Increasingly requested, the Brazilian Butt Lift has the highest mortality rate of all cosmetic surgery operations according to a recent study.
Amisdt the craze for bigger and better things in the age of social media , millions of women in the United States and around the world are going under plastic surgery to get buttocks done. In five years, the number of operations of this kind has doubled in the world.
Yet, this intervention has the highest mortality rate of all cosmetic surgery operations, warns the American Association of Plastic Surgery. The operation involves taking fat from another part of the body and transferring it to the buttocks. For the material to remain in place, it must be injected into a tissue provided with blood. But if it passes in the veins, it can block them and cause a fat embolism. 32 fatal cases and 103 cases of non-fatal complications have already been identified.
Famous in Brazil, Denis Furtado, aka “Dr. Popotin”, has been charged with murder after by the Brazilian authorities after the death of one of his patients following a surgery done secretly at home. Operated on last July 15 in the apartment of the cosmetic surgeon in Barra da Tijuca, an upscale neighborhood of Rio, the patient was hospitalized after feeling unwell. Following four cardiac arrests, Lilian Quezia Calixto has died.
The Brazilian Society of Aesthetic Surgery (SBPC) denounces the “intrusion of non-specialists who cause more and more fatal cases like this”. Its president Niveo Steffen explains : “You can not practice cosmetic surgery in an apartment.Many people sell an illusion, a fantasy, devoid of any ethics, to fragile people attracted by low prices.”
“Previously, patients came to consult to their doctors with celebrity images that they wanted to look like,” say the professionals in the journal JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery. “Today, we are faced with a new phenomenon, called Snapchat dysmorphia, which means patients who want to look like filtered versions of themselves, with fuller lips, bigger eyes or a thinner nose,” they continue.
“This is an alarming trend” for cosmetic surgeons around the world. In the United States, in 2017, 55% of them say they are now facing patients who want to improve the physical rendering of their selfie via an operation, compared to 42% in 2015.