In recent years, Brazilian butt lifts have gained significant popularity as a cosmetic procedure aimed at enhancing the shape and size of the buttocks. However, alongside their rising popularity, concerns regarding their safety and potential side effects have emerged. In this article, we will explore the origins of Brazilian butt lifts, the reasons behind their popularity, the associated risks, and potential treatment as a safer alternative.
The origins of BBLs
The Brazilian butt lift, also known as buttock augmentation via fat transfer, originated in Brazil in the late 1990s. Dr. Ivo Pitanguy, a renowned Brazilian plastic surgeon, developed the technique to enhance the shape of the buttocks using a combination of liposuction and fat grafting. The procedure involves removing excess fat from one area of the body through liposuction and injecting it into the buttocks to achieve a fuller and more rounded appearance.
Why are Brazilian butt lifts so popular?
Brazilian butt lifts have gained immense popularity in recent years due to various factors. One of the key reasons is the influence of media and celebrities, with famous figures flaunting voluptuous figures and accentuated buttocks. Social media platforms have played a significant role in promoting this body trend, leading to increased demand in desire for this curvaceous body type. Moreover, Brazilian butt lifts offer a relatively quick way to achieve a desired body shape without the need for implants. That is not to say they are not without risks.
How the procedure works
During an initial consultation with a plastic surgeon who specializes in BBL, you will be evaluated for your overall health, you’ll discuss your aesthetic goals, and determine if you are a suitable candidate for the procedure.
Before the surgery, you will receive preoperative instructions to follow. These instructions may include guidelines regarding medications, alcohol, and smoking, as well as instructions on when to stop eating and drinking prior to the surgery.
On the day of the surgery, you will be administered anesthesia to ensure your comfort throughout the procedure. The next step involves performing liposuction to harvest the fat that will be used for the buttock augmentation. The surgeon will make small incisions in the predetermined areas where there is excess fat, such as the abdomen, hips, lower back, or thighs. A thin tube called a cannula is inserted through the incisions, and the surgeon will carefully suction out the fat deposits. This process sculpts the body by removing unwanted fat from the donor areas.
Once the fat is collected through liposuction, it needs to be processed to purify it before it can be injected into the buttocks. The collected fat is carefully separated from blood, oil, and other impurities. After the purification process, the surgeon will strategically inject the purified fat into various layers of the buttocks to achieve the desired shape and volume. The fat is injected through small incisions made on the buttocks, using specialized cannulas. The surgeon will meticulously distribute the fat in different areas and depths to create a natural-looking result. The surgeon will then close the incisions with sutures. They may use absorbable sutures that do not require removal, or they may opt for stitches that will need to be removed during a follow-up appointment.
After the surgery, you will be monitored in a recovery area until the effects of the anesthesia wear off. You may experience swelling, bruising, and discomfort in the treated areas, including the buttocks and the liposuction sites. You may be advised to wear compression garments to minimize swelling and support.
What are the risks?
While Brazilian butt lifts have become increasingly popular and seem like the latest popular aesthetics treatments, it is essential to consider the associated risks and potential side effects. One significant risk is the potential for fat embolism, a life-threatening condition where fat enters the bloodstream and obstructs blood vessels. Inexperienced surgeons or those who do not follow proper safety protocols may unintentionally inject fat too deep into the muscle, increasing the risk of complications. Other risks include infection, scarring, asymmetry, and the formation of seromas or fluid-filled pockets. The death rate for this procedure has also been reported as 1:3000 by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
Achieve the look you want with a more natural approach
Unlike Brazilian butt lifts, Cryoslimming® and CryoToning® are completely pain free. There are several advantages to choosing Cryostar’s Cryoslimming® and CryoToning® treatments as a safer alternative. Firstly, these treatments are non-surgical and non-invasive, meaning there are no incisions or anesthesia required. This significantly reduces the risks associated with invasive procedures like Brazilian butt lifts.
Yes with a BBL you get a more instant increase in the size of your buttocks, because of the injected fat. However, with a carefully chosen exercise regime and a tailor made treatment package you could achieve amazing results with a lot less risk, costs and side effects.
Cryoslimming® involves the use of cold temperatures to target and eliminate fat cells, contouring the body without the need for surgery. CryoToning®, on the other hand, uses cold temperatures to tighten and tone the skin, improving its appearance and texture.
Another important aspect is the lack of fat transfer, which eliminates the risk of fat embolism. Cryostar’s® treatments specifically target fat cells without disturbing surrounding tissues, ensuring a safer and more controlled approach to body contouring and skin tightening. The risk of infection, scarring, and other surgical complications associated with Brazilian butt lifts is virtually nonexistent with Cryostar’s Cryoslimming® and CryoToning®.
Additionally, Cryostar® treatments have minimal downtime, allowing individuals to resume their daily activities immediately after treatment.
While Brazilian butt lifts have surged in popularity, it is crucial to be aware of the potential risks and side effects associated with the procedure. Consider the alternatives like Cryostar®, a safer and non-invasive option for body contouring and skin tightening. A more natural approach to achieve the body you want.