Is plastic surgery safe?
By Jim Scott
Two British women have died after receiving one of the "most dangerous" cosmetic surgical procedures available. Recipients of the "Brazilian butt lift" surgery allow surgeons to extract fat from other parts of the body and then inject it into their buttocks. The procedure is done with the intentions that certain body parts will appear bigger than they did before, iNews reports.
But as two Britons this year have already died from the surgery and controversy mounts over the risks cosmetic enhancements involve, is plastic surgery safe?
Its origins can be traced back to the late 1500's and its unnatural compounds even more recently, the early 1900's. But as society continues to experiment with new ways to permanently alter their looks it would seem some people want to discourage it, as reality TV stars warn against it, Heart reports.
UK Statistics in 2017 revealed 28,315 men and women had plastic surgery alone. According to the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, the top surgical procedures were breast enhancement, breast reduction and stomach reduction.
However, for some people the associated perils of such procedures, which include severe blood loss and medical complications mid-surgery, are still worth quite the risk. One woman near Hull said her breast enhancement was "like having your hair and nails done".
Scientists have previously warned of the risks of plastic surgery procedures and its links to cancer. Previously placed at fewer than one in 100,000 people with breast-implants could develop cancer, scientists reaffirmed that the true figure could be one in 3,000.
The death of Leah Cambridge from Leeds in August 2018. And Thursday's death of a women also from "butt lift" surgery has prompted the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons to tell surgeons to stop performing the procedure, The Sun reports.
Meanwhile the majority of plastic surgery procedures have "proven to be exceedingly safe" according to WMHS Plastic Surgery in the US which say no medical procedures are "without risks" and that patients should disclose complete medical history along with past and present health conditions.
Recently, UK chain Superdrug was recently criticised for the launch of a "Skin Renew" service in a London store where members of the public could have Botox administered into various parts of their body, the Metro reports. The company also planned to roll out "in-house" surgery-style appointments across the stores in the UK. But cosmetic practitioners condemned the practice and said making Botox and fillers available in this way made the risks seem "less real".
Officially, NHS advice on plastic surgery states that the risks of plastic surgery and confirm that risks are dependent on three factors, the size of the area affected, the overall health of the person having the procedure and the surgeon's level of experience.
But as The Guardian explains, one former NHS surgeon who used to operate in theatre, now working as a cosmetic surgeon, said plastic surgery had a "stigma" associated with it despite its ability to help those with medical deformities.