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Are Brazilian Butt Lifts Safe?

Posted in Body Plastic Surgery

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Fat transfer is typically one of the safest cosmetic procedures to perform since there is no chance of an allergic reaction or rejection of the fat, and liposuction is considered to be very reliable. This is why it is unusual that the Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL) has the highest mortality rates of any plastic surgery procedure with one out of every 3,000 patients.

Woman wearing jeans with a full, round buttocks.

A Brazilian Butt Lift can provide you with a fuller, rounder derrière.

With such an alarming statistic, it is essential to understand the potential dangers of buttock augmentation and how you can reduce your risk if a BBL is in your future.

What Is a Brazilian Butt Lift?

The BBL is a multi-step buttock enhancement surgery that uses fat harvested from your abdomen, hips, back, and/or thighs with liposuction to augment and lift your derrière. Your donor fat is injected into various parts of your buttocks to sculpt and add volume to your backside.

The Brazilian Butt Lift naturally restores volume and lift to the buttocks.

The Brazilian Butt Lift naturally restores volume and lift to the buttocks.

Can I Die From BBL?

Unfortunately, the BBL can result in death. While this is extremely disconcerting, it is important to understand why and how those previous deaths occurred.

During a correct and safe BBL procedure, the surgeon injects the harvested fat into the subcutaneous layer of existing buttock fat. Even though it may seem that the butt is mainly fat, it actually has a complex underlying musculature with several significant blood vessels.

If the fat is injected too deep into the buttocks, meaning underneath the subcutaneous fat, it can potentially enter the bloodstream. If this occurs, the fat can travel through the blood vessels and obstruct the heart or lungs. This is known as a fat embolism, and it can be fatal.

To greatly reduce your risk of injury, it is important to choose a highly skilled board-certified plastic surgeon who has years of experience performing fat transfer to the buttocks.

How Can I Protect Myself During a Brazilian Butt Lift?

Before and after image showing the results of a Brazilian Butt Lift performed in Chicago, IL.

With every generation, the ideal feminine body shape changes, and, in recent years, natural-looking curves are definitely “in.” This desire has put the Brazilian Butt Lift in high demand.

With so many women interested in natural buttock enhancement, many unqualified surgeons and other professionals are offering this cosmetic procedure—usually at a lower cost—and with a significant risk to the patient.

Since the Brazilian Butt Lift is such a nuanced and potentially dangerous procedure, choosing the right plastic surgeon is an integral part of your treatment.

When selecting a surgeon, find a board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Benjamin Schlechter at North Shore Aesthetics.

Dr. Schlechter has been enhancing body contours for his patients in Northbrook and the greater Chicago area for over 20 years. He understands the complexities of the internal structures of the body and offers cutting-edge techniques that provide both safety and optimal results.

Do You Have Additional Questions?

If you are interested in learning more about the Brazilian Butt Lift or have any safety concerns, we encourage you to contact Dr. Schlechter at North Shore Aesthetics by calling (847) 393-4770 or filling out our online contact form.