How Much Does Beauty Cost?
How much does beauty cost? According to Beauty at Any Cost: The Consequence of Beauty Obsession on Woman & Girls written in 2008, a total of 7 billion dollars is spent annually on cosmetic products. The informational paper by the YMCA went on to state in 2007, Cosmetic surgery and non-surgical procedures performed in the United States cost a whopping 11.7 million dollars, which is a 500% increase in the last ten years.
These staggering numbers explain why some criminals are capitalizing on the demand for cosmetic services in this ever-rising market. “The Butcher of South Beach”, Reinaldo Silvestre, posed as a general surgeon performing a number of breast augmentations operations in Miami, Florida in the 1990’s. Silvestre a fugitive criminal was featured on America’s Most Wanted in November of 2004. In March of 2006, Silvestre was convicted of aggravated battery and practicing medicine without a license. He was sentenced to 45 years behind bars for the disfigurement he caused.
Recently, CBS News reported a transgendered woman in Miami was arrested for impersonating a doctor and performing a dangerous cosmetic procedure on woman.
The transgendered perpetrator, O’Neal Ron Morris age 30 allegedly posed as a doctor and injected cement, mineral oil and flat-tire sealant into the buttocks of a woman to enhance her figure! Morris injected the deadly solution into the victim on several occasions. The unnamed victim experienced extreme pain, sickness and sores. The fake doctor encouraged the victim to continue the treatments.
When the pain became too much the victim went to the hospital but was too embarrassed to disclose the reason why she was in so much pain. The victim’s mother helped support her daughter in disclosing the crime to health officials, which lead to the arrest.
The victim is currently recovering. Part of that recovery is a very painful lesson in how to acquire adequate medical care. Doctor’s licensure can be researched and validated by checking with the board that certificated the physician. If the board is not affiliated with American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), the American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS) or the American Osteopathic Association(AOA), additional research is necessary.
How much does beauty cost? The price could be your life if you are not careful.