Recent deaths and serious complications associated with the popular Brazilian Buttock Lift Procedure (BBL) have prompted five of the world’s top plastic and cosmetic surgery-related organizations to come together to form an Inter-Society Gluteal Fat Grafting Task Force. The Task Force was formed to examine the causes behind these tragic incidences to try to prevent them from occurring through a variety of physician and patient safety education measures. Task Force members come from The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the International Society of Plastic and Regenerative Surgeons, and the International Federation for Adipose Therapeutics and Science, who recognized that the death rate for BBL Procedures (approximately 1/3,000) is the highest for any aesthetic procedure and accordingly, action must be taken now in order to prevent further tragedies from occurring. In fact, last year there were three deaths in the state of Florida alone from the BBL procedure.
“We believe that it is essential for our organizations to come together to address the complication and death rate associated with an increasingly popular aesthetic procedure in order to change the course of these adverse events as much as is possible in the name of patient safety,” states W. Grant Stevens, MD, President of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. The Task Force has identified factors that added additional risk to the procedure as well as those that proved to be protective and/or preventative. (more…)