Could You Die from a Brazilian Butt Lift?

Playing The Possible Dangers of a Brazilian Butt Lift

Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Sejal Patel, MD joins The Doctors to discuss the complexities and the hidden risks of the Brazilian Butt Lift procedure. Dr. Patel explains that it is such a tough surgery with so many different aspects to it.

“It boggles my mind that people think this is a simple procedure.” Plastic surgeon Dr. Andrew Ordon questions whether we should be putting large volumes of fat into the backside of a woman because it is potentially a life-threatening situation. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons is now looking into adding the risk of death into the Standard Informed Consent for Brazilian Butt Lifts. 

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The Doctors say some patients may be dissatisfied if they feel the surgeon hasn’t put as much fat as they want into their butts but there is a reason for that! When the fat is removed, it is disconnected from the native blood supply. So when the fat is then put back in, it needs to revascularize, which means letting it reconnect to the body.

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ER physician Dr. Travis Stork has two concerns in regards to medical tourism. The first is that some patients are not getting a true informed consent. Secondly, often there is nowhere to turn when things go bad. “That’s what’s really scary.”

Dr. Patel left those who are considering a Brazilian Butt Lift one word of advice, “Start with a board-certified plastic surgeon.” Dr. Ordon adds, “Your safety, your life come first. Make sure those are the priority.”