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April 21, 2011

Bizarre Anti-Aging Treatments Around the World

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model holding surgical needle against leg

Photo Credit: Liz Von Hoene

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PMMA BUTTOCK INJECTIONS
Country: Brazil

Details: South Americans seeking a Kardashian-esque posterior are injecting polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) — a form of the acrylic plastic used in Plexiglas — into their butts. Treatment takes about half an hour and recontours the buttocks to create a fuller, more round shape.

Best for: Anyone looking to add curves without the scars and expense of surgery. (Butt implants cost a comparatively high $5,000 to $10,000.)

ETA in the U.S.: Probably never. The procedure hasn't been submitted for FDA approval, which would be unlikely anyway, thanks to potential complications like migration, infection, or embolization (where the PMMA enters the blood vessels).

Price in Brazil: $1,000 to $3,000.


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