Safety Concerns About the Brazilian Butt Lift
In October 2019, the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) issued a warning to British plastic surgeons regarding the safety of the Brazilian Butt Lift. The procedure, which involves extracting fat from an area of the patient’s body and injecting it into the buttocks to add shape and volume, has garnered widespread concerns about patient safety. A task force made up of plastic surgeons from international societies reported that the death rate is as high as one in 3,000 procedures — the highest of any cosmetic surgery procedure.
The BAAPS announced they will launch a formal review of new evidence into the safety and techniques used in Brazilian Butt Lift surgery.
As a leading Chicago plastic surgeon, Dr. Michael Byun holds patient safety in the highest regard. He is deeply committed to delivering the most up-to-date information and education to patients so they can make sensible decisions about their care.
Here, Dr. Byun shares what patients should know regarding safety concerns about the Brazilian Butt Lift. He also explains how he personally reduces the risks associated with buttock augmentation.
Safety of the Brazilian Butt Lift
During the Brazilian Butt Lift procedure, fat is transferred from other areas of the body — namely the stomach, hips or flanks — to the derriere to enhance its prominence and projection.
First, liposuction is performed to remove the fat from the donor area. Then, the fat is cleansed. Finally, the fat is injected into the buttocks. The fat injections may be concentrated on the upper portion of the buttocks to give it the illusion of looking lifted and perkier.
But injecting fat into the buttocks can lead to life-threatening problems if done incorrectly. The chief concern is fat embolism, which occurs when fat is injected into large veins and causes a blockage of blood flow. This can lead to severe illness and even death.
Other potential complications of Brazilian Butt Lift include bacterial infection, tissue death, scarring and abscesses.
The Byun Difference™
Dr. Byun believes that qualified patients should be able to safely achieve the round, voluptuous buttocks they desire. His tried-and-true approach is to place an artificial implant in the buttocks to add shape and volume. This is placed under the muscle only, so that the implant will be protected by the muscle from protrusion, extrusions and infection. When Dr. Byun, the global leader in body reconstruction and face reconstruction, performs fat transfer, he only transfers the fat above the muscle layer and below the muscle layer. Fat transfer into the muscle causes the highest rate of fat embolism, which can lead to pulmonary and cardiac complications. Dr. Byun finds that his approach reduces some of the risk of complications like fat embolism.
If you would like more information about buttock augmentation with Dr. Byun, we invite you to schedule a consultation at our Chicago practice.