Woman Dies After Facial Fat Injection Treatment

Facial fillers are among the most sought-after procedures, and have recently become an in-demand procedure given the state of the economy. Cosmetic surgeons typically turn to hyaluronic acid fillers to plump up fine lines and wrinkles, and create a more youthful appearance, but some prefer to use collagen.

Injecting a patient’s own fat into other parts of the body is less common, but is still a practice undertaken by cosmetic surgeons around the globe. However, this procedure poses several risks and may even lead to death.

Rachel Soanes of Norwich, England died recently after having fat injected into her face to correct the effects of lupus. The fat from the injection migrated to her lungs, and she fell ill shortly after her procedure. She complained of dizziness and nausea, and reportedly could not breathe properly.

Miss Soanes had received the same procedure twice before with no complications and side effects, and her death came as a complete shock to the doctors that treated her, and her family.

In this case, the fat injections were not for cosmetic purposes, but primarily for replacing the fat she had lost as the result of her disease. The fat was extracted from her buttocks and injected into several facial compartments so that her face would appear more balanced. Unfortunately, this procedure had a tragic ending.

The coroner’s report indicates that Miss Soanes died of ‘fat tissue embolism’, a condition where the fat injected into a vein travels to the lungs and then causes an artery blockage. Respiratory failure is what caused her death, and there was nothing that could be done to get the fat out of her lungs after she began feeling the effects of a lack of oxygen.

This has been the first ever documented case of death after a fat injection.

Further Reading

  • Motivated by his wife and kids, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who once called himself “the healthiest fat guy you’ve ever seen”, disclosed Tuesday he secretly underwent Gastric Banding (Lap Band Surgery) on February 16, 2013, performed by Dr. George Fielding, head of NYU Medical Center’s Weight Management Program.

  • With bathing suit season right around the corner, plastic surgeons across the country are finding more women are booking up appointments for body contouring and breast augmentation procedures. Dr. Michael Niccole, founder and medical director of CosmetiCare Plastic Surgery Center and MedSpa in Newport Beach, and one of the “Top Plastic Surgeons in America”, reports that his appointment books are full, with a high demand for breast implants, skin tightening procedures and body contouring procedures to help women lose a few inches around the hips and thighs.

  • Sound Surgical Technologies, the company behind Vaser Liposelection the Vaser ultrasound device, has developed the VaserShape system, a non-surgical device that helps reduce cellulite and inches in certain areas of the body. The VaserShape device is a non-invasive body contouring system powered by ultrasonic laser. The device is designed to disrupt fat cells beneath the skin by delivering ultrasound energy deep into the skin’s tissues.