Is this the world\'s most dangerous cosmetic procedure?

Is this the world's most dangerous cosmetic procedure?IMAGE: Getty

If you were considering boosting your curves by way of a quick surgical procedure, you may want to reconsider.

The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) has made a shockingly strong statement around the impact of botched plastic surgery. One procedure in particular is so problematic they have recommended an all-out halt on all its members performing it! 
The BAAPS annual meeting focused heavily on the effect of plastic surgery gone wrong. Top of the list was bottoms - or rather the bottom-enhancing Brazilian Buttock Lift (BBL).

Serious health risks

The procedure, also known as gluteal augmentation, involves fat being taken from another part of the body and injected into the buttocks. The operation reportedly has the highest death rate of cosmetic surgeries - thought to be as high as 1 in 3,000 operations. BAAPS has now issued a recommendation to all members, suggesting they refrain from performing BBLs until there's more data. And a worldwide task force has been set up to deal with the issue.  
This latest development comes soon after serious health issues were discovered around so-called vampire facials. A vampire facial involves microneedling with platelet-rich plasma (PRP), taken from a patient's own blood, and has some big name fans. Earlier this year it was reported that a New Mexico spa may have exposed patients to HIV and Hepatitis B and C during treatment. The New Mexico Department of Health warned that it had identified practices in the Albuquerque spa that could have spread blood-born diseases.

Dying to look good

With modern culture's fixation on celebrity bodies - and quick fixes - people are looking abroad for cheap procedures. One study, looking at a single UK NHS hospital, found a six-fold rise in cases needing urgent follow-up care from procedures done abroad, since 2013. The complications were everything from severe bacterial infections, tissue dying (necrosis), scarring and more.

As the industry moves to tighten loopholes and create more secure and safe practices, it's clear that consumers need to apply some critical thinking to their choices. Reputable practitioners, reliable aftercare and recommended surgeons should be non-negotiables. Perhaps remembering too that there is no such thing as a quick fix. 

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