Silicone implants that enlarge the buttocks sound like a good idea to some, but they’re also illegal and potentially deadly.
A woman accused of offering just that service was recently arrested in a downtown D.C. hotel.
Federal authorities say women wanted 45-year-old Kimberly Smedley to give them injections of liquid silicone to “increase the size and shape” of their buttocks.
Smedley usually performed the injections in hotel rooms and was arrested on Oct. 11 at the JW Marriott near 14th Street NW and Pennsylvania Avenue.
Robert Ekey, a special agent with the Food and Drug Administration, wrote in the court documents that the agency had been investigating Smedley since April for distributing unapproved and misbranded devices.
An exotic dancer at a Baltimore club told authorities that she met Smedley in September 2010 and asked for silicone injections, according to court documents. The woman then paid Smedley $4,000 for nine injections in each buttock, which were given between October 2010 and March 2011.
The FDA “has not approved or cleared any silicone device for this intended use,” Ekey wrote.
At her last treatment, the woman asked for injections in her hips. She was hospitalized two days later from shortness of breath and a computed tomography scan found silicone inside her lungs, according to court records.
It’s not clear how many injections Smedley has performed.
Her operation first surfaced in March 2008, when the New York Post reported about Smedley offering the injections from Manhattan hotels. Hotel records show Smedley logged 106 stays at Marriott hotels between January 2010 and May 2011, court documents say.
When Smedley was arrested at the D.C. Marriott, she “was not willing to answer questions beyond confirming her residence,” according to court records.
The documents say she received a text message that night from someone named “MilliDC” asking if Smedley would be in town the next day because “wanna make an apt 4 my aunt an I want my hips done.”