Removal of Hydrogel using the VASER Liposuction
Hydrogel injection into the buttocks is currently being performed illegally in the United States. It is fraught with complications which include chronic buttock pain, buttock deformity, hyperpigmentation and even possible loss of limb.
Hydrogel injected into the buttock can either be treated with direct surgical excision and/or using the VASER liposuction method. An MRI of the buttock is performed to map the areas where the hydrogel was injected. Hyaluronidase is then injected into the areas where the hydrogel is located 24 hours prior to surgery. VASER liposuction is then performed to separate the hydrogel from the surrounding fat. Fat is then transferred to the areas where the hydrogel is removed to correct any deformity that results from removal of the hydrogel.
Emmanuel De La Cruz MD, PLLC
Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon, Houston Texas