April Brown’s story is a horrific cautionary tale of plastic surgery gone terribly wrong.
Eight years ago she got butt implants from an unlicensed practitioner in Los Angeles.
Today, she is a multiple amputee after suffering life threatening infections following the back-alley cosmetic surgery.
“For five years, I lived in pain. Excruciating pain,” Brown told NBC, adding that she had several stints as a hospital inpatient.
Last year her health deteriorated to the point that she was left with no choice but to have all of her limbs removed.
Unfortunately these horror stories emerging from women using back-alley practitioners are not new and Brown is not the first, nor likely to be the last, to have her life destroyed.
According to leading plastic surgeon Dr. Peter Fodor, these back-alley organizations have long been condemned in the medical community, but alarming, of late, they seem to be enjoying a resurgence.
“This practice has been condemned by the medical community, as well as by the FDA a long time ago, but it seems to be resurfacing in the hands of back alley quacks,” he says. ”It is most unfortunate that patients still subject themselves to these injections which should not take place, even if the recipients were to be paid as opposed to them paying to be mutilated.”
Another point of note: Brown, a mom-of-two, said that the back-alley procedure was carried out at a “pumping party” by the doctors.
“They call it medical grade silicone,” she said, “but a lot of it is industrial grade silicone.”
This, Dr. Fodor says is a common practice among the “quacks”.
“Injection of free silicone (not silicone implants), let alone non medical grade, in most instances will lead sooner or later to horrendous complications,” he explains. “At times, this happens decades later. Infections are not the only problem that occurs. Over the years, I have treated several such patients.”
When it comes to plastic surgery the cheap alternative is not the right alternative because it is your body that you’re messing with…. and quite possibly, your life.