All the Facts about Brazilian Butt Lift Safety By Joseph M. Brown, MD, FACS on April 22, 2020

Curvier silhouettes have been dominating television and social media. So, it is no wonder that women all over the world are looking to enhance their bottoms for a sexier look. However, all procedures come with a set of expectations and risks. Brazilian Butt Lifts (BBL) and other buttock-enhancing surgeries are no exception. Patients should be aware of as much information as possible before deciding to undergo one. The truth is, Brazilian Butt Lift safety can vary quite a bit.

What is a Brazilian Butt Lift?

A Brazilian Butt Lift refers to a fat-transfer procedure. Essentially, liposuction removes fat from certain areas of the patient's body. Usually, it's from the belly, hips, or thighs. Then the fat is purified and reinjected near the gluteus muscles and upper layers to create a fuller, rounder shape. Patients will usually have 3-5 incisions around their buttocks to ensure a natural curve and even fat distribution.

In some cases, a Brazilian Butt Lift is performed for restorative purposes. A patient may have undergone a trauma that permanently affects the shape of the buttocks. For some, they might even be prevented from being able to sit or wear clothes normally. However, the vast majority of Brazilian Butt Lifts are cosmetic. Some common reasons for seeking this procedure are:

  • Having experienced dramatic weight change,
  • Having a dramatic loss of shape due to age or pregnancy
  • Never quite having had the curves desired

When to Consider a Brazilian Butt Lift

Regardless of the purpose, you should only consider a Brazilian Butt Lift if you have a highly qualified plastic surgeon. The surgeon must have extensive experience performing the procedure successfully. This procedure is regarded as one of the most dangerous cosmetic surgeries. The risk lies in the precision required.

But, don't panic yet. The statistics are skewed due to a large number of underqualified practitioners performing the surgery in non-approved facilities. These include private homes and garages.

Brazilian Butt Lift Safety: What Are the Risks?

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons estimates that the mortality rate for patients who undergo a Brazilian Butt Lift is around 1 out of every 3,000. This is mostly due to fat embolism. It may not sound like much. But, it is significantly higher than any other popular cosmetic surgery. Fortunately, there are two primary explanations for this statistic that may give you some peace of mind.
  • The demand for the procedure has more than doubled in the last five years. This demand has attracted many under qualified practitioners to offer it as a service.
  • It is a highly technical procedure. Success requires a practiced hand and a dedicated knowledge of anatomy. Your surgeon needs to know exactly how deep to inject the fat and how to avoid damage to your blood vessels.
Scary, a bit. But, that also means that the risks associated with a BBL decrease significantly once you enlist the services of a qualified surgeon.

At Tampa Bay Aesthetic and Plastic Surgery, Dr. Joseph M. Brown is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Also, he holds active membership with both the American College of Surgeons and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Even more, Dr. Brown has years of experience performing the procedure. He even provides BBL before and after photographs to demonstrate his command of the process.

Are There Alternatives?

Given the risks associated with fat being inappropriately injected, it makes sense to consider all available options. Fortunately, there are a few alternatives that can provide similar results.
  • Implants: Gluteal implants are typically only used for patients who don't have enough excess fat to allow for a BBL. However, it should be noted that some surgeons do consider this process to be riskier for the patient, and they tend to produce less natural results.
  • Injectables: Fillers are the newest movement in the world of plastic surgery. They provide results that last for months at a time with virtually no risk and minimal downtime. However, you should note that fillers usually only last about six months.

The Honest Truth about BBLs

Any medical procedure is dangerous in the hands of someone who is unqualified to perform it. By doing your homework and asking the right questions, you will remove much of the associated risks. Especially check for certifications and experience.

However, make sure you are open with your surgeon about your concerns and make sure they are transparent with you. You are putting your life in their hands, so you need to be able to trust them.

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Plastic Surgery

A board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Dr. Joseph M. Brown strives to provide patients with transformative, yet natural results in a safe and comfortable environment. When you choose him as your provider, he will develop a patient-doctor relationship based on honesty, trust, and a clear understanding of a common goal. He is affiliated with organizations such as the:

  • American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons
  • Florida Medical Association
  • American Medical Association
  • American College of Surgeons

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