Woman's Transformation after Back-Alley Butt Injection

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Months ago, Dakota visited The Doctors to tell her story of disfigurement and pain after she received cosmetic injections from a neighbor with no medical license. Now we catch up with Dakota to see how she’s doing and if the damage has been reversed.

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Dakota says she had a friend who was a professional model, who recommended a local woman who performed silicone injections. A year later, she woke up in pain and found that the silicone had migrated, creating unsightly, hard lumps on her thighs. She lived with the condition for years, but she constantly worried that it would prove fatal.

The Doctors send Dakota to Plastic Surgeon Dr. Tansar Mir, who volunteered to help her for free. Working with a team, Dr. Mir removes dozens of lumps of hardened silicone that have migrated all over her bottom and thighs. He also finds large areas of dead tissue surrounding more silicone.

Dakota joins The Doctors. “One of the best things for me is just seeing you walking out here, and then just sitting down without pain!” ER Physician Dr. Travis Stork tells her. “I feel better,” she says. “I feel like how I felt before!”

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Dr. Mir explains that these shots can cause inflammation throughout a patient’s rear end, spreading up the back or down the thighs. “We try to get out as much as we can safely, but at the same time we don’t want to disfigure them.” He worked through the smallest possible opening to reach silicone that had traveled around Dakota's body.

“It’s just a reminder to people out there,” concludes ER Physician Dr. Travis Stork, “Just be very careful who you go to, to get these injections done.”