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  • Writer's pictureVolume 82 Magazine

A Brazilian Butt Lift Led To Organ Theft for a Patient Who Got Surgery in the Dominican Republic

Organ theft is reportedly increasing during plastic and cosmetic surgery procedures. A YouTuber named Anita shared a video that has gone viral, explaining that her friend had a kidney stolen while receiving cosmetic surgery.

Per Anita, her friend was lured by a fake social media account to get a 'BBL' and tummy tuck in the Dominican Republic for $3,500.00. After returning home to the United States, she became ill, and doctors discovered that she only had one kidney. The anonymous patient learned that she was referred to the surgeon by a fake social media account and could not reconnect with the doctor who performed the surgery. The loss of her kidney has negatively impacted her overall health.

According to the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Inc., in 2021, despite the Covid Pandemic, there was a 40 percent increase in procedures. The demand for body reconstruction and the concept of anti-aging increases each year. However, experts say that cutting surgery costs by using non-reputable or unknown surgeons for lower prices, especially those located out of the country, can be life-threatening.

According to, "the average cost of buttock augmentation with fat grafting is $4,807, the average cost of butt implants is $5,278, and the average price of a buttock lift is $5,482. This average cost is only part of the total price – it does not include anesthesia, operating room facilities or other related expenses." Patients must have consultations to determine their final fee.

Cosmetic surgeries are high-risk. Infections, excess bleeding, blood clots, nerve damage, fluid build-up, scarring, and nerve damage are all possible risks when undergoing these procedures. Following doctor's orders and proper after-care are necessary for complete recovery.


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