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Women across the US are risking
their lives for illegal procedures to
make their buttocks bigger, often
materials such as silicone injected
by people with no medical train-
Some want to fill out a bikini or
a pair of jeans. Others believe a bigger
bottom will bring them work as
music video models or adult enter-
tainers. Whatever the reason, they
are seeking cheaper alternatives to
plastic surgery---sometimes with
deadly or disfiguring results.
Deaths from illegal buttocks injec-
tions have been reported in Alabama,
Georgia, Florida, Pennsylvania,
Nevada and New York. An interior
decorator in Mississippi faces trial
in the deaths of two women who
were injected at her house.
Though there is little data on the
procedures or injuries they cause,
doctors and authorities say they are
seeing them more often. Online
forums used to set up the illegal pro-
cedures have attracted thousands of
Very big buttocks have been pop-
ular in hip-hop videos for years. But
Dionne Stephens, who studies race,
gender and sexuality in hip-hop cul-
ture at Florida International Univer-
sity, said celebrities such as Jennifer
Lopez, Beyonce and Kim Kardashian
are popularising the look among an
increasing number of women of all
races and ethnicities.
For 46-year-old Apryl Michelle
Brown, the path to an illegal injection
started with people teasing her as a
child about having a "pancake butt."
Years later, a woman walked into
Brown's beauty salon in California
and told her she could make her butt
bigger with injections.
The following week, she was at
the woman's house getting injec-
It wasn't long before the injection
sites got hard and painful. Brown
eventually began looking for doctors
to remove the material, which she
learned was an industrial silicone
available at a home improvement
After surgery in 2011, a staph
infection left her near death. Both
hands and feet were amputated.
Today, Brown has a Web site and
speaks on the topic, trying to con-
vince others that they are beautiful
the way they are.
Despite a lack of data, there's anec-
dotal evidence that the illegal pro-
cedures are becoming more com-
In April 2007, someone posted
this question on the Web site
Topix.com: "Is there any truth to
this madness about some type of
butt injections to make your butt
bigger someone enlighten me."
There have been more than 14,000
Investigators say a Georgia woman
who died after getting injections in
Mississippi in 2012 used the Internet
to find someone to inject her. She
woman drove to the home of Tracey
Lynn Garner, an interior decorator
with no medical training. The cost
The woman died of blood clots in
her lungs a few days later. There was
so much of a "silicone-like" sub-
stance in her buttocks that it spilled
onto the floor and "all over the place"
when a medical examiner cut into
her during the autopsy, according to
an investigator's testimony.
Garner is charged with murder
and has pleaded not guilty. Garner
was later charged in the 2010 death
of an Alabama woman and also
pleaded not guilty to that charge.
Dr John Martin, a plastic surgeon
in Florida, said illicit cosmetic pro-
cedures have become common.
Sometimes multiple people are
injected in hotel rooms in "pumping
Some people have silicone injected
in their faces, where it can cause
protruding, rock-hard nodules, but
it's easier to treat than the large
amounts injected into the buttocks.
It's so difficult to remove very large
amounts of silicone from the buttocks
that many doctors, including Martin,
won't even try.
"When you put in a large amount
of silicone, it can drift... It can run
down your leg and you have to get
your leg amputated," Martin said.
Dying for a big bottom
More women want to have big butts as the likes of Jennifer Lopez, left, and Beyonce. PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES
Apryl Michelle Brown had black-market silicone injections which turned
out to be bathroom sealant. It left her in agony and led to her losing her
hands and feet, as well as her buttocks. PHOTO: GOOGLE IMAGES
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