Woman recovering from botched self-surgery

July 2, 2009 at 2:10 PM
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SAN FRANCISCO, July 2 (UPI) -- A California woman says she is recovering from her misguided attempt to perform plastic surgery on herself.

The mother-of-three, who asked to remain anonymous, admitted her decision to inject liquid silicone into her lips and cheek was ill-advised and resulted in her having to undergo corrective surgery, KTVU-TV, Oakland, reported Thursday.

"Insane. I can't believe I did what I did," the 54-year-old said. "I thought I was going to be happy with the results, then the next day, my face became very inflamed, very red, swollen."

Plastic surgeon Steven Williams said it could take him multiple surgeries to successfully remove all the silicone from the woman's face.

Williams told KTVU the woman's attempt at self-surgery is part of a growing trend amid the ongoing recession. He warned most amateur surgeries result in future medical visits.

"We've noticed an uptick in people trying to do things like this at home," Williams said. "And having problems, and (then) having to come in and see us."

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