Over 13 years, Kimberly administered more than 3,000 clients with black market silicone injections to enhance their buttocks. She served almost two years in prison for her crimes and has written a tell-all book, The Back-side of the Story.
Kimberly, who had a butt injection herself, says she blocked out the possible health risks the injections posed to her clients and programmed herself to believe she was helping them feel better about themselves.
“I always knew what I was doing was illegal,” she says. “When I look back now, I feel really sad about some of the choices that I’ve made, and I’m very grateful that I was stopped at the time I was stopped, because one thing that I don’t think I would ever be able to live with is me actually killing someone.”
The Doctors say Kimberly’s story illustrates how obsessed society has become with large butts, in part because of the influence of some celebrities, and how desperate some people are for a superficial fix to try to boost their self-esteem. There are no fillers that are approved for injection into the buttocks.
Family medicine physician Dr. Rachael Ross warns that illegal injections can have lasting effects on someone’s health.
“What happens over time is that silicone is just sitting in the body, and there are all types of reactions that can happen long term that can actually really, really, really cause people to slowly die,” she says.
Plastic surgeon Dr. Andrew Ordon explains a large volume of filler is needed for a butt injection, which can put you at increased risk for infections, loss of tissue and nerve injuries. Another potential danger is if the material is injected directly into the bloodstream, it could cause a clot and lead to a potentially fatal pulmonary embolism. Once the material is injected, it can never be completely removed.
“The problem is you can’t remove it because it’s so interlaced into your tissue, into the muscle, into the connective tissue,” Dr. Ordon says. “Sure you can remove parts of it, but you can’t remove all of it.”
He explains that the only safe procedure to enhance the behind is a Brazilian butt lift, in which a patient’s own fat is removed through liposuction and then re-injected into their buttocks.
Searching for a less invasive and less expensive option?
“You could just do a lot of squats,” OB-GYN Dr. Jennifer Ashton says.
“There is no place for these self-injections,” ER physician Dr. Travis Stork warns.