Florida Teen Dies After Breast Augmentation

Beauty Cred on 26 Mar 2008 at 7:51am

An 18-year-old teenager, undergoing surgery to correct asymmetrical breasts and an inverted areola, died this week after breast augmentation  surgery. The cause of death was malignant hyperthermia, a relatively rare metabolic condition in which a patient's heart rate and metabolism rises, causing the body temperature to rise as high as 112 degrees.

We should not blame this death on breast augmentation per se, because it could have happened under any procedure requiring anaesthesia.  However, it does remind us that all surgical procedures carry some risk, especially those requiring a general anaesthetic. 

According to just released data from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, nearly 348,000 breast augmentation procedures were performed in 2007, a 64 percent increase from 2000.

The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery reported that between 2002 and 2003, the number of women and girls younger than 18 who got breast implants nearly tripled, from 3,872 to 11,326.

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons strongly believes that no one younger than 18 should undergo plastic surgery.

The Florida surgeon who performed the breast augmentation was board certified and was devastated by the girl's death according to news reports.