Brazilian butt lifts fatally due to ‘dead fat’ injections and ‘chop shops’

  • Doctors warn of the risks of Brazilian butt lift, one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries today.
  • BBLs can lead to death if fat is improperly injected into a patient’s buttocks.
  • More affordable “chop shops” and larger doses of injectable fat also concern plastic surgeons.

As the demand for Brazilian butt facelifts, or BBLs, has increased, so has the number of doctors offering the procedure. But quality control has become an issue, increasing the risk, several plastic surgeons told New York Times reporter Abby Ellin.

BBL is a potentially fatal procedure because it requires injecting a person’s excess fat into their buttocks near a vital heart artery. If injected into the wrong area of ​​the buttocks, fat can enter that artery, blocking it and stopping blood flow, sometimes causing death.

According to a July 2017 report by the Aesthetic Surgery Education and Research Foundation in Aesthetic Surgery Journal, 2 in 6,000 BBLs result in death.

Today, a BBL can cost anywhere from $ 3,000 to $ 30,000, depending on where a patient is willing to travel and the risks they are willing to take, according to the Times.

Chop shops offer affordable BBL, but can have life-threatening consequences

The trend has spawned “chop shops,” unchecked clinics where inexperienced or unchecked doctors offer cheap BBLs, plastic surgeons told The Times.

These clinics – in places like Miami, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, South America and Turkey – are often run by doctors whose credentials are unclear from a Google search, reported the Times.

Ismael Labrador, who performed BBLs in Miami, killed four patients from the procedure. According to the Times, he has changed the name of his clinic at least twice since 2016 and his information is difficult to find online.

“The problem is not only that these doctors are insufficiently trained, but that as dishonest actors there is no way to collect their data or send them a warning about the dangers of a procedure.” said Dr. Steven Teitelbaum, certified board member. plastic surgeon who helped write the BBL guidelines in 2018, told The Times.

Doctors do not know the long term effects of injected ‘dead fat’

As BBLs have become more popular, the amount of fat injected during a given procedure has also increased, the Times reported.

There is no data on the long-term effects of the procedure, as it was first performed in 1960 and became popular in the United States in 2010. For this reason, some plastic surgeons completely avoid them. BBL.

“As far as I’m concerned, at the present time, this is not a procedure that is safely and consistently performed regularly,” said Dr. Arthur W. Perry, board-certified plastic surgeon in New York and New York. Jersey. Times.

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