Sunday, May 20, 2018
Health

Can you die from butt enhancement? Just read the ingredients

The quest for a more callipygian caboose has ended in sorrow once again. Suyima Torres, a 28-year-old Miami woman, died from respiratory arrest on April 11, not long after she received the second injection of "an oily yellow substance" in her buttocks by a man who introduced himself as a "Venezuelan doctor." Miami-Dade authorities and officials from the Department of Health are searching for this man, whose identity has not been revealed, the Miami Herald reported recently. Here at the SYI desk we're searching for an explanation for the continuing appeal of a sketchy cosmetic procedure that can cost thousands of dollars and seems to routinely result in dire health problems. How sketchy?

Here's a nonexhaustive list of substances that unlicensed practitioners have injected:

• Industrial-grade liquid silicone

• Cement

• A synthetic polymer called Hydrogel, illegal in the United States

• Super Glue

• Mineral oil

• Tire sealant

• Bathroom caulking

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