From September 18 to 21, 2018, the Faculty of Medicine at “José de San Martín” Hospital at the University of Buenos Aires held the first intrainstitutional silicone awareness week, on the multidisciplinary approach to diseases caused by the injection of silicones and other oils to modify the body contour.
The demand for silicone injections arose both in “cis” women (those whose gender identity corresponds to that assigned at birth) and in “trans” women (users whose identity does not correspond to the gender they were assigned at birth).
In the population served in the crusade that we have initiated, dysfunction in the primary support network is perceived as the absence of the support needed for a person to have shelter and achieve full development. Many among those whom our crusade seeks to assist report having moved from smaller towns to larger cities, or even having immigrated from some other country to Argentina, seeking refuge in anonymity that allows them to leave behind a past filled with rejection, abuse, and emotional discomfort.
Access to clandestine therapeutic injections of liquid silicone and industrial oils offers expected, immediate aesthetic results, which is an advantage for those who choose it. The desire to obtain their desired body image led them to quick and impulsive actions, often driven by a desire to belong. This is why they exposed their bodies to sordid, inappropriate environments (kitchens, offices, workshops).
The experience gained during this week of awareness of the diseases produced by silicone injection clearly shows that there is a need for these patients and their group to be heard, contained, and assisted by the health system.