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Going Beyond the Trends: BBLs

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If you’ve been scrolling through social media apps like TikTok, you have probably seen trends come and go. But one that has stuck around is the Brazilian butt lift (BBL) before and after pictures. Influencers will demonstrate their results after undergoing a BBL, often encouraging their followers in the caption to “Just do it!” and get the procedure themselves if they’ve been considering it.

We’re always going to love people embracing their bodies, and anyone who’s undergone plastic surgery should absolutely celebrate their results! Even so, it’s essential to consider all the benefits and potential risks before undergoing any procedure, especially if it’s trending. 

What social media doesn’t show you about BBLs

Although BBLs have the word “lift” in their name, they involve much more than just a buttock lift. Buttock augmentations with fat grafting, commonly known as BBLs, require harvesting excess fat in areas where it is unwanted and placing it into the buttocks.

Any procedure has risks, but BBLs are particularly risky and may cause blood clots, sensation changes, infections, and in rare cases, death. Large volume fat transfers, like BBLs, can be especially prone to infection. In fact, high risks in BBL surgeries prompted several organizations, including the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, to create a task force outlining dangers and providing recommendations for safer BBL practices.

Keep in mind that BBL results on social media aren’t necessarily realistic. Although plastic surgery can be an important step toward achieving one’s body goals, influencers often exaggerate or enhance their results with filters, poses, or camera angles.

Going beyond trends for personalized care

The first step to achieving your body goals is talking with your surgeon. At Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery of Columbus, patients must meet with Dr. Houser or Dr. Kraft to discuss their goals, eligibility, and potential risks before undergoing any treatments or procedures. Meeting with a board-certified expert can help ensure that patients receive the results they want to see safely and healthily. Our team will never recommend a procedure if a patient is not a good candidate or if the procedure poses an undue risk, could age poorly, or might be a passing trend that will be out of style in a few years.

Our surgeons will help you explore all of your options. Social media may have you setting your heart on a BBL, but you may not know that a buttock lift—without fat grafting—can deliver a beautiful, lifted, and youthful result with fewer risks of complications than the trendy BBL. Receiving care that is personalized to your health, body, and goals will leave you with a result you’ll love.

If you are ready to learn more about buttock lifts or cosmetic and plastic surgery in general, don’t hesitate to call 614.890.5565 to schedule an appointment today.

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