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Exotic Dancer Hospitalized Following Buttocks Injection

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- A Baltimore exotic dancer was hospitalized after complaining of shortness of breath following a recent buttocks implant injection. The silicone from the implants had traveled to her lungs and the unidentified woman was treated for pneumonia.

According to court documents obtained by the Smoking Gun, Kimberly Smedley, 45, of Atlanta administered the injections. In October, police arrested her in a Washington D.C. hotel, where the cops reportedly found three 18-gauge medical needles in her possession.

This case is only the most recent butt-boost horror story to hit the headlines. Florida police arrested 30-year-old Oneal Ron Morris last Friday after, they claimed, Morris injected at least one person's butt with a combination of cement, glue and tire sealant. In February, British tourist Claudia Aderotimi died after receiving a cosmetic buttocks injection at a Hampton Inn in Southwest Philadelphia.

"This is tragic because the fault basically lies on both ends," said Dr. George Lefkovits, a Manhattan-based plastic surgeon who performs buttocks augmentation in his practice. "Obviously, it lies on these unscrupulous quacks who have absolutely no morals at all to inject lethal poisons in people's bodies, but the fault also lies with these victims, who are looking for bargains and not doing proper research."

Lefkovits said buttocks augmentation beats out even breast implants and liposuction as the number one operation in his practice. The demand may be an indicator of an overall growing trend for bigger booties.

According to the American Society for Plastic Surgeons, the buttocks procedures were up more than 140 percent from 2000 to 2010.

Why? Lefkovits said that while he has clients of all ethnicities and backgrounds, there is a strong cultural component to the butt lift.

"To a certain extent, it's cultural," said Lefkovits. "The two most common ethnic groups I see are African Americans and Latinos. Some people are so desperate for a bigger butt, they don't even want to go outside. They feel ashamed because their culture seems to demand it."

While, of course, that is not the case for all people of those specific races, Lefkovits said pop culture icons like Jennifer Lopez, Kim Kardashian and Nicki Minaj have made big buttocks an even more desirable and appreciated asset.

But fat fillers are the typical procedure for buttocks augmentations, not silicone injections. After coming under fire, the FDA deemed silicone implants safe in 2006, but Dr. Malcolm Roth, president of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, said it is likely a different kind of silicone than breast implants. The silicone breast implants are encased by a solid outer layer to prevent the tiny particles from spreading through the body and causing infections.

The medical-grade liquid version of the silicone is only approved for detached retinas, according to the FDA.

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Breast Implants Basically Safe but Not Lifetime Devices, Say Experts

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Silicone gel-filled implants are not lifetime devices, and the longer they're in the body, the more likely there'll be complications, U.S. health regulators said Wednesday.

Despite the likelihood of complications, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that silicone breast implants, which the agency approved in 2006 after they'd been off the market for 14 years, are for the most part safe.

The report included preliminary data from post-approval studies, an analysis of adverse effects reported to the FDA and a review of clinical studies about the safety and effectiveness of the silicone gel-filled breast implants.

But after getting silicone implants, women still need to be vigilant.

Dr. Jeffrey Shuren, director of the FDA's Center for Devices and Radiological Health, was quick to warn that follow-up visits, along with routine MRI scans, are crucial for all women who receive the implants to screen for infection and ruptures. And most women who get the implants will need to replace them or have additional surgery within eight to 10 years.

"The longer the woman has the silicone implant, the more likely she is to have experienced complications," said Shuren in Wednesday’s press conference.

Experts said 5 million to 10 million women worldwide have breast implants. While the most common complications include hardening around the implants, which can lead to pain, wrinkling, asymmetrical pain, infection, and implant rupture, most women report satisfaction.

While the health regulators said that there is no evidence that silicone breast implants cause breast cancer, they did touch upon anaplastic large-cell lymphoma, a rare type of cancer that made headlines this winter when the FDA explored its occurrence among a small group of women who had breast implants.

Shuren said there are 34 cases in published literature and, at most, 60 cases worldwide, of the rare lymphoma among the millions of women with implants.

Health officials said they're confident in their data so far, but the FDA noted that more studies are needed. To help women understand the risks and benefits of the saline gel-filled implants, the FDA updated its website, which now offers literature and videos covering a host of different breast implant topics.

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