Fat is a living tissue just like heart muscle and requires oxygen to stay alive. A Brazilian Butt Lift procedure is NOT really a "Lift" procedure but a Buttock Augmentation procedure in which fat cells from others parts of the body are harvested and transferred to and augment and volumize the buttocks.
Just like all grafts, fat cells can be damaged and die at each step along the transfer/grafting process of a Brazilian Butt Lift. This can happen when
- the fat cells are harvested (suction power is therefore reduced to minimize fat cell injury)
- when the fat cells are washed and filtered (to remove blood and liquid)
- when the fat cells are centrifuged (to obtain fat cells (rather than fatty emulsion)
- when the fat cells are injected (from the pressure in the injection syringe) and
- when the local blood supply in the buttock area is not sufficient to feed and supply the fat with oxygen
- if you disobey your surgeon's instruction of sitting on the grafted areas for at least 2 weeks (causing shifting and disruption of the blood supply to the fat)
Attention to reduce each one of these steps will get you the best most viable fat and a better Brazilian Butt Lift result.
Peter A Aldea, MD
Memphis Plastic Surgery