In recent years, Brazilian butt lifts have grown dramatically in their popularity. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the number of glutoplasties performed jumped 10% between 2016 to 2017, and current projections suggest the procedure will continue to grow. For patients, the opportunity to remove stubborn fat cells from one part of the body to the derriere can help them achieve two goals with only one trip to the operating room. However, a warning from the same Board suggests that this procedure carries a much higher mortality rate than other procedures.
What is the Risk Associated with Brazilian Butt Lift?
Pulmonary fat embolisms (PFEs) or fatal fat embolisms occur when the pulmonary veins are blocked due to fat particles. Usually, the result of widespread trauma such as a broken leg, these obstructions prevent blood from traveling to the heart for oxygenation and can travel through the veins to the heart, blocking the arteries. During a Brazilian butt lift, fatal fat embolisms are caused when the cannula delivering transplanted fat cells injures a vein or directly injects the adipose tissue into the vein. This can happen if a surgeon injects too deeply or accidentally nicks a vein.
Stay Safe During Your Butt Lift with These Tips
In addition to the risk of fatal fat embolism, Brazilian butt lifts also present other risks associated with surgery. Anesthesia risks, poor healing, and infection can all compromise your health and results. With these complications in mind, it’s important to be picky about who you visit for your surgery.
When choosing your Brazilian butt lift plastic surgeon, be sure to look for the following:
Only board-certified plastic surgeons like Dr. Sayed have undergone the extensive training required to successfully perform any cosmetic procedure. For high-risk procedures like butt lifts, having the expertise of a peer-reviewed, highly qualified professional is especially important. These individuals are highly trained to identify risks and treat them before they can compromise your surgical results and life.
Do Your Research
There is nothing wrong with vetting multiple plastic surgeons during the initial stages of your surgical journey. It is an incredibly important step in verifying that you have all the information necessary to choose the right procedure and practice. While looking for your plastic surgeon, be sure to ask about the risks, what you can expect from the surgery and recovery, and about the benefits of the butt lift. A good plastic surgeon will help you understand what realistic results will look like for your unique scenario.
Choose an Accredited Facility
While the Brazilian butt lifts may be marketed as an easy, minimally invasive way of achieving great curves, the procedure is still surgery that requires anesthesia. Choosing a facility that has a strong reputation for excellence and has the support staff in case something goes wrong will provide you with the peace of mind that you’re in safe hands at every step of the treatment process.
Have Questions? Call our San Diego and Newport Beach Plastic Surgeon
At Tim Sayed MS MBA FACS Plastic Surgery, your safety is our utmost priority. Whether your upcoming procedure is non-invasive or includes full surgery, Dr. Sayed and his team take all necessary precautions before, during, and after your treatment. Our goal is to educate patients on their options as well as the health risks or concerns that may be associated with any procedure. During your consultation, we discuss at length your medical history to ensure your safety throughout the procedural process. If you have any questions regarding your upcoming visit, we encourage you to call our team. By putting your safety first, Dr. Sayed is able to provide patients with beautiful, long-lasting results.