'Black Madam' to stand trial for botched cosmetic surgery procedures
June 13, 2012
A woman dubbed the "Black Madam" will go on trial for allegedly holding various so-called "butt-pumping parties" in the Philadelphia area.
According to The Philadelphia Inquirer, Padge Victoria Windslowe, 42, is accused of injecting clients with unknown substances in order to make their rear ends fuller. One client, a British tourist, died after reportedly undergoing the injections at a party held in a hotel room. Another victim, who took the stand at a recent preliminary hearing, said that she became sick after receiving injections at the hands of Windslowe.
Shurkia King, a 23-year-old exotic dancer, testified that she and several other women paid $1,000 each to have four silicone injections in their buttocks on separate occasions. The injections were administered while the women lay face down on a dining room table. Following the procedure, Windslowe allegedly used crazy glue and cotton balls to seal the injection sites.
The Associated Press reports that King developed complications shortly after being injected with what she was told was medical-grade silicone from Thailand. She suffered severe respiratory problems and spent two weeks in a hospital with what doctors said could have been fatal side effects.
Philadelphia police say they believe Windslowe performed as many as 14 of these illegal parties before she was arrested.
Similar stories in which individuals have been killed or seriously injured following illegal cosmetic procedures have made headlines in recent months. One involved a woman from Florida who is accused of injecting substances such as cement, mineral oil and flat-tire sealant in dozens of people.
"We've heard of people having caulk or industrial-grade silicone, neither of which is approved for use anywhere in the body, injected into their buttocks," a North Carolina-based plastic surgeon told ABCNews.com. "There are safe ways to augment the buttocks. Fat grafts usually work extremely well, but obviously you want someone who is board-certified to do that procedure."
Butt implant surgery, also known as buttock augmentation, is also an option. It involves inserting a solid silicone implant into a pocket created at the midline of the buttocks. Like breast augmentation surgery, there are different sizes of buttock implants available, depending on the patient's desired outcome.
Individuals interested in enhancing their appearance through any of these methods should contact a licensed, board-certified plastic surgeon to ensure they reach their desired outcome as well as maintain their safety.
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