A Dorchester woman pleaded guilty yesterday to injecting beauty seekers buttocks and lips with a silicone polymer, even though she's not a medical professional and the stuff is not approved in the US - at least not for injections.
The US Attorney's office in Boston reports Valentina Perez Tavarez, also known as Rossi Tavarez, 37, injected at least ten people with a solution in 2011 - at a cost of $700 per cheek, promising them plumper butt cheeks or lips. A visit from federal agents in September of that year ended her business:
On Sept. 9, 2011, special agents visited Tavarez at her residence in Dorchester at which time Tavarez admitted that she had performed the procedure on at least 10 customers. From her bedroom closet she retrieved an opaque plastic bottle containing a clear, viscous liquid, along with a FedEx shipping box. The bottle bore a label “Estetical Plus 100% Natural,” along with a written description in Spanish that referred to its content as massage oil and provided directions for external skin application. The bottle did not provide any information or directions for using the substance for subcutaneous cosmetic injections. The bottle had been shipped from Colombia via Federal Express. Tavarez admitted that she had arranged for the shipment of the substance with a laboratory in Columbia and that she had paid by wire $500 per box containing three bottles of the substance.
FDA chemists analyzed the contents and found it contained dimethylpolysiloxane, a product that is used as a food emulsifier and to make a variety of other substances, including caulk and Silly Putty.
Tavarez faces up to a year in prison and a fine of up to $10,000 on the charge of receipt in interstate commerce of a misbranded device and the proffered delivery thereof for pay.