Death shows risk of illegal silicone jabs

Behind the Headlines

Thursday February 10 2011

There are risks involved with any type of surgery

A woman from the UK has died following an illegal cosmetic procedure in the US, many newspapers have reported. The operation, involving injections of liquid silicone into her buttocks, is thought to have caused a heart attack. A full post-mortem examination is being carried out. The woman, aged 20 and from London, is reported to have flown to the US specifically to have the operation as part of her holiday.

The newspapers reported how dangerous injecting liquid silicone into the body can be, and that the procedure is banned in most countries. In The Times, the operation was referred to as “an absolute no-no” by Douglas McGeorge, former president of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS). The president-elect of BAAPS, Dr Rajiv Grover, was quoted in several newspapers as saying it is like “playing Russian roulette” and that each time someone has the injections, they are risking their life.

If you are thinking of having any cosmetic surgery, you are advised to do plenty of research first and to be completely sure that you want to proceed before you commit to it. There are risks involved with any type of surgery, and cheaper options in other countries may involve even greater risks than usual. Our Live Well section on cosmetic surgery abroad has some important, basic advice.

Edited by NHS Choices


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