HOUSTON – Unlicensed people are offering silicone butt injections to patients, and while the cost is considerably cheaper than surgery, the injections can be very dangerous, Houston police investigators said.
Marie Elena Munoz was giving silicone injections to people without a license inside an office building in the 2300 block of Voss, the Houston Police Department’s Major Offenders Division said. Police said one of her patients became very ill.
"She had to be hospitalized. Surgical procedures had to be done, and (she) continues to have procedures done," an HPD undercover detective told 11 News.
HPD said the victim was injected with silicone, which has been banned by the FDA for more than 30 years. Investigators said the silicone was contaminated.
"We also learned the silicone substance was purchased in either Canada or Mexico," the undercover officer said.
When HPD began to investigate their suspect, Munoz had already moved out of her office on Voss, but inside her home they told us they found products used for cosmetic procedures. Munoz has been charged with assault causing bodily injury.
Houston police said they have come across other unlicensed people who are offering silicone butt injections to patients.
Dr. Rose, a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon who owns Utopia Plastic Surgery and MedSpa, said there's a right way to do this and it often involves moving fatty tissue from one area of the body to another.
"It gives a very nice round long last result and it's safe; extraordinarily safe," Dr. Rose said.
He said celebrities like Jennifer Lopez and Kim Kardashian are changing the way many women think about their curves.
"I call it the Kim Kardashian or J.Lo Jennifer Lopez effect," Rose said.
But he said people should avoid silicone butt injections.
"There are many large veins in the buttock region and if this free silicone is injected and is picked up by one of the large veins and go right up to the lungs. It can cause a silicone embolism, which can be fatal," Rose said.
That's exactly what happened two weeks ago inside a Philadelphia hotel. A woman from London flew to the U.S. for the injections that were supposed to enhance her buttocks.
Just three hours after the procedure 20-year-old Claudia Aderotimi was rushed to a hospital where she died.
Solange Magnano, a former Miss Argentina, died the same way in 2009.
Houston Police fear people may die here too so they are asking you to call police if you've had cosmetic injections from anybody who doesn't have a license.
More importantly, get checked out by a doctor immediately.
"It's an extraordinary dangerous thing to undergo and I would just caution any of the viewing public to just see a well-trained plastic surgeon for this type of technique," Rose said.