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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

One day after the FBI issued a warning about two unlicensed women who were allegedly performing illegal cosmetic procedures in Tucson, a Tucson woman is speaking out to share her story.

The woman who requested not to reveal her identity said, like many others she wanted to perfect her body after having children.  She said the she heard about the two women from Mexico through her friends.

FBI officials are now looking for Ivonne Clarisa Ceballos Tapia and Perla Guadalupe Rubio Prado.  Special Agents said the women travelled to Tucson from Mexico to perform cosmetic surgical procedures which enhance the buttocks area via injections of a non-approved FDA substance called Polyacrylamide Hydrogel (PAAH).  PAAH is banned in the United States and should not be used in any procedures, according to the FBI.

Federal officials said neither of the two women was licensed to perform any surgical procedure in Arizona, although the victim we spoke to said, the suspect did show her a license that looked legitimate.

The women offered a bargain deal for procedures that would cost thousands of dollars at a local plastic surgeon's office.

The woman said at first she was pleased with the results of her injections, but after a few months she started noticing the bad side effects.

"My back is just awful, awful, awful.  The left side is bigger than the right, and the color, it is red, and black, and blue all over.  It has big spots that won't go away.  I can't even wear my bathing suit anymore," said the woman.

She got over a dozen injections from the women and said she knew there were dozens of other victims in Tucson.

"No exaggeration, in one day I would say 100-150 girls show up.  I've seen them waiting, there are lines of girls outside the house."

The woman said the suspects would rent homes or offices in the area.

She regrets her decision, and hopes others can learn from her mistake.

If you have information about this investigation or have been patients of Tapia or Prado, please contact the FBI at 520-623-4306 or Assistant Attorney General Mike Jette at 520-628-6504.

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