Dying For a Bigger Butt: Doctors Take Action After NBC 6 Investigation

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A series of NBC 6 Investigations caught the attention of doctors across the country and they say the reporting led them to take action to make the procedure safer.nFirst, they created a task force of surgeons who conducted a worldwide survey of more than 5,000 plastic surgeons.nThe study showed it’s not the amount of fat getting injected into a patient that’s dangerous, it’s how the fat is being injected that can be a problem.nThe results were published in the Aesthetic Surgery Journal in March of 2017.
Now, that study is leading to more change.
Twenty surgeons from across the United States and Mexico are traveling to South Florida this summer. They call it “ground zero” for the popular procedure.
Their goal is to further study the procedure to figure out what surgeons should not do when injecting fat. They plan to issue new recommendations to surgeons worldwide on how to more safely perform a butt lift.
Pictured above, NBC 6 Reporter Dan Krauth speaks to Dr. Peter Rubin of Pittsburgh, Dr. Pat Pazmino of Miami and Dr. Dan Mills of Laguna Beach about their effort to study a safer way to perform a Brazilian Butt Lift.n
During a Brazilian Butt Lift procedure, a doctor uses an instrument called a cannula to remove fat from unwanted places on the body like love handles or the belly.
nThe doctor then injects the fat back into the patient’s backside to give them a bigger butt.
Experts say a complication can arise during the procedure if a doctor’s instrument hits a vein or blood vessel. That can cause fat to travel through the patient’s bloodstream and cause them to stop breathing. Medical examiner reports show all ten women who died in South Florida had this complication of the surgery.
The surgeons are testing different tools and techniques on cadavers in Miami this summer. They’re using x-ray imaging to determine exactly where the fat goes to try and determine the safest way to perform the procedure. The surgeons on the taskforce say there are risks to any cosmetic procedure, but death shouldn’t be one of them. “I hope that number one, we find out the safest and best techniques to do this procedure but that we also find the most dangerous techniques so that way we can identify these and let everyone know what not to do,” said Dr. Pat Pazmino of Miami, a past president of the Miami Society of Plastic Surgeons.
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