It seems like it would go without saying that DIY plastic surgery is a bridge too far but for some people, desperate to have fuller lips or bigger butts it seems like it’s simply a way to save money. A growing number of people order materials from overseas and when they arrive these “fillers” of different kinds can be made up of anything including caulk or straight up fiberglass. Once injected into the preferred area, the trouble begins and it seems like less of a bargain. From KTLA:
One of his recent patients came to him after purchasing a non-FDA-approved dermal filler marketed on the Internet with just a credit card and a stroke of the keys. In a few days, the cosmetic filler she purchased from the website PMMA.com arrived postmarked from Brazil. She had her friend, who was a registered nurse, inject her face with the dermal filler.
A week later, her cheeks started to react. Glogau says it appeared that there were “red, angry nodules in the cheeks.” He had to surgically drain the area, which had “lakes of pus under the skin,” and excise the material from her cheeks.
After the surgery, Glogau had the material from her face tested. The UCSF dermatopathology results showed there was some type of “refractile material” found in her cheeks. Glogau describes the material as low-grade “glass or fiberglass.” The patient’s body was rejecting that material.
In the case of the woman in the video, she lost her hands as a result of the staph infection that the injected materials caused and when she thought she was going to die she just wanted it to end.
“I didn’t think about losing my children. I didn’t think about leaving my mother,” she said. She thought instead of how death would feel. “Although I will be dead, I will not be in pain anymore.”
Best to avoid that whole scenario, methinks.