The Brazilian Butt Lift procedure, or BBL, has claimed yet another life, making it the second death in the UK caused by the infamous surgery. The BBC reported the news just hours ago, but details surrounding the death are yet to be released. An inquest into the death will be held later this year.
The Brazilian Butt Lift is now known to be the most dangerous procedure in the world, with; according to the Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS), a mortality rate of 1 in every 3000 – higher than any other cosmetic procedure.
The number of deaths worldwide has even prompted the recent formation of a new global task force to address the rapidly rising death rate, investigate protocols and review procedures around patient safety.
Aside from fatalities, there have been countless other cases of trauma as a direct result of BBL. Earlier this year, an unidentified 23-year-old Welsh woman claimed that her ‘butt was leaking’ for several months after she received her operation in Turkey.
“I couldn’t walk properly for ages,” she said. “To be honest, when the holes came it was better as the fat was leaking out, which made it possible to walk again. It smelled. I had to bandage it up every day.”
A second UK woman claimed in an anonymous interview recently that she also visited Turkey for treatment two years ago since the cost was substantially lower than that in the UK. According to the interview, she had her very first meeting with her surgeon just 10 minutes before the commencement of the procedure. A few days later after experiencing a very high fever, she attempted to contact the surgeon and nurses but allegedly received no response.
Leah Cambridge, a beautician from Leeds, was the first in the UK to lose her life from a BBL in August this year. She was 29, with three children, and is said to have died on the operating table. She too travelled to Turkey to receive the treatment. Transferred fat was deposited into her blood stream, which caused her to suffer from three consecutive heart attacks.
Scott Franks, Leah’s partner of ten years, said “Leah was paranoid that she had excess weight from having three kids round her stomach. I told her she was beautiful how she was but she really wanted it for her own confidence. I didn’t think this would ever happen – or could happen to her.”
Her chosen practice was reported to be located in Izmir, and boast a celebrity clientele include stars of popular UK reality show The Only Way Is Essex.