A plastic surgeon has warned of the dangers of a popular medical procedure following the death of a TV star who underwent a mommy makeover.
Wild ‘N Out star Jacky Oh, 32, died shortly after reportedly having an appointment with a self-proclaimed Brazilian butt lift specialist, sparking fears of the invasive procedure.
BBL is cosmetic surgery that transfers fat from other areas of the body to the buttocks to give women a curvier figure.
More and more women, including new moms, are apparently going under the knife to keep up with trendy beauty standards that glorify Instagram-friendly faces and hourglass figures.
Last week, singer SZA spoke about the ride, saying it was a radical act of self-love.
“I treat my butt like a purse; it’s just there to enhance everything else,” she told Elle. “And that’s why I paid for it, because it works all by itself.”
It’s clear the procedure won’t be a success, despite the grim mortality statistics haunting viewers.
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, an estimated one in every 3,000 patients dies either on the table or not long after receiving a BBL.
“It’s actually one of the most popular plastic procedures performed, but it’s also one of the most dangerous,” said board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. David Shafer exclusively to The US Sun.
Shafer, who runs a large plastic surgery practice in Manhattan, urged the curious BBL to do their research after detailing how the procedure can easily go wrong.
“What you do is take fat and inject it back up your butt,” he said.
“In fact, if it’s injected in the wrong place, it can accidentally get injected into one of the body’s blood vessels.”
If fat gets into a vessel, it can travel to the heart or brain and act like a blood clot, with immediate disastrous consequences.
Shacare Terry, the mother of a two-year-old, couldn’t afford the cost of the procedure in the US so decided to travel to the Dominican Republic to further the procedure.
Complications immediately followed the procedure, however, and days later she tragically lay in a body bag, an ABC affiliate reported WRTV reports.
“This is where the plastic surgeon’s experience is very important,” said Dr. Shafer. “The ability is very important.”
According to Shafer, surgeries performed in South America can often result in complications that require far more expensive and invasive procedures in the United States.
“As a board-certified plastic surgeon, we have ethical standards and one of those is educating patients about the risks and benefits of the procedure,” he said.
According to Shafer, doctors with this certification are trained to ensure patients are aware of the recovery involved and the expected outcome.
“Often you see a celebrity with a really nice result, but you don’t see what happened between the surgery and the result,” he added.
“They may have been visiting a wellness spa for three months throughout their recovery period, or the result you’re seeing is very different.”
While the cause of Jacky Oh’s death remains a mystery, a now-deleted Instagram post sparked major concern among her grieving fans.
On May 31, Jacky, whose partner was comedian DC Young Fly, was found dead at a hotel in Miami, Florida.
The mother-of-three was taken to a hospital by first responders, where she died before midnight, Miami police said.
It came days after she shared an Instagram post captured by Hollywood Unlocked in which she spoke to Dr. Zachary Akhoh, a self-proclaimed liposuction and BBL specialist, posed.
“I am preparing with Dr. Zap forward to my mom’s makeover!!” she wrote while smiling in a hospital gown.
“Stay tuned to my YouTube channel for the full reveal.”
While it’s unclear what the mommy makeover entailed in the first place, Dr. Shafer said he wouldn’t be surprised if fat transfer was on the menu.
dr Zach works out of PH-1, a medical facility in Miami.
The US Sun has reached out to his office for comment.