The dangers of getting Brazilian butt lift surgery

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Over the past couple of years, the number of people getting Brazilian butt lifts has been on the rise. For those of you who don’t know what that is, it’s basically cosmetic surgery that gives your buttocks a desirable volume and shape.

The surgical procedure takes place with the help of narrow metallic cannulas that are inserted into your buttock to shrink, soften and extract fat. While this form of aesthetic surgery is quite prevalent these days, it poses alarming risks to patients that opt for it.


All surgical procedures have certain risks or complications. According to experts, Brazilian butt lifts can pose the following threats to their patient:


dangers of Brazilian butt lift surgery

1.   Pain and Discomfort

As Brazilian butt lift is a surgical procedure, pain and discomfort are inevitable. The surgery itself is painful, but since you will be given anesthesia, you will feel the pain only after the anesthesia wears off. It can take anywhere between 8 to 10 weeks to completely recover and to be able to sit directly on your butt without feeling pain. During this time period, patients are usually advised bed rest. Unnecessary movements can intensify the pain and discomfort.

2.   Scars and Marks

Even though permanent scarring and marks are rare after the Brazilian butt lift surgery as only small incisions are made during the process, some patients do complain about visible scars on their butts. To get around it, doctors do ask patients about their dressing preferences to ensure that incisions are only made on the areas which will mostly remain covered. Additional scar removing treatments can also be undertaken to reduce scars and marks.

3.   Infections

Infections are also a rare occurrence when it comes to Brazilian butt lifts, but some patients can get infections. Using unsterilized surgical equipment or not taking proper aftercare can cause bacterial infections in the wounds (places where small incisions were made). Common symptoms of an infection include redness, extreme fever, yellow or green discharge. In case of an infection, you should see your doctor straight away. It is also recommended that your use a disinfectant soap to wash and clean your wounds after the surgery. However, all the aftercare methods must be discussed in detail with your surgeon.

4.   Nerve Damage

During a Brazilian butt lift, a thin metal tube, known as a cannula, is inserted into your buttocks. If it directly comes in contact with any of the nerves, then it may lead to nerve damage and further complications.

5.   Fat Embolism

survey was conducted in 2017 where 692 surgeons from around the world investigated the high death rate from Brazilian butt lift surgeries. It was found that out of all the cases studied, 32 patients died as a result of fat embolism, which was caused after the Brazilian butt lift, and 103 patients experienced medical complications because of fat embolism.  Brazilian butt lift surgery can cause loose and unextracted fat to enter your bloodstream. It can block and damage the major blood vessels of your lungs and heart, causing instant death.

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the Brazilian butt lift (BBL) happens to be the deadliest cosmetic surgery. Every 1 out of 3,000 patients who opt for the Brazilian butt lift surgery dies as a result of it.

Some other risks of this aesthetic surgery include; fat re-absorption, hematoma, asymmetry, skin necrosis, and fat necrosis. We hope that now that you are aware of the dangers of getting a Brazilian butt lift surgery, you will consider opting for non-invasive butt lifting services instead.


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