Negative Drawbacks of Brazilian Butt Lifts (BBLs)

Brazilian Butt Lifts will only result in problems for you.

Robert Mangold, Staff Writer

To understand why a Brazilian Butt Lift otherwise known as a BBL is bad you need to understand what it is. A BBL procedure takes excess fat from your stomach or other areas of your body. Then the fat is processed and reinjected into your buttocks. This will result in a bigger butt, and a better lower body, and will cause you to have a “curvier” body. 

Though it is not as simple as it seems, a BBL is incredibly dangerous. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, “ It’s become one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures-but it’s also the deadliest.” Out of all the people who get a BBL around one in 3000 people end up dying, “In 2020, an estimated 396,105 people had buttock augmentation surgery,” according to the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Which means over 100 people a year are dying getting this surgery. People die from this surgery because of something called a fat embolism. A fat embolism happens when fat enters the bloodstream of patients, which causes a blockage in circulation or a blockage in the lungs. You can also get a fat embolism from fat being injected into or even near the muscles.

 Surgery, health, and medicine have all advanced exponentially in recent years and many surgeons are skilled, intelligent, and able to perform a BBL procedure with as little risk to your health as possible, but because of their skill, they charge a lot of money. Money that many are just not willing to pay, “The estimated total cost for a BBL can range from $7000 to $15000,” according to Dr.Alfredo Lloreda. So, many patients go to something called chop shops, which as the name implies is not somewhere you would hope to go. A chop shop is an unsanitary medical clinic with inexperienced doctors that do BBL procedures for cheap. These so-called “doctors” in chop shops are also hard to find because chop shops hide their identity and will continue to operate on numerous patients without using proper techniques and equipment. Like most things, we get better over time, but the BBL is a relatively new procedure. The article Trendy But Deadly: The Brazilian Butt Lift states, “The surgery did not become popular in the U.S. until about 12 years ago, in 2010. Due to this, there is not much evidence as to what effects the procedure has in the long run.” 

This procedure is special and can not just be done because you paid a lot of money. Many people think this procedure is just something you can pay for and look good after, but it is heavily based on genetics. When getting a BBL you essentially are just taking excess fat from your lower body, thighs, hips, etc. In reality, though some people do not have excess fat for the surgery making it harder to be done and more dangerous. Also, this procedure can result in the gain of saggy or loose skin which can only be removed through additional operations.  This procedure can also cause hyperpigmentation, hypopigmentation, and will result in numerous effects on your skin. In many instances, this will end up leaving your body in a less desirable state.

Even after you finish the surgery you will still face many risks and have to make sure you do not do strenuous activity because it will take weeks and even months for your butt’s swelling to go down and your butt to be stabilized. If you do not do this it will cause the newly injected fat cells in your butt to be damaged, which will affect the outcome and will result in the surgery being for nothing.

In the end, getting a BBL is not worth the risk, it can cause you to die, waste large amounts of money, can result in you being less confident in your body, and regret your decision. In the end getting a bigger, curvier butt is not worth it. There is no point in trying to look better when you face reality and the results are not what you hoped for or you will not be around to see the results.