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Woman Dies In Miami Clinic After Brazilian Butt Lift Surgery

International Business Times logo International Business Times 3/20/2017 Suman Varandani

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A Missouri woman died after she underwent a Brazilian butt lift surgery in a Miami plastic surgery clinic last week. Ranika Hall, 25, is the second woman to have died in less than a year after the procedure in the same clinic, according to local media.

According to Hall's family, the new mother was unhappy with her post-pregnancy body and decided to travel to South Florida to undergo the popular rear-reshaping surgery. Her parents reportedly warned her from taking the surgery but she ignored their advice.

“I tried to talk her out of it. I really did,” her mother, Nicole Hall, told local media. “Her sisters and her brothers tried to talk her out of it.”

The surgery took place at Eres Plastic Surgery in Hialeah — the clinic where Heather Meadows died last year at 29 from the same procedure. Hialeah police, along with the Florida Department of Health and the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office, are investigating the recent death.

Last year, reports surfaced that Meadows, a native of West Virginia, suffered medical complications after the procedure. Fat clots clogged her lungs and heart, which caused her organs to fail, a report from the medical examiner stated at the time.

In the latest case, Hall lost consciousness and stopped breathing after her surgery Thursday, police reportedly said, adding that she was later declared dead. 

“It’s hard for me to grasp a hold of it,” Nicole Hall told the media. “Unbelievable, like it’s not true,” she said. The grieving mother added that she is “looking for answers.”

During a Brazilian butt lift, fat is removed through liposuction on the stomach, back, thighs and/or arms, and then injected into the buttocks. According to Eres Plastic Surgery’s website, the procedure costs $3,500 and includes 12 areas of liposuction.

Eres Plastic Surgery released a statement Friday expressing condolences over the death.

“Dr. Daniel Calva and Eres Plastic Surgery are deeply saddened by what has occurred and offer their thoughts and prayers during this difficult time,” the statement reads.

Nicole Hall has created a GoFundMe campaign to cover the expenses of bringing her daughter’s body home for a burial.

“My beautiful daughter went to miami, Fl to have a high profile procedure done which was take her fatty tissue out her stomach and placed elsewhere. My baby left wednesday 3/15/17 perfectly fine and health which was the last time i talked to her and seen her,” Nicole Hall wrote on the campaign’s homepage.

The Most Common Plastic Surgery Procedures: <p>The plastic surgery industry is worth over $20 billion dollars, <a href="">according</a> to the Global Cosmetic Surgery and Service Market Report. That alone is worth more than the individual <a href="">GDPs of 71</a> countries.</p><p>It wasn’t always that way. Plastic surgery began during World War I when doctor Harold Gillies used skin grafts, as well as a "tube pedicle," to <a href="">fix faces of soldiers</a> who were injured by explosions on the front lines. For a while, it remained a way to fix severe disfigurements. </p><p>But when movie stars Rudolph Valentino and Gloria Swanson got plastic surgery for aesthetic reasons in the 1920s, the industry as we know it today was born.</p><p>Going under the knife has seen a <a href="">surge in popularity</a> over the past 20 years. This could be due to improved medical practices, decreased stigma or both. Celebrities seem to be more <a href="">open about their procedures</a>, which could be influencing how the average person feels about the idea. </p><p>Today, more people get surgery for cosmetic purposes than ever before. Though the race to the surgical table seems to have slowed compared to the early 2000s, from 2014 to 2015 there was still a <a href="">two percent increase</a> in the number of cosmetic procedures performed in the United States. </p><p>Given the long and consistent rise in popularity of plastic surgery, the experts at <a href="">HealthGrove</a>, a <a href="">Graphiq</a> health data site, used the most recent data (2013) from the <a href="">American Society of Plastic Surgeons</a> to aggregate the total number of operations for the major types of plastic surgeries to see which procedures are the most common.</p> The Most Common Plastic Surgery Procedures


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