Solange Magnano, a former Miss Argentina, recently passed away due to complications from plastic surgery. The procedure she had performed was gluteoplasty, or buttock enhancement. There are several ways that butt enhancement can be accomplished, such as the Brazilian Butt Lift (a procedure that transfers fat liposuctioned from another area to the backside). However, it appears that Magnano received injections of a foreign liquid substance, not her own fat. This kind of procedure is exceedingly rare in the U.S. and I certainly don’t offer it at my cosmetic surgery practice in the Las Vegas area.
Magnano died from a pulmonary embolus (PE). Most often, a PE is caused by deep vein thrombosis – a blood clot that forms in a large vein in the lower body that travels to the lungs. However, in Magnano”s case, the PE was caused by particles of the liquid substance that traveled from the injection site into her heart and lungs. The chances of this occurring with injections of patient”s own fat are much lower.
What I think my Henderson and Las Vegas plastic surgery patients can take away from this story is the importance of choosing a plastic surgeon who has the strong ethics and sound judgment to perform only safe and proven procedures (this can be accomplished by carefully examining a surgeon”s credentials, such as board certification from the American Board of Plastic Surgery). Also, I think it should encourage patients to take the time to research and understand a prospective procedure so that they know about any exceptional risks.