Brazilian Butt Lift Goes Wrong: The Importance of Choosing the Right Clinic

With the increasing acceptance of plastic surgery as a form of self-improvement, procedures like the Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL) have soared in popularity. However, the unfortunate flip side to this trend is the emergence of disturbing stories about BBL surgeries gone wrong.

Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL) Goes Wrong

The increased demand, fierce price wars, and lowered cost of procedures have unfortunately given rise to subpar practices, making it crucial to consider your options carefully and seek high-quality care.

You can read more about the surgery itself, possible complications, and the cost of butt lift surgery in this article. But now, let’s delve into a cautionary tale that emphasizes the significance of choosing the right provider for this procedure and how organizations like Welfare Abroad can provide safe and reliable solutions.

Brazilian Butt Lift Goes Wrong

A Case of Butt Lift Gone Wrong

Jane Doe (name changed for privacy), is a 35-year-old woman who decided to have BBL surgery in 2020. She was unhappy with her flat and sagging buttocks. She found a clinic online that offered BBL surgery at a low price, she exchanged messages and calls with a sales rep calling her “sister”.

Having a friendly relationship with her patient manager, led Jane to easily accept all the claims the clinic made, not checking with other sources. Unfortunately, her desire for enhancement quickly turned into a fight against severe infection, necrosis, and disfigurement.

The surgery was performed under general anesthesia, and lasted for about four hours. The surgeon used liposuction to remove fat from Jane's abdomen, hips, lower back, and thighs. He then processed the fat and injected it into her buttocks.

Jane woke up from the surgery feeling sore and groggy. She was discharged from the clinic the same day, with some painkillers and antibiotics. She was instructed to avoid sitting on her buttocks for eight weeks, and to use a special pillow if she had to sit down. She was also told to wear the compression garment for eight weeks, and to come back for follow-up visits.

Brazilian Butt Lift Goes Wrong

After a few days of following these instructions, she noticed that her buttocks were swollen, red, and in pain. She also developed a fever and felt nauseous. She called the clinic and was told that these were normal signs of healing, and that she should continue taking antibiotics and painkillers. She was reassured that everything was fine.

However, things got worse over time. Jane's buttocks became more inflamed and tender. She also noticed some foul-smelling discharge leaking from her incisions. She developed blisters and ulcers on her skin. She felt weak and dizzy.

Jane could not wait any longer and went to the emergency room of a nearby hospital, where diagnosed with a severe infection in her buttocks. The doctors told her that the fat that was injected into her buttocks had died (necrosis), causing tissue damage and gangrene. They also told her that the infection had spread to her bloodstream (sepsis), putting her life at risk.

Multiple surgical procedures were necessary for Jane to eliminate the necrotic fat and tissue from her buttocks, in addition to antibiotic treatment to counteract the infection. She also required skin grafts to address the extensive wounds on her buttocks. She spent several weeks in the hospital recovering from her ordeal.

Jane's buttocks were left disfigured and scarred after the surgeries. She lost most of the volume and shape of her buttocks, as well as some sensation in the area. She also suffered from chronic pain and emotional distress. She had to undergo counseling and physical therapy to cope with her trauma.

Jane's case is not an isolated incident. There have been many reports of BBL surgeries gone wrong, resulting in serious complications, injuries, and even deaths.


The tale of Jane Doe serves as a poignant reminder of the importance of fully understanding the risks associated with a BBL procedure. The story is not intended to scare but rather to educate prospective patients.

Cosmetic surgery can yield fantastic results when performed correctly. However, it's essential to remember that it is still a medical procedure with potential risks. These narratives emphasize the importance of thorough research as a prospective patient. Exercise patience rather than pursuing the most affordable option hastily, verify credentials, seek multiple opinions, and engage in discussions with actual patients—preferably locals.

Companies such as Welfare Abroad, accompanying patients for over a decade can help you navigate through millions of options and find the right medical specialist for you. Contact us today and let’s talk.

What steps will you take to ensure your safety when considering a BBL or any cosmetic surgery? Always remember, your health and satisfaction are of utmost importance.

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