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Do you know the risk of pumping parties?

This is a warning about cut rate beauty procedures called "pumping." It's a dangerous way to try to get those sexy curves made so famous by celebs like Kim Kardashian and J-Lo.

The idea of injecting motor oil, cement, silicone and even canned tire sealant into your face and body to improve your looks sounds crazy! But nationwide health experts are reporting a growing number of cases where phony practitioners are illegally pumping people full of these toxic injectables.

As the demand for these underground procedures continue to rise, so do the fatalities and if you're lucky enough to survive, the ramifications can be shocking.

Dr. Constantino Mendieta is a board certified plastic surgeon in Miami, Florida. He says what most people don't know is that the side effects can cause life-changing disfigurement.

"These underground pumping parties will actually destroy and disfigure your body to a point where we can't even reconstruct it later," says Dr. Mendieta, "You could develop a reaction to these products five to ten years down the road where it eats away at your flesh and completely destroys your buttock. The disfigurement is horrific and almost unfixable."

When Apryl Brown paid an underground amateur to give her a dream derrier it turned into an unbelievable nightmare.

"When the product was going inside the body, it was extremely painful," says Apryl.

Within three years of receiving the injections, Apryl says her bottom had become hard, discolored and then a deadly staph infection led to the partial amputation of her arms, legs and buttocks.

"What keeps me going every day is spirit. And really knowing that my life is purposeful. And this is a platform to use to save life, to inspire life, to motivate life," says Apryl.

"What people don't understand is that there are boards of other specialties. So you may hear that they're board certified, but its not in plastic surgery. So you have to make sure that they are board certified in the specialty," says Dr. Mendieta.

And that's something Apryl Brown wants to emphasize.

"You cannot allow anyone to do any kind of procedure on you that they are not licensed to do. Because you are just asking for trouble. And why invite that trouble into your life?," says Apryl.

Bottom line: Pumping parties are dangerous and the results over time can be disfiguring. If you are considering a buttock augmentation, or any other type of cosmetic surgery for that matter, make sure the doctor you entrust is a board certified plastic surgeon.

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