Any Fatalities or Serious Injury After Brazilian Butt Lift?

Has there been any reports of fatalities or serious injuries from Brazilian Butt Lift?

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Has anyone every died after a Brazilian Butt Lift?

Hi there-

To my knowledge at this time, there have been no reports of death, or other serious complications from this procedure.

Certainly in my practice I can tell you we do a lot of these procedures and have yet to experience anything more than a bit of swelling that takes longer than we would like to go away (I'm knocking on some wood right now)...

I do think that this procedure is very experience dependent and that your risk of complications and your likelihood of achieving the outcome you wanted will depend to a large extent on the skill and experience your surgeon has with this operation though.

As long as you find a surgeon certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery who has a lot of experience with this operation, you should be able to achieve the improved buttock contour you desire with a high margin of safety.

Here's a bit more information on how best to choose a plastic surgeon:

Orlando Plastic Surgeon
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Any Fatalities or Serious Injury After Brazilian Butt Lift?

    I have performed hundreds of these Brazilian buttlift procedures and never had serious injury or major complication.  It is possible get a fatal pulmonary embolus or a fat embolus.  It is also possible to have lidocaine toxicity or puncture an internal organ.  The risk of all of these is much less than 1%.  Kenneth Hughes, MD Brazilian buttlift Los Angeles, CA

Kenneth B. Hughes, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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Brazillian deaths

No deaths to my knowledge have been reported.  One of the most prominent BBL sugeons in America mentioned having done over 1500 and not a single death.  All surgery has it's complications and risks (that is what informed consent is for) but simply because it hasn't been reported doesn't mean that it can't happen.  From what I've read and seen reported, it is a low risk operation.


Ricardo A. Meade, MD
Dallas Plastic Surgeon
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Risks of a Brazilian Butt Lift.

Like all surgeries, a Brazilian Butt lift has risks and possible convocations that may occur. I am not aware of any fatalities after a Brazilian Butt lift. When planning the surgery be sure to use a surgeon with great deal of experience with this procedure. This is one of the procedures in plastic surgery that is very dependent on the technique that the surgeon will use another level of experience. It is also extremely important to communicate to the surgeon very specifically what your goals are in terms of the shape contoured size of the butt, your waist, and hips.

For more information on Brazilian butt lifts or butt augmentation, please schedule an iConsult or visit us online at the link below.

Pat Pazmino, MD, FACS
Miami Plastic Surgeon
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There are risks involved with any procedure

There are reports of deaths related to the liposuction procedure. Studies conducted to date have not been definitive, so it is difficult to be sure how often death from liposuction occurs. In order to understand the extent of the risk, one study compares the deaths from liposuction to that of deaths from car accidents (16 compared to 100,000). It is important to remember that liposuction is a surgical procedure and there may be complications.

Siamak Agha, MD, PhD, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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Brazilian Butt Lift risks

Any sugery carries a certain amount of risk. You can decrease these risks by taking precautions, complete evaluation by your medical doctor, blood work, etc.

  • Facility should be certified
  • Anesthesia should be an anesthesiologist, board certified
  • Surgeon Board Certified PS
  • Inspite of all this and the precautions we take before, during and after surgery ther is a certain amount of risk. Including death.

You weigh all the risks and benefits and decide if it is worth taking the risk. It is very similar to driving your car, there is a risk, including death.

Samir Shureih, MD
Baltimore Plastic Surgeon
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Like any surgical procedure, there are potential risks with a BBL

Fat grafting to the buttocks (Brazilian Buttock lift) involves two procedures:

1. Liposuction and filtration of the lipo-aspirate.

2. Injection of the filtered fat cells.

Morbidity related to both procedures could include: Infection,resorption of the grafted fat,formation of lumps,calcification. Liposuction morbidity is well know and is technique dependent e.g skin necrosis, injury to deeper structures etc.

The incidence of major complications is relatively low. The key is the choice of a board certified plastic surgeon familiar with this procedure as well as a licensed facility. Best of luck.

Hisham Seify, MD, PhD, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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Any Fatalities or Serious Injury After Brazilian Butt Lift?

Any procedure carries a risk however the risk of a fatality is nominal in cosmetic cases as long as it is performed in experienced hands. 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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Complications after Brazilian Buttock Lift

The procedure technique involves harvesting fat cells from a number of sources, including but not limited to your abdomen, hips, flanks or even thighs. Fat cells from some source sites work better than others as far as viability (ability of the transplanted fat to survive in their new home....buttock region). These harvested fat cells are then transferred to the buttock very carefully in order to ensure that they survive and augment the area.

Liposuction is one of, if not the most common surgical procedures performed by Board Certified Plastic Surgeons. Complications, although they do occur, are rare....and I am not aware of any fatalities or serious complications arising from this procedure...unlike the complications widely published occurring after Hydrogel (silicone) injections.

I hope this helps!

Dr. C

John Philip Connors III, MD, FACS
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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Any reports of fatalities or serious injuries from Brazilian Butt Lift?

Fatalities? Not that I'm aware of or published in our main journals.

Serious injuries? Yes. These are invariably due to improper technique. If the fat is harvested under too much pressure, or if it is mishandled during processing, or if it is injected too much at a time you can have problems. The main problems are fat necrosis (the fat cells die) and infection. Both can result in disfiguring scars.

When properly done Fat grafting to the buttocks is extremely reliable and safe. I have not had a redo in over 4 years and the only complication has been an infection in the belly where the fat was taken from.

You can read more about the specific steps involved in fat grafting in the link below so you can ask the right questions when you go in a consult.

Ricardo L. Rodriguez, MD
Baltimore Plastic Surgeon
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