Plastic surgeons make it seem like their procedures are safe and routine but they may be overestimating the safety of invasive cosmetic procedures. Common plastic surgical procedures like breast implants, nose jobs, and face lifts involve cutting away tissue, reshaping the patient’s body, and stitching up large incisions. Even routine procedures can lead to permanent scarring, deformation, or chronic pain. In some cases, a botched surgery can be fatal.
Influencer Undergoing Butt Lift
Joselyn Cano was known to her fans as an Instagram model, influencer, and swimwear designer. Like many people who make their living from their social media image, Cano sought out plastic surgery to change her appearance. Cano was from Newport Beach, California but had the nickname of the “Mexican Kim Kardashian.”
Cano’s 13 million fans learned in December that the influencer passed away after complications from a butt-lift surgery in Colombia. The 30-year-old had apparently already had the so-called Brazilian butt lift procedure once before and was going for further enhancement.
Increase in Buttock Enhancement Surgeries
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), butt lifts and buttock augmentation is becoming much more popular in the U.S. and around the world. There were more than 24,000 buttock augmentation with fat grafting procedures performed in 2018, a 19% increase over the year before. However, a 2015 paper found there were 22 fatal surgeries involving gluteal fat injections in Colombia and Mexico.
When fat is injected into the body, it does not necessarily stay where it is injected. Fat cells can move around and, in some cases, can get into the bloodstream, spreading throughout the body. Clotting, caused by fat, blood clots, or air bubbles, can cause serious problems when the clots get to the brain or lungs. In the lungs, it can cause a pulmonary embolism. ASPS and other plastic surgery societies have issued an advisory that fat should only be injected under the skin and never into muscle.
Plastic Surgery Errors
All surgeries carry some risk of complications. Complications can include anesthesia errors, infection, pulmonary embolism, and stroke. Many patients are not satisfied with the outcome of their surgeries and go back for corrective surgery which may or may not make the problem worse. One of the problems with cosmetic surgery errors is that patients often feel ashamed or embarrassed and do not want to come forward to report possible malpractice. A procedure that was intended to improve their appearance instead makes them withdraw and cover-up.
If a plastic or cosmetic surgeon fails to provide proper patient care, patients may suffer unnecessary injuries or fatal complications. Plastic surgery malpractice can result in serious injury, permanent disfigurement, or even death. If you have been injured in a plastic surgery accident in Philadelphia, it is important to come forward to hold the doctors, surgeons, nurses, and anesthesiologists accountable for their actions to help make sure others do not have to suffer in the future.
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