With South Florida the undisputed mecca for Brazilian Butt Lifts, Florida regulators are stepping in to reduce liability—and improve safety—of the procedure. Under a new ruling, Florida surgeons are only allowed to perform three BBLs per day to limit fatigue.

As the NBC 6 Investigators have been reporting for years, at least 19 women have lost their lives in our area following the cosmetic surgery in the last five years.  Our reporting prompted several studies that changed the way these surgeries are performed.

“In 2019, because of all the deaths, the Florida Board of Medicine put a rule stating that doctors could no longer inject fat into the muscle,” said Dr. Pat Pazmiño, a board certified plastic surgeon based in Miami.

But despite the changes and a new state law allowing the Florida Board of Medicine to better regulate and discipline doctors when a patient dies or is seriously hurt, the death rate from BBLs has increased. “In 2021, eight women in South Florida died from a fat embolism after a Brazilian butt lift,” Pazmiño said. “This is because this procedure is still very popular and there was a lot of pent-up demand after the pandemic.”

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