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.
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!