Illegal injections can cause serious health problems
March 25, 2011
Illegal injections of silicone are a disturbing and increasing trend across the United States, and New Orleans is no exception. This time of year, many people visit the city, and officials are hoping to dissuade tourists and residents from seeking out the back-door treatments, according to WWL.com.
"Injection of non-medical silicone into the breast, into the buttocks area, to enlarge those areas is becoming more common," Associate Professor of Dermatology at Tulane Medical Center, told the news source. "And, [the substance] can migrate into different organs and there have been deaths reported from the migration problems."
Recently, two British women came to the US from the UK to receive illegal silicone injections, which caused one of the women to die after the silicone traveled through the vascular system stopping her heart. In addition to migrating, the silicone can also cause painful, swollen nodules under the skin.
The illegal injections are often administered in groups during so-called "pumping parties," according to the news source. The procedures are most enticing to those looking to save money on their cosmetic procedures.
Individuals interested in cosmetic procedures have several affordable, safe and legal options available, according to The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Injectable dermal fillers such as Juvederm, Restylane, Radiesse, and Sculptra,are legal, FDA approved, and effective. Potential patients should visit a board-certified plastic surgeon to discuss what types of cosmetic procedures would best suit them.
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