Brazilian Butt Lift Named Most Dangerous Plastic Surgery Procedure

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Baltimore Medical Malpractice Lawyers weigh in on the dangers of Brazilian butt lifts. When someone mentions a Brazilian butt lift, celebrities like Kim Kardashian or Nicki Minaj may come to mind. However, it is not just celebrities that go under the knife for an ampler backside. In fact, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), it is the fastest growing plastic surgery procedure in the United States. Unfortunately, it is also the most dangerous, with a mortality rate higher than any other cosmetic surgery. The ASPS, as well as other board-certified plastic surgeon societies, recently issued a warning to surgeons who perform the procedure and the potential dangers associated with the surgery.

The Brazilian butt lift involves taking fat from one part of the body, usually the stomach or the thighs, and injecting it back into the buttock after the fat has been purified. Ideally, the procedure will result in a fuller, rounder, and more lifted buttock. The grafting process is like the fat extraction process in that a cannula, or metal rod, is inserted into different areas of the buttock to distribute the fat evenly.

Health Risks of the Brazilian Butt Lift

According to the warning issued by the ASPS, nearly one in 3,000 people suffer fatal injuries during a Brazilian butt lift procedure. Patients can also experience a range of other health complications, including the following:

  • Stretch marks
  • Infection
  • Bruising
  • Blood clots
  • Excessive blood loss
  • Deep vein thrombosis
  • Cardiac and pulmonary complications
  • Fat embolism, which consists of fat traveling through the bloodstream to the lungs
  • Complications with liposuction or anesthesia
  • Necrosis of fat or surrounding tissue

The fat embolism is one of the most serious risks associated with the surgery. In fact, an article from the Miami Herald reported that, in Miami-Dade County alone, six patients have suffered fatal injuries from a fat embolism after undergoing a Brazilian butt lift. The fatalities were caused by clots of fat entering the patients’ bloodstream, where they traveled to the arteries in the lungs and heart.

How Patients Can Reduce These Health Risks

If you are considering a Brazilian butt lift, or any other surgical procedure, keep the following tips in mind:

  • Talk to your doctor about why you want the surgery and what you expect from the outcome.
  • Tell your doctor about all medications you are currently taking, and if you smoke or drink alcohol on a regular basis.
  • Discuss your current health, including any pre-existing conditions, prior surgeries, and any other risk factors.
  • Discuss any concerns that you or your doctor might have about the procedure and the course of treatment.
  • Never feel uncomfortable about asking questions about the procedure, your recovery, and anything else you wish to discuss prior to the surgery.

Baltimore Medical Malpractice Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Advocate for Victims of Plastic Surgery Errors

If you have suffered a serious health risk resulting from a Brazilian butt lift, or any other plastic surgery procedure, contact the Baltimore medical malpractice lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton at your earliest convenience. We will examine your medical records and determine who is responsible for your injuries. If the surgeon in charge of your procedure was negligent in any way, we will hold the party liable for the injuries you sustained. Our team is committed to securing the maximum financial compensation you deserve. To schedule a free consultation, call us today at 800-547-4LAW (4529) or contact us online.

Our offices are located in Baltimore, Columbia, Glen Burnie, and Towson, allowing us to represent medical malpractice victims in Maryland, including those in Anne Arundel County, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Harford County, Howard County, Montgomery County, Maryland’s Western Counties, Prince George’s County, Queen Anne’s County, Southern Maryland, and the Eastern Shore, as well as the communities of Catonsville, Essex, Halethorpe, Middle River, Rosedale, Gwynn Oak, Brooklandville, Dundalk, Pikesville, Nottingham, Windsor Mill, Lutherville, Timonium, Sparrows Point, Ridgewood, and Elkridge.