How Dangerous Are Brazilian Butt Lifts?

The concept of the ‘perfect’ feminine shape is constantly evolving and is often driven by celebrities. Beyoncé, Kim Kardashian, and others have popularized the hourglass silhouette that includes full, high, and round buttocks in this era.

That’s one of the reasons that the Brazilian butt lift (BBL) has become so popular in culture today. After all, butt-shaping jeans and glute workouts can only do so much.

But how safe is the Brazilian butt lift? Keep reading to learn more so you can decide if this is the correct cosmetic procedure for your situation.

Brazilian Butt Lift Overview

BBL is a fat-grafting procedure that enhances the shape and fullness of your buttocks with fat from other parts of your body. Your plastic surgeon performs liposuction on your belly, flanks, or other areas to improve those contours.

Next, he or she purifies the extracted fat and injects it into your buttocks. The result is to provide a fuller, more defined shape to the buttocks.

This form of rear enhancement has largely supplanted butt implants because of its natural-looking and customizable results.

However, BBL surgery isn’t without risks. Like any procedure – from tummy tucks to facelifts, there are downsides to think about.

What Are The Risks Of Fat Grafting?

Every Brazilian butt lift relies on fat grafting to produce the desired result, but taking fat from one body part and putting it into another is complicated. That’s why your plastic surgeon needs to have years of training and experience to perform a BBL safely and effectively.

Yet, the demand for this procedure is high, and it’s profitable, so some surgeons who lack the training and experience in BBL are doing them. Low prices and questionable advertising tempt some patients to take risks with their health.

In some of the more unfortunate procedures, patients have had serious complications, and occasionally, death has resulted.

A safe BBL requires all of the customary surgical safety precautions and hygiene practices. And, there are several unique factors that your surgeon must consider when doing this procedure:

  • How much fat can be removed safely?
  • Where will the fat be injected?
  • How deep will the fat be injected?
  • How much fat can be safely injected?

Many patients think their rears are primarily fat, but there is a lot of structure and muscle there that bad surgical techniques can damage. Board-certified plastic surgeons know that transplanted fat only can be injected into the buttocks’ fat layer and never deeper.

If a surgeon injects fat too deeply, it’s dangerous and can lead to severe or fatal consequences. Some of the fatalities worldwide have included fat embolization to the heart and lungs and more.

How Can You Get A Safe Brazilian Butt Lift?

Brazilian butt lifts have a higher complication rate than other plastic surgeries, but thousands of pleased patients have fat transfers to their buttocks every year..

To achieve a desirable result, you should know how to approach your BBL procedure safely.

First, remember that a BBL isn’t a one-size-fits-all surgery. Your body is different from everyone else’s, with varying amounts of muscle and fat. The complexities and nuances of this surgery must be well-understood by your plastic surgeon.

That’s why it’s vital to work with a board-certified plastic surgeon who has done many BBLs on many types of patients. Your plastic surgeon must realize there are limits to what this procedure can achieve.

Also, he or she needs to be current on the most recent safety precautions and be open and honest about what you can expect.

Where To Find A Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon For Your BBL

It’s always essential to understand the risks of any surgery, but remember that most BBLs are done safely, as long as the right surgeon does them.

You can find a board-certified plastic surgeon by:

Checking Your Surgeon’s Credentials

Many plastic surgeon patients don’t understand that it is legal in the US for ANY surgeon to do any type of surgery in their office.

Also, not every person who says they are a ‘cosmetic surgeon’ has the same training and experience as a board-certified plastic surgeon.

When you select your surgeon, make sure that he or she is someone who has been certified by the American Society of Plastic Surgery (ASPS). As long as you see that certification, you know that that surgeon is highly qualified and trained in plastic surgery.

Ask About Their Experience With BBL

Ask the surgeon how many Brazilian butt lifts they have done in the last several years. Can they show you a lot of before-and-after pictures of patients with bodies similar to yours? Also, can they provide you with references of several past patients that were pleased with their results.

You also can check reviews online.

Last, ask the surgeon if they have had in-depth training on BBL surgery.

Check That Their Facility Is Accredited

Remember that plastic surgery IS surgery, and if something goes wrong, it’s vital that you are in an accredited facility that can handle emergencies.

You should ask your surgeon if their facility is accredited by the AAAHC, Joint Commission, or Institute of Medical Quality. If so, this ensures that the medical facility has met the highest standards of cleanliness, safety, and emergency preparedness.

After you follow these steps, you should be able to find a highly qualified surgeon with which you’re comfortable. But at the end of everything, it’s your body and your future, so be sure you do your homework on what a BBL entails.

When you know as much as you can about this procedure and the benefits and risks, you can decide if you want to move forward.


Book Your Dallas Brazilian Butt Lift Today

Interested in a Brazilian butt lift in Dallas? Schedule an appointment with plastic surgeon Dr. Raj today. He will go over your goals, medical history and help you decide if this procedure is a good fit for you.


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