A Philadelphia emergency room received a patient who appeared to be suffering from a third-degree burn. According to reports, "The skin around her thighs had turned black, hardened and blistered. The burning sensation was so intense she was struggling to breathe."
Chelsea, 29, is among thousands of women seeking a Brazilian butt lift each year. The increasingly popular cosmetic procedure where fat is liposuctioned from one part of the body and injected into the patient's backside has become the most deadly. This is because of an increase in the number of non-board-certified plastic surgeons performing the procedure has resulted in a 3% mortality rate.
What makes Brazilian butt lifts so deadly? According to Bloomberg, a lack of federal regulation is partly to blame. The American Board of Plastic Surgery requires at least six years of specialized training to perform the procedure, but the government does not regulate training.
The doctor who performed surgery on Chelsea was not a board-certified plastic surgeon. Chelsea is still not fully recovered. One year has passed, and she is still experiencing nerve damage, bladder incontinence, and depression, among other emotional and physical trauma.
"It’s looked at as a vanity project like hair, nails, makeup,” he said. “So there’s this lack of sobriety when we evaluate it, and I think ultimately that’s one of the big challenges,” said Chelsea.
Inside Edition reports that one of the main concerns with the procedure is that fat can be accidentally injected into the veins and can travel to the lungs or directly to the heart. Also, infection can occur. But the risks have not slowed the increasing demand for the procedure. And with influencers like Kim Kardashian championing the procedure, the popularity of this procedure is likely to keep trending up.
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