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Plastic surgeon warns over 'Brazilian Bum Lift' ops, saying complications 'like having stroke'

Evening Standard logo Evening Standard 29/08/2018 Olivia Tobin

A top UK consultant surgeon has warned about the dangers of potentially risky “bum lift” surgery following the death of a 29-year-old mother who travelled to Turkey for an operation.

Leah Cambridge died after travelling overseas for the surgery, made famous by multiple reality TV stars.

Consultant Plastic and Reconstructive Breast Surgeon, Gerard Lambe said those undergoing surgery can have complications similar to suffering a stroke.

Mr Lambe, who has been working in plastic surgery since 2000, has warned against the dangerous procedure, explaining how deadly the after-effects can be.

He said: “Brazilian Bum Lift (BBL) is a procedure in which fat is taken from another part of the body then injected into the buttocks but it has the highest death rate of all procedures due to the risk of injecting fat into large veins in the buttocks that can travel to the heart or brain and cause severe illness and death.”

Mr Lambe said it was “like having a stroke” and “could kill you instantly”.

Unlike getting fat injected into a patient’s face or breast – which Mr Lambe said is fairly common – because of the large veins in the buttocks, the risk of harm is very high.

This, alongside having your surgeon miles away in another country, makes recovery very challenging.

He added: “Women are sold this idea that a BBL is a simple procedure like liposuction which it most certainly is not.

“Recovery is quite horrendous for many as it requires patients to avoid sitting for weeks to enhance the take of the graft and fat deposits.

“It also can require painful top ups if the fat reabsorbs and may only last a few months, yet the patient has risked an embolism for something so precariously successful.”

Ms Cambridge’s cause of death is not known at this stage, but it is thought the mother-of-three died in the operating theatre after collapsing shortly after the start of the operation.

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CBB start Chloe Khan reportedly had treatment too (Channel 5)

A warning posted on the Elite Aftercare website, where it has been reported Miss Cambridge went to for the surgery, reads: "Surgery should not be taken lightly as there are risks in all procedures.”

According to the clinic’s site, TOWIE stars Lauren Goodger and Amber Dowding, as well as Chloe Khan, from The X Factor and Celebrity Big Brother, have all undergone cosmetic procedures at the clinic.

Mr Lambe said the news of Ms Cambridge’s death was “tragic”.

He said: “I have two children myself. I feel sorry for people who do not realise the risks that come with it.”

Although Mr Lambe said he had only seen a “trickle” of people requesting BBL procedures here in the UK, the trend of travelling abroad is one he believes may be happening as people may think it is cheaper.

He said: “Whenever I receive emails from people, they are always asking about the cost.”

Mr Lambe does not carry out the dangerous procedure himself, but said he would urge caution to anyone who may consider it.

He said: “You cannot put a price on your health, you must be safe. With the power of the internet, you can do all the research in to your own surgeon and how qualified they are. It does not matter what the cost is.”

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