What is BBL?


BBL also known as Brazilian Butt Lift is a very polar technique that uses fat to augment the buttocks.  In fact  it is one of the hottest plastic surgeries today.
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, there has been a 26% increase from 2016 to 2017.  The fat can be harvested from all areas of the body, but typically from the abdomen, the waist, the flanks, the thighs or the arms, and then the fat is transferred to the buttocks to augment, shape and add volume and contour to the buttocks.  This transfer is done with the use of a canula in which the fat is dispersed in somewhat of an even manner to create the “booty” the patient is looking for.  It is a very popular technique, but recently in the media and on the social media, there have been many warnings of dangers with BBL.

Why can it be dangerous?

While in the hands of a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, it is a very safe technique, but since it is becoming very popular, there are other practitioners who are attempting to do this procedure and essentially the reason it can be very dangerous is if the fat is not injected in the correct layer, meaning in the fatty later that exists between the skin and the muscle, then the fat can possibly be injected into blood vessels, and that can cause something called “fat emolus”.  Essentially injecting fat into a blood vessel can cause the fat to go directly to the heart and lungs, and cause a very dangerous embolus which a can also be fatal.  It is very important to do your homework and your research to find a practitioner or physician who again, is Board Certified, who has performed a lot of these procedures, who can understand the anatomy and know where to inject the fat because if the fat is injected safely, where it is supposed to go, then the risks are minimal, but again, if the fat is injected too deep or within the muscle, then there is the risk that it can be injected into the blood vessels and that is where the danger comes.

What is the cost?

The cost of a Brazilian Butt Lift can vary from surgeon to surgeon depending upon experience and the amount of fat for the size of the buttock that one is looking to have.  Costs can range from $7000.00 to $15,000.00 according to Real Self surveys.  it is important to get personalized costs and to share with your surgeon what you are looking to change.  Some patients may say that their butt is too flat, saggy, boxy or uneven.

So, what to do?

The key thing:  Do your research, find a local Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, go to many consultations, ask a lot of questions, look on-line to see physicians who have done many of these procedures who are very familiar with the technique, and that is how you can do this, and do it safely.

Please feel free to contact the Williams Center at 518.786.7000 should you have any further questions or concerns.

*Patient Results May Vary
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