US Deaths 93 Report finds cosmetic surgery since 2009 Republic
In the US Deaths, health authorities report that 93 individuals have lost their lives following cosmetic surgery in the Dominican Republic since 2009.
A significant number of the more recent fatalities are associated with a specific procedure commonly referred to as a Brazilian butt lift.
The popularity of the procedure has surged in recent times, resulting in fatalities not only in the Dominican Republic but also in other nations, including the US Deaths.
According to a report released on Thursday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the frequency of these deaths and whether they are more prevalent in the Dominican Republic remains uncertain.
The report recommends precautions that individuals seeking medical procedures abroad should consider before traveling for treatment.
Prioritize being well-informed about your surgeon, their qualifications, and the facility’s capability to perform the surgery and provide essential post-operative care,” emphasized Dr. Matthew Hudson, the study’s primary author.
The Brazilian butt lift procedure entails the injection of fat. The report provided information on approximately two dozen of the fatalities, and the majority were attributed to complications such as fat or blood clots entering the lungs or bloodstream.
Florida Surgery Center
Adverse outcomes from cosmetic surgery are not exclusive to the Dominican Republic. Instances of fatalities following cosmetic procedures have been regularly reported in the United States, with Florida being a particularly notable location. In a report released on Thursday, the CDC highlighted 15 cases of bacterial infections in women who underwent cosmetic procedures at a Florida surgery center in 2022.
Occasional incidents have also been reported in Mexico, such as last year when U.S. patients contracted fungal meningitis following cosmetic procedures in the border city of Matamoros. In response, two clinics were shuttered, and twelve fatalities were documented.
The Dominican Republic, recognized as a welcoming island getaway, is also a destination where some doctors advertise cosmetic procedures, including breast implants and liposuction, at more affordable rates for U.S. clientele.
Following a rise in US Deaths fatalities in 2019 and 2020, the U.S. Embassy engaged with the CDC, which collaborated with the Dominican Republic Ministry of Health to conduct an investigation.
They recorded a total of 93 cosmetic surgery-related fatalities of US Deaths. citizens in the Dominican Republic, spanning from 2009 to 2022, averaging approximately seven deaths per year.
Almost all of the victims were women. More than half of these incidents occurred since 2019, aligning with the surge in popularity of Brazilian butt lifts. In the US Deaths, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons reported that nearly 29,000 such procedures were conducted in 2022.
Typically, the procedure entails the extraction of fat through liposuction from areas such as the hips, lower back, or thighs. Subsequently, the extracted fat is injected into the buttocks to alter their shape or size.
Risks associated with the procedure include the possibility of injecting fat too deeply, leading it to enter the bloodstream and potentially obstructing crucial arteries or veins.
Autopsy records indicate that the cause of death in 11 out of 20 cases was the injection of fat too profoundly, as reported by Hudson, who is currently affiliated with the State University of New York at Buffalo.