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Another Case of Illegal Butt Injections Leads to Infection, Charges

The psychological concept of narcissism, which boils down to unhealthy vanity and self-love, comes from a Greek mythological figure, Narcissus, who fell so madly in love with his own reflection on the surface of a river that he died, either from suicide or a broken, self-loving heart.

Is narcissism to blame for the rash of illegal butt injections? Vanity? Societal pressures? Whatever the reason, women and transgender individuals without the means to procure cosmetic enhancement procedures in legal, clean, and safe environments are turning more and more towards shady figures that provide the procedures needed for far less than a licensed physician.

Unfortunately, this also seems to be leading to more plastic surgery horror stories.

The latest alleged offender, Liliana Coello, 39, of Queens, was arrested after a disgruntled and injured customer received silicone injections into her buttocks, reports the Daily News. The victim, who works as a night club worker, developed a serious infection in her rear-end several days after the treatment. She returned to Coello's office three times to complain and eventually went to the hospital and complained to the Department of Health. The police were then notified.

Coello has been charged with first-degree assault, reckless endangerment, unauthorized practice of a profession, and criminal possession of a weapon. It is unclear at this point what that weapon might have been.

The unauthorized practice of a profession statute makes it a crime to practice any trade which requires licensure without such a license. The offense is a class E felony and can result in a sentence of up to four years in prison. Tack on sentences for assault, reckless endangerment, and weapons possession and she could be looking at even more time.

Narcissus Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Coello isn't the first person to give illegal injections, nor will she be the last. Earlier this year, a spate of silicone horror stories, similar to the victim here, but sometimes ending in death, led to widespread media coverage but little else. New York already has a statute addressing the crime, but is it enough?

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