Most people familiar with silicone injections think of breast implants. There is currently a dangerous trend that is affecting many Hispanic and Brazilian communities. It seems to be dominating both of these cultures in a deadly way.
Some believe that it stems from them wanting the “J-Lo” booty, with the fuller, more voluptuous backside, but whatever the reason con artists are targeting these two communities with a steadfast persistence. The “black markets” are looking to these unsuspecting patients because of the poorer communities where there is less education and awareness when it comes to these cosmetic procedures.
The silicone that is used in breast augmentation today is an FDA approved medical grade silicone. Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Dr. Leslie H. Stevens is quotes as saying “Common sense should tell you that something is not right when you’re having a medical procedure in some one’s home. A more likely scenario is that the victim knew what she was doing and unfortunately was willing to take her chances.”
Another example of this type of cosmetic surgery gone wrong is what occurred with Pricilla Presley. This plastic surgeon did “injection” parties for celebrities. Ms. Presley received bad silicone injections, which became uneven facial lumps. Later it was found out that the “doctor” had no medical license, and had used car grade silicone that is typically used by automobile mechanics.
This past December a model and mother of two decided to have this procedure done. The silicone that was injected into her buttocks caused a blood clot to lodge into her lungs, and eventually a pulmonary embolism ended her life. Is the cost worth that price?
Another instance was this past March in New Jersey 6 different women were hospitalized after they were given “silicone” injections into their rear ends. After all six eventually were hospitalized, where surgery and large doses of antibiotics were administered, they found out that the silicone was cement like substance that contractors use to caulk bathroom tiles.
Indiana plastic surgeon Dr. Barry L. Eppley says there’s even a strategy at play. “The trap is set up from the beginning. They say the procedure is simple and offer a very low cost, and then find people who will bypass anything for convenience and price,” says Eppley.
Patients need to be aware that there is no permanent filler. The FDA for any other body parts has not approved these silicone injections at this time. The alternative is the implants that are similar to the breast augmentations done today and fat injections. It is known as the “Brazilian Butt Lift”.
It seems to be mainly affecting only the Latin American and South American cultures because in the United States it is the 3rd least form of cosmetic surgery with only 3,900 done in 2009 alone.
Lastly, make sure that the cosmetic surgeon is fully accredited; FDA approved, and they use the highest standard level of care. You only have one life, and any type of enhancement that is not life threatening, you are taking the chance of paying with that one life.