Fix-a-flat, silicone and concrete are just a few of the toxic substances being pumped into asses across the country when they seek butt enhancements from back-alley booty dealers. If the person is lucky, they won’t end up losing a limb or dying.
And I write “person” because it’s not only women, but men as well.
In a recent Vice article, appropriately titled “BUTTLOADS OF PAIN”, one hairstylist tells her story of black-market butt implants:
Although it’s illegal to cram someone’s can full of mysterious substances, finding a butt doctor in the United States is like buying drugs; you just have to know a guy who knows a guy. These hookups happen through word of mouth, as well as via forums and social media sites. In Miami, America’s epicenter for clandestine butt surgery, it’s as easy as walking into a beauty spa where, among the massages, aromatherapy, and saunas, customers can allegedly order a bevy of illegal silicone butt shots off a secret menu.
So that’s exactly what Oscarina did, ordering her first set of injections at the beginning of the summer in 2002 for about $3,000. She wouldn’t tell me who had administered the procedure, but did admit that her clients recommended a certain spa in the area. She did it with the hope of getting her body in shape for bathing-suit season. She described to me the feeling of a syringe piercing deep into her butt and excreting as much as 600cc of industrial silicone simply as “filling,” as if her butt were a water balloon stretched over the nozzle of a garden hose.
It wasn’t until she decided to undergo another pumping procedure performed by a different spa in 2009 that everything went, quite literally, to shit. “I got the shots,” she told me as she ran a tail comb through the frizzy hair of a teenage girl, “and six months later my butt turned purple. The product had eaten off my muscle, and my skin peeled like an onion.”
Oscarina should consider herself lucky that she didn’t end up a double amputee or dead. Thankfully Oscarina was able to find a reputable plastic surgeon that was able to fix her butt. Dr. Constantino Mendieta is a well known plastic surgeon in Florida and has come in contact with plenty of women that had illegal butt injections done.
“There’s no question that I’ve been performing these reconstructive procedures at an increasing rate,” he said. He explained that he’s fixed about 30 illegally injected asses in his career, and five in 2013 alone. “People are coming to me from all over the world, mainly the United States. It’s endemic in South America, Miami, and New York, and some in LA. But Miami is a bigger hub for this stuff. My feeling is that I will see even a higher number in the future, because it can take five to ten years for the injections to react.”
Fixing illegal butt injections isn’t a cheap thing. Oscarina estimates that she’s spent close to $70,000 to get her butt back in shape. But considering the alternative was death, she should consider herself lucky.
One back-alley supplier was recently sentenced to practically a year in jail for injecting fix-a-flat into the butts of her clients. Ron Oneal Morris pleaded guilty late last year to one count of practicing healthcare without a license and was sentenced to 336 days in state prison.
Morris, who was born a man but identifies as a woman, will begin serving her sentence this week.
Morris reportedly started the black market plastic surgery in 2007, and many of her patients were transgendered women seeking feminine curves, the New York Daily News reported.
An accomplice Corey Eubank and Morris were arrested in November, 2011, after several victims alleged they had injected their legs and buttocks with a mixture that included Fix-a-Flat, cement and superglue, according to NBC Miami.