Popular illegal butt injections can be dangerous
POSTED: Saturday, May 26, 2012 - 5:00am
UPDATED: Saturday, May 26, 2012 - 5:04am
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — Doctors, law enforcement officers and former patients warn of dangers of silicone butt injections.
Ashley and Nicole asked that we not show their faces or give their full names.
That's because both women underwent illegal medical procedures to enlarge their backsides.
Both women said on multiple occasions they went to hotel rooms and apartments in D.C., Maryland, Virginia and Philadelphia where someone injected them with liquid silicone.
"Regular college students, house wives, working women.. They'll come in, they'll walk in and say I want the Kim Kardashian look. Or a little more recently, I want the Nicki Minaj look," said Dr. Chukwuemeka Onyewu, Plastic Surgeon.
But the injections are illegal because their not safe.
Dr. Onyewu says he is seeing more and more women developing complications.
"...have reactions to the skin where the skin is turning dark and very hard, has a leathery appearance to it. We've had just an inflammatory reaction to it where the body makes this scar tissue over it. Over time it descends with gravity and then they have these ah, they feel like little bowling balls. Essentially at he bottom of the buttock pulling down," Dr. Onyewu stated.
Ashley said areas of her skin became hard and lumpy.
Nicole said some her Lymph Nodes started swelling.
Dr. Onyewu said in some cases some people dilute the silicone with other substances including motor oil which can cause kidney failure.
Last year a woman in Philadelphia died when the silicone traveled to her heart.
Rod Rosenstein a US Attorney for Maryland believes the cases are rising.
"Obviously know one should have medical procedure done in a hotel room," said Rod Rosenstein, US Attorney for Maryland.
Doreen Gentzler reporting.