The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) has advised its members to refrain from performing buttock augmentation through fat transfer until more proven data is released.
Marketed to patients as the ‘Brazilian Buttock Lift’ (BBL), the procedure has resulted in two reported deaths this year, which have both been highlighted in the media in recent months.
Additionally, in August the Task Force, which represents plastic surgeons worldwide, issued a warning to advise practitioners of the risks related with this particular procedure.
Consultant plastic surgeon and outgoing BAAPS president Mr Simon Withey explained, “The Brazilian Buttock Lift is a complex technique, and its death rate of one in 3,000 is the highest for any aesthetic procedure. So far, all BBL deaths seem to stem from injecting fat into veins, causing emboli, a blockage of a blood vessel, to travel to the heart or lungs. However, at BAAPS we will go a step further and recommend that all surgeons refrain from performing these procedures until we have more proven data.”
He also expressed his concerns in treatment overseas, adding, “A vulnerable group of patients are openly being targeted through social media and the web to travel abroad for cheaper cosmetic surgery – this trend is likely to rise. The outcome of having these operations away from home can be devastating. It’s not just medical history that needs evaluating, but also mental health screening, which we take very seriously at BAAPS.”