Brazilian Butt Lift: 13 Possible Risks & Complications

Brazilian butt lifts, like any other form of plastic surgery, pose some risk of complications. Because the operation employs both liposuction and fat transfer to generate rounder, more youthful, and voluptuous-appearing buttocks, both surgical approaches come with their own set of hazards.

A lot of risks are exceedingly infrequent during or after your Brazilian butt lift and are further reduced by hiring an expert plastic surgery practice.

Unfortunately, no procedure is completely risk-free. Understanding the risks and discussing them with your surgeon ahead of time is critical to your decision to proceed with your butt augmentation treatment. 

The most common risks of the Brazilian butt lift are:

  1. Infection 

Infection is an inherent risk of every surgery. Although the incisions used in fat transfer are small and the danger of infection is low, it should always be considered. Some surgeons, as a precaution, administer an antibiotic to all patients undergoing fat transfer, albeit this is not always the case. To reduce the risk of infection, clean any wounds thoroughly after surgery and visit your surgeon as soon as symptoms appear.

  1. Adverse Reactions to Anaesthetic 

While most fat transfers are done under local anesthesia, general anesthesia may be needed (especially if a considerable volume of fat is being removed with liposuction). The use of anesthetic in liposuction can result in difficulties during and soon after the operation. A strong dose of the local anesthetic lidocaine was widely utilized in Brazilian butt lifts. Excess lidocaine in the body can cause lidocaine toxicity, which causes numbness, drowsiness, ringing in the ears, slurred speech, convulsions, unconsciousness, and potentially respiratory and cardiac arrest. 

  1. Changes in sensation around the targeted areas  

You may suffer some numbness and tingling in the area where the fat transfer was performed, but this should subside after a few weeks. If it does not, it could be a sign of nerve injury.

  1. Irregularities and Clumping 

The fat that is transferred may be uneven or clumped. Choosing a skilled surgeon reduces these dangers. The technique employed, the patient’s physique, and how the fat migrates are all elements that influence transplanted fat distribution.

  1. Excessive Swelling 

Significant edema should go away after 2 to 4 weeks of surgery. Continued swelling (associated with redness, tingling, leaking from the site, and skin that is hot to the touch) may indicate infection, and you should notify your surgeon right away. Minimal edema may persist for up to 16 weeks after your Brazilian butt lift surgery and is not cause for concern.

  1. Bruising 

Minor bruising is common after surgery and should go away fast.

  1. Hematoma or Seroma 

A buildup of blood or straw-colored fluid beneath the skin may necessitate drainage by your surgeon or a nurse.

  1. Scarring 

Scarring is maintained to a minimum with fat transfer since the incisions are so small (less than 1 mm). However, scarring can be increased by infection or failure to follow your surgeon’s aftercare instructions. Additionally, scarring from liposuction incisions at donor locations may be bigger and darker.

  1. Embolism 

When loosened fat becomes caught in blood vessels that are broken during surgery, it might result in a fat embolism. This freed fat either accumulates in the lungs or goes to the brain. Fat trapped in the lungs can induce shortness of breath, trouble breathing, and respiratory arrest in either of these conditions. Worse, a fat embolism that affects the brain can result in severe impairment and even death.

  1. Damage to underlying structures 

Even with a blunt cannula, underlying tissues such as nerves, muscles, glands, and blood arteries might be damaged inadvertently.

  1. Under-correction 

Because too little fat is transferred, the desired cosmetic effect is not attained, and a second treatment is required to complete the correction of the targeted area. This may result in asymmetry.

  1. Over-correction

Injection of too much fat into the targeted location can result in cell death (Fat Necrosis) and a lumpy appearance due to blocked blood vessels. Extra fat may need to be suctioned out. This may also result in asymmetry.

  1. Skin Necrosis

Skin necrosis is the death of the skin layer immediately above the treated region. This dead skin will initially change color and, if spread over a big region, will get infested with bacteria. This can result in scarring and other unappealing cosmetic outcomes.


Remember, following your surgeon’s recommendations, both before and after your surgery, will significantly reduce your risks!

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