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Brazilian butt lift surgery (BBL) is a fat grafting procedure that improves the fullness and shape of the buttocks using your own fat. Liposuction is performed in areas that have excess fat—typically the abdomen, sides and hips, and/or lower back—to both improve the proportions and contour of the lower body and harvest fat to be added to the buttocks.
The collected fat is then purified and prepared for grafting before your cosmetic surgeon strategically injects the fat into specific areas of your buttocks to create a fuller, more defined shape.
This method has usurped traditional options like butt implants in popularity for its natural-looking and fully customizable results. However, Brazilian butt lift surgery is not without its complications or controversy, leading many patients to ask, “is BBL safe?”
The unique risks of fat grafting
Taking fat from one spot and putting it in another may sound simple, but Brazilian butt lift surgery is a complex procedure that requires your surgeon to have specific experience and training, plus an intimate understanding of the functional systems of your body, to perform safely and correctly.
Because the demand for the procedure is so high, surgeons who are not uniquely qualified to perform Brazilian butt lift surgery are offering it—and many patients are lured in by low prices and false advertisements of experience. Unfortunately, the actions of these unqualified surgeons performing Brazilian butt lift surgery have led to a number of fatalities and high incidences of post-surgery complications.
In addition to routine surgical safety precautions and hygiene practices, there are a number of unique factors that need to be considered for a safe Brazilian butt lift, including:
- How much fat can safely be removed
- Where the fat is injected
- How deep the fat is injected
- The amount of fat that can safely be injected
Though your butt may feel like it’s mostly composed of fat, there is a lot of underlying musculature and structures that can be compromised with improper technique—transferred fat should only ever be injected into the subcutaneous layer of existing fat and no deeper. Injecting fat too deeply or placing too much fat for a more dramatic result is incredibly dangerous and can lead to life-threatening complications such as fat embolization in the heart and lungs.
How to get a safe Brazilian Butt Lift
Although Brazilian butt lift surgery has been shown to have a higher complication rate than other cosmetic procedures, there are many happy patients who have received fat grafting to the buttocks safely and with beautiful results.
To achieve that, as a patient you need to know how to approach your procedure safely.
First, know that Brazilian butt lifts are by no means a “one size fits all” procedure. Every patient’s body is different, with varying levels of fat and muscle—that means what is safe for one patient may not be safe for you, and the nuances of the procedure need to be well-understood by your surgeon.
This makes it crucial that you work with a board certified cosmetic surgeon who has successfully performed Brazilian butt lifts for a range of patients. Your surgeon should recognize the limitations of the procedure, be up-to-date on the latest safety precautions, and be completely transparent with you about what you can expect with surgery and recovery.