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My Strange Addiction: ‘Don’t end up with a behind like mine’

Dancer who spent $15,000 on butt injections tries to cure woman addicted to them
A woman who spent $15,000 on black-market butt injections that nearly killed her, is dedicating her life to saving others from the same fate.

Vanity Wonder, 30, says she is lucky to be alive after becoming addicted to using illegal silicone shots to increase her hips and behind.

Appearing on the latest episode of TLC’s My Strange Addiction, she gives advice to fellow addict Karmello who has filled her buttocks with two litres of liquid from illegal injections, taking it from a size four to a size ten.

Karmello, 23, from Detroit, Michigan, admits to having had 54 injections to her buttocks and plans another 36 to get her behind to the perfect size.

The mother-of-one was unhappy with her figure and started with the injections three years ago. Despite her determination to increase her behind the medical way, not one of the injections have been performed by a plastic surgeon.

Instead she gets them on the black market from a woman she often meets in a hotel, spending thousands of dollars on filling her body with unknown liquids.

llegal butt injections have increased in the past years with many black market operators using anything from glue to soy bean oil and industry grade silicone.

The cheap alternative to plastic surgery has become popular among transsexuals and in the African American community.

Those carrying out the procedures, known as ‘shot girls’ take around $300 per injection compared to professional plastic surgery which can cost around $12,000.

In the disturbing episode of the TLC show Karmello’s friend Vanity Wonder, author of book Shots Girls who herself spent over $15,000 on illegal butt and hip injections, tries to warn Karmello of the risks.

Vanity, who nearly died after contracting an infection from a shot, tells her she needs to stop the dangerous practice.

But it is not until Karmello’s sister Jennifer also pleads with her to stop for the sake of her four-year-old son, that she visits plastic surgeon Dr Anthony Youn.

Dr Youn shows her an x-ray of her buttocks and hips and points out that the fat is ‘sponge-like’ and warns her the next injection could kill her.

After she has seen the images of her behind, Karmello decides to fight her addiction and stop the injections.

What is the status of your addiction today?
I would like to say since the show, my main focus has been on my son and getting healthy and just getting my life in order. I am no longer Addicted to Butt Injections.

How did being on the show and going to therapy/ doctor help you in terms of dealing with your addiction?
During the show I learned a lot actually. While getting Injections I never did my research on them before I got them which taught me today be careful what your influences are because you can do something that u could never take back.

Do you have any words of advice for other people dealing with addictions?
My advice to a lot of females just go with your first mind, if your mind is saying no don’t get them. As humans, we only live once and that’s life you could never get back. I’m not one to tell anyone to not do something they want to do, but me as a person is just saying be careful and do your researches first.. And I hoped you all liked my show.. Thank you for listening!! oh and Ive been going to the gym.

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At least she's stopping. I will never understand why people get black market plastic surgery. :\

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