Death of St. Louis County Woman Highlights Risks of Illegal Buttocks Injections

Posted By American Med Spa Association, Wednesday, August 12, 2015

The death of a St. Louis County woman following an illegal cosmetic injection in a hotel room sounds like a rare and extreme case of the risks taken in the pursuit of beauty. But cut-rate operations have repeatedly resulted in injuries and deaths nationwide. Often the black market procedures involve industrial-grade silicone and glues purchased from hardware stores. Once injected, the substances can migrate to the lungs, with fatal results. “I didn’t think it would happen here, and now that it has, I’ve had a lot of time to sit down and read about the procedure,” said Edmundson Police Chief Miklos Hurocy. Edmundson police are investigating the death of Daysha Phillips, 22, on July 30. She had received buttocks-enhancing injections at the Drury Inn on July 26. Three other women went with her for the procedure, and she had difficulty breathing shortly afterward at her home, according to police. After being taken to the hospital, she was declared brain dead and taken off life support. Investigators are waiting for the medical examiner’s report, which could take two to three weeks. Read more at St. Louis Post Dispatch.