The Brazilian Butt Lift Claims Another Innocent Life

Posted on Thursday, 30 August 2018

The news that another person has died following a Brazilian Butt Lift, where the patient’s fat is removed by Liposuction and injected back into the buttocks, is a tragedy according to the Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS)

Reports claim Leah Cambridge a 29-year-old mother travelled overseas from the United Kingdom, against her partner’s wishes, to have the popular cosmetic surgery procedure performed at a clinic in the coastal city of Izmir, Turkey. It is believed to have been carried out at Elite Aftercare, which boasts many celebrity clients on its website.

BBL Risks

President of ASAPS and Specialist Plastic Surgeon, Dr Naveen Somia said thousands of people considering Cosmetic Surgery think it is relatively risk-free.

“However, the Brazilian Butt Lift has been named as the cosmetic surgery procedure with the mortality rate estimated to be as high as 1:3,000.

“Preventing deaths and improving patient safety were the key reasons why ASAPS has set up a Taskforce to investigate who is performing the Brazilian Butt Lift in Australia and New Zealand and what current safety protocols are being followed.

“The Taskforce has begun work in haste to ensure no such tragedy as the one in Turkey occurs in Australia or New Zealand.

Cause Of Mortality

“The cause of death following Brazilian Butt Lift to date has been fatal fat embolism due to fat entering the venous circulation associated with injury to the buttock veins at the time of Fat.  “What we are learning from overseas is that doctors are performing this procedure with no surgical training and in unsafe facilities.

“Whether you’re using fat or fillers, if you do not use proper surgical techniques or have a good understanding of the anatomy of the area, often the fat injection can violate the veins and end up in the lung,” Dr Somia said.

Dr Somia said Surgeons wishing to continue performing this procedure should do so with extreme caution.

“As Surgeons, we have a duty of care to patients to ensure their safety.  If you cannot do this, you should refrain from offering this procedure,” Dr Somia said.


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