Is BBL Safe?
How Does a Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL) Actually Work?
A Brazilian Butt Lift is essentially a two-step procedure involving both liposuction and fat injection. First, the surgeon removes unwanted fat from specific areas of your body, like your belly or thighs. This fat is then cleaned and prepared for the second part of the procedure.
Next, the cleaned fat is injected into your buttocks to make them fuller and more shapely. In the traditional approach to BBLs, surgeons often injected large volumes of fat directly into the gluteal muscle, aiming for a dramatically fuller look. However, this method could result in an unnaturally large and disproportionate appearance of the buttocks, not to mention the associated safety risks.
It’s worth noting that this traditional way of doing BBLs is considered outdated in the UK. Thanks to advances in medical research and technique, there are now safer ways to achieve a fuller, natural-looking behind without risking your health. Despite these advances, the older, riskier method is still offered at a cheaper price in many other countries, such as Turkey, making it a tempting but potentially hazardous option.
Dangers of Having a Brazilian Butt Lift
A Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL) is different from other types of surgeries because it comes with its own set of medical and cosmetic risks, especially when not done properly. Here’s a list of some key risks you should be aware of if you’re thinking about getting a traditional BBL.
Infections After Surgery
After any operation, there’s a chance you might get an infection. This is particularly common for people who go overseas for surgery, according to NHS data. An infection can result in loss of the transferred fat, hospital admission, blood poisoning, and even death in extreme cases. That’s why it’s really important to follow all the guidelines to prevent infection when you’re recovering from your procedure.
At Centre for Surgery, all our BBL operations take place at our CQC regulated surgical centre on Baker Street. We carry out the surgeries in a completely sterile operating room and use single-use surgical tools to minimise the risk of infection.
Damage to Fat Tissue (Fat Necrosis)
Fat necrosis is what happens when fat cells get damaged due to lack of blood supply. Although it isn’t dangerous to your health, it can leave lumpy and uneven areas, which might be a cosmetic issue. Because BBL involves transferring fat cells into your buttocks, this is a risk you should consider. However, an experienced surgeon can lower this risk by being extra careful with how the fat is grafted and injected. It’s also important for you, the patient, to follow post-surgery care instructions to help avoid this problem.
Oil Cysts Formation
Sometimes, damaged fat cells can turn into sacs filled with oil, known as oil cysts. These are usually a result of fat necrosis and can either shrink on their own or be removed by a doctor. This is quite a rare complication and is generally caused by putting too much fat into the area, which is something a qualified surgeon would know how to avoid.
Loss of Volume and Uneven Shape
In the first three months after the surgery, your body will naturally absorb about 20-30% of the injected fat cells. This means that the shape and size of your buttocks will change a bit compared to how they looked right after the surgery. The skill of the surgeon plays a big role here; a less experienced one might not inject the fat correctly, leaving you disappointed with the final result.
Our surgeons take all this into account. They inject a bit more fat than is needed in certain areas to get the final shape as close to your expectations as possible. We also use gentle techniques to make sure the fat cells are least likely to get damaged during the procedure.
Risk of Fatality
Although rare, fat embolisms are the leading cause of death associated with BBLs. This happens when fat enters the bloodstream and blocks blood flow, particularly to the lungs. Skilled BBL surgeons are well aware of this danger and avoid injecting fat into or under the gluteal muscles, which lowers this risk considerably. In regulated countries like the UK, there are rules that stop surgeons from using risky techniques. However, if you go for the procedure in a place with lax regulations, you’re more likely to run into a surgeon who uses risky methods.