The cosmetic procedure, which involves transferring fat from another part of the body to the buttocks, has become a highly sought after surgery in recent years – especially among celebrities and young women.
But after a mother-of-three became the latest Briton to die after going having the operation overseas, UK surgeons may soon be banned from carrying it out.
The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) will vote on Friday on whether its members should be stopped from performing the butt lift, which is said to have the highest death rate of all procedures.
Following the death Leah Cambridge in Turkey last year, consultant plastic surgeon Gerard Lambe said the risks came from injecting fat that can then travel to the heart or brain.
Clarke, who also travelled to Turkey to have the procedure done two years ago, acknowledged that there are risks to having the operation – but does not think UK surgeons should be prevented from performing it.
She told Sky News: “I had a painful experience, but it’s surgery and is always going to be painful.
“You just have to do it in a safe way. Put more regulations in place, make it better for surgeons, make sure they are qualified – but I don’t think they should stop doing it completely.”
Many of those who seek it out are said to be keen to emulate the figures of celebrities like Kim Kardashian.
Clarke said she wanted to change her body beyond what her workout routine would allow, and that she felt comfortable with the “amazing” company she decided to go to.
The surgery, which Clarke said she researched thoroughly, provided a villa for patients to recover – although Clarke admitted it was still painful.
She told Sky News: “Recovery is probably the worst part of the whole surgery, it’s a very painful experience and I wouldn’t want anyone to go through that. It’s a big shock and trauma to the body.”
She said that while it had improved her confidence and was happy with her experience, those thinking about going ahead with it should make sure they do their research.
She added: “There’s a lot of girls with insecurities that are going for the wrong reasons – you have to be in the right mental state before you put yourself and your body into that situation.”
The TV personality said aftercare was also vital to ensuring there were no post-surgery problems.
“Maintain it if you’re going to do it – it’s dangerous to get things done and not look after yourself after it,” she said.
“Aftercare is important – I had time off work, had friends and family to help me, and that is the most important thing in the six weeks after. I workout and eat healthily and always maintained a healthy diet.”
Concerns have been expressed that banning UK surgeons from doing the procedure could drive more patients abroad, where it can already be much cheaper.
It costs from £6,500 to £10,000 in the UK, where regulations are much tighter, but reportedly cost Ms Cambridge £3,000 in Turkey.
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