Second Brit dies after 'Brazilian butt lift' surgery

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A second British woman has died from "Brazilian butt lift" surgery, the BBC has learned, as fresh warnings come over the risks.

The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (Baaps) said it was the most dangerous cosmetic procedure to undergo.

The surgery has been made popular by celebrities.

But many people are putting themselves at risk by seeking cheaper procedures abroad, Baaps warned.

'One death in 3,000'

A Brazilian butt lift (BBL) is a cosmetic procedure in which fat is taken from one part of the body and then injected into the buttocks.

Baaps told the BBC's Victoria Derbyshire programme an estimated one in 3,000 die worldwide as a result of complications.

In August, 29-year-old Leah Cambridge died while undergoing a BBL procedure in Turkey.

A second British woman in her late 20s, also died this year, the Victoria Derbyshire programme has learned. An inquest into her death is due to happen within the next year.

Gerard Lambe, consultant plastic surgeon and Baaps member, explained: "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."

'My bum was leaking'

One 23-year-old woman from Wales - who did not wish to be named - said she had been left scarred for life after having BBL surgery in February in Turkey.

Three months after the procedure, infected holes appeared on her buttocks.

"I couldn't walk properly for ages," she said.

"To be honest, when the holes came it was better as the fat was leaking out, which made it possible to walk again."

She said her buttocks were leaking for three months, "soaking all my clothes".

She added: "It smelled. I had to bandage it up every day.