She has starred on reality series The Valleys and Ex On The Beach – both of which she has been known to flaunt her assets.
But Natalee Harris – who has turned to surgery to enhance her look – has warned women away from the dangers of the ‘Brazilian bum lift’.
Having been the victim of botched surgery the first time around, the busty personality, 30, is currently in recovery having had the original procedure amended.
Learnt her lesson? Reality star Natalee Harris – who has turned to surgery to enhance her look – has warned women away from the dangers of the ‘Brazilian bum lift’
She told The Daily Star: ‘I went to the clinic [in Turkey] because I had seen someone post about it on Instagram. The whole experience was horrific.
‘The surgeon barely asked me any questions. We were trying to use Google Translate as no-one spoke English. When I came round they didn’t give me a bodysuit which I should wear or anything.
‘My bed was soaking because I was leaking from my wounds, but they basically sent me back to the hotel the next day with paracetamol. I was crying my eyes out and in so much pain.’
Natalee admits to regretting ever turning to surgery; to date, she has had three breast operations, a nose job, liposuction, work done on her teeth, fillers and botox, all since gaining fame in 2012 on The Valleys.
Botched bum job: Having been the victim of botched surgery the first time around, the busty personality, 30, is currently in recovery having had the original procedure amended
She has spent close to £40k on the work she has had done over the last five years, admitting that it becomes an ‘unhealthy obsession’.
Natalee, who warns women to do their research before embarking on surgical procedures, has spoken out after a second British woman died this week from undergoing the same treatment abroad.
Leah Cambridge died in August having ‘bum lift’ surgery – made famous by the likes of Kim Kardashian; and last week, a yet-to-be named woman also died from the operation, while undergoing the procedure.
Women have flocked to Turkey in particular thanks to the cheaper surgery out there – while Kim Kardashians own surgically-enhanced figure is done in America, by top surgeons, thanks to her immense wealth.
New and improved: She returned to a different surgery in Turkey to get her ‘bum lift’ amended
‘Unhealthy obsession’: She told The Daily Star, ‘I went to the clinic [in Turkey] because I had seen someone post about it on Instagram. The whole experience was horrific’
Yet Natalee added that the situation is a Catch 22: ‘If you try to ban it there will be a black market for it, which would be even more risky!’
Last week’s second victim, who is in her late twenties, underwent the surgery earlier this year, with an inquest into her death expected to take place in the coming months.
It has sparked fresh warnings over the risks of the operation in which fat is taken from another part of the body and injected into the buttocks.
In August, 29-year-old Leah Cambridge died while undergoing the £3,000 procedure at a clinic – again, in Turkey.
Before vs After: She has spent close to £40k on the work she has had done over the last five years, admitting that it becomes an ‘unhealthy obsession’
She suffered three heart attacks on the operating table at the Elite Aftercare Clinic in Izmir, which is popular among reality stars like Natalee.
In light of the second death, The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (Baaps) issued guidance that all BBL procedures should be paused.
Dr Aamer Khan from the Harley Street Skin Clinic told MailOnline: ‘They gave the advice that we should cease all BBLs.
‘That’s the advice they are giving out but we need to think about it carefully. If we stop people seeking butt lift surgery in the UK they will go overseas.
Tragic: In August 29-year-old Leah Cambridge died while undergoing the procedure at a clinic in Turkey
‘People are lured by the lower cost and is it still very risky. One in 3,000 are dying worldwide and it is far too much.’
He said people looking for cheaper surgery abroad ran safety risks.
‘Unfortunately, when things become popular we tend to trivialise them so I must take this opportunity to stress cosmetic surgery should not be looked on as a “bargain hunt” to get the cheapest price one can.
‘There are highly experienced and safe cosmetic surgeons and cosmetic doctors in the UK who carry out these procedure frequently in regulated theatres, thus minimising the risks involved.’
Gerard Lambe, consultant plastic surgeon and Baaps, told the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show that it is the most dangerous cosmetic procedure to undergo.
Death trap? Miss Cambridge died after having the procedure at the Elite Aftercare clinic in Turkey, pictured
False advertising? Pictured – the Elite Aftercare clinic showing the results after surgery
There is a risk that fat injected into large veins can travel to the heart or brain, leading to severe illness of death.
‘It has the highest death rate of all procedures due to the risk of injecting fat into large veins in the buttocks, that can travel to the heart or brain.’
One 23-year-old woman from Wales – who did not want to be named – said she had been left scarred for life after having BBL surgery in February in Turkey.
Three months after the procedure, infected holes appeared on buttocks and she couldn’t walk properly. She said her bum was leaking for three months, soaked her clothes and she had to bandage it up every day.
The woman told the BBC: ‘I honestly wish I could go back. I was happy with my body before. And now I paid a stupid amount of money to look like this.’
WHAT IS A BRAZILIAN BUTT LIFT?
A Brazilian Butt Lift uses fat transferred from other areas of the body, such as the love handles, hips or stomach, to provide patients with a fuller derriere.
Clinics report the procedure, which costs between £6,500 and £10,000, has seen more than a 50 per cent increase compared to five years ago.
The procedure’s nickname was coined in 1996 after Dr Leonard Grossman was filmed performing fat transfer surgery on a patient from Brazil.
The surgery takes anywhere from one to two hours to perform. The amount of downtime ranges from one to three weeks, plastic surgeons claim.
HOW IT WORKS:
1. Liposuction to remove fat from abdomen/hips/thighs
2. Fat is ‘processed’
3. Fat is injected into buttocks
- Upside-down heart, or ‘A-shape’: Much smaller waist and larger buttocks towards the bottom
- Round: emphasis on increasing the size of the butt, not pulling in the waist or thighs
HOW TO PREPARE:
- Don’t smoke (increases infection risk and blood clot risk)
- Don’t gain weight (when you lose it again, your butt will change)
RISK OF DEATH:
Higher than most operations – 20 in 100,000 compared with 1 in 100,000.
There are two major risk factors that can make a BBL fatal:
- Blood clots travel to lungs
- Accidental injection of fat to blood vessel
1. Don’t work for 10 days
2. Don’t sit for 6 weeks
3. Sleep on stomach
4. Final shape will take months or a year to form
Baaps also estimates that the NHS is paying up to £13,000 per patient for people seeking treatment as a result of the surgery going wrong.
The numbers of women also seeking legal action is rising, as many are forced to take time off work or suffer psychological issues.
Cheryl Palmer Hughes, a solicitor from Irwin Mitchell specialising in claims arising from cosmetic surgery abroad, told the BBC: ‘Before this year, we had maybe one or two in the three to five years before that.
‘But since March this year our specialist team at Irwin Mitchell had had 12 inquiries about this specific procedure, carried out abroad, where it has gone wrong.
‘Mostly people suffer from infection, sepsis, they have had abscesses, ongoing pain, mobility issues, and psychological problems.’
Miss Cambridge’s partner of ten years said at the time of her death in August that she was paranoid about excess weight after having three children.
He said: ‘I told her she was beautiful how she was but she really wanted it for her own confidence.
‘I didn’t think this would ever happen – or could happen to her.’
He believes Leah’s operation went wrong after fat was deposited into her blood stream and her oxygen levels dropped.
He says she was brought back to stable but she then had three heart attacks.
He said: ‘Leah was under anaesthetic and complications happened due to fat getting deposited into her blood stream and her oxygen levels dropped.
‘She was brought back to stable but had a further three heart attacks and there was nothing they could do after.’
Last month the cosmetic surgery clinic where she had the operation declared it is ‘open for business.’
In a statement it told how it was ‘devastated’ at her death but insisted ‘preliminary investigations have not raised any concerns over surgical competence or standards of care’ – and so it remained open.
It said the death had caused ‘a great deal of thought, reflection and consideration’ and it was ‘taking all reasonable steps to protect and reassure our clients’.
It was claimed last week that the Turkish surgeon who carried out the operation told other patients he always made them as big as he could.
A TV crew captured Dr Ali Uckan boasting to another patient who asked him to make her bottom as big as possible, saying: ‘That’s what I do every time.’
On its website the Turkish clinic states that the ‘butt lift’ operation, which usually takes ‘one or two hours’ is a ‘perfect and most natural way to enhance and shape the buttocks via surgery, sculpting your waist and resulting in a desirable hourglass-like shape.’
In the ‘frequently asked questions’ section of the website it asks ‘how safe is the procedure?’ Potential patients are told: ‘Any type of surgery should not be taken lightly as there are risks in all procedures.
‘The safest aspect of the Brazilian Butt Lift is that it lets your surgeon use your own body tissue to augment your buttock. This avoids the need for any foreign material or implants.
Miss Cambridge with her partner of 10 years Scott Franks, who told how she underwent the procedure because she was paranoid about excess skin after having three children
‘Complications can rarely occur. The vast majority of complications are related to the liposuction portion of the procedure and can usually be managed with additional liposuction.
‘Although uncommon, areas of concern can include; bleeding, infection, anaesthesia problems, fat necrosis and decreased sensation.’
Given the nature of the tragedy a full inquest into Miss Cambridge’s death is likely to be held in the UK at a later date.
The British medical authorities are unlikely to investigate the incident, although the coroner may request evidence from medical experts.
An Elite Aftercare statement said: ‘The recent tragic incident has precipitated a great deal of thought, reflection and consideration here at Elite Aftercare. We are devastated that one of our clients has passed away during surgery.
‘We also understand how worrying this news is to all our clients who are currently booked in for surgery and also potential new clients who are considering surgery.
‘We are saddened and disappointed that, before the cause of death has been officially established, there has been significant unfounded speculation in the press and in the media’s coverage of this story.
‘However, we understand that an official post-mortem will be undertaken shortly, which it is hoped will objectively establish the cause of Leah’s death.
‘Rest assured that we are treating this matter with the seriousness and gravity that it deserves and are taking all reasonable steps to protect and reassure our clients.
‘We can wholeheartedly assure you that all our preliminary investigations have not raised any concerns over surgical competence or standards of care.
‘We therefore remain open for business and fully engaged with the investigation to ensure that our clients’ needs remains at the centre of what we do so that can be assured that surgical competence and the standards of care that are offered by Elite Aftercare remain of the very highest order.’
The clinic is run by Caraline Douglas, 38, and Gina Korkmazer, 29, two sisters who were set to star in their own reality show about their cosmetic surgery lifestyles.
‘The death rate from a Brazilian ‘bottom lift’ is one in three thousand – considerably higher than any other form of plastic surgery’: Expert warns procedure is ‘one of most dangerous you can have’
Women have been driven to have the procedure to look like celebrities, including Kim Kardashian (pictured)
Women from across the globe are dying from complications of Brazilian ‘bottom lift’ operations, prompting an international task force of plastic surgeons to warn against the procedure.
Driven to fame by the likes of Kim Kardashian and Kylie Jenner, plastic surgeons performed 18,487 such ‘bottom lifts’ in 2015.
But the procedures comes with serious risks.
Nottingham plastic surgeon Dr Mark Henley warns the procedure ‘is one of the most dangerous that you can have’. He added: ‘The death rate is one in three thousand which is considerably higher than any other form of plastic surgery.’
In the last five years, plastic surgeons have seen a 150 percent increase in the Brazilian ‘bottom lift’ business.
Plastic surgery, as a field, is fairly low risk, with average mortality rates across all such procedures hovering around one in 55,000.
But some surgeries are far more dangerous than others, with the ‘bottom lift’ carrying the highest death rate of any aesthetic operation, according to the MultiSociety Gluteal Fat Grafting Task Force.
They have called for plastic surgeons to reevaluate their techniques ‘urgently’ as they clamour to identify why it carries such a high risk.
The MSGFGTF, which represents five societies, was set up following three deaths in Florida last year from Brazilian butt lifts.
It has since urged surgeons to ‘stay as far away from the gluteal nerve as possible’ when trying to achieve a peachy posterior.
In a ‘shocking’ report, the taskforce said: ‘The death rate of approximately one in 3,000 is the highest rate for any aesthetic procedure.
‘Every surgeon performing Brazilian butt lifts should immediately reevaluate his or her technique.’
The taskforce, which represents the American Society of Plastic Surgeons among others, said the deaths were presumed to be from tears in the large gluteal veins allowing fat to block major arteries.
But autopsies of some patients who have died have also suggested surgeons have injected fat deeper than they intended to.
It added patients who want a super-sized behind should have the procedure carried out in stages, rather than all at once.
‘The risk of death should be discussed with every prospective Brazilian butt lift patient,’ the MSGFGTF added in its report.