More women in Central Florida getting Brazilian butt lifts

 Central Florida doctors said it started with the rise of Jennifer Lopez in reference to a bigger bottom becoming more mainstream. As a result, they said more and more women are choosing elective Plastic surgery specifically a procedure known as a Brazilian Butt Lift.

"I've never had so much fun," said Laura Pamela, a 64-year-old divorcee who underwent the surgery. 

"I'm one of those people that are well endowed in certain areas a little too much, actually, but I missed out in something else," she said.

Her doctor performed a Brazilian Butt Lift where liposuction is used to extract fat from a patient's stomach, 'love handles', thighs and or back. Then, it is injected with the promise of a plumper posterior closer in size and shape to those now prevalent on the Red Carpet.

Alice McLaughlin, another patient of Dr. John Serrao, also went under the knife. She is the host of a new travel and art show that will air on Mundo FOX Central Florida.

FOX 35 asked if she saw the results right away. "Yeah, absolutely, getting out of the operation room. Yes," she said.

"We get anywhere from two to three calls a day about this procedure," said Dr. Serrao. 

In the board certified OBGYN's expanded practice, he said he performs butt lifts using water-assisted liposuction weekly. 

The procedure can cost between $4,000 and $15,000 locally according to doctors who spoke with FOX 35.

"Most women say take it from everywhere. They don't care where it comes from," said Plastic Surgeon Raj Ambay. 

But he said along with possible complications from botched surgeries, there is a downside. He spoke to the growth of an illegal black market that also keeps him busy performing expensive reconstructive surgery.

The U.S. Department of Justice reveals unlicensed individuals are injecting materials like silicone, not approved by the FDA for this use, at several hundreds bucks a pop.

"Local hardware stores would sell it," said Dr. Ambay about the silicone that is often used in these black market procedures. 

"If someone is going to perform at a place like a hotel room they don't have an office a fixed location if something bad happened they're going to be gone," said George Indest III, Health Law Firm President.

From rock-hard skin in days or years to a potentially deadly outcome, the illegal injection results vary, according to the DOJ and Dr. Ambay. 

McLaughlin and Pamela said they never considered the cheaper and potentially life-altering alternative. They also said they are happy with their butt lift results.

"Latinas, we love curves," said McLaughlin.

"I was very impressed and very exciting," said Pamela.

For the first time, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons is talking about the Brazilian Butt Lift in a national report and its rise in popularity. 

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