The identification of unapproved materials injected into human tissue for the purpose of cosmetic enhancement

Palenik, M.E. (2006) The identification of unapproved materials injected into human tissue for the purpose of cosmetic enhancement.. Inter/Micro (Chicago, IL).

Presented on: 7/1/2006

Silicone along with a variety of other non-sterile materials injected into human tissue is being practiced as a means of cosmetic enhancement surgery. These surgeries are being performed by people wit no medical training. Typical areas of injection are cheekbones, brows, breasts, buttocks, hips, thighs and calves.
This case involves a woman who died eight days after having injections of a substance to her buttocks area. Police suspected silicone caulk was used in the procedure. Material removed from the buttocks during an autopsy was submitted for analysis. Techniques used to identify the foreign substance found in the tissue are described

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