Brazilian Butt Lift Risks?

What are the risks of Brazilian butt lift? Are side effects common?

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What are the risks of a Brazilian butt lift surgery

Brazilian butt lift is a real surgery, and carries some inherent risks.  The most common risks include bruising, swelling, pain.  Other possible risks include contour irregularity, asymmetry, infection, loss of fat.  More rare risks include blood clot, embolism, and death.  It is important to make sure that you find a surgeon that is very experienced in this surgery.

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Risks of a Brazilian Butt Lift

Like all surgeries, a Brazilian Butt lift has risks and possible complications. These include swelling, pain, bruising, unevenness, asymmetry, and the possible need for a revision surgery. For the best results be sure to spend a great deal of time planning the surgery with your surgeon. In our practice, we find it very helpful to use digital software that'll help transform the patient photographs so that they can get an idea of what they may look like after surgery. This software is an important educational tool so that the patient and surgeon both understand the patient's goals and what is realistically possible.

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Risks of Brazilian Buttock Buttock Lift

Risks can occur regardless of surgeon or technique. These include but are not limited to:

  • infection
  • hematoma
  • discomfort
  • asymmetry
  • undesirable effect on an associated muscles
  • overcorrection
  • under correction
  • pain
  • prolonged swelling
  • dimpling
  • fat necrosis
  • fibrosis
  • abscess formation
  • adverse medication reaction
  • allergic reaction
  • need for additional "touch up" injections
  • palpability
  • visibility
  • distortion with muscular contraction
  • need for secondary revisions
  • inability to guarantee a specific cosmetic result

Otto Joseph Placik, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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Brazilian Butt Lift Risks?

There are risks just like any surgery, infection, bleeding, contour deformities, seromas, etc. Seek a plastic surgeon who performs hundreds of these procedures, has great reviews and photos, and is an expert in this field.

Ron Hazani, MD, FACS
Beverly Hills General Surgeon
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Every surgery has its own related risks and complications. A Brazilian Butt Lift, which is essentially what you are asking about, is related to the following (although the risk of occurrence is rare):

Fluid Accumulation/Seroma
Skin Necrosis
Poor Wound Healing
Wound Dehiscence
Suture Granuloma
Skin Sensation
Skin Irregularities
Deep Vein Thrombosis and Pulmonary Complications
Unfavourable Scarring
Suboptimal Results

Risks of Brazilian buttock augmentation

The risks of a Brazilian buttock lift are similar to the risks of liposuction.  Patients can develop contour irregularities (lumpy bumpy areas) in the areas where they had liposuction (abdomen, lower back) and can also have an irregular contour in the actual buttock.  There is a very small risk of bleeding and infection (the fat that gets transferred into the buttock can become infected).  This is minimized by mixing antibiotics into the fat prior to injection.  With any surgery, there is a risk of a blood clot developing in the lower extremities (DVT), this is quite low, about 1-2%, but is perhaps the most important risk to be aware of regarding any procedure.

Please consult with a board certified plastic surgeon for a more comprehensive explanation of the risks prior to surgery.

Best wishes,

Dr. Bruno

William Bruno, MD
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
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Brazilian side effects

I am happy that you differentiated between risks and side effects. Risks are adverse events that may result from a procedure. Side effects are not necessarily adverse events, but may not always be optimal results. The optimal side effect is a symmetric, well shaped, smooth, enhanced buttocks. Other side effects that are less optimal include asymmetry in shape or size of the buttocks, lumps, bumps, depressions, scarring, loss of the injected fat and of course the discomfort of the surgery. Risks include bleeding, infection, blood clots, hematoma, nerve injury, and even death. Your surgeon should be able to discuss the risks and side effects at length with you. Good luck!

What are the risks of a Brazilian Butt Lift?

Hi there-

For healthy patients, the Brazilian Butt Lift procedure is very low risk- meaning that the most common problems are very minor in nature and usually take care of themselves over time, like swelling and bruising. The vast majority of patients enjoy a very smooth and predictable recovery period.

More significant complications would be quite rare.

Having said that, the full list of complications would include (but not necessarily be limited to): bleeding, infection, unfavorable scarring, asymmetry, fat necrosis (firm lumps or loss of volume), prolonged pain, adverse affects on the muscles involved, changes or loss of sensation, fat embolism, failure to achieve your desired result, and the possible need for revisions, including at additional expense.

Before undergoing any surgical procedure, it is very important to consider the risks carefully, but also to put them into perspective. You should understand that the probability of an adverse outcome or complication will go up if you are not in good health or are otherwise not a good candidate for the surgery, or if you make poor choices of surgeon, facility, anesthesia provider, etc.

Only an experienced BBL surgeon will be able to help you, as an individual, understand your risks and the probabilities particular to you.

With a little homework and careful planning, healthy patients can be confident that the Brazilian Butt Lift is a safe and effective option for achieving their desired buttock shape and volume.

These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.