You don’t need to be an FBI Profiler to know that any type of back room surgery is just wrong. Women who choose to have an abortion, notwithstanding the potential moral and personal consequences, can do so with relative ease in this country. For most women, 2011 is long past the days of illegal back room procedures practiced by hacks and others who put the life of a pregnant woman at risk every time she sat on the less than sanitary table. Our current self-centered society has also witnessed leaps and bounds in cosmetic surgery, to include breast and lip implants, liposuction, wrinkle removal, and, of course, gluteoplasty, basically the enlargement and otherwise rounding out of one’s buttock.
Pennsylvania authorities and other medical officials are now investigating the death this week of 20-year-old Claudia Adusei, a British tourist who, along with three of her friends, flew from the UK into Philadelphia’s International Airport and checked into the local Hampton Inn. Adusei, who allegedly had a similar medical procedure done in November 2010, went with her friends to Room 425, a plain vanilla motel room rented by a woman who was allegedly performing illegal, non-FDA approved butt implant procedures in the room. When the 20-year-old first complained of feeling sick after receiving what police say was industrial-grade silicone injections, the two individuals who performed the procedure were already long gone, and are believed to be on the run. The victim’s friends took the rapidly fading young woman to a local hospital, where she subsequently died. Her preliminary cause of death was believed to be heart stoppage due to the silicone that was injected into her vascular system. Now police are involved in a fugitive hunt, and medical authorities are left to wonder just how many other women might have fallen victim to the same back room surgical procedure that these same two hacks may have performed.
In 2009, a former Miss Argentina, 38-year-old Solange Magnono, died due to complications related to her gluteoplasty. In July 2010, 22-year-old Mayra Lissett Contreras died in Los Angeles after two fake doctors performed a similar procedure involving the injection of silicone into that young woman’s buttocks. The individuals that performed that procedure, 53-year-old Guadalupe Viveros, who claimed to be a Mexican physician, and her 50-year-old sister, Alejandra Viveros, allegedly injected silicone into that victim’s vein that traveled in her bloodstream and ended up in her lungs, causing her death due to respiratory distress.
The procedure that all of these victims underwent can allegedly cause a variety of medical conditions ranging from the shifting of the injected silicone to the side of the butt, to heavy scarring to death. In the case of Mayra Lissett Contreras, she died less than one month after police arrested the two “silicone sisters” for practicing medicine without a license, this after other patients reportedly became ill from the injections. In these cases, some of the victims developed infections after the silicone injected into them hardened into solid plastic. The two sisters drummed up their patients by handing out flyers in LA parking lots – quite a medical referral…
In March of 2010, six different women in New Jersey developed similar infections and other complications after receiving bogus injections of what they were told was medical grade silicone. In reality they were injected with hardware-grade caulk, like you would use around your bath tub, to enhancement their butts! Plastic surgeons stress that silicone should never be freely injected into the human body as it often solidifies into rock-hard lumps. As the former President of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons says, “I think people should be very, very wary of silicone injections of any kind. There’s still some physicians who think facial injections are safe, but I’m not convinced.”
While many have turned to “do it yourself Botox injections,” there are obviously many others willing to travel dozens, even thousands of miles to wind up in the "no tell motel," trusting their looks and their lives to someone who probably doesn’t have the slightest idea what they are doing, much less a medical license allowing them to perform such procedures legally. Depending on where and by whom you have such procedures, silicone injections, butt implants or the “Brazilian Butt Lift” can cost from hundreds to well over $10,000, but as usual, you probably get what you pay for. What could be more sterile, surely “some” must ask themselves, than a rundown motel room where the “surgeon” advertises on-line and keeps his or her bag packed and sitting next to the motel room door for a speedy getaway?
Hopefully investigators will quickly identify the women who rented the Philadelphia motel room and who are believed to have performed this illegal surgery. They need to be charged and put behind bars so they can’t hurt another woman. Some will say that the victims in these cases are grown women and should have known better – something that is probably true. If the “doctor” doesn’t have an office, if he doesn’t have medical school and board certified diplomas and certificates on his office wall that you can verify, and if he doesn’t conduct these procedures in some type of surgical suite, then the chances of you placing your butt, and in reality your very life in the hands of a fake, a fraud, and a hack are highly likely.
The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) defines the narcissistic personality disorder. In laymen’s terms, it’s a disorder characterized by a long-standing pattern of grandiosity, to include an overwhelming need for admiration from others, usually believing that you are or should be of primary importance in everybody’s life, or to anyone you ever meet. “I am the sun, you are the stars” would be your favorite musical lyric, fully expecting all to pay special attention to you. For some, that attention is gained by education, position or possessions; while for others, just by their “good” looks, depending, of course, on how you define “good.”
We have, unfortunately, become a nation, and perhaps a world society obsessed with our looks and our believed beauty, with even young teenage girls seeking breast implants to improve their own sought after self-images. Somehow we have been made to believe that we must be forever young, forever good looking, and somehow meet some imaginary standard of physical appearance that the human body just doesn’t equate to on a daily basis. Now we are told that the next edition of the DSM (V) will remove the narcissistic personality disorder. While I’m sure their committee of Ph.Ds has some good reason to do so, I just wonder if it is because we have become a nation so consumed with ourselves that narcissism has become the norm, rather than the clinical exception. If even partially so, such could account for the men and women that have become so desperately obsessed with their looks that they will save money to cross an ocean, just to get a slightly rounder butt. And lastly, even though some may believe that these medical charlatans are targeting only glamor seeking women, I've been told that the transgendered community and people with HIV have been similarly victimized.
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