More and more every day, citizens of pop culture are being influenced by what they see on TV and hear through music. It’s astounding to see the influence of celebrities on regular people and the way these people perceive them as idols. This influence can cause many people to make changes to their lives and the way they feel and act. Some even go as far as making drastic changes to their bodies through surgery to fit the standards of society and pop culture. You probably immediately think of face lifts and breast augmentation when hearing this, but there is another form of surgery that will change the way you look and it’s already becoming wildly popular.
The Brazilian Butt Lift
This operation is known as the Brazilian Butt Lift and it’s basically what it sounds like. By augmenting the shape and size of your bottom, one can appear with a bigger and more toned look. Unlike breast implants where foreign materials are added to the body, the butt lift takes fat from one place of your body and moves it to your bottom. The augmentation is achieved through liposuction and fat grafting. You could even consider this a “killing two birds with one stone” situation by the way unwanted fat is taken away from certain places and moved to the desired location. The results are instant, but there’s a possibility they won’t last forever.
The Risks According to Dr. Sameer Jejurikar
Fat cells die over time. Someone having the butt lift operation risks the chance of not keeping the perfect size and shape they once desired. As the cells die, patients may end up with uneven sides of the bottom or even just a smaller size than they once had. These side effects are miniscule compared to health risks. After the fat cells are taken from the body and injected back in, there is a chance of fat embolism. This is something that happens when fat tissue ends up in the bloodstream and gets caught in a blood vessel; eventually blocking it. It can even be the cause of death by reaching the lungs.
Dr. Sameer Jejurikar is a board-certified plastic surgeon and a member of the Dallas Plastic Surgery Institute in Dallas, Texas. He can be found in a video explaining the health risks of this popular surgery. “The reasons why we’re thought to actually have death occur with this operation are due to trauma to large veins in our pelvis. What’s happening are surgeons are inadvertently traumatizing these blood vessels and injecting fat into them. This fat that travels through your bloodstream goes to your lungs and potentially cause something called a fatal fat embolism.” Other risks may also include septic shock and infections which can also be life threatening. Organ injury or damage in response to infections will lead to extremely low blood pressure and abnormalities in cellular metabolism. There are cases in which septic shock took place after injections and led to the rotting of skin. Although, instances like these are rare.
The Brazilian Butt Lift may be growing at an incredible rate in popularity but just like any major augmentation to one’s body, people need to weigh in their options before making the decision to go through with it. There is much research needed to reduce these types of health risks. There are many doctors out there who lack the knowledge and experience to safely operate, so finding a board-certified surgeon along with a board-certified anesthesiologist can be the deal breaker. A surgeon who has multiple operations under their belt and who can show for their work and long term effects is a much safer route. In the same video, Dr. Jejurikar continues with the importance of this, “Now it’s very important to research your surgeon. Surgeons that have experience in doing a Brazilian Butt Lift and know worthy anatomical sites that they need to avoid. There are doctors that are out there that may not have this experience, so it’s important that you do your homework.” Of course there are other ways that are much safer and less expensive. Exercise. Going to the gym and having a healthy diet can be a much more viable option without the dangers and financial burden.
There are so many unrealistic standards today that put pressure on people to change the way they look. Especially for women. Before making life changing decisions, it’s best for people to take a moment and ask themselves, “Is it worth it?” Understanding all the liabilities, is it worth it to risk your health and possibly your life to impress others? Many believe so. But who are we to judge someone on what actions they take to change themselves? Personal happiness varies from person to person in how it is achieved. Everybody wants to feel better about themselves and we live in a world where advanced medical procedures can help make that happen.
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