How Booty Injections Can Kill You

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By Barry Burch Jr.

Depending on where you are from, opinions of the ideal shape of a woman may vary.  For some, the more curves the better.  This has led to an influx of dangerous medical procedures involving women who want to mold their bodies into whatever that desirable form may be.

Kyle Munzenreider of the New Times in Miami offered his opinion on the contrast of physical tastes.  He wrote, “The ideal body type for both sexes in NYC is gangly 14-year-old boy with toothpick legs and a lollipop head.  Miami, meanwhile, is all about the meatier and the curvier, whether it be the booty in a lady’s Brazilian jeans or the biceps bulging from a dude’s tank top.”

“At least our unattainable body ideal is slightly healthier,” he said.

Perhaps, but many of the decisions being made towards obtaining this ideal body structure are not healthy, whatsoever.  A number of Miamians are putting their attempts at beauty ahead of their safety.  Procedures that involve dangerous, if wrongly-injected-chemicals like silicone, fix-a-flat and mineral oil (which can be bought for less than $2.00 at your average grocery store), are happening more regularly.  In “But+loads of Pain,” Wilbert L. Cooper of Vice Magazine provides an inside look into the mind-boggling dangers.  

These procedures can trigger a strong autoimmune response as the body attempts to expel the foreign substance, resulting in inflammatory reactions such as polyps, boils, skin discoloration, and even necrosis. These substances have also been known to migrate through the body and fuse themselves to organs, or enter into the bloodstream, spreading infection throughout the body and causing septic shock—which can lead to the amputation of infected body parts or, in the worst cases, death.

And death indeed; deaths have been reported in Alabama, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Nevada and New York, according to the Associated Press.

Barry is a scholar, who enjoys writing, arithmetic and politics.  Reach him @ 

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