The Brazilian Butt Lift, or BBL, is one of the fastest growing cosmetic procedures in the country. Just in 2012, only about 8,500 such procedures were done in the US, compared to over 34,000 in 2019. More than any other procedure, its growth has been fueled by the rise of social media. However, along with its exponential growth, there have been concerns over its safety, with some preliminary studies labeling it as having “the highest mortality among cosmetic surgical procedures.”
Although there have indeed been cases of mortality related to the BBL in the US and the rest of the world, newer studies have demonstrated that using proper technique significantly reduces the risk to levels comparable to other cosmetic procedures. If you are interested in a BBL, in addition to asking about board certification, you should have a frank discussion with your surgeon about his or her training and experience doing the procedure, their assessment of the risks and mortality associated with it, and the measures they will take to minimize these risks.
The most important one of these measures includes injecting the fat over the gluteus muscles, but there are many others, such as those proposed by the Multi-Society Gluteal Fat Grafting Task Force or the World Association of Gluteal Surgeons. Just like with any other consultation, your surgeon should instill confidence not only in his or her ability to provide you with a great cosmetic result, but also with performing the procedure as safely as possible.
By Dr. Morales