The Dangers of DIY Cosmetic Surgery

DIY Cosmetic Surgery

Do-It-Yourself or back-alley cosmetic procedures, seem to be on the rise in some parts of the world. They can lead to some serious injuries, side effects, permanent disability, and even loss of life in some cases.

Earlier last year there was an interesting but sad story about an American woman. The lady had got a buttock augmentation through a DIY (Do-It-Yourself) procedure. Instead of going to a qualified doctor, this lady, Apryl Brown, decided to do this procedure at an acquaintance’s house.

The results of the procedure were devastating because 24 hours later Apryl was lying on a hospital bed fighting death. To cut the long story short, she survived the ordeal. However, life was not granted to her as it was before. The doctors had to amputate her hands, feet, and the flesh around her buttocks and hips in 27 surgical procedures.

The main reason she used the unknown injections was that she wanted a new look at a lesser price. But as it turned out, the expenses came later, more than she ever imagined.

This is an example of what happens when you try to change your looks through do-it-yourself or back-alley cosmetic procedures.

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, this is a growing problem all around the world. Patients are bypassing professional, qualified, and experienced doctors and medical practitioners just to save a few Dirhams on medical procedures. They do this not knowing the outcome can be life-threatening or worse.

Another mistake that people are making is buying the supplies for their preferred procedures online. Although nowadays everything and anything can be bought from online stores it is not guaranteed to be authentic. After getting their hands on these so-called cosmetic supplies, they either go to back-alley clinics or administer the product themselves. Either way, it is a dangerous process. Neither the back-alley quack nor the patients themselves have any training to perform a cosmetic procedure. Buying and using shady supplies can lead to an outcome similar to that of Apryl Brown or worse.

So what could happen if you went the Do-It-Yourself way?

In this multi-billion Dirham industry, more women than men are opting to go under the knife. They do it to prolong the aging process. Women want to fix their flaws with a nip and tuck or just enhance a certain feature within their bodies. While pursuing either or all of these, you should know why a certified, experienced and trained surgeon is important. Besides, cheap is always costly. So, instead of wasting your time and money with amateurs and risking your life, always choose a board-certified surgeon.

We have shared some of the worst outcomes of a DIY cosmetic surgery below:

Permanent Deformity

Like Ms. Brown, one could end up permanently deformed. She was brought back from the brink of death according to reports on CNN. However, until today, she is a walking reminder of the perils of DIY cosmetic procedures. She wanted to save a few pennies and that led her to lose her arms and feet.

Horrific Injuries

By using cheap products whose origin and ingredients are unknown, you are exposing yourself to horrific injuries. Buying and using such products will dig a deeper hole in your pockets than consulting a qualified and experienced specialist. An example is a certain lady (name withheld) who purchased facial fillers online. Within 24 hours after injection, she had serious blisters and swelling that left her with permanent scars.

Blood Clots

A Brazilian woman died as a result of a Do-It-Yourself breast augmentation procedure. A blood clot appeared in one of her lungs after she tried to augment the breasts. She had injected them with petroleum jelly. This blood clot, according to New York Daily News, appeared a few weeks after her DIY procedure.


Usually, the conditions under which a Do-It-Yourself procedure is conducted are not conducive for a cosmetic procedure. Especially in those procedures that involve injecting, the chances of getting an infection are very high. This infection can easily spread inside your body, leading to more life-threatening conditions.


The above-mentioned instances are all real-life examples. They show that there are more risks of DIY cosmetic surgery procedures than there are benefits. To be on the safe side, make sure you go to accredited, experienced, and well-trained practitioners for the procedure. Moreover, you should make sure they use products that are not only FDA-approved but also approved by the Ministry of Health. Dubai Cosmetic Surgery Clinic  has a panel of board-certified and experienced surgeons. Call us today to schedule a free consultation session.