A fake doctor injected a man’s penis with silicone, killing him, police said.
Justin Street visited Kasia Rivera, 34, at her home in New Jersey for the penis enhancement proceedure in May, prosecutors say.
But just a day after attending the so-called ‘pumping-party’ the 22-year-old was dead.
Street suffered a clot to the lungs and died. A medical examiner determined he died of a silicone embolism.
His death was ruled a homicide following an investigation and Rivera has now been charged with manslaughter.
She also faces charges involving the unauthorised practice of medicine.
She was arrested Friday and is being held on bail.
Silicon injections are increasingly used to enlarge body parts, such as the buttocks.
The only cosmetic use for non-encapsulated medical silicone approved by the FDA is Botox, for use around the eyes.
But blackmarket illegal use by untrained practitioners continues as a quick-fix budget alternative to cosmetic surgery. Doctors say the slow economy has also fuelled the trade.
While side effects are thought to be relatively rare, in some cases silicone will migrate through the bloodstream, resulting in a potentially fatal clot in the heart or brain or lungs.
The silicone can also migrate through tissue leaving disfiguring lumps.
Industrial-grade silicone purchased hardware stores is sometimes used as are toxic substitutes such as castor oil, mineral oil and petroleum jelly.