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VENEZUELA: Silicone buttock injections spark fears in Venezuelan women

For many women, the dream of having a perfect body in Venezuela has become an obsession which can lead to severe health problems and even death. Such is the case of Evelyn de Aguiar, a thirty-year-old-woman who decided to undergo a plastic surgery procedure seven years ago involving the injection of silicone gel into her buttocks. The silicone product is also known as a synthetic polymer or a biopolymer, and is injected beneath the patients' skin and spreads throughout the tissue intending to pr...

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CARACAS, VENEZUELA (RECENT) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF SILICONE (BIOPOLYMER) REMOVAL SURGERY VARIOUS OF DOCTOR DURING SILICONE (BIOPOLYMER) REMOVAL SURGERY (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) PLASTIC SURGEON, DR. DANIEL SLOBODIANIK, SAYING: "Venezuela is not the country which has the highest number of patients with biopolymers. Apparently Argentina, Brazil and Mexico lead Venezuela with more patient injections, but in those countries there is no type of legislation over this substance. Venezuela is the only country in the region with laws against biopolymers because both distribution and sale are banned, as well as its administration, it's punishable." VARIOUS OF SILICONE (BIOPOLYMER) REMOVAL SURGERY (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) PLASTIC SURGEON, DR. DANIEL SLOBODIANIK, SAYING: "It's not a question of where the product is from and who injects it - because he/she could be a hairdresser or doctor - or where it was injected. This is about a synthetic material, plastic, it's a liquid silicon which cannot be injecte...

CARACAS, VENEZUELA (RECENT) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF SILICONE (BIOPOLYMER) REMOVAL SURGERY VARIOUS OF DOCTOR DURING SILICONE (BIOPOLYMER) REMOVAL SURGERY (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) PLASTIC SURGEON, DR. DANIEL SLOBODIANIK, SAYING: "Venezuela is not the country which has the highest number of patients with biopolymers. Apparently Argentina, Brazil and Mexico lead Venezuela with more patient injections, but in those countries there is no type of legislation over this substance. Venezuela is the only country in the region with laws against biopolymers because both distribution and sale are banned, as well as its administration, it's punishable." VARIOUS OF SILICONE (BIOPOLYMER) REMOVAL SURGERY (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) PLASTIC SURGEON, DR. DANIEL SLOBODIANIK, SAYING: "It's not a question of where the product is from and who injects it - because he/she could be a hairdresser or doctor - or where it was injected. This is about a synthetic material, plastic, it's a liquid silicon which cannot be injected into the tissues. It's as easy as that." VARIOUS OF PATIENT, EVELYN DE AGUIAR, GETTING READY FOR HER SILICONE (BIOPOLYMER) REMOVAL SURGERY A BANNER IN EMERGENCY ROOM THAT READS: "THE APPLICATION OF FILLING SUBSTANCES, BIOPOLYMERS AND RELATED MATERIALS IS BANNED" VARIOUS OF OPERATING THEATRE WHERE DE AGUIAR WILL HAVE SURGERY VARIOUS OF DOCTOR MARKING AREAS WHERE PATIENT WILL BE OPERATED ON VARIOUS OF DE AGUIAR AFTER SURGERY (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) PATIENT UNDERGOING SILICONE (BIOPOLYMER) REMOVAL SURGERY, EVELYN AGUIAR, SAYING: "After the surgery I will now reject any aesthetic (cosmetic) procedures. After this I won't have anything else done." VARIOUS OF PREPARATION BEFORE SILICONE (BIOPOLYMER) REMOVAL SURGERY (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) PATIENT UNDERGOING SILICONE (BIOPOLYMER) REMOVAL SURGERY, EVELYN AGUIAR, SAYING: "The aesthetic (cosmetic) part of it blinds us and we don't see there are more important things." VARIOUS OF SILICONE (BIOPOLYMER) REMOVAL SURGERY JESUS PEREIRA, THE PRESIDENT OF THE VENEZUELAN PLASTIC SURGEONS ASSOCIATION, DURING INTERVIEW (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) JESUS PEREIRA, THE PRESIDENT OF THE VENEZUELAN PLASTIC SURGEONS ASSOCIATION, SAYING: "I would say that between 25 to 30 percent of our female population between the ages of 16 to 55 years of age have been injected this material (biopolymers) but not recently but a long time ago." VARIOUS OF SILICONE (BIOPOLYMER) REMOVAL SURGERY

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