Claiming compensation for a Brazilian butt lift. Cosmetic surgery lawyer Sophie Townsend looks at the dangers of the BBL and what to do if things go wrong.

It is apparent from social media and television that 'bum lifts' are becoming increasingly popular. People are opting to go under the knife in order to get the desired hourglass figure augmented by the perfect “booty”.

The big but however is whether the risks involved are worth taking. 

Before undergoing what is commonly deemed to be one of the “deadliest cosmetic procedures” you should take steps to determine that your preferred cosmetic surgeon holds sufficient accreditation to perform the procedure, whether they are insured and whether the premises in which they intend to perform the procedure are licensed.

Recent news headlines have highlighted just how dangerous a bum lift is. Mother of 3, Leah Cambridge is thought to have died as a result of undergoing a Brazilian butt lift.

A Brazilian butt lift (or BBL as it is often referred to) is performed by transferring fat from another part of the body to the buttocks. However, in order to transfer the fat, it must be prepared to be re injected safely. This involves processing and washing the fat so that only healthy fat is left which can then be injected into the chosen site. This requires considerable medical expertise, particularly as the blood supply to the fat needs to be good to gain the fuller look required.

The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons has drawn attention to the serious risks associated with this procedure. It warns of the dangers which may be suffered as a result of fat being injected incorrectly into the veins causing an embolus to form which then allows the fat to pass into the blood stream and potentially into the lungs. The known risks of the Brazilian butt lift also include blood clots, gangrene, sepsis, strokes and in the worst case, death. Aesthetic risks of the procedure also include asymmetry, swelling and irregular contouring of the buttocks.

Accordingly, the BBL procedure should only be carried out by experienced cosmetic surgeons, but even then there is no guarantee that things will go well or that you will be happy with the outcome.

If things do go wrong then it is important to speak to a specialist solicitor as soon as possible. When undergoing any cosmetic procedure, you must remember that just because the end result is not as you had hoped, it does not mean that your cosmetic surgeon has necessarily been negligent. In order to make a medical negligence claim for cosmetic surgery, it is necessary to determine that the procedure undertaken has fallen below the standard to be expected of the “reasonably competent surgeon”. Therefore, if you are considering claiming compensation for a Brazilian butt lift or any other cosmetic surgery we must look whether the procedure which has been carried out falls below the required clinical standards. Furthermore, we must determine that were it not for the negligence of the surgeon you would not have suffered the consequences that you are claiming for,

These can be complicated medical negligence cases, requiring expert legal advice. We operate a free cosmetic surgery helpline, so if you feel that you have been the victim of clinical negligence and wish to go about claiming compensation for a Brazilian butt lift then give us a call on 0808 139 1592 for FREE initial guidance and details of No Win, No Fee case funding. Alternatively you can send an email to info@cosmeticsurgerylaw.co.uk

 

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