing overuse of foreign fillers and needles to plump and create ripples in the natural beauty of an individual’s buttocks.”
Meanwhile, the bill’s opponent, the National Center for Female Health in San Francisco, had some colorful criticism of the legislation: “Instead of doing something that would limit the possibility of using toxic silicone and dangerous substances like PIP to butt injections, Congress will limit the amount of full satisfaction by outlawing product labels for general body contouring purposes,” said founder Donna Vachss-Stockman, referring to a company convicted of selling silicone used in cosmetic injections. “That makes no sense at all.”
The practice of breast augmentation using steroids to artificially bulk up the breasts — “turbo-boob” — has also been outlawed by the Senate.
To be clear, the cosmetic industry, including the world of retouching photos and filming movies, has had a tendency to scream foul whenever legal limits are placed on them. So, while it’s not clear how the Senate’s final bill will actually be enforced, the move is a remarkable step.
Still, if you are going to look for a butt enhancement, the Senate isn’t necessarily going to make it much easier to find. Bottles of the tiniest of plastic buttocks pills are used to pump out tiny globs of silicone, and there’s no legal limit on that. The US Food and Drug Administration does not recommend, and does not even try to ban the drug. There is, however, a treatment protocol for what’s referred to as the “booty injection.” The FDA states, “Though far from transparent, this cosmetic procedure involves surgically injecting of a syringe with the skin and soft tissue area of your buttocks into the muscle.” The injected area is then surgically removed.