Dying to be Beautiful: Beauty Trends That Can Prove Lethal

A little nip, a little tuck, and just one injection— whatever it takes to look better. But what happens when beauty bargains go wrong? We’re talking about the dangers of cosmetic procedures. From injections to fillers, these surgeries are so commonplace that 14 million of them were performed last year in this country alone. But there are risks and potentially devastating consequences when something goes wrong or the person performing the procedure is not qualified. And in the worst cases, people are literally dying to be beautiful.

Apryl Brown of Lawndale, California always wanted to have a curvier figure. She envied the look of Beyonce, Kim Kardashian and Nikki Minaj. But the desire to get this unattainable body type nearly cost Apryl her life.

“That’s when I had this epiphany…why am I letting this woman inject something in my body.” -Apryl Brown

Although her life was spared, Apryl Brown lost all four of her limbs after complications from silicone injections in her buttocks. How difficult has it been for Apryl to adjust to her new normal? Plus, Dr. Malcolm Roth, chief plastic surgeon at Albany Medical Center and former president of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, explains how you can avoid unsafe cosmetic procedures.

“It’s a ticking time bomb. You don’t know when the complications are going to start to happen.” -Dr. Malcolm Roth

Maria Shorthall was a mom from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida who worked seven days a week as a housekeeper to support her family, and to pay for a procedure called liposculpting. As it would turn out, the price was far too high. She died during the surgery and left behind her two children, 16-year-old Vania and 14-year-old Renzo.

“I still don’t believe it.” –Vania Briones

How did Maria’s liposuction turn lethal? Michael Freedland, Vania and Renzo’s family attorney, explains how a simple procedure went so wrong.

“He wasn’t board certified in anything.” -Michael Freedland

Two and a half years ago, Michelle decided to get fillers to erase lines from her under eye area. But, shortly after the procedure, she developed a horrible infection. Now she is afraid her eyes may be permanently disfigured. We are calling her “Michelle” to protect her privacy, and because of her ongoing litigation against the doctor she say is responsible.

“You feel this humiliation, like somehow you did this to yourself.” -Michelle

Can Michelle’s eyes be fixed and the damage undone? Dr. Anthony Youn is a board certified plastic surgeon from Troy, Michigan who is trying to help.

“There is no way to unfortunately make her like she used to be.” -Dr. Anthony Youn

Finding the right doctor is a critical part of ensuring a safe cosmetic procedure. Dr. Anthony Youn and New York City-based Dr. Ellen Marmur, a board-certified dermatologist, share their must-know tips.

“You want to avoid doctors who are masquerading as plastic surgeons.” -Dr. Anthony Youn

To learn more about Apryl Brown’s inspirational story visit her website at www.aprylmichellebrown.com

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