Buyer Beware: Dying for a bigger butt
From the Kardashian clan to Nicki Minaj, the junk in your trunk is a big (#bunpun) business. So big, in fact, that the merits of a big beautiful booty has inspired hit songs like “Bootylicious” and “Baby Got Back,” #belfies (butt selfies), dance trends (hello, twerking), and a current standard of beauty more accepting of a woman’s curves. Fitness and social media enthusiast Jen Selter even turned her considerable caboose into celebrity status, posting online pictures of her assets to the tune of nearly 4.5 million followers, a slew of sponsorships, features in Vanity Fair and People magazine, and the title of “the most famous butt on Instagram.” Claiming to be recognized on the street, her butt has literally made her famous. So it is little wonder that cosmetic surgery aimed at attaining a more curvaceous posterior is on the rise, and with that another disturbingly dangerous trend is growing — women turning to cheap, illegal and even life-threatening “black-market” procedures to enhance their back ends.
There’s no shortage of cautionary tales, with deaths from these underground procedures being reported in Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Pennsylvania, Nevada, and New York, as well as internationally. 20-year-old Claudia Aderotimi allowed a woman she met online to inject illegal silicone into her backend. She died after the substance spread to her organs and killed her. Another woman, Shatarka Nuby died from acute and chronic respiratory failure caused by repeatedly having her buttocks injected with illegal silicone. And just last week interior decorator Tracey Lynn Garner was sentenced to life in prison for posing as a nurse and injecting silicone into the buttocks of 37-year-old Karima Gordon, leading to her death. Garner now faces similar charges in the death of 23-year-old Marilyn Hale.
According to the FBI, the number of cases in which people are posing as fake doctors and nurses to inject such dangerous substances as olive oil, super glue, cement, tire sealant and illegal silicone into women pining for a bigger butt are escalating. These are substances that, when injected into the body, can directly lead to kidneys and liver damage, staph infections, amputations, excruciating pain and hard lumps at the injection site, disfigurations and decaying and darkened leathery skin. A high price to pay for adding a little more junk to your trunk.
With the advent of the modern age and the vast advances in aesthetic plastic surgery, there is no shortage of ways to enhance or contour the body without causing irreparable damage or death — allowing someone who is not a board-certified plastic surgeon to inject unspeakable substances into your body is not one of them. There is only one safe path to any type of body enhancement or contouring, and that’s consulting with a board-certified plastic surgeon on what procedure is right for you.
Verify with the American Board of Plastic Surgery or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada that the plastic surgeon is board-certified.