A 25-year-old woman’s quest for the ‘perfect’ body has left her in horrific pain and in need of a life-saving surgery.
Desiree Davis is the first to admit that her decision to receive illegal silicone injections in her buttocks was the biggest mistake of her life.
In 2010, the Texas-based model received injections to enhance the size of her backside regularly for two-years by unlicensed parties. In an Instagram post, Davis explained to her more than 127,000 followers the reason behind her recent hospitalization was for severe back pain.
“Things are really going bad for me,” Davis writes. “I went and got butt injections back in 2010 through 2012 and now it’s effecting my health. The people that did my injections are now in jail serving a life sentence because somebody died from these illegal shots not too long ago, so I can’t reach out to them to fix this.”
Davis said she began experiencing excruciating back pain and was told by doctors that the silicone had migrated to her back, and would require surgery to be removed.
Now a mother of two, Davis says there are some days where she’s unable to walk and was told that she could potentially die without the surgery that isn’t covered by insurance.
“The doctor went on to say that there was nothing they could do for me, and that I needed to go back to have them removed,” Davis writes on her GoFundMe page. “If I don’t get it removed I will most likely be really sick and could die from it.”
Although Davis recognizes her mistake, she is just one of many women who have received illegal enhancements which are commonly referred to as “black market augmentations.” Earlier this year, rapper Cardi B revealed in an interview with GQ that she received butt injections illegally in a basement in Queens for $800 US.
The recent rise in illegal contouring procedures and fatalities associated prompted the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to issue a public safety warning in 2017. The FDA stated that the material used is not FDA approved and poses serious health risks that can occur immediately or develop over time.
The statement noted that in many cases, the injectable silicone is often industrial grade, and can travel throughout the body causing a blood vessel blockage (embolism) stroke, infections, chronic pain and disfigurement and death.
In her Instagram post, Davis included a screen cap of a news article regarding the woman she says performed her injections illegally.
Denise “Wee Wee” Ross was convicted and sentenced to 60 years in prison for the death of 34-year-old Wykesha Reid. Reid died while receiving illegal injections of industrial-grade silicone from Ross who had become known for giving women the “Wee Wee Booty.”
Davis has been trying to connect with other women who have received illegal procedures to raise awareness of what has become a growing trend among women, particularly black and hispanic women.
In a 2017 article for Allure magazine, Rochaun Meadows-Fernandez suggests that while it may appear at first glance that the fatalities from illegal procedures are the the result of bad decisions, the role that beauty standards and the pressure put on black women to adhere to a specific body type should not be ignored.
Meadows-Fernandez writes that the pressure on black women to have a small waist and full bottom is inherent to black culture, inundating black men and women about the ‘ideal body type’ in media that have been “pushed” to a community level.
“To save lives in the future, we must educate youth on the consequences of illegal surgeries, starting at the community level,” Meadows-Fernandez said. “There is nothing admirable about risking your life for the ‘biggest booty.’ We must also acknowledge that white women are not the only group to deal with body pressures…No woman should feel ostracized from her heritage due to body type – and it must start by ending idolization of the unrealistic body goals.”
Davis is currently awaiting surgery, but hopes that by sharing her story, other women will avoid making the same mistake that she did.
“I encourage you ladies to love your body for what it is because no matter how God made you, he made each of us special,” she writes. “I’ve made a lot of bad choices in my lifetime, but I never understood that one mistake can mess up your whole life. Expensive surgeries can go wrong, but so can inexpensive ones.”