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Thursday, September 15, 2011

DIY Botox?

Where's the Beef?


Janet Hardt, 63, of Homewood, Illinois, died shortly after having injected hot beef fat into her face around her mouth and chin.  The woman had received several facial surgeries from legitimate plastic surgeons in the past, but apparently developed her own method to rid herself of wrinkles.


 She had on more than one occasion boiled beef down, extracted the fat, and injected the warm liquid under her skin, in what she apparently saw as problem areas. Friends say she was addicted to this Do-It-Yourself wrinkle removing process.

According to plastic surgeons, there are many people who attempt to simulate botox treatments on their own by injecting silicone, baby oil, and other substances into their faces.  These medical professionals stress that one should never inject non-FDA approved substances under the skin, and absolutely should not try to "self-administer" in an attempt to save money.

The biggest risk from self-administered injections of non-FDA approved substances is infection.  Ms. Hardt had some scarring and disfigurement from her previous DIY procedures.   On this particular occasion, she ended up in the hospital because she said her face felt like it was burning.  Doctors say that is consistent with symptoms of infection.

Interestingly enough, Janet Hardt did not die from her beef fat hits; an autopsy revealed that she had peritonitis, a serious abdominal inflamation unrelated to her cosmetic efforts, and the death was determined to be from natural causes.

Friends and neighbors admitted that her face was tight and had few wrinkles, although recent infections and scar tissue had rendered it grotesque.

(photo courtesy of the Shorewood Patch website, Joseph Hosey.)

Experts say there are websites which will instruct you on how to self-administer injections but remind people that such procedures are unsafe unless performed in  a medical setting by a licensed plastic surgeon.

Personally, I think I'll take my steak on a plate.  As for my trip on this highway called life--it hasn't always been easy, and some parts of that road were a bit uneven and missing macadam, but these wrinkles I've earned are mine;  I'll wear them proudly.  And I'll limit the beef injections to the kind that involve Mr. Eva, thank you very much!

I probably will keep any eye out at the meat counter though, to see who's taking advantage of sales on fatty beef.   Then I'll check their faces for wrinkles!
EVA

23 comments:

Kristina P. said...

Is that really her picture? That is insane!

JackieA said...

Oh my....that is indeed an eye opener! I'm with you, proud of my emerging lines. I can see the big 40 on my horizon and with that comes the responsibility of being the proud owner of a few fine lines. It tells me of the life I have led and as for my grey hairs, I am secretly quite proud of them! P/S: I like what you said about the only beef you will be injecting in yourself will be coutesy of Mr. Eva! Will share it with my hubby! Take care!!

ipenka said...

Wow, that sucks. In a sad ironic twist, I'm guessing it will now be a closed casket ceremony...

PⒿ @ $ € € ₦$ ₣®0₥... said...

This story was so bizarre, I kept thinking it was going to end up with a punchline. Why do people hate what they see when they look in the mirror? She would benefit from an injection of self-esteem.

River said...

I hate necessary injections in my arm or bum, why would anyone want to do this to their face???
Just to remove a wrinkle or three?
They're going to keep coming back, no matter what you do.
I bet she looked a lot nicer when her face was normal, even with a few wrinkles.
I much prefer my steak on a plate too, alongside some potato wedges with sour cream and a salad.

Sandy said...

Well now, that is just gross! Why oh why do people get that desperate? I just don't get it. I, like you, will wear my wrinkles proudly. I have always said that when my hair turns gray I will have a long gray pony tail.

Brian Miller said...

ugh...to me this is just sad....why is it that beauty rules so many...

Kristy said...

OMG, you have GOT to be kidding me! From the looks of it, the beef injections weren't really going to help much. I don't think they were going to push her over the line into a "gorgeous" category!

She Writes said...

This story is SO damn sad. Where's the beef is taking on a sci-fi twist!

Jen said...

Wow! That is some improvement!!!!...I just might up-chuck!!!!

Steadfast Ahoy! said...

I'm with Jen...gag! This is soooo weird, it's hard to believe.
Rosemary

rosaria said...

Craziest thing I ever heard!

Sue said...

I can't even imagine. Seriously.

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Kelley said...

OHHHHH, my goodness gracious. I am not believing it. I had no idea people self-injected fake "botox". This is insane!!

tsonodablog said...

Wow. That is all just so sad. I can't imagine being a woman so desperate and misguided as to self-mutilate. Very sad.

Pat said...

The thing is, people buying the fatter meat are probably fat, like me. Did you notice that fat people don't have wrinkles? We fill them out! This woman is U-G-L-Y, she ain't got no alibi, she's ugly!

Britton said...

Wow. I almost couldn't believe it without the picture. Wow.

Eva Gallant said...

ipenka: It's sad but your comment made me laugh.

SheWrites: I guess so!

Jen: Gross! I know!

rosaria: If not the craziest, it's gotta' be right up there!

Eva Gallant said...

Terri: Self-mutilation describes what she was doing to a "t".

Britton: It is hard to believe!

The Frisky Virgin said...

Wow. Just wow. Why are people so obsessed with wrinkles--they add character and show you actually lived. Frozen faces all look alike and, well, kinda freak me out.

bichonpawz said...

Sick! The woman is sick. Insane!

Eva Gallant said...

Frisky: While I was researching this story, I came across a video of a nurse from a plastic surgeon's office talking about it. She was lovely, but her face did not move as she spoke; she'd obviously had her boss do some work on her.

Laurie Kolp said...

Oh my, I have never heard of such a thing... 'vanity ADHD' I guess one might call it.

Hope all is well with you and yours.