Cosmetic procedure presents fat embolism risk

| Nov 6, 2016 | Surgical Errors

Many people desire to look their very best. And there are many surgical procedures that can address specific aspects of our appearance that we wish to improve. Typically, cosmetic surgery is considered comparatively safe. But the fact is, there are inherent risks that you take whenever you have any type of surgery. And a recent report reveals that one specific cosmetic procedure could be especially dangerous.

The procedure is known as the Brazilian Butt Lift, and it is extraordinarily popular in the United States. According to the The American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, there have been around 100,000 BBL surgeries performed in this country since 2011.

BBL surgery involves performing liposuction on a patient’s back or stomach. The fat removed during the liposuction is later injected into the patient’s backside, creating the appearance of a firmer, larger behind.

But a study performed by a surgical task force revealed that BBL presents a notable risk of causing patients to suffer a fat embolism, which can occur if the fat is injected too deeply and the surgical instruments hit blood vessels. Fat in the bloodstream can cause the patient to cease breathing. The result can be death or serious injury.

According to the doctor who assembled the task force, these surgical tragedies may be avoided if the fat injection is administered closer to the skin. This means that surgeons fully understand the proper way to inject the fat prior to performing the surgery.

When performing cosmetic surgery, doctors must know how to minimize the risks their patients face. They also are required to let their patients know of the potential risks posed by the operation. And if you were harmed during a cosmetic procedure, an experienced medical malpractice attorney could investigate your injury. Based on the circumstances that led to your injury, you may be able to recover damages by filing a civil suit.

Source: NBC 6, “NBC 6 Investigation Prompts Worldwide Warning About Popular Cosmetic Procedure,” Mc Nelly Torres, Dan Krauth Oct, 27,2016

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