Part of what separates humans from the animal kingdom is innovation and creativity. We explore the far reaches of the earth, we search for answers about the universe’s origins, and we engineer unfathomably complex inventions. We also have a knack for doing really stupid stuff, especially when it comes to vanity.
Cosmetic surgery is a booming business, and some people decide they’d prefer to take their fate—and faces—into their own hands. When you want to enhance your appearance, we’ve got three examples of why it’s better to stick with the pros.
1. A Cooking Oil Facial
Dermal fillers are a staple of many people’s skincare regimen.
Injectables can minimize the appearance of wrinkles and add volume to the face for a rejuvenated look.
We can only guess that facial rejuvenation was what Hang Mioku, 48, was after when she injected cooking oil into her face. Unfortunately, cooking oil is not an FDA approved cosmetic treatment, and she was disfigured.
2. DIY Dermal Filler
Have you ever purchased a bottle of liquid silicone and decided to inject it into your face? If so, then you have something in common with a 54 year California woman, who was in search of a more youthful look. Her DIY procedure backfired and she needed surgery to remove the silicone from her face.
3. Brake Fluid Breast Implants
Just when you think you’ve heard it all, you learn that Texan Guadalupe Camerena injected the industrial silicone used in brake fluid into the chests of transgendered women to help them achieve female breasts in a kind of back-alley breast augmentation. Sadly, one of the women died.
Each of these tales should serve as reminders for why you should only work with a board-certified plastic surgeon to enhance your appearance.