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At-home beauty treatments a risk, says St. Pete doctor

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Dr. Christian Drehsen Dr. Christian Drehsen
Apryl Brown lost her hands and feet after a staph infection resulting from at-home 'silicone' injections Apryl Brown lost her hands and feet after a staph infection resulting from at-home 'silicone' injections
ST PETERSBURG, FL (WFLA) -

Apryl Brown was supposed to get silicone injections at a friend's house to make her backside look better.

Instead, the friend injected bathroom caulk, and the resulting staph infection nearly killed her.

Twenty-seven surgeries later, Brown has no hands or feet.

“I really wanted to live. I just really wanted to live,” she said.

Another woman bought a product on the internet, and with the help of a nurse, injected it into her face. The product turned out to be glass or fiberglass.

Dr. Christian Drehsen, of St. Petersburg, has seen it all before.

“It's a very short-term cheap deal, is gonna cost you a lot later,” he said.

Dr. Drehsen is often asked to correct similar errors.

“Some people doing it have absolutely no goals in mind. They just fill a hole like you put putty on some pothole,” he said.

You may remember the infamous case where a woman posing as a doctor, injected a mix of fix-a-flat, mineral oil, cement and super glue, into a woman's buttocks.

The victim came to Tampa General Hospital. Dr. Drehsen's associate treated her.

“He had to remove quite a bit of flesh from the buttock because the tissue was completely contaminated by this product,” he said.

Last year, two Tampa women complained a woman injected them with a substance that made it painful for them to stand or sit for long periods.

Dr. Drehsen has this warning: “If you have something that's unknown, could be toxic, could be non-sterile, you're gonna suffer some serious consequence from.”

Sometimes people who've had botched procedures done have a hard time admitting what they've done. Even doctors and nurses can get into trouble with injectibles.

Best advice: find somebody with experience before you agree to a procedure.

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