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Woman uses beef fat as Botox, dies

Complaining that her face felt on fire, a woman went to the ER after injecting rendered beef fat into her face as a Botox alternative.

Janet Hardt, of Homewood, Illinois, died shortly afterward — but medical authorities say the infection that killed her wasn’t the one raging in her face. An autopsy determined the cause of death was peritonitis, unrelated to the infections in her mouth and face that resulted from the injections.

Hardt’s family said the woman had had multiple cosmetic surgeries previously. She had also performed the beef fat injections before without apparent incident. Hardt believed the rendered fat had an anti-wrinkling effect similar to Botox injections.

Even so, medical professionals generally don’t recommend rendering your steak remnants into homemade injectables.

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