Dangers of DIY Cosmetic Surgery exposed

02 July 2014

How far would you go for the perfect body? With many people desperate to achieve the ideal look, some would admit to going so far as to say they would ‘kill’ to get a particular appearance – and in the case of Apryl Brown, that desire for cosmetic perfection nearly killed her.Undergoing treatment to have silicone Filler injected into her buttocks back in June 2010, Brown never thought what was meant to be a simple treatment would end up with her nearly close to death on a hospital bed. Growing up, Brown was teased relentlessly for having a flat posterior – and it was in 2004, while working as a hairdresser, she got speaking with one of her customers who mentioned that she offered silicone injections on the cheap. Brown would only need a few sessions to attain the figure she had always dreamed of – and a week later, she was lying down in a bedroom in a house, receiving the first of four injections into her buttocks. It was after the second treatment that Brown had her doubts, and she resolved to stop having any more injections – but after years of enduring pain and countless visits to Doctors, her decision to undergo injections would come back to haunt her. Her body went into shutdown mode – suffering from a staph infection that Doctors said was strongly linked to the silicone injections. As a result, her limbs curled and started to turn black – clear symptoms of necrosis (death of cells and living tissue). Recalling the memory of seeing her hands, Brown thought: “Oh, my God. I am going to lose my hands. I looked at my feet, and they were dead too.” It was that moment that Doctors knew they had to act fast – and in order to save Brown’s life, they ended up amputating her hands, her feet as well as the flesh around her buttocks and hip area; totalling 27 surgeries. Thankfully Brown has since made a full recovery – and now uses her experience to warn others about the dangers of unregulated Cosmetic Surgery. Yet despite the graveness of her situation, she’s part of a growing number of people that the American Society of Plastic Surgeons sees all too often: patients bypassing Cosmetic Surgeons so as to cut costs on medical procedures. “I think that’s awfully seductive to a person who doesn’t know there’s a problem,” explained Dr. Richard Glogau, a Clinical Professor of Dermatology at the University of California, San Francisco. “People assume it’s just as easy as getting your hair coloured and at the end of the day it’s a medical procedure.” When undergoing a Cosmetic Surgical procedure or treatment, it cannot be stressed enough the importance of ensuring you see a licensed medical professional. That’s why at The Harley Medical Group, each of our Cosmetic Surgeons are registered in the GMC Specialist Register – while our experts are on hand to offer comprehensive advice on your chosen procedure or treatment. Find out more about how we’re proud to be setting the gold standard for Cosmetic Surgery everywhere, by visiting our Facebook page today.