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Syringes ♥ surgery and slaps: Thais suffer for beauty
« on: January 24, 2013, 04:06:55 PM »
BANGKOK, Jan 24, 2013 (AFP) - From breast-slapping and gold thread face-lifts, to vaginal whitening soaps and olive oil penis enlargements, image obsessed Thais are going to ever increasing extremes in the quest for beauty.

The colourful self-proclaimed pioneer of breast-slapping says her unusual technique allows clients to boost their bust by at least one bra size without surgery.

"This is the beauty by nature -- one million percent guaranteed," the eccentric 46-year-old, who has changed her name to Khunyingtobnom or Madam breast-slapper, told AFP.

Her work is also extremely lucrative, charging $600 for two 15 minute sessions covering one breast each and a premium face-slapping service -- which she claims can induce slimness -- costing about $1,000.

Having slapped her customers for 28 years, Khunyingtobnom said that her own small breasts prompted her late-grandmother to pass on the little-known art, which she applies to about 20 customers each day.

In a country where ideals of beauty carry particular weight, even in notoriously image-conscious Asia, it is not only women who are seeking to enhance what nature has provided.

Alarmingly high numbers of Thai men inject olive oil, beeswax, silicone and even paraffin into their genitals, in a misguided bid to enlarge their penises, according to one Bangkok urologist.

Skin lesions or serious infections are commonly the result, said Surat Kittisupaporn of the Police General Hospital, which sees up to 300 patients a month after botched penis treatments.

"The body reacts to the foreign substances. When there is chronic irritation or infection, it'll be very hard to cure... it'll be hard to even walk or take a shower," he said, making surgery inevitable.

In the worst case, Surat was forced to remove a 50-year-old man's genitals in November after he repeatedly injected olive oil into his penis.

The pursuit of an ideal beauty has a long history in the nation, according to Professor Suwirakorn Ophaswongse, of the Dermatological Society of Thailand.

"It starts from the belief that aristocrats should have white skin and people with dark skin are lower class," she said.

The influence of Korean pop culture has hastened the pace -- and boosted the numbers -- of those dashing to the cosmetic surgeon, she said, as Thais now seek to recreate the surgically enhanced, doll-like appeal of their 'K-pop' idols.

Illegal, backstreet cosmetic surgery clinics are cashing-in on that desire and increasing the risks.

A product promoter, or a so-called "pretty", died in October when a gel-like filler meant to make her buttocks more shapely was injected into her bloodstream.

Her friend and fellow "pretty", Nutchanunt Angkuttarothum, 25, said the tragedy had not deterred her from further surgery to add to a litany of procedures, including a nose job she has already undergone.

"We have to always take care of ourselves and look good, otherwise we wouldn't look different from others", she said after pouting for the cameras at a recent motorcycle launch event in Bangkok.

For women, the quest for bigger eyes, noses, breasts and bums is just one step in a wider bid to transform themselves.

Off-the-shelf skin whitening creams, including vaginal bleaching soaps, abound in the kingdom with many believing that a lighter skin reflects higher status and is more attractive to the opposite sex.

It is an image of desirability reinforced by the legions of models and actors who adorn Bangkok's billboards and star in the country's wildly popular television dramas.

For the city's strutting elite, known as Hi-Sos (High Society), more upmarket treatments are widely available, for the right price.

Anywhere between $13,000 and $200,000 will pay for gold thread face implants, a tradition apparently stretching back to ancient Egypt which its adherents believe tightens and brightens the skin.

Speaking at a upmarket Bangkok clinic, husband and wife Patcharat and Itsaraporn Rattanasuthaphaboon said they have both undergone the costly procedure.

"I used to have wrinkles and dry skin under my eyes but it has been a lot better since I did it last time," said 51-year-old Itsaraporn.

"It's okay by me," her husband said. "I just want my wife to look good."

The treatment involves strips of near-pure gold being sewn into the skin forming a mesh which stimulates the body to produce collagen, thus keeping the skin supple, says Maciej Lichaj, a Polish gold thread aesthetician at the clinic.

"People in Asia love gold... they want to have gold outside and inside", he explained, adding the results can be seen within months.

But not everyone is convinced by the scramble to be young, fair-skinned and beautiful.

"People don't have to be white to be beautiful -- good personality, having knowledge and other capacities are much more important," Professor Suwirakorn said. "It's better to have beauty from within."
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Re: Syringes ♥ surgery and slaps: Not only Thais suffer for beauty
« Reply #1 on: April 25, 2013, 09:41:19 AM »
Sunbed death not linked to banned tanning jabs

A woman's death in a sunbed shop was not linked to her use of banned tanning injections, an inquest jury has ruled.

Jenna Wilson-Vickers, 26, was found unconscious in the cubicle of the Tantastic tanning salon in Bolton, Lancashire, in September.

She had apparently been injecting Melanotan II into her stomach for weeks as well as using sunbeds excessively, Bolton Coroner's Court heard.

But the inquest found she died from heart failure linked to obesity.

Miss Wilson-Vickers had struggled with her weight and was 25st (350lbs) at the time of her death.

A pathologist told the inquest that while medical research into Melanotan II was limited, in his opinion it had nothing to do with her death.

'No evidence'

The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency said Melanotan works by increasing the levels of melanin, the body's natural protection from the sun.

However, it is not licensed and has not been tested for safety, quality or effectiveness so it is not known what the possible side-effects are or how serious they could be.

Pathologist Dr Patrick Waugh told the jury: "It remains that there is insufficient information in respect of Melanotan II to allow any realistic assessment of its significance in the death of Jenna.

"The possibility of adverse reaction to Melanotan can't be excluded, but there is no evidence to suggest it does.

"I can't link it to the medical cause of death.

"I would say it has nothing to do with her death, that would be my conclusion."

Miss Wilson-Vickers' mother, Shirley Mather, said she knew about the injections and had taken her daughter to the tanning shop about twice a week in the previous three months.

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Records showed on the day Miss Wilson-Vickers died, she was having her third 12-minute tanning session in three days.

Mrs Mather said: "About two weeks before, she just said she has not got any pigment in her skin, 'That's why I'm taking these injections, so I went brown on the sunbeds'."

On the morning of her death, Mrs Mather said she took her daughter to a chemist to get a box for used needles.

She then drove her to Tantastic and waited outside in the car, going inside when her daughter did not return as usual.

Shop manager Lisa Rourke had already found Miss Vickers-Wilson collapsed in the stand-up tanning cabinet, describing her as limp and "clammy" with mottled skin.

When paramedics arrived she was declared dead at the scene.

Det Con Joanne Lally, of Greater Manchester Police, said a vial of Melanotan II found in Miss Wilson-Vickers' bedroom had been purchased from a website called Totally Tanning.

The person running the website was given a caution and the site closed down, she said.

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Tanning Injections Killed Bride-to-Be Jenna Wilson-Vickers Despite Being Banned, Inquest Hears

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A bride-to-be died in a sunbed shop after injecting herself with banned tanning jabs, an inquest has heard.

Jenna Wilson-Vickers, 26, had apparently been taking the injections for weeks before being found unconscious in the cubicle of the Tantastic sunbed shop in her home town of Bolton, Lancashire, last September.

Miss Wilson-Vickers had also been using sunbeds to excess, up to three or four times a week, the hearing at Bolton Coroner's Court heard.

Jenna is believed to have bought a £30 Melanotan II kit on the internet

She had bought the substance online and was injecting it into her stomach and had taken a jab the night before she died on 3 September last year.

Police investigating her death later recovered vials of Melanotan 2, a banned product which should not be sold or supplied under UK law.

Weeks before, she had tweeted: "Getting a lovely tan now ... And I've had no side effects :) Very happy Bunny."

On Wednesday her mother, Shirley Mather, told the 11-strong jury at the inquest that her daughter was a bright and bubbly person and generally happy but she had struggled with her weight.

She had dieted occasionally and put weight on in the period before her death, when she weighed around 25 stones.

Jenna was fair skinned but "really keen" to get a tan, the inquest heard.

Mrs Mather said in the previous three months before her death she would take her to the tanning shop around twice a week and her daughter also told her of the injections.

"About two weeks before, she just said she has not got any pigment in her skin, that's why I'm taking these injections so I went brown on the sunbeds," Mrs Mather said.

On the morning of her death Mrs Mather took her daughter to a chemist to get a sharps box, for used needles, then on to Tantastic at around 9.30pm, where Mrs Mather waited outside in the car.

At that time her daughter seemed "very bubbly" but when she did not return after around 15 minutes, as usual, Mrs Mather called her mobile but there was no answer.

"I then had a feeling something was not right so I went into the shop."

Inside Lisa Rourke, the shop manager, was already on the phone to emergency services after finding Miss Vickers-Wilson collapsed on the floor, half in the stand-up tanning cabinet inside the cubicle.

"I'm shouting 'Come on Jenna, wake up! Wake up!' I just could not get her round at all."

Paramedics tried in vain to resuscitate her but Miss Wilson-Vickers was declared dead at the scene.

Ms Rourke was then asked about assessments made by the shop of how suitable customers were for using the sunbeds.

She said customers were asked if they had used sunbeds before and when, and questioned about their skin tone.

Ms Rourke said customers are recommended to start off by using the sunbeds for the minimum amount of three minutes before, "building up" the length of time.

There is also a medical history declaration form to sign but Ms Rourke said she would never ask a customer about their size or weight in relation to sunbed use.

Posters in the shop also warned not to use the sunbeds more than once in 24 hours and recommended 20 sessions per year.

Ms Rourke said she had seen Miss Vickers-Wilson coming to the shop three or four times a week.

And when records were checked, the day she died was her third 12-minute tanning session over the previous three successive days.

Ms Rourke said she noticed Miss Wilson-Vickers was still in the cubicle around 10 minutes after the 12-minute session had ended so turned the radio down and listened at the cubicle door but could hear no noise and went to investigate.

"As I opened the door she sort of fell out towards me," Ms Rourke told the hearing.

Her body was limp, skin mottled and "clammy" and Ms Rourke called 999.

Miss Wilson-Vickers's fiance Brian Watson said she had been taking the tanning injections "regularly".

"She had bought a couple of bottles, vials, I think it's a couple of months they last, every two to three days injections."

The bottles were kept in the fridge and the night before she died Miss Wilson-Vickers, as was her routine, injected herself in the stomach with the tanning solution at around 10pm as she went to bed.

Graham Olive, a health and safety inspector for Bolton Council, said he had checked the 48-tube stand-up tanning cabinet and found it was in good working order with no faults.

He said customers buying multiple sessions at Tantastic were given a card asking about skin type and recording their exposure to sunbeds.

But Miss Wilson-Vickers bought her sessions individually so did not have the same card and there were no records kept at the shop showing her being asked about her use or medication she was taking.

Mr Olive said she may have been asked about this verbally but it was not recorded.

Dwayne Rutty, a forensic analyst with the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency, said after Miss Wilson-Vickers's death he had been asked to analyse two substances recovered during the police investigation into the matter, one in solid and one in liquid form, and both were found to be Melanotan 2.

"It is thought to have tanning qualities, we have seen it before, the agencies are quite aware of people using it for tanning," he said.

The inquest heard Melanotan 1 and 2 were both classified by the agency as unlicensed medicinal products and are banned in the UK from being sold or supplied.

The hearing continues.

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