A woman has tragically died after having buttock implant surgery at a hair salon.
Carolina Andrea Aguirre Castano, 38, passed away after agreeing to have the invasive cosmetic surgery at a hair and beauty spa in Medellin, Colombia.
She had silicone implants fitted into her bum cheeks to ‘enhance the shape’, and was injected with an unidentified substance.
But when Castano began to feel unwell, the salon’s staff called an ambulance and she was rushed to hospital. However, the mother-of-two died on the way.
The city’s Metropolitan Police operational commander Colonel Juan Carlos Restrepo confirmed her death, adding that Castano was the sixth fatality from cosmetic procedures in Medellin within the last year.
An investigation into Castano’s death is now under way.
The unnamed owner of the hair salon has reportedly been arrested and remains in police custody. The spa has also been closed down.
The popularity of plastic surgery in the country has led to the growth of an unsafe industry, rife with unqualified practitioners carrying out cut-price procedures in underground establishments.
In 2016, 30 people died from complications during cosmetic procedures in Colombia.
Last year, Colombian journalist Lorena Beltran publicly spoke out about the huge scarring she suffered after botched breast reduction surgery.
She launched the campaign #CirugiaSeguraYa – ‘Safe surgery now’ – calling for stricter regulation.
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