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"Patient Alert: Gluteal Fat Grafting To The Buttocks Is A High Risk Cosmetic Surgery Procedure" Warns International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS)


New York, NY, Aug. 30, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- NEW YORK, NY, Aug. 21, 2018 – Attribute it to Hollywood, the Kardashian family, or an array of other celebrities who choose to focus on the importance of having a well-formed derriere - Gluteal fat grafting is a fast growing cosmetic procedure. More commonly referred to as the Brazilian Butt Lift, Gluteal Fat Grafting grew year over year by as much as 17% globally according to the International Study of Cosmetic Procedures conducted by ISAPS in 2016. Despite its name, the BBL is not a cosmetic procedure developed in Brazil or by Brazilian surgeons and is a reference to the popular curvier shape that is sought after particularly in Latin American countries but has become more popularized by Hollywood celebrities.

So exactly how popular is Gluteal Fat Grafting to the buttocks? Over 300,000 gluteal fat grafting procedures are performed around the world each year according to the ISAPS study, with Brazil performing the largest number 77,770, followed by the USA 23,364, Mexico 30,131, Colombia 19,796, Venezuela 9509, Turkey 7,008 and India 5,680.

However, despite its popularity, Gluteal Fat Grafting has resulted in a rate of death significantly higher than any other cosmetic surgery procedure, estimated to be 1 death for every 3,000 surgeries performed.

"Over the past three years, in particular, we have seen both a rise in the popularity of gluteal fat grafting and most concerningly the number of complications sometimes resulting in death caused by this procedure", says Dr. Renato Saltz, President of ISAPS. "This is a complex surgery and when a surgeon without the proper training or knowledge performs it, the results can be catastrophic."

 In response to these unusually high figures, ISAPS has joined forces with the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), International Society of Plastic Regenerative Surgeons and the International Federation for Adipose Therapeutics and Science. Together they have formed an industry first investigative Task Force for Safety in Gluteal Fat Grafting. The goal of the Task Force is to understand why this procedure has a considerably higher risk associated with it and to develop specific safety guidelines to increase patient safety.   Comprised of Board-certified plastic surgeons from all over the world, the task-force is presenting a special session at the ISAPS Congress in Miami that will be attended by over 2000 plastic surgeons October 31-November 4th 2018.

"The higher risks associated with Gluteal Fat Grafting are of a huge concern to us all and we urge patients who are considering having this procedure to very carefully research the training and credentials performing this specific procedure, Says Dr. Renato Saltz. "As with any cosmetic surgery, we recommend patients choose a board-certified plastic surgeon who possesses the highest levels of aesthetic training and has extensive experience performing this surgery. We encourage all patients to talk to their surgeon at length about the associated risks involved with Gluteal Fat Grafting before making their decision to have the procedure."


The International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS) is a premier global organization of 3800 board-certified plastic surgeons in 105 countries. Considered the platinum standard in aesthetic plastic surgery, ISAPS members undergo a rigorous approval process and help facilitate the most comprehensive series of educational courses and symposia for aesthetic plastic surgeons around the world.  ISAPS is dedicated to its two-fold mission of raising the bar in aesthetic plastic surgery and helping patients make educated decisions in choosing the best surgeon for their safety and peace of mind. The ISAPS website contains extensive explanations about plastic surgery procedures, as well as detailed information about all its members in its Find-a-Surgeon section.  For more information about how to select a qualified cosmetic doctor and to understand why ISAPS plastic surgeons possess the highest level of training and credentials in aesthetic surgery, please visit or contact for more information.

About Renato Saltz, MD, FACS

Dr. Saltz is one of the most respected and accomplished board-certified plastic surgeons in the world. Based in Salt Lake City, Utah, Dr. Saltz is considered one of the early pioneers of endoscopic surgery and his expertise in aesthetic plastic surgery, facial rejuvenation and breast and body contouring, is highly praised and sought after.  Dr. Saltz presents lectures to colleagues all around the world and is the current President of the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS). He is also past President of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) and is the founder of the non-profit organization Image Reborn, which holds all-expense paid retreats for women recovering from breast cancer. Dr. Saltz has been featured in a variety of media including Forbes Magazine, Allure, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal.  To learn more about Dr. Saltz, please visit

About the Multi-Society Task Force for Safety in Gluteal Fat Grafting

The Multi-Society Gluteal Fat Grafting Task Force is comprised of the largest clinical plastic surgery societies, including the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ISAPS) the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS). Additionally, two scientific societies, the International Society of Plastic & Regenerative Surgeons (ISPRES) and the International Federation for Adipose Therapeutics and Science (IFATS) are represented and provide scientific support. The efforts of the Task Force build upon a foundation of important work by the Aesthetic Surgery Education and Research Foundation (ASERF), the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) Regenerative Medicine Committee, and the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS) Patient Safety Committee. The Task Force is an unprecedented collaborative effort to address a major patient safety concern, investigate factors that lead to increased risk with gluteal fat grafting, perform scientific studies to improve safety and educate plastic surgeons.

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