BBL Death Rate: Should you do it? [Updated 2023]

How Dangerous Is a Brazilian Butt Lift?

How Dangerous Is a Brazilian Butt Lift?

Mai Delacruz

Mai Delacruz
Personal Fitness Trainer & Health Coach

Updated on 1/30/2023

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    Social media has played a large role in creating short-term trends, whether in fashion, music, or body type. It has always been a problem to have idealized body types, but social media users are constantly reminded what their flaws are. Despite social media's role in spreading the body positivity movement, the fascination with and popularity of a specific, ideal body type outweigh the movement's efforts. A Brazilian butt lift (BBL) is a popular plastic surgery to achieve a tiny waist and curvy hips. 

    Using liposuction, a surgeon removes fat from one part of the patient's body and injects it into and around the buttocks to give the patient an hourglass shape. 

    Furthermore, BBLs are one of the deadliest plastic surgeries. Nearly 700 surgeons worldwide were surveyed and 3% of them had a patient die after surgery. 


    BBLs have the highest mortality rate, with one in 3,000 patients dying after receiving the surgery, according to the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons.

    In addition to BBLs, liposuction and tummy tucks are also deadly plastic surgeries. 


    There is a vital heart artery near the butt, which makes BBLs so risky. Injecting excess fat into the desired location can cause the fat to enter the artery and block blood flow. Blockages to arteries are dangerous as they increase the risk of heart attacks, strokes, and death.  

    As cosmetic surgery has become more popular, the rate of deaths associated with the procedure has increased, largely due to the promotion of the procedure by celebrities and social media users. Approximately 0.25% to 0.50% of cosmetic surgeries result in death according to a 2020 report. 


    The Brazilian butt lift can boost a person's self-confidence, especially in the digital age, but understanding the risks associated with the procedure is crucial.


    In addition to a blocked artery, there is a risk of fat embolism with BBLs. When fat enters the bloodstream, this occurs. Fat will eventually block the lungs or block circulation as it travels through the blood. The awareness of fat embolism symptoms can make a difference if a BBL is still fresh in the mind of the recipient. A fat embolism usually causes dizziness, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing and weakness, according to the National Library of Medicine. 


    BBL patients may experience fat embolisms due to the fat being injected into or underneath their muscles. Having a BBL performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon can reduce this risk.


    Depending on where you live and associated risks, a BBL can cost anywhere from $3,000 to $30,000, but some people are willing to take a chance on a “chop shop” if they want a cheaper BBL. Chop shops are clinics that tend to be unsanitary, and doctors are often unlicensed and inexperienced. 


    Frequently Asked Questions

    What is BBL and what is the death rate associated with it?
    What are the main causes of death associated with BBL procedures?
    Are there any risk factors that increase the likelihood of death associated with BBL procedures?
    Can the death rate associated with BBL procedures be reduced?
    Are there any alternative procedures to BBL with lower death rate?
    How can I find a qualified and experienced surgeon for my BBL procedure?