Woman Injects Beef Fat Into Face, Then Dies

Princess 19 on 12 Sep 2011 at 9:00am

Last week an Illinois woman died shortly after injecting her own face with beef fat -- but that's not what killed her.  None-the-less, her DIY wrinkle remedy leaves many wondering "what was she thinking?" 

Janet Hardt, 63, had apparently cooked beef, extracted the fat and injected the substance into her face around the mouth and chin areas.  According to the Chicago Sun-Times, she had done this several times before in order to copy the physical effects one would get from facial injections such as Juvederm or Restylane.  Her family told authorities she had also previously undergone cosmetic surgeries to her face and neck  - above and beyond her home remedy self-injections. 

Hardt had gone to the hospital when she started to feel a burning sensation in her face after she performed the injections.  She died that same evening.  The official cause of death was peritonitis, an inflammation of the abdominal tissue caused by a bacterial infection.

woman dies after beef fat injection

Dallas plastic surgeon Dr. Jeffrey Kenkel told the Daily Mail, "An incident like this is very rare."

According to Dr. Kenkel, who is also the President of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the organization has heard of many non-FDA approved substances that people will inject themselves with at home from silicone to baby oil.  So, it was no surprise to hear about the beef fat incident (well, maybe not to him).

He went on to add, "‘Patients can obtain products over the Internet and there are videos showing you how to inject yourself."

"They don’t know how to inject the products under the right conditions."

While this is the first we've heard of injecting cooked meat fat, apparently one RealSelf member had a friend to who injected animal fat into her butt.  The RealSelf doctors confirm that she's right to be concerned about her friend's procedure.

"This is a growing and alarming trend often with DISASTROUS RESULTS!!!" says Georgia plastic surgeon Dr. Earl Stephenson.  "There all kinds of possible problems -- from unusual life-threatening infections [to] severe rejection resulting in horrible wounds."

It goes without saying, DON'T do this at home.  A board-certified plastic surgeon can inject your own fat into your body.  But leave the beef fat for your hamburger, not your face. 

Photo credit: Twin Cities Plastic Surgery on flickr; shenky on stock.xchng

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Wow! I just got a Lip Filler Las Vegas procedure done. If I had read this article beforehand I might not have.
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My passport to divine beauty ... wherever I happen to be here in New York and abroad: is a natural sweet smile, greeting the first person you come across and ... always be respectful of others! "May you all have a Blessed and Peaceful holiday and a Prosperous New Year 2012."
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somewhere a cow is laughing
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How did this all of a sudden turn into a race issue? Come on people, get off the race thing!!
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Only in America can people use Beef that would feed a family royally in any other Country and inject it into their face. Americans are going to be known as the most shallow Culture in the History of mankind. Can you stuff dollar bills into your ass to make it plumper?
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To say that Americans are the most shallow culture in the history of mankind, show that you have no knowledge of mankinds history. This isn't anything new...!
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Oh please. I should have spelled it Kulture...get it, Khardashian...Kulture. That's where we are.
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Sinologist100:

My post was directed at women who foolishly, neglect to RESEARCH the PROS and CONS when considering radical changes to their otherwise, HEALTHY bodies. You'll agree that FATAL consequences could be the resulting factor! Thanks, and best wishes.
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Yes @Up_Front. I agree. Best wishes to you as well!
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Dare I say, ... women desperate enough to alter their appearances. Are shady, self-hating and completely DEVOID of average human intelligence. Suggestion: Why not start working from the inside out and keep busy!
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Respectfully, any women who has placed a hint of cosmetics onto their faces could be accused of altering their appearance. Therefore your comment casts the majority of women on the planet as being of "self-hating" and lacking of "average human intelligence", which I truly disagree with. Most cultures alter their appearance in some way or another, the issue here is with the degree of alteration. We've seen this behavior with Chinese foot binding, Victorian Corsets, colored contact lenses, arsenic face powder, etc. I would hope that our goal as a society is to push towards self-acceptance of our own unique beauty which will decrease the desire to go to extremes such as shown above. We also need to understand that these extreme cases might very well be compounded with a mental disorder.
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Very insightful response, Sinologist!

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Oh the cost of vanity! It's truly is an abomination!
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I don't think black women who have their noses done, their hair done (straightened, colored, extensions, etc) or lighten their complexions are trying to be white, anymore than whites that tan or go for fuller lips and butt are trying to be black I think there is an aesthetic that is trying to be achieved that is pushed at all of us whatever ethnicity we are by the media, so sad people are willing to go to extremes, all women are beautiful, for a long time light skin was popular, now it is tan skin (not black), why can't we just embrace who we are and stop pushing this image no normal human can achieve, even the models admit they don't look that way and if you google them without the makeup and the lighting and professional stylists they are right! They are young with good skin and bone structure, the rest is artifice...
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Well put mixed Chick I bet if I used the name White American there would be black people and white people who would assume that I am a racist. I am in a mixed mariage of 17 years
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Ironically, how she voiced her love of cow meat explains the motivation along with the mooooooo'd.
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"Dallas plastic surgeon Dr. Jeffrey Kenkel told the Daily Mail, 'An incident like this is very rare.'" Actually, medium rare.
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LOL

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Ridiculous,all for vanity. When are people going to learn. Never do at home plastic surgery.
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One less dumb person on the planet.
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Darwin Award material.
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This woman had a lot more problems than beef fat and peritonitis. Darwin award.
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I do not understand this Most of my life Black People have be put down and joked about yet now every light or white/fair skinned wants a tan or injections, and are will to die for it? Yet big lips were laughed at , big butts were for blacks ,as well as hips someone needs to send out a new memo, to let the black people who thought they were bad looking know that they were being envied
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I have to say, I have wondered the same thing. I definitely think there's a renaissance of big-booty love in white culture. But sadly I think the hurtful comments you speak of will always be made by a select few, and the root of it is simply racial intolerance as opposed to desired body type. 

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I don't put anybody down for whatever body features they are born with, nor for that matter whatever body features they change to make themselves feel better. I do envy my black friends skin...it does not age like mine, and the same friends envy my more manageable hair. Sure would love to mix our DNA so we all have the best of both worlds. If medicine were more affordable I think this woman would not have had to die.
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