Butt Injections: Does Your Daughter Know It’s A Matter Of Life Or Death?

June 12, 2015  |  

By now, you’ve probably heard the news of Kelly Mayhew’s death. The former BET freelancer who died after receiving silicone injections from an uncertified plastic surgeon was only 34 years old. Her picture and story have been shared all over Facebook, and the comment threads keep growing. These butt enhancements are a serious problem.


This wasn’t the first time Kelly had received butt injections. But unfortunately, it would be her last. On Saturday, May 30, she drove from her hometown of Maryland to a Queens, New York City basement with her mother to get the injections once again. After the injections, she started having trouble breathing. As her mom tried to administer CPR, the woman who administered the injections fled the scene. Kelly was unresponsive.


I can’t imagine how her mother felt, watching her daughter die in front of her. Of course, there is always risk with any surgery or procedure, but the butt injections are the latest craze, and to put it in perspective, Kelly died for them, and her mother had to watch.


Kelly is another tragic story in a growing list of names of women who have lost their lives from the injections. Last year, a 28-year old woman died in a Manhattan hotel room after butt injections given to her by another phony doctor. This week, police charged another woman with murder for the death of Wykesha Reid, who died back in February after getting injections in Dallas. In a local interview, Wykesha’s daughter Keira told reporters that her mother explained the procedure to her. She told her daughter about the big thick needle and how they pumped white clear looking stuff inside her cheeks. The mother and daughter were “laughing and talking about stuff” before she left that day.


In Kelly’s case, she was accompanied by her mother to get them done, and Wykesha’s daughter knew all about her mother’s procedure. It was obviously something that was discussed in both situations between mother and daughter.


That curvaceous look, that plump round backside that Kim Kardashian gets admired for on red carpets, is one that has become desirable. This bigger butt has gained popularity over the last few years, and is now celebrated in society, regardless of whether or not they are real. And for a few hundred dollars, you can have one too. It has been made to seem so simple.


Legitimate cosmetic surgeons will advise you to make sure you see a board certified doctor, and warn you of the risks associated with illegal injections. But who’s really addressing the issues behind wanting to get the procedure done in the first place? Where do these insecurities stem from? What’s wrong with the body you have?


Everything, right? Your legs are fat, your breasts don’t sit up high enough, and you have skin that sags from having children. Our daughters see us struggling with ourselves and it’s a conversation that obviously needs to take place. As mothers, we hope that we raise our daughters to be successful, secure, and overall, healthy. We have enough to worry about without having to think they’d probably want a butt that looks more like Nicki Minaj’s than their own. How do we teach them to be comfortable in their own skin, with a butt that they may not be able to balance a drink on?




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