A cosmetic surgery popularly called the Brazilian butt lift or “bbl” for short has again claimed another victim. Adianet Galván Gonzáles, 30, died just a few days after having the procedure done on June 4, 2018 at the New Life Plastic Surgery in Miami.
Galván, who immigrated to Florida from Cuba, entered the clinic at 8 a.m., was given general anesthesia for the procedure, and left at 3 p.m upon which she was transported to a friend’s home to recover. She was barely conscious upon arrival and was rushed to Kendall Regional hospital where she was placed on a ventilator in the intensive care unit. Having slipped into a coma, she died three days later at the hospital.
The cause of death has not yet been released by the Miami-Dade medical examiner’s office.
The procedure – which involves surgeons using a metal rod called a cannula to extract fat and then graft it onto the buttocks through surgical incisions – should have been uncomplicated since Galván had no known medical conditions.
The clinic where the surgery was done has failed to respond to questions regarding Galván’s death and the operating surgeon has also refused comment.
The surgeon, Dr. Orlando Llorente, is a board certified plastic surgeon, however he is not insured for medical malpractice insurance.
Since 2013, at least eight known patients have died from complications after undergoing plastic surgery at Miami clinics. In six of the other cases, the Miami-Dade medical examiner ruled that the women died from fat clots in their hearts or lungs following the surgeries.
This tragic and deadly trend has alarmed public health officials, as well as the general population, about the risks of cosmetic procedures that are all too often regarded as not serious surgeries.
Yet, cosmetic surgery should always be regarded as a serious and invasive “medical procedure.” Patients need to ensure that the doctor performing the procedure is a board certified plastic surgeon, with experience, who is trained for the procedure which will be performed, who has the proper insurance, and who is operating and treating the surgery as a serious medical procedure.