New Restrictions May Help Reduce Risks of Brazilian Butt Lift Surgery

There’s no doubt shapely buttocks are de rigueur—and the desire to enhance this particular feature has led to a huge increase in buttock-enhancing procedures in recent years.

We’ve previously discussed the safety of Brazilian butt lift surgery and how crucial it is to work with an experienced, board certified plastic surgeon who understands the safest techniques for gluteal enhancement. Now, we want to share actions the plastic surgery community is taking to help ensure safety and reduce butt lift complication rates.

The Multi-Society Gluteal Fat Grafting Task Force

Any surgical procedure carries risks; however, because gluteal fat transfer is a complicated and nuanced procedure, lack of specialized training can mean dire outcomes. When troubling headlines arose detailing buttock-enhancement deaths, we in the plastic surgery community knew under-qualified surgeons were taking advantage of the popularity of Brazilian butt lift surgery (BBL) and putting patients at risk.

The community knew we needed to assess the situation and provide patients with support and safe surgical options. To that end, a multi-society task force was created to analyze the mortality causes and rates of BBL.

Composed of representatives from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, the International Society of Plastic & Regenerative Surgeons, and the International Federation for Adipose Therapeutics and Science, this task force reviewed BBL-related deaths to find common factors and then created surgical recommendations for avoiding complications.

Brazilian butt lift restrictions in Florida

The findings of the task force have led to community-wide changes in how BBL is performed. As a result, the Florida Board of Medicine issued an emergency ruling that mandates specific procedure techniques for gluteal fat transfer. Specifically, this ruling states that fat may only be injected into subcutaneous tissue and never cross to the gluteal fascia. Injection of fat intra- or sub-muscularly is strictly prohibited.

“Mortality risk associated with gluteal fat grafting can be minimized if the entire procedure is confined to the subcutaneous space, with NO violation of the fascia of the gluteus maximus muscles.” — Multi-Society Gluteal Fat Grafting Task Force

It’s unclear at this time if other states will follow suit, and even if they were to do so, it’s critical that patients do their research before having a butt lift procedure. We recommend patients:

  1. Verify any potential surgeon’s credentials; they should be board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.
  2. Ensure the surgeon they choose has safely performed BBL surgery numerous times.
  3. Make sure their surgeon is aware of the task force’s findings and uses only recommended techniques.

Our promise to you: Your safety is our #1 priority

For over 31 years, the board certified plastic surgeons, nurses, and staff at La Jolla Cosmetic Surgery Centre & Medical Spa have been dedicated to providing our patients with safe, exceptional aesthetic medical care. Every procedure and treatment we offer has been vetted as a safe, effective option, and our team routinely attends national conferences and participates in ongoing education.

When it comes to buttock enhancement surgery, we promise to only move forward with your procedure if we feel it is safe and in your best interest to do so. By combining advanced technology, an intimate understanding of human anatomy, and experience with the safest BBL techniques, we strive to give our patients the beautiful results they want with as little risk as possible.

If you have any questions about the safety of buttock enlargement procedures or would like to know more about what we do to give you a shape you’ll love, we encourage you to contact us today.