Written by Emel Gerdaneri.
Influencer Felt Like 'She was dying' After Botched Brazilian Butt Lift
Rachel Velasco remembers walking into the emergency room at Cedars-Sinai hospital in Los Angeles at 3 a.m. "screaming and bleeding" last year.
The 23-year-old influencer said there was "indescribable agony" at the site of the surgery.
"I've never felt so much pain, I feel like I'm dying," she said in a video she shared with NBC News. "All my stitches are burning.
I am constantly unconscious and continue to pass out. I feel nauseous. I can barely speak."
Velasco had surgery, commonly known as Brazilian Butt Lift or BBL.
Velasco, who has more than 11,600 Instagram followers and OnlyFans account, decided to have his body undergo this intervention in order to produce more impressive content.
She started to research this popular aesthetic, which was made by many celebrities such as the Kardashians, who were acclaimed for their magnificent curves.
The Name Of The Doctor Who Performed The BBL Surgery is Dr. Anna Gevorgian
The name of the doctor who performed Velasco's BBL surgery is Dr. Anna Gevorgian.
Gevorgyan's license was placed under surveillance by the California Medical Board in late 2020, and he was found to have negligent behavior in the care and treatment of many patients.
The surgeon is still legally allowed to practice today. The state's probation system allows some doctors who face allegations of medical negligence to continue seeing new patients as long as they meet certain requirements.
'Biggest pain of my life'
Gevorgyan is not a board-certified plastic surgeon.
The National Provider Identifier is a unique identification number for American healthcare providers, while a physician is licensed in California as an obstetrician specializing in obstetrics and gynecology.
Gevorgyan says that she has specialized in reconstructive and aesthetic surgery since 2009 and additionally received training in plastic surgery.
Velasco said that she was told before the surgery that Gevorgyan was an obstetrician and that the staff of the doctor-owned clinic 7Q Spa had assured him that Gevorgyan was authorized to perform the BBL procedure.
“You will stay awake throughout the procedure”
Velasco said that Gevorgyan described BBL as an operation performed with local anesthesia while awake, meaning that he would not be unconscious during the procedure.
On Friday, April 23, 2021, Velasco's younger brother dropped hher off at Gevorgyan's office. She said that in addition to local anesthetic, Gevorgyan gave her laughing gas through a tube near the surgical site.
Velasco shared videos she recorded with NBC News, showing she was awake and continued to hold the tube and inhale the gas during her procedure.
Laughing gas, or nitrous oxide, is a sedative commonly used to calm patients during medical and dental procedures.
Unlike other types of anesthesia, it is not intended to be used alone to put patients completely asleep.
“I was wide awake during the BBL, which is kind of crazy,” Velasco said.
“For example, if I examine my camera roll, my laughing gas was high, and I was chatting with my friends. In the background, you hear the sound of my fat-injected butt.”
Velasco paid $9,100 cash for the surgery. She gave NBC News a picture of her bill.
After the surgery, Velasco said she felt very well and at first she didn't feel her stitches at all. “I came home, slept for about three hours,” she said.
“Around 9 or 10 o'clock that night, I started to feel the worst pain of my life.”
While she was in pain, Velasco said she started reading about the experiences of other BBL patients and worried about the level of pain she was in.
"I started getting super paranoid, my anxiety started taking over, I was like, 'I'm literally dying, that's not normal, I'm in so much pain,'" Velasco said. "I was alone in my apartment, I wasn't using any serum or anything."
Cases are Still Pending
Velasco said she begged her brother to take her to the emergency room, and Velasco said the doctors had calmed her down.
Hospital records show Cedars-Sinai administered urine testing and blood testing. Velasco said the doctors also gave her painkillers.
However, her doctor accused the influencer of exaggerating the issue, making the subject a popular news and attracting media attention while she could get through this process with lymphatic massage, corset and painkillers.
Their lawsuits are still ongoing.
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Written on 08/12/2022
Last Update: 09/12/2022