Woman charged in silicone injection death

January 5, 2012

Woman charged in silicone injection death
Woman charged in silicone injection death

A New Jersey woman has been charged with manslaughter and the unauthorized practice of medicine after allegedly injecting a man's penis with silicone in an effort to perform a penis enlargement procedure.

According to The Star-Ledger, 34-year-old Kasia Rivera advertised her services by handing out business cards offering silicone enhancement procedures at bars and other stores in her neighborhood of East Orange, New Jersey. She then performed the procedures at home.

Officials say the injection Rivera gave to 22-year-old Justin Street in May caused his death just one day later.

"I wouldn’t recommend nobody to do it," Street's father, Kysung Mills, told the newspaper. "It’s a dangerous procedure. You see the outcome."

The prosecutor in the case says that the injectable was put directly into Street's bloodstream. The substance then spread throughout his body and shut down his organs, a complication known as silicone embolism.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not approved liquid silicone injections for cosmetic use. In addition, both manufacturers and doctors are prohibited from promoting the substance to be used for cosmetic reasons. 

However, plastic surgeons say cases of individuals being injected with the substance are not unusual. Common areas it is used to enhance include the lips, thighs, breasts and buttocks.

Despite the fact that it is not approved by the FDA, there are some people who say that medical-grade silicone is safe to use as an injectable.  However, the dangers of silicone use in cosmetic cases far outweigh any possible cosmetic benefits..

Problems will always arise when industrial-grade silicone is injected into humans by unskilled individuals, which is what officials say happened in this case.

The Star-Ledger reports that Street paid $500 for the procedure aimed at enhancing the size of his penis.

"People can judge him. They can mock him, but these people who did this need to be stopped. Our youth are dying at the hands of people that are serving a god called money," Street's mother, China Street, told the newspaper.

Experts say cases like this one highlight the need for patients to thoroughly research a medical provider's credentials before allowing him or her to perform any surgical or non-surgical procedures.

Patients should ensure that their plastic surgeons are licensed and board-certified. A surgeon that is a member of a National Society like the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) will not only be screened for board-certification in plastic surgery, but will also have significant experience performing cosmetic procedures.

Other things to consider include where the procedure will be performed and at which hospital the doctor has privileges.


The mission of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) includes medical education, public education and patient advocacy. Plastic Surgery News Briefs are summaries of current stories found through various news and magazine outlets that relate to or mention plastic surgery and cosmetic procedures. The views expressed in these news articles do not necessarily reflect the opinions of ASAPS, but are merely published as an educational service to our members and the general public. For additional information on these subjects and other plastic surgery related topics, please go to www.surgery.org

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