Long time readers are familiar with our plastic surgery horror story archives. These archives (mainly) consist of cases of illegal/ unlicensed surgeons and botched plastic surgery procedures but there is also information on how to find a board certified surgeon. Most of these cases take place in the United States where both clever marketing and underground clinics flourish due to the high costs of plastic surgery.
Buttloads of Pain
Now there is a new documentary that explores the dangers of unlicensed operators and ‘booty enhancement’.
Thanks to my friend, Matt Rines for sending me the link to the Vice documentary,”Buttloads of Pain” which talks about and talks to victims of unlicensed (and illegal) gluteal augmentation procedures (such as direct injection of silicone and other substances).
Gluteal Augmentation Procedures
For more information on legitimate gluteal augmentation procedures, read our interviews with licensed plastic surgeons.
Gluteal implants – Interview with Dr. Gustavo Gaspar
Fat transfer : Dr. Luis Botero
Update: February 2014
For readers that have been asking about the background, history and the profound psychological and sociological impact of the ‘big booty’ and other Colombian influences on (global) plastic surgery trends & beauty ideals – this article by Mimi Yagoub at Colombia Reports may be a bit of an eye-opener.
In the latest horrifying story of unlicensed people performing plastic surgery – a man in Miami, Florida has been arrested for injecting a woman with a mixture of cement, superglue and ‘fix-a-flat’ as a part of a ‘homemade’ buttock enhancement procedure – performed in an apartment.
Hopefully readers can see the many, many things wrong with the above paragraph.. But what I find the most dismaying about the entire episode, is that the woman – who paid 700.00 for the procedure – refused to report this person to the authorities – despite having to seek emergency medical attention on two separate occasions for ‘severe’ complications from this quasi-procedure.
Update: 11/22/2011 – Now more patients with Cement Buttocks are emerging..
Another person has also been charged in this case.
A story in a UK paper suggests this fake doc may be a victim of a botched procedure himself. (Take a look at these photos.)
Now it appears similar stories are emerging in other cities – including Las Vegas
Links to posts on similar stories on Cartagena Surgery:
Silicone injections & patient harm
LA woman disfigured and several more stories about unlicensed frauds harming patients – here, here & here. Many of these stories are tragic.
Safety & Injectibles
Recent sentencing for doctor responsible for several deaths
We also give tips on finding qualified licensed personnel, as well as conducting our own interviews..
of a preventable/ unnecessary plastic surgery death in a young woman in Massachusetts. In this instance – yet again – the ‘surgeon’ performing the breast augmentation wasn’t a surgeon at all – he was a “family practitioner”.
He may be a doctor – but specialty specific training is an absolute must – along with board certification. Medical doctors (in medicine specialties) as opposed to surgeons spend only a very limited time in the operating room during medical school, primarily as observers. This is not adequate preparation!
Board certified specialty trained surgeons on the other hand, spend years training in the operating room – performing surgeries under the direct supervision of more experienced surgeons before completing their surgical residencies.
Please do your homework – as we’ve discussed in several previous posts; research your physician and evaluate all health claims. Your life, health and well-being are a stake.