For those unfamiliar, Brazilian butt lift (BBL) is the exotic-sounding colloquialism for gluteal fat grafting, an elective aesthetic procedure that involves removing fat from one part of the body (via liposuction) and transplanting it (via injection) into the butt for a fuller, perkier effect.

As demand for the BBL has grown, so too has its death toll. Earlier this month, in the wake of recent casualties in Miami and Los Angeles, the Multi-Society Task Force for Safety in Gluteal Fat Grafting—comprising doctors from five global plastic surgery societies assembled expressly to investigate BBL complications and sponsor research on safety guidelines—sent an unprecedented warning to plastic surgeons worldwide.

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