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Women Receive “Butt Enhancement” Injections Containing Bathtub Caulk

March 21, 2010 by  
Filed under Body Image

Six women in New Jersey are recovering after they received buttocks-enhancement injections containing silicone used to caulk bathtubs (the world yawns).

State health officials say the women, from Essex County, apparently underwent cosmetic procedures from unlicensed providers (Shocker!)

Investigators have not determined if the cases are related (Huh..how can this be?)

No arrests have been made (Figures)

Instead of medical-grade silicone, the women received a diluted version of nonmedical-grade silicone (a.k.a bathtub caulk)

State epidemiologist Tina Tan says there’s the risk for more serious complications when infections are not treated early.

Well no shit!

I have such mixed feelings when reading these plastic surgery nightmare stories; on one hand its horrific, on the other I am wondering what in the world is a woman thinking when she goes to a doctor to have her butt enhanced. Then again, our butts are no different than our breasts, lips, thighs or other body part — nothing is really off limits (including our vaginas and toes). And as a society, we have basically made a complete and total joke out of these situations, with headlines on this story referring a to “booty surgery,” and “ass lifts” s if we want to become some cartoon version of ourselves, like sexy Miss Pebbelz over there.

Gregory Borah, chief of plastic surgery at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, told the newspaper the incident was “a tragedy.”

A tragedy yes, but not enough of one to stop us right? How many of these stories do we need to read for us to stop and say WTF are we doing???

My fear is, that many of us, somewhere deep down, would do ANYTHING to get the body we want. Am I right? If you were visited by the Fairy Godmother today, and she said;

“I can give you the exact “perfect” body you desire…however you will die 20 years early.”

How many of us would jump up to say “I’m in!.”

Thought so.

How would I answer?

No way in hell on the butt or boob implant, or the lipo to the thighs or any other area of my body…..but push me on a non-wrinkled face and I could cave.

Pathetic, yes. Reality, yes.

We all have our weaknesses, but our job is to face them, fight them, and knock ourselves for a loop. Whenever I have such silly notions, while looking in the mirror at my newly formed wrinkles, I walk immediately into my children’s bedroom to get back into my zone. My zone of life that keeps me well aware of the preciousness of what I have been granted, the gift of family, and the complete and total deal-with-the-devil we are making when going under the knife, stretcher, sucker, or what have you.

So, don’t do it ladies. Don’t even think about it. Let yourself ponder this direction is moving you away from the person YOU were created to be, and thinking you would be better with some insane man-made improvement is sure to leave you with a lifetime of regrets.

Love,

mamaV

PS Check out the book Beauty Junkies, the stories I read in this book haunt me to this day.

Comments

11 Responses to “Women Receive “Butt Enhancement” Injections Containing Bathtub Caulk”
  1. Simone says:

    Ew! Ew ew ew! That is so scary and disgusting.

    I am really fascinate by the place of hips and, especially, butts in the whole body image morass. Whenever I see a piece about butt lifts, or butt pads, or whatever, it seems that most of my friends react by saying “Eeeeeeeeeew! Who would want their butt to look BIGGER?” The implication seems to be that asses are supposed to be as firm and tight as possible.

    Growing up, I got all kinds of flack from my mom, specifically for having a butt. I wasn’t fat, mind you; I wasn’t even overweight. I just had a big, curvy ass. And apparently, this meant I would “never get a boyfriend.”

    And yet, in some circles, there is apparently enough pressure to have a round, voluptuous ass the people get construction supplies injected in their bodies to achieve the look.

    It’s a crazy, crazy world.

  2. .C. says:

    Hey MamaV,

    You know, it’s so strange because I was having a conversation about plastic surgery with my mom the other day and she said she wouldn’t do anything really but wouldn’t mind having her wrinkles on her face removed. I was really actually very saddened by this, because I think she looks great and that people who have plastic surgery done generally look weird. Not to mention the fact that it’s dangerous and expensive and just seems generally wrong to alter yourself like that. I sort of want to bring it up with her again how I felt about that, but don’t know if I should or how to do it. Thoughts? Advice?

    .C.

    • mamaV says:

      Hi C! Its a weird thing that you don’t really “get” until you start aging yourself. You have this face your whole life, and then as years pass you notice it changing and there is really nothing you can do about it.

      Here is when it hit me… I had this grand plan that it be cool to put wrinkle creme on one half of my face, and not the other. Take a picture of myself each day and post it to prove that these wrinkle potions are a joke. Guess what? I saw a difference and I liked it!!! What a hypocrite I am huh? This really made me step back and think about how I feel about aging.

      You bring up a great point with your mom, I too would be so upset if my mom altered her appearance, I love how she looks. I think about my kids and they would probably feel the same way (they don’t even like it when I don’t wear my glasses!)

      The look of those with plastic surgery is generally really odd looking, but then we see these stars who go waaayyy overboard, so I don’t think they are good examples to go by you know?

      My advice would be to talk to your mom, tell her how you feel about it. This will give her a chance to express herself more too, and maybe work out some of the feelings in her head. I have noticed that talking and joking about it helps!

      Love,
      mV

      • .C. says:

        Thanks for the advice, MamaV! I didn’t really look at it that way. I think I will talk with her about it. She’s the type of mom you can really have a good, honest conversation about just about anything with.

        Cheers,
        .C.

  3. Ashley says:

    That is gross! I have a booty butt without injections, thanks!

  4. Candice says:

    I’ve had plastic surgery to lift and tuck things after losing weight and I feel everyone is entitled to do what they want… but I’ll admit that I’m not a fan of facial plastic surgery. It rarely looks natural and I feel like no one is ever fooled by it, specifically plastic surgery done to make a face look younger. It rarely looks younger – it just mainly looks pulled and pinched and tweaked.

    I truly believe that an aged face is beautiful. I feel like it’s getting so rare that we see someone who has aged naturally, that it’s far more beautiful than any surgical work could be.

    As for butts, like you said, they’re just another body part. I’ve wanted thinner thighs and I’ve wanted a rounded butt. *shrug* But I’m not about to go have either sliced at this time. Much less caulked! (Yech, those poor women.)

    • mamaV says:

      Hi Candice! I agree with you that everyone has the right to have plastic surgery, but I would categorize your surgery differently.

      In your case, having a lift or tuck do to weight loss, or perhaps after having a baby as many women do, I have no issue with whatsoever. I would likely make the same choice, and really I think it would be important in these scenarios because the excess skin and/or stretched areas would impact ones self esteem a great deal.

      In this scenario, I am assuming these women did not go into have their backside enhanced for anything but vanity purposes. It just sad in that case, more sad than anything.
      mv

      • Simone says:

        Well, but if you feel that your bottom is too small/insufficiently curvy, couldn’t that “impact [your] self esteem a great deal”?

        Maybe a more consistent argument would be that excess skin–like some scars, some birthmarks, acne, etc.–can be legitimately viewed as “imperfections,” which one might want to correct. But there is no legitimate reason to view a smaller or flatter butt as a problem, so it’s scary that anyone would have surgery to “fix” one.

        Also, I imagine that excess skin folks might cause physical discomfort, though I do not know this from personal experience. That might be another good reason to get them “fixed.”

  5. V. says:

    The comment about Miss Pebbelz as a “cartoon version of ourselves” reallys stood out to me. As if a “standard of beauty” more associated with White women (specifically having large breasts) isn’t cartoonish?
    It just hit me that this non-white “standard of beauty” (having an “ample” bottom) has officially become a “standard” for whites as well. Although race is not mentioned in the article, I remember the “Baby Got Back” video/song and can’t help but think of how things have changed (not sure if it’s for the better or worse!) But I guess “doctors” (and “unlicensed providers”) alike are always ready to exploit people trying to live up to yet another impossible “standard of beauty”.

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