Check Your Surgeon’s Qualifications!

Mr Paul Banwell, a BAPRAS and BAAPS registered surgeon notes the recent news from the United States where an unqualified person performed buttock injections.

A ‘fake doctor’ suspected of injecting a woman’s bottom with cement, super glue and tyre sealant to give her a more ‘shapely’ rear has been arrested.  Transgendered woman Oneal Ron Morris is accused of administering the potentially lethal shots to at least one victim.  The 30-year-old, who police say is a man but appears to look like a woman, was detained in Florida yesterday for the alleged incident in May 2010.

Miami Gardens Police Department Sgt William Bamford said Morris first met with the as-yet unidentified victim to discuss the procedure.  He said: ‘They agreed on the price of $700, which was intended for cosmetic purposes.’  But instead, police say the victim was given a series of injections containing cement, mineral oil and Fix-A-Flat tyre inflator and sealant.  The incision was sealed with super glue. Shortly after the surgery was carried out, she went on to suffer ‘severe complications’.

Bamford told WPLG: ‘A short time later, she develops very serious pains, abdomen, throughout her body. She knows something is wrong.’ He said the woman visited two local hospitals, before heading to Tampa General Hospital, where she received treatment. She had developed an infection of drug-resistant bug MRSA at the wound and also developed pneumonia, but refused to reveal how it had happened.

Doctors at the hospital, worried it was the work of an unlicensed practitioner, reported the case to the Florida Department of Health.  But by the time they started to investigate, the victim had left the area. 

Morris was eventually arrested in North Lauderdale in March 2011. He has been charged with practicing medicine without a license and causing bodily harm.  The alleged incident is the latest in a long line of instances where women have suffered complications following illegal bottom enhancement procedures.

In February, 20-year-old British student Claudia Aderotimi, from London, died following a cosmetic buttocks injection administered in a Philadelphia hotel room.  In January, Whalesca Castillo, an unlicensed practitioner in New York City, was arrested for running an illegal business out of her home injecting women with liquid silicone in the buttocks and breasts.  And in 2010, a Miami woman, Ana Josefa Sevilla, was charged with a similar crime after one of her clients ended up in the emergency room with complications.

Buttock enhancement surgery is becoming popular in the U.S., among women who aspire to the shapely curves of Jennifer Lopez, Beyonce and singer Nicki Minaj.  The illusion of a larger backside has become increasingly more fashionable among young women since the rise of the ‘Hip Hop Honey’ phenomenon.  But experts have said undergoing unlicensed procedures is ‘like playing Russian roulette’.

– Daily Mail 20 November 2011

Minor Adjustments: Kids and Cosmetic Surgery

With the ever diminishing stigma and taboo on cosmetic surgery, perhaps we need to ask ourselves…how young is too young?
‘Minor Adjustments: Kids and Cosmetic Surgery’ is a new programme starting 23rd October 2011 on the children’s television network, Nickelodeon. The show will feature kids as young as 12 going under the knife for aesthetic reasons rather than to improve their health.
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) along with the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) estimate that the global cosmetic surgery industry is worth an estimated 30 billion dollars, with the US market taking the lead at 13 billion dollars. With these statistics in mind, it is no surprise that this show is based in the USA.
Rhinoplasty (nose jobs), otoplasty (pinning back of the ears) and liposuction (removal of fat) are just a few of the procedures that will be discussed in the programme. What should prove interesting is when the youngsters are asked “why” they want a particular procedure…and how they answer this question.
Teasing and bullying are common factors as to why children and teens decide on cosmetic surgery. Fifteen year old Jen was hounded with names like “pelican nose” and seventeen year old John dubbed “dumbo ears” by peers. This show will see how cosmetic surgery has changed their lives for the better.
Numerous arguments and questioning of morals and ethics spring to mind with this topic. However it is clear to see that each individual was taunted mercilessly before surgery – and all seemed to have benefitted and emotionally changed for the better following their cosmetic surgery.
The Chinese philosopher Confucius once stated: “Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.” Confucius may have been right…however I’m not sure he lived in a society where models and celebrities in the media dominate our ideas on how we should look.
Before we judge too soon…let’s see what the kids say…
– Liberate Cosmetic, October 2011