Plastic surgeons are calling for new legislation on implants after the sentencing of the unqualified practitioner who killed a Homerton student.
Claudia Aderotimi, 20, died after travelling to America for an illegal buttock enhancement operation.
The Thames Valley University student, who had reportedly paid up to £2,000 for the procedure, complained of chest pains 12 hours after the operation.
She was rushed to hospital and died of heart failure induced by the leaking of silicon into her bloodstream.
Padge-Victoria Windslowe was convicted of her murder by a court in Philadelphia last week.
Ms Aderotimi is believed to have sought a buttock implant as part of her quest to make her name as a music video dancer.
She is reported to have been turned down by one video producer after being caught using padding to enhance her buttocks.
Naveen Cavale, a professional member of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, called for a rethink of current UK regulations to avoid the same thing happening here.
He told Hackney Post: “The regulation for injectables is laughable in the UK. Even an animal is better protected than a human being.
“There should be new legislation. What we hope is that non-surgeons will be regulated – you will have to be medically-qualified to inject someone.”
Current UK legislation does not forbid people without medical qualifications from administering injections.
Silicon injection is often cheaper and easier than an implant, but can go wrong when cheap chemicals are used and when unqualified surgeons botch the operation.
Mr Cavale continued: “The fact is [Ms Adertomi] had a silicone injection from someone who didn’t know what they were doing and may have hit a significant blood vessel.”
American detectives are currently investigating Ms Aderotimi’s death and have searched the home of the woman who set up the operation.
Medical examiners are seeking to ascertain whether the silicon used in the operation was an illegal industrial variety rather than a safer medical version.
There is no data for what is believed to be a recent increase in UK interest in buttock enhancement operations, but the practice is on the rise in the United States and it is thought that a similar trend is occurring in Britain.
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