Understanding the Brazilian Butt Lift

Understanding the Brazilian Butt Lift

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Author: B.J Mayou, MB ChB FRCS

Patients seeking a youthful silhouette with the concavity of the lower back merging with the convexity of rounded buttocks have undergone liposuction of the lower back and loins.

In recent years, this fat has been used to supplement the fullness of the buttocks. This is known as the Brazilian Butt lift. However, fatalities have been reported in as many as 1 in 3000 patients at the hands of inexperienced and unqualified surgeons.

The Cadogan Clinic wish to express through its founder Mr Bryan Mayou, who introduced Liposuction to the UK and Mr Olivier Amar, who has more than 15 years’ experience performing fat transfer surgery, the importance of informing patients of the risk of undergoing fat transfer to buttocks and Brazilian buttock lift and how the procedure can be performed with minimal risk.

A Multi-Society Task Force, made up qualified Plastic Surgeons from around the world, members of ASPS (American Society of Plastic Surgeons), ASAPS (American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery) and ISAPS (International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons) has shown that at autopsy, death has been due to fat embolism entering the blood through large veins in the muscle of the buttocks and particularly the lower part of the muscle. All deaths have shown to have fat within the muscle and no deaths occurred where fat was only placed subcutaneously. There is a strong protective fascia overlying the muscle, which will not be breached by a proper technique of placement of the fat through a cannula

It should be borne in mind that in these fatal cases worldwide, fat grafting has often been carried out by under-qualified surgeons and physicians, who have simply injected fat into the buttocks without understanding the anatomy.

The Cadogan Clinic has strict guidelines, which eliminate the risk of dangerous injection into the muscle. They are similar to those successfully employed to prevent surgeons penetrating other deep structures such as the bowel or lungs. Fat should only be placed subcutaneously using a specified technique and patients should be fully aware of the risks associated with surgery.

Above all, this demonstrates the importance of practitioners carrying out cosmetic procedures having proper knowledge of anatomy and a full plastic surgical training.

We have in the past seen the dangers associated with fat and filler injections in the face when carried out by practitioners without full training and anatomical knowledge. We are now seeing it again with fat augmentation of the buttocks.

Surgeons at the Cadogan Clinic are skilled to the highest level, practising at the vanguard of clinical medicine and are leading authorities within their field. The founder of the Cadogan Clinic, Mr Bryan Mayou, who is also responsible for introducing liposuction to the UK over 35 years ago, believes that any surgical procedure can be risky if done by an inexperienced or unqualified surgeon. He comments, “It’s imperative that individuals take every precaution when choosing a surgeon to ensure both optimum results and safety. We pride ourselves at the Cadogan Clinic in the expertise of our team, all of whom are hand-picked and invited to practice alongside industry-leading peers. Every step is taken to ensure that patients receive the very best standard of care and highest levels of safety are maintained to deliver the very best results.”

As a leading cosmetic surgery practice, The Cadogan Clinic is committed to increasing safety and awareness around fat grafting procedures and will continue to partake in scientific studies to educate surgeons, improve standards and reduce fatalities and complications.

To answer the question, is the Brazilian Butt Lift Safe? Mr Mayou concludes, “In the hands of the right surgeon and for suitable candidates for this particular procedure, yes, the Brazilian butt lift is a safe and viable option. However, patients should never enter surgery without fully understanding the procedure and the potential risks involved.