With the Brazilian Butt Lift, the buttocks are enlarged with autologous fat. Liposuction on other parts of the body reshapes the entire silhouette during the procedure. More and more people are interested in this plastic surgery – but the Brazilian Butt Lift is associated with risks.
The common ideals of beauty include a round, plump bottom. However, only a few bodies naturally correspond to this ideal – with increasing age, for example, the elasticity of the connective tissue decreases and the shape of the buttocks can change. If you are not satisfied with your own appearance, the Brazilian Butt Lift is an option to change your buttocks by hand. But the procedure, made famous by Kim Kardashian, is not without its risks.
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What is the Brazilian Butt Lift?
The term Brazilian Butt Lift (also Brazilian Buttock Lift, BBL) is a surgical enlargement of the buttocks using autologous fat. This is taken from other parts of the body such as thighs, hips or stomach, processed and then injected into the tissue and muscles of the buttocks. So that the proportions are correct after enlarging the buttocks, other parts of the body are treated at the same time – liposuction can, for example, tighten the thighs or make the waist slimmer.
The cost of the procedure in Germany is around 4,000-10,000 euros. The price for a Brazilian butt lift depends on various factors, for example the amount of fat extracted, the desired increase in volume of the buttocks and the type of anesthesia. Therefore, the costs can vary widely between individual practices and clinics.
Brazilian Butt Lift: Proceedings of the OP
First there is a detailed consultation in which interested parties are informed about the process, risks and side effects of cosmetic surgery. The cost estimate will also be prepared during this consultation. Anyone taking blood-thinning medication should consult the doctor in charge of this. A few days before the procedure, alcohol and smoking should be avoided if possible.
The Brazilian Butt Lift takes place under general anesthesia and usually lasts four to five hours. Fat cells are removed from the previously determined parts of the body and prepared sterile for further use. Then the fat cells on the buttocks are injected under the skin.
After the procedure, one to two nights are required in the clinic for postoperative observation. A compression girdle must then be worn for about six weeks. In order not to exert too much pressure on the operated area, comfortable, loose clothing should be worn during this time. In addition, it is advisable to sleep on your stomach for the first time and avoid sitting in order to avoid straining the buttocks.
Risks and Complications of the Brazilian Butt Lift
Like any other cosmetic surgery, the Brazilian Butt Lift also involves health risks – but more frequent and more serious than other procedures. The more harmless side effects include feelings of tension, bruising, pain and swelling on the buttocks immediately after the procedure. They should have subsided within a few days or weeks. Infections of the surgical wounds, scars or functional disorders are also possible after the Brazilian Butt Lift.
However, there have been recurring reports of deaths after people underwent a Brazilian butt lift. The mortality of cosmetic surgery is given by international surgical specialist societies as 1: 3,000, i.e. one death per 3,000 operations performed.
If the previously obtained autologous fat is injected deep into the muscles of the buttocks, there is a risk of incorrect injection into large blood vessels that run there. In the blood vessel, the fat cells can travel as a thrombus through the body to the heart or lungs and cause a fatal pulmonary embolism there. This risk can be reduced by injecting the fat cells through the muscles, between the subcutaneous tissue and the muscle fascia.
How can you minimize risks?
The problem with cosmetic surgery is that the term is not protected and therefore theoretically any doctor can perform such an operation. To reduce the risk of complications with the Brazilian Butt Lift, the following measures can help:
Choose a practice with sufficient experience in the field
Inform about existing trainings and certifications of the medical team
Get detailed information about the planned procedure, including all risks and side effects
Beware of particularly low-priced offers, these are often offered abroad
If you are unsure: get a second opinion in another practice or clinic
Buttocks exercises as an alternative to plastic surgery
Instead of cosmetic surgery such as the Brazilian Butt Lift, targeted buttock exercises can effectively train the gluteal muscles. In this way, the buttocks also become firmer and take on a beautiful shape. Many exercises can be easily integrated into everyday life and can be performed practically anywhere.
Pelvic Lift (Glute Bridge)
Lay your back flat on a mat. Place your feet hip-width apart and pull them towards your calves. Place your arms outstretched next to your body.
Tense your buttocks and raise them so that they are in a straight line with your lower back and thighs. The shoulder blades remain on the floor.
Hold this position for a few seconds and then slowly lower your buttocks towards the floor. For the greatest possible training effect, do not lay your bottom completely on the floor.
Now raise your bottom again, while also tensing your stomach to avoid a hollow back.
Three sets of 10-15 repetitions each
Place your feet parallel and hip-width apart on the floor
Shift your body weight onto your heels and slightly contract your abdominal muscles
Get on your knees, keep your back straight and don’t arch your back. Go only so far down that your knees do not protrude past your toes.
Push your buttocks back and lower your bottom to knee height.
Hold the position briefly and then slowly return to the starting position.
A total of three sets of 10-15 repetitions each.
Tense your buttocks while sitting
Tense the buttocks muscles while sitting
Hold tension for about ten seconds
Then release tension again
Repeat exercise 10-15 times
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