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The voice : Fayetteville State University student press. online resource (None) 2006-current, November 01, 2012, Image 9

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^rienced to the maximum degree, vile - wretched -^despicable -#poor from thQ back I can’t front on” "-Kanye West TIleTEelfe? ?!rTfIx^a^ ByTanesha Slaughter ^HI(eBTgl)uls^1m3 rcan not lie,” belted STflwTlx-a-lot in the popular 90’s rap song. Having a round derriere has become a popular trend in the underground or black market of plastic sur gery. Hydrogel injections for the buttocks, have caused women all over the world to become victims of their own insecurity. In today’s culture, having a bigger, firmer, rounder ass-et is the new necessity and women from every country, and age will do just about anything to fit into this new idea of beauty. Video vix ens like Melissa Ford and celebrities such as Jennifer Lopez and A-lister Kim Kardashian, have propelled the new epidemic and sparked the demand that beauty begins with your booty. As the average woman does not have the bank account of Lopez or Kardashian, illegal hydrogel injections provide a less invasive cheaper alternative. Many women have flocked to hotel rooms, apartments, and hair salons to have the dangerous procedure performed. Professional doctors use an approved substance mailed hydrogel to inject their patients, but black market “doctors" lave bootlegged the chemical and are cashing out on insecure women everywhere. Hydrogels contains water and polyacrylamide. Polyacrylamide is used In wastewater treatment and paper making for flocculation of solids in a solution. It is also used in Gro Beast Toys, causing the toy to swell up once it touches water, during these illegal butt enhancement sessions, the lydrogel solution is literally injected into the buttocks muscle tissue, and the polyacrylamide acts as a filler 0 enhance the size of the buttocks. These temporary injections are not permanent and must be refilled and maintained every 18 months, at a rate of $1,500-3,000 5er session. The procedure can last anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours depending on the quantity of the iniectlons. e areas are injected several times and given a mas- to distribute the filler evenly to form the wanted > ape The swelling subsides within 24 to 48 hours, esuts are seen within two weeks after the procedure owever, side effects may include but are not limited to 00^ *^idney failure, irregular shaped but- g migration of the injection to other ar- Dlar° down the leg, thigh, or to other es other than the buttocks and in the worst case scenario it can lead to death. as the l^eing infected, and death have risen and m Pi'ocedure has traveled country to country, a e thousands of underground dollars. Woman, known as Vanity Wonder, spent over »^?!95f^nTljeclIons!"anTcorfeSlve1ffl^^ rative titled “Shot Girls” is available now and documents her involvement with illegal butt injections. Even after infection, Won der continued to to get “work” done. Hydrogels are not FDA approved in the US for buttock injection. A legalized procedure called a Brazilian Micro-Fat Transfer uses 1600-2000 CO of the individual’s own body fat for injections. One cc syringe of hydrogel cost over 500 dollars, according to cos- If the general amount to enhance the buttocks is as the Brazilian procedure, it will cost 1,000,000 dollars to inject the hyrdrogel. Therefore, it would be impractical to allow a non licensed individual to perform hydrogel injections for only $1500- 3000 for the entire procedure. There have been many reported cases of individuals being injected with builder’s caulk, cement, fix-a-flat, cleaning gels and other deadly household chemicals that are irreversible, trying to achieve a rounder butt. This dangerous procedure is often performed by posers, quack doctors, whom set up appointments in hotels and apartments- they disappear soon after the procedure. ■o- foatt took Ofj no you look fast t«ke Courtesy of

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