K. Michelle reveals painful journey to perfection and how illegal butt injections nearly killed her

The lengths we will go to get the perfect body...

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K. Michelle has been on a roller coaster ride of health issues as a result of illegal injections and now she’s telling the world her scary story in hopes other women won’t follow in her footsteps.

“Now we know the outcome of these [injections]. Before it was up in the air, but now we know the outcome, that your body cannot handle foreign objects in it,” she told PEOPLE.

The 34-year-old singer/reality star went under the knife in hopes of achieving the perfect figure. “I wanted to look like a Coke bottle,” she said of the breast augmentation as well as the procedure to transfer fat from her belly to her butt. She sought out a man who would inject silicone into her backside and hips.

“He wasn’t a doctor — it was black market, it was these ‘hydrogel’ injections — that’s what they were being called,” she recalled. “When I found out my favorite rapper did it, that’s when I decided, ‘I’m getting it done.’ ”

The Love & Hip Hop Atlanta star says all as well for about five years until she started suffering from migraines, fatigue and pain in her legs and back.

After realizing the ailments were a result of the injections, another doctor recommended liposuction as a treatment option.

“He thought that you could go and suck it out, but it spread it…It’s definitely a new procedure, so he didn’t know,” she explained. After the procedure, K. Michelle ended up n the emergency room and needed two blood transfusions.

“It’s the scariest thing in life, and I’m a tough girl,” she said. The singer revealed she underwent three more surgeries in April to remove tissue from her body. “I had these lumps and I was very disfigured,” she said.

K. Michelle is still recovering and hoping to undergo reconstructive surgery in August. “I’m happy with my body. It’s nowhere near the ideal that I had before, but when it’s all said and done, it’s going to be my body,” she said.

“I’ve gone through a physical transformation, a mental transformation, I think I’m more tough…I’ve always been a fighter and able to survive but it’s made me pay attention to other people around me and all the things I take for granted. Now, I don’t take a minute for granted. And hopefully this [transformation] will go on through the rest of my life and not just through this healing process, but so people can tell the difference in my fight. It’s even stronger.”