As two plaintiffs personal injury father-daughter trial attorneys, one of whom is a retired plastic surgeon, we have witnessed firsthand the devastating impact of botched surgeries. Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL) surgery, which involves transferring fat from other parts of the body to the buttocks, is becoming increasingly common. South Florida has emerged as the most popular location for this procedure in America, attracting patients from across the country seeking enhanced curves and improved body contours. However, the surge in demand has been accompanied by a troubling increase in complications and fatalities when the surgery is improperly performed. Over the past few years, Florida has seen numerous tragic outcomes, including severe complications and fatalities associated with this surgery.

BBL surgeries are inherently risky. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the procedure has the highest mortality rate of any cosmetic surgery, with an estimated death rate in one series of approximately 1 in 3,000 procedures. The primary risk comes from fat embolism, where fat enters the bloodstream and blocks blood vessels, potentially leading to fatal outcomes. Despite these risks, the surgery’s popularity continues to rise, driven by social media influencers and celebrities showcasing their results.