On Monday, March 9, 2015, Philadelphia resident Padge Victoria Windslowe was found guilty of third-degree murder in the death of Claudia Aderotimi. The woman died after Windslowe injected her with silicone that she claimed would increase the size of the woman’s buttocks. Windslowe is not a trained or licensed physician, yet she still performed the procedure on several young women in airport hotel rooms. Another woman treated by Windslowe suffered from a pulmonary embolism and is lucky to be alive. (Read the whole article here).
Windslowe is one of the many people who take advantage of uneducated people looking for quick beauty fixes. There has become an increased popularity of “pumping parties.” At these events, men and women (with very limited medical knowledge, if any) inject each other with liquid silicone to achieve body enhancement. In many instances, the silicone is industrial grade and not intended for medical use.
Dangers of Silicone Injections
- Silicone injections are not FDA approved.
- Uncontained silicone in the body can migrate to the lungs or brain, causing death.
- Silicone injections often cause inflammation, skin infections, granulomas, soft tissue atrophy, and disfigurement.
- Silicone can cause a staph infection, which leads to tissue death.
- To stop the spread of tissue death, the affected areas need to be amputated.
- Silicone hardens and causes severe pain and discomfort.
- The process to have silicone removed involves multiple surgical procedures that don’t ensure a 100 percent recovery rate.
- These surgeries often aren’t covered by insurance because they are a cosmetic surgery complication.
Dangers of Non-Professionals
There are many cases where buying cheap, off-brand products to save a buck is great. Drug-store makeup, DIY face masks, self tanning, and many other cheaper alternatives are fine to have as part of your beauty routine. What you shouldn’t skimp on is a highly delicate medical procedure. Plastic surgery is just that – surgery. Hopefully you wouldn’t let an untrained, unlicensed person operate on your knee or heart, and you shouldn’t let one perform your plastic surgery. You should never have a procedure performed that isn’t:
- In a sterile hospital or medical setting
- Performed by a licensed nurse, surgeon, or dermatologist
- Performed by someone with extensive years of experience and knowledge
When choosing a doctor for your medical procedure, you should ask lots of questions and do your research. You should feel comfortable and confident with the surgeon you choose. Feel free to ask about:
- Before and after pictures
- Client referrals
- Documents of their licensing
- Their education and experience
If you are interested in having butt augmentation or any other plastic surgery performed, contact the Plastic Surgery of Great Washington. Dr. Carlton Scroggins has over 20 years of experience with body contouring and plastic surgery. He can help you begin and finish your plastic surgery journey. Schedule your consultation today by calling us at 301-220-0400 or fill out our online contact form here.