Fitness influencer dies after getting botched procedure for underarm sweating at a Mexican clinic, reports say

Composite image of a photo of Odalis Santos Mena and a stock photo of an anti-sweat procedure
The influencer traveled to the SkinPiel clinic to get the anti-sweat miraDry treatment. Instagram: @odalis_sm, Getty Images
  • A fitness influencer traveled to a Mexican clinic to get a procedure to prevent underarm sweating.
  • She reportedly suffered from a cardiac arrest shortly after being anesthetized, according to reports.
  • Her family is accusing the clinic of medical negligence, Mexico’s Milenio newspaper reported.
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A Mexican fitness influencer died after undergoing a botched medical procedure to treat excessive underarm sweating, according to reports.

Bodybuilder Odalis Santos Mena, 23, traveled to the SkinPiel clinic in Guadalajara, Mexico, on July 7 to get the FDA-approved miraDry procedure, The Mirror reported.

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Mena had previously been paid by the clinic to promote miraDry, a treatment that involves using thermal energy to eliminate sweat glands, according to local reports.

The influencer died after suffering from a cardiac arrest while being anesthetized for the procedure, the New York Post reported. Clinicians failed to revive her with CPR, the newspaper said.

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Mena’s family have accused the SkinPiel clinic of “negligence” and, ultimately, of killing her, Mexico’s Milenio newspaper reported. The Mirror said that the treatment was carried out by non-professionals and that the young woman was anesthetized by an employee who had never trained as an anesthetist.

Coroners have stated her death was caused by the combination of anesthesia with a powerful steroid-like medication the fitness influencer was taking, according to The Mirror.

The clinic claims that Mena failed to notify them that she was taking Clenbuterol, The Sun said. A statement from SkinPiel, published by Milenio, said that Mena had not mentioned that she was taking any medicines or supplements in a health and safety form for the procedure.

Mena’s death is now being investigated by the Jalisco State Public Prosecutor’s Office, The Mirror said.

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The Instagram influencer was well-known in the bodybuilding community, according to the New York Post. She won the 2019 Miss and Mr. Hercules title and the Wellness Fitness Juvenile contest, the paper reported.

Mena was due to participate in a bikini contest in the US this week, Milenio said.