Analee Gale

About Analee Gale

Analee Gale is the Food & Health Editor of TBS. Previous to that, she was a freelance writer and editor who has spent so many decades writing about being food and fitness that she sometimes forgets to actually be fit (though she never ever forgets to eat food - hangry is a thing, you know!). Analee made a tree-change from the northern beaches of Sydney, so she now taps out tales from her base in a tiny coastal town in East Gippsland, Victoria.

The Brazilian Butt Lift is a social phenomenon. However, one group looks to stop the procedure, due to the unspoken danger involved. 



Okay, fat bottomed girls may make the rockin’ world go round, but unless you’re genetically blessed with ample junk in your trunk, you’d be best to think twice before considering surgical enhancement in order to acquire the bootylicious backside that you’re coveting.

People all over the globe are, unwittingly, putting their lives at risk by undergoing cosmetic surgery in an attempt to emulate the physiques of those pesky “Kar-cashing-in” influencers. This is because unbeknownst to most, the Brazilian Butt Lift actually has a death rate of one in 3,000, making it the highest incidence of death among aesthetic procedures (insert gasp!).

A Brazilian Butt Lift is a one to two-hour procedure that involves transferring fat from the stomach, hips or love handles, to the buttocks, to create a larger and fuller-shaped bottom.

Its moniker was created after a recording was captured of Dr Leonard Grossman performing the procedure on a patient from Brazil.

In the past five years, the rise in popularity of celebrities displaying more-than-ample-backsides, has resulted in a 50% increase in the procedure, despite its average $15,000 price tag and recovery time of around one to three weeks (you have a lot to answer for, Nicki Minaj!).

I’m tipping that one of the biggest clues that gave this not-so-secret statistic away, is that there’s an official international task force to address the issue. That’s right! There’s an actual team of people who officially call themselves the “MultiSociety Gluteal Fat Grafting Task Force” (MSGFGTF).

Now this task force were formed in direct response to three deaths from the procedure, which occurred in Florida last year, and represents five societies including the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Recently, the MSGFGTF released a “shocking” report, which has:

  • recommended that every surgeon should engage in a discussion with the patient, around the procedure’s risk of death;
  • issued an urgent call for plastic surgeons around the globe to re-evaluate their techniques in a bid to better identify why this procedure is the deadliest;
  • urged surgeons to ensure their procedure stays as far away as possible from the gluteal veins and sciatic nerve, as it’s currently presumed death can occur due to tears in the large glueteal veins, which subsequently causes fat to block major arteries;
  • reported that some autopsies indicate that surgeons have inadvertently injected fat deeper than they intended;
  • advised surgeons who have patients seeking a super-sized buttock to complete the procedure in stages, rather than trying to undertake it all in one surgery.

As with any surgery, potential patients should do their due diligence on the surgeons and the procedure itself. No ifs or butts, ya hear?!


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