Above image from Port City Plastic Surgery
A second woman has died from having a Brazilian “Butt-Lift” surgery at the same clinic a lady passed last year having the same procedure.
Ranika Hall, 25, was having the contouring procedure at Eres Plastic Surgery in Hialeah, when at 9 pm that evening she stopped breathing and loss consciousness. Emergency responders were called to the scene and she died an hour later at a nearby hospital.
Earlier last year, Heather Meadows, age 29, died at the same clinic, then called Encore Plastic Surgery, from the same procedure.
What is a Brazilian Butt Lift?
For those who are unsatisfied with the shape of their bottom, the Brazilian Butt Lift allows a contouring that reshapes and/or enhances the buttocks. Fat is suctioned out from another part of the body (abdomen, thighs or hips) during liposuction and then transplanted by injection into the buttocks. Additional liposuction can contour the shape even more after injection. The procedure is usually done under general anesthesia.
Above image from The Skin Center
The procedure is offered to those who dislike their shape or find their flattened derriere less attractive.
The cost can vary from $2000-$10,000.
Implants are sometimes use to provide a “lift” in those who do not have enough fat to liposuction out and use for the procedure.
Risks of the procedure include infection, reaction to the anesthesia and fat embolisms. An embolism results from a “foreign” substance obstructing blood flow. This could be a blood clot, a bubble of air or gas, or a globule of fat. If either of these get into the blood stream the embolus can travel throughout the body until it becomes stuck trying to flow into smaller vessels. The flow of blood is then stopped by the blockage.
In some cases the embolism travels to the pulmonary artery, which brings blood to the lungs for oxygenation. A pulmonary embolism prevents blood from being oxygenated, therefore causing shortness of breath, loss of consciousness and if not corrected, death.
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Plasticsurgery.org lists the following risks associated with butt augmentation through fat transfer:
- Excessive loss of blood
- Blood clots
- Deep vein thrombosis, cardiac and pulmonary complications
- Possibility of revisional surgery
- Numbness and pain
- Fat embolism, injection of fat into the bloodstream that causes inflammation in the lungs
- Fluid shifts and lidocaine toxicity
- Complications of liposuction
- Complications of anesthesia
- Swelling and bruising
- Possible need for a revision surgery at a later date
- Fatty tissue found deep in the skin might die (fat necrosis)
- Anesthesia risks
- Oil cyst
- Stretch marks
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Daliah Wachs, MD, FAAFP is a nationally syndicated radio personality on GCN Network, iHeart Radio and Board Certified Family Physician