Mother and daughter in LA with no medical training charged with murder after ‘performing illegal butt lift operation in a private home on a woman, 26, who later died’
- Libby Adame and her daughter, Alicia Gomez, have both been charged with the operation
- It happened in a private home in the Encino neighborhood of Los Angeles in September 2020
- Karissa Rajpaul, 26, shared a video of herself on social media during the second surgery
- She had three separate procedures and died immediately after the third
A mother and daughter have both been charged with murder in connection with the death of a woman who underwent illegal surgery for a butt lift in Los Angeles.
Libby Adame and her daughter, Alicia Gomez, have both been charged with the surgery, which took place in September 2020 at a private residence in the Encino neighborhood of Los Angeles.
Karissa Rajpaul, 26, shared a video of herself on social media during one of the surgeries, which was meant to help her with her work in the adult film industry after moving to California from South Africa.
She died after the third procedure on October 15, 2020.
Karissa Rajpaul, 26, underwent three butt augmentation procedures and died immediately after the third in October 2015
Libby Adame and her daughter, Alicia Gomez, have both been charged with the operation
Police say Adame and Gomez were not trained or licensed in any way to perform these operations.
“These individuals have no medical training,” said LAPD Deputy Chief Alan Hamilton. “They have no experience and are endangering people’s lives.”
The authorities fear that there will be more victims of these lawless procedures.
“When we examined this study, we found that it is very common,” said Detective Bob Dinlocker. “The internet is full of these horror stories where they cut medical-grade silicone with the stuff you would caulk your windows with.”
Dinlocker adds that some chemicals aren’t even meant to be used in humans and can affect your heart, brain or kidneys.
She shared a video of herself on social media during the surgery, which was meant to help her with her work in the adult film industry after moving to California from South Africa.
The detective says Adame and Gomez would bring supplies to private homes without regard to typical standards and practices.
If something went wrong, Dinlocker claims the suspects would disappear, causing paramedics to arrive at an unknown medical emergency.
“I’ve seen such patients,” says Board Certified Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon Dr. AJ Khalil. He says that injecting liquid silicon into the buttocks is not only illegal, but it can be deadly.
“There are implants that go in the buttocks, but they are firm,” says Khalil, adding that even those types of implants are not common. But as far as injecting liquid silicon — which he says is often mixed with motor oil — is against the law.
Rajpaul’s treatment was performed by Adame and Gomez without any prior medical training or license
People seek treatments from less reputable sources at prices lower than what professionals charge.
Adame and Gomez charged Rajpaul $3,500 to $4,000 for her surgery, while a board-certified buttlift would set her anywhere from $10,000 to $15,000, according to NBC4.
According to a study by the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the number of buttocks lifts in Brazil increased by about 77 percent in America between 2015 and 2019.
However, they have the highest death rates among plastic surgery.
Police say if you’re a victim of this, even if it’s embarrassing to admit, they want to hear from you.