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Two Sylmar sisters sought after woman dies from silicone injection in buttocks

July 28, 2010 |  9:17 am

Sisters Guadalupe Viveros, left, and Alejandra Viveros, right, allegedly ran an illegal cosmetic fillers business that led to the death of a patient. Credit: Los Angeles Police Department

Detectives were searching Wednesday for two Sylmar sisters who allegedly ran an illegal cosmetic fillers business that led to the death of a patient who received a silicone injection in her buttocks.

Guadalupe Viveros, 53, and Alejandra Viveros, 50, may have fled the country after Mayra Lissette Contreras, 22, of Pacoima died Friday after receiving the injection, police said.

An autopsy was pending Wednesday, said Ed Winter of the Los Angeles County coroner's office. Initial reports indicated that Contreras died from respiratory distress. 

The Viveros sisters were investigated last month by the Los Angeles Police Department after other patients complained that the fillers, typically injected in the face or the buttocks, made them ill.

The sisters were taken into custody June 21 for practicing medicine without a license, police said. They were held on $20,000 bail before being released.

The suspects are believed to have fled to Mexico and are thought to have a long list of clients in the Sylmar area, officials said. Alleged victims were asked to contact detectives at (818) 834-3115.

-- Andrew Blankstein and Kate Linthicum

Photo: Sisters Guadalupe Viveros, left, and Alejandra Viveros, right, allegedly ran an illegal cosmetic fillers business that led to the death of a woman. Credit: Los Angeles Police Department

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