Solange Magnano’s nip and tuck should’ve have been pretty routine, but four days after getting butt implants in Argentina, the beauty queen suddenly died after suffering complications from the surgery.
How did this happen to a seemingly healthy, 37-year-old mother of two? Here are five things you should know before going under the knife. This might just change your mind about getting surgically enhanced!
1. Stay away from injections. “From what I’ve read it sounds like she was having injections of liquid silicon in the buttock area,” Dr. Richard Chaffoo, a board-certified plastic surgeon based in La Jolla, who did not treat Magnano, tells us. Not only is this kind of procedure illegal in the United States, “silicon injections are not recommended because they are rapidly absorbed in the body and can travel to the lungs.” The results — a loss of oxygen and potential kidney failure — are catastrophic.
2. Ask your doctor about gluteoplasty, a procedure legally performed in the country. “This is an operation that is performed to improve the aesthetic shape of the buttock area,” says Chaffoo. “Instead of injections, surgeons will use flaps or surgically lift the buttock area. These are solid implants and sometimes fat from one part of the body is transferred to the glutal area. In this case, you’re using your own tissue. That’s completely different from putting an outside substance or material in your body.”
3. Be cautious of out-of-the-country operations — don’t be tempted by the cheaper price tag. “When you go to another country, the laws and rules are different, pretty much everything is different,” Chaffoo, the president of the San Diego Plastic Surgery Society, advises. “You don’t know if what they use is medical grade silicon or something else, like castor oil or something you can buy at a hardware store.”
4. Always do your homework. “I tell people to always make sure their physician is board certified. If you’re going to spend the money, do your research. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons is very strict with their ethical guidelines and its primary focus is patient safety.”
5. Know the risks — anytime you have an operation. “Every surgery carries its risks and complications. Elective surgery needs to be performed on people that are healthy,” says Chaffoo. “You can have problems like hyper tension but you should first get your complete medical history cleared beforehand.”