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A mother and daughter who illegally performed a butt lift on an adult film actress were arraigned on murder charges after the actress died from the procedure.
Libby Adame, 52, and her daughter Alicia Gomez, who had not had the medical training to perform such a procedure, performed three operations on Karissa Rajpaul, 26, who died immediately after the last procedure on October 15, 2020.
The operations took place in a private home in Encino, a suburb of Los Angeles. The couple charged $3,500 to $4,000 for her operation, far less than a normal board-certified butt lift's cost of $10,000 to $15,000.
Rajpaul, who hailed from South Africa, "shared a video of herself to social media during one of the operations, which was meant to help her with her work in the adult film industry,"
The Daily Mail reported.
"These individuals have no medical training,"
LAPD Deputy Chief Alan Hamilton stated. "They're not experienced and they're putting people's lives at risk."
"These are very dangerous, unlicensed medical practices that are propagating themselves through social media,"
Hamilton had said at the time of Rajpaul's death. "We need these victims to come forward because we need to find out if there are other victims out there that are permanently disfigured or may have passed away as a result of some of these procedures and may have been a victim of a criminal act."
LAPD Valley Bureau Homicide Detective Bob Dinlocker added that Adame and Gomez would bring supplies to private houses, then disappear if something went awry, leaving the problem to paramedics. He said at the time of Rajpaul's death, "The internet is filled with stories where they cut the medical-grade silicon with the stuff you would caulk your windows with,"
he says. "It hits the blood stream, attacks the heart, the brain and the kidneys."
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon Dr. AJ Khalil told The Daily Mail that if liquified silicon is injected into the buttocks it would be not only illegal, but also prove fatal.
"I have seen patients like this,"
he asserted. "There are implants that go in the buttocks but they're solid."
A butt lift procedure entails some risks even if done legally; the Mayo Clinic lists some potential problems:
- Fluid accumulation beneath the skin (seroma). Drainage tubes left in place after surgery can help reduce the risk of seroma. Your doctor might also remove fluid after surgery using a needle and syringe.
- Poor wound healing. Sometimes areas along the incision line heal poorly or begin to separate. You might be given antibiotics if there is a wound healing problem.
- Incision scars from a buttock lift are permanent, but they're typically placed in areas that aren't easily visible.
- Changes in skin sensation. During a buttock lift, the repositioning of your tissues can affect superficial sensory nerves. You'll likely feel some reduced sensation or numbness. This numbness usually diminishes in the months to year after the procedure.
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