It is reported that plastic surgery addict Monique Allen, a retired government worker, was left disabled and disfigured after almost 100 unregulated, back street procedures. Monique became obsessed with pumping liquid plastic into her body, to the extent that she can now hardly walk and is registered disabled.

Over the last few years she has spent more than £100,000 having silicone removed from her legs, bottom, cheeks and chin. Monique is reported to have said that she deeply regrets what she has done to her body and is urging others to think before undergoing potentially unnecessary and dangerous cosmetic procedures.

Channel 5’s Botched Bodies recently featured Rajee Narinseingh who in 2003 had cheap filler injected into her breasts, cheeks and buttocks. It was later discovered that what had been injected into Rajee was a mixture of tyre sealant, mineral oil and glue.

The vocal liquid silicone advocates say the filler is safe, affordable and can produce stellar, permanent results if administered correctly. However, there are an increasing number of reports of women risking their lives for black market procedures, often involving home-improvement materials injected by people with no medical training, purely in an attempt to find a cheaper alternative.

NHS medical director Sir Bruce Keogh says better regulation and protection is needed for consumers of cosmetic surgery. His report warns of the normalisation of procedures and proposes restrictions, including tougher controls over who can offer treatments and how they can be marketed.