Buttock Injections Killing And Maiming Women Who Seek A Cheaper Alternative To Plastic Surgery

  • Posted on: Aug 7 2013
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From the Washington Post:

Women across the U.S. are risking their lives for black market procedures to make their buttocks bigger, often involving home-improvement materials such as silicone injected by people with no medical training.

Some want to fill out a bikini or a pair of jeans. Others believe a bigger bottom will bring them work as music video models or adult entertainers. Whatever the reason, they are seeking cheaper alternatives to plastic surgery — sometimes with deadly or disfiguring results.

Deaths from black market buttocks injections have been reported in Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Pennsylvania, Nevada and New York. An interior decorator in Mississippi faces trial in the deaths of two women who were injected at her house.

Though there is little data on the procedures or injuries they cause, doctors and authorities say they are seeing them more often. Online forums used to set up the illegal procedures have attracted thousands of responses. Some men also seek out buttocks enhancements, but the procedures are much more popular among women.

Very big buttocks have been popular in hip-hop videos for years, celebrated by songs like the 1990s hit “Baby Got Back” by Sir Mix-a-Lot, with lyrics declaring, “I like big butts and I cannot lie.”

The article goes on to tell the story of Apryl Brown, a woman who underwent illegal silicone injections to the her buttocks with horrifying results.  After suffering multiple complications, Brown ended up with her hands and feet amputated.

I met Brown while filming an episode of Katie.  Her story is frightening, but serves a reminder for anyone considering black market plastic surgery to exercise extreme caution.  This type of thing happens in your own backyard, too.  I recently filmed a segment of TLC’s My Strange Addiction with a woman who was addicted to these same kind of silicone buttock injections.  She is one of the lucky ones, though, who hasn’t suffered any major complications.  I’m glad she has stopped these dangerous procedures.

To read more of the Washington Post article, click HERE.

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