The Brazilian Butt Lift, otherwise known as a BBL, has been in the news lately for all the wrong reasons. In August 2018 it was announced 29-year-old British woman Leah Cambridge died after having a BBL in Turkey. In October 2018, it was announced a yet to be named woman, also from Britain, had also died when she travelled abroad to have a BBL. These two deaths resulted in the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) announcing that British surgeons should cease performing BBLs.
So what exactly is a BBL and what are the potential risks?
A Brazilian Butt Lift is a cosmetic procedure which is one of the most popularly performed worldwide.
The procedure involves a fat transfer to the buttocks to create a buttock that is larger and curvier.
The first step of the procedure is to undertake liposuction on a donor area of the body. This can include areas such as the thighs, hips, flanks or abdomen. The fat is then treated, before being injected back into the buttock to increase the size.
The procedure sounds straightforward, but what exactly are the risks?
Rare risks of a BBL include:
One of the major complications with a BBL is a fat embolism. This occurs when a fat clot enters the bloodstream and then travels to the arteries in the heart and lungs. This can occur during the second stage of the Brazilian Butt Lift if fat is injected into the muscle, or a vein is damaged. This can result in a fatality.
Fortunately, there are methods that surgeons can follow when performing a BBL to ensure that complications do not occur, and a fat embolism does not happen. These include:
Surgeons must also make sure the patients are aware of the risk of fat embolisms, and what their alternative surgical options are, prior to undergoing the BBL.
Do you want to undergo a BBL, but you’re worried about the safety of the procedure? Fortunately, there are steps you can follow beforehand to ensure nothing goes wrong during your procedure.
Centre for Surgery currently offers gluteal sculpting with superficial fat transfer, which involves injecting fat above the muscle, which lowers the chance of complications occurring. If you would like to discuss a fat transfer or wish to discuss the risks of a BBL, contact us today.