Having a large, perfectly sized buttocks is becoming more and more popular, in part thanks to high profile celebrities. However, women are increasingly finding the perfect hourglass figure cannot be obtained simply by going to the gym. As a result, women are deciding to undergo cosmetic procedures. One of the more popular procedures is known as a Brazilian Butt Lift.
So what exactly is a Brazilian Butt Lift or BBL and is it a safe procedure?
What is a Brazilian Butt Lift?
A Brazilian Butt Lift involves injecting your own body fat into the buttocks to increase the size and shape. Fat is generally taken from the hips or abdomen but can also be taken from the lower back or the thighs.
The procedure is performed under a general anaesthetic, so you are not awake for the surgery. Liposuction is used to remove fat from the donor area of the body. This fat is then purified and prepared before being injected into the buttocks.
The amount of fat that can be transferred depends on how much fat you have available and the size of your buttocks. If you have a particularly small frame and your weight is light, you may not be able to have a large amount transferred.
Brazilian Butt Lifts are considered more popular than buttock implants. This involves inserting a foreign object into the body (implants) to increase the size of the buttocks. There is often a range of complications associated with buttock implants, such as the implants moving from the original position and therefore altering the appearance of the buttocks. However, the Brazilian Butt Lift is not without complications, and these complications have caused questions about the safety of the procedure.
Is a Brazilian Butt Lift safe?
Brazilian Butt Lifts made headline news numerous times throughout late 2018 as a result of the deaths of two British women who travelled abroad to undergo the procedure. These two deaths resulted in the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons calling for British surgeons to not perform the procedure until more data was collected. The increase in demand for the Brazilian Butt Lift has resulted in more surgeons offering the procedure, often at very low prices in Turkey. However, not all of these surgeons have the correct qualifications. As a result, unqualified surgeons are injecting fat into large veins, which then travel to the heart, lungs or brain, resulting in illness and death. This occurs when the fat is injected too deeply into the buttocks or too much fat is transferred.
How can you make sure you have a safe BBL procedure?
Despite the complications and risks, many people still choose to proceed with having a Brazilian Butt Lift. If you choose to go ahead, what can you do to ensure you have the safest possible procedure?
1. Pick a qualified surgeon
Do some research online regarding your surgeon. Where did they get their degree from? Are they registered with the General Medical Council? How long have they been working for? How many times have they performed this procedure? What are their reviews like? Surgeons will often have their own personal websites, otherwise, you may be able to find this information on social media websites such as LinkedIn. During your consultation, you should feel free to ask the surgeon these questions.
2. Research the clinic
Don’t just research the surgeon, research the clinic or hospital you are attending. You’ll want to make sure they are regulated and have a good health and safety record. Many people report attending clinics that are unhygienic. Unsanitary conditions can raise the risk of complications and infection occurring.
3. Look at before and after BBL photographs
This will not only help you to get an idea of the surgeon’s experience but can also help to give you realistic expectations. Before and after photographs can sometimes be published on surgeons’ websites or their social media accounts. It is also worth asking the surgeon for photographs during your consultation.
4. Be cautious of the price
It is often tempting to pick the cheapest price possible – after all, who doesn’t want to save some money where they can? It’s particularly tempting when there are package deals; often clinics abroad will include the surgery along with a hotel stay or flights. It is a good idea to be cautious about prices that are extremely low or packages that seem too good to be true. The price of surgery within the United Kingdom is often higher for a reason due to the better regulatory framework.
Prices that are extremely low can often mean the surgeon is not trained or experienced. Other countries have different regulations which means the clinic and surgeon may not be up to the same standard as you would find in the United Kingdom. Remember that the high cost is paying for the surgeon, their experience, their time, as well as the anaesthetist, the anaesthetic, the medical supplies and the aftercare. Many budget procedures will not include anaesthetic or aftercare in the cost. If something goes wrong, you may have to pay a lot extra for a corrective procedure.
Centre for Surgery in London currently offers fat transfer to the buttocks. Unlike other clinics, fat is injected above the muscle, making the procedure far safer and minimising the risk of any complications occurring.