Woman tragically dies after undergoing 'Brazilian butt lift' surgery
A second British woman has died after undergoing Brazilian butt lift surgery, it emerged today.
The woman, who was in her late 20s, passed away earlier this year, this incident following the death of a mother-of-three back in August. An inquest into the second death is due to happen within the next year.
The incident has spurred the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (Baaps) to issue a warning, claiming that many people are putting themselves at risk by seeking cheaper procedures abroad.
Baaps added that the cosmetic procedure - that sees fat taken from one part of the body and then injected into the buttocks - was the most dangerous to undergo.
Gerard Lambe, consultant plastic surgeon and Baaps member, explained to the BBC, stating: "It has the highest death rate of all procedures due to the risk of injecting fat into large veins in the buttocks, that can travel to the heart or brain."
In addition, the association also provided figures that estimated that one in 3,000 die worldwide as a result of complications of a Brazilian butt lift.
Earlier in the year, 29-year-old Leah Cambridge had three heart attacks while under anaesthetic at a clinic in the city of Izmir, Turkey, after surgeons took fat from her stomach and injected it into her buttocks, causing her to have three heart attacks.
The young woman had reportedly booked the £5,000 cosmetic procedure because she felt self-conscious about her “mum tum” after giving birth to her three children.
Her partner 31-year-old Scott Franks had reassured her that she was beautiful without surgery, but she went ahead with it anyway.
"Leah was paranoid that she had excess weight from having three kids round her stomach," Franks said in August. "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."
Leah allegedly fell ill after the fat entered her bloodstream and her oxygen levels dropped. Doctors stabilised her, but her condition deteriorated again and she died suffering from the heart attacks.
Speaking after Leah's death, Scott said: "I just wish this was a bad dream. Two days ago I was happy. Now I’m a broken man and will be forever. I’m hurt so bad and this is only the start. My life has crashed."
It has been claimed that Brazilian butt lifts became popular after many celebrities underwent surgery; it is heavily rumoured that Kylie Jenner has had one and in 2018 singer Cardi B confirmed she had had filler injected into her bum in a basement in New York, with it leaking for five days afterwards.
In an interview with GQ, she claimed she paid $800 (£564) for the procedure after seeing fellow stripper with bigger bums earning more than her.
"They don't numb your ass with anything," she said. "It was the craziest pain ever. I felt like I was gonna pass out. I felt a little dizzy."