Brazilian Butt Lift Surgery Is it a Risk Worth Taking?

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Most ladies today desire to have a larger bottom unlike never in human history. This gave rise to the so-called Brazilian butt lift which is more than doubling in the last five years.

Notheless, recently, However, a high-profile case involving a doctor in Miami, banned from operating after the death of a patient during plastic surgery, threw more lights on the risks associated with having this porpular procedure – Brazilian Butt Lift. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons made it known that the Brazilian butt lift (BBL) has the highest rate of death of all aesthetic procedures.


Why do ladies go for Brazilian Butt Lift?

It has been jotic d that some ladies unswr go this procedure for aesthetic reasons, though many have it after losing weight, after pelvic trauma or practical problems.


Brazilian Butt Lift Procedures
The Brazilian Butt Lift procedure involves taking fat from areas of the body where it’s not wanted and transplanting it into the buttocks to make them appear bigger.


To archieve success in Brazilian Butt Lift procedure, a fat graft needs nutrition and therefore has to be injected into tissue that has a blood supply in it. Is interesting to know that fat can survive if injected into other fat, but up to 90% of it can be absorbed if it is. Also, fat has more chance of remaining in place if it is inserted into muscle – but this is where the big risk lies.


The Brazilian Butt Lift procedure of injecting fat into the buttock can easily lead to serious problems if done wrongly. This include a fat embolism, when fat enters the bloodstream and blocks a blood vessl from circulation. For example, it blocks oxygen from entering the bloodstream in the lungs. Also, in the brain it can cause a fatal stroke.

The volume of fat injectsd is also very important. Most surgeons consider 300ml that is slightly less than a can of soda to be a safe amount of fat that can be injected. However, some experts in the field who are more experienced surgeons use a larger volume of fat that may be measured in litres.


Why High Mortality Rate?

A survey of 692 surgeons in 2017 taken from across the world investigated the rate of mortality among patients undergoing Brazilian Butt Lift. The surgeons reported 32 cases of death from a fat embolism and 103 non-fatal cases. However, there are probably many more that remain unreported.

Recently, it has been noticed that fat embolism was the leading cause of death in aesthetic surgery. The estimated death rate from fat embolism is feared to be as high as one in 3,000 for Brazilian Butt Lift. A 2015 study of deaths from Brazilian Butt Lift surgery concluded that they probably happen as a result of gluteal blood vessels becoming damaged during the surgical procedure, allowing fat to enter the bloodstream. The author strongly recommends that “buttocks lipoinjection should be performed with extra ordinary carefulness, avoiding injections into deep muscle planes”.


In US, this deaths have caused concern. In one recent case in the United States that led to death from a fat embolism, surgeons are of the believe that injections had been made into superficial fat, but at post-mortem fat was seen in the heart and lungs. There was also some serious evidence of damage to gluteal blood vessels.


Moreover, it should be noted that fat is also injected into muscle for some breast enhancement surgery in modern time, with no reported deaths at all. This suggests that there are other serious factors involved in the high mortality rate among Brazilian Butt Lift patients.


However, most of these deaths appear to have been caused by unqualified practitioners working in non-approved facilities, including homes and garages.


Brazilian Butt Lift Is it worth the risk?
The potential high risk of death from a fat embolism has to be weighed against the benefits, especially in such cases where there are physical and functional benefits to having the surgery. However, in the case of the Brazilian butt lift, perhaps the risks outweigh the benefits on a high level.

Nevertheless, in a beauty obsessed society, the procedure remains popular, despite the risks. Therefore, it is important that surgeons make the risks of the procedure very clear to anyone considering to have a Brazilian Butt Lift. Patient safety should always be the top priority for all surgeons. And they need to do more to increase the safety of the Brazilian Butt Lift procedure and lower the unnecessarily high mortality rate.

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