In the Kardashian-era of beauty standards, it can be hard to keep up with the ‘perfection’ that comes across our Instagram feeds. We scroll endlessly through retouched photos and forget that the images we see don’t represent reality in the slightest.

Even the women we look up to for their amazing style and shatter-proof confidence are popping their photos directly into Photoshop to enhance their bum before the world gets to see it.

We’re all for women looking and feeling their best. At Maxwell Aesthetics we believe that women should be free to enhance their bodies in any way that makes them feel beautiful, but not at the expense of their physical or mental well-being.

Some medical procedures to enhance the appearance of the body are safer and more effective than others. That’s why we want to have an open and honest conversation about the risks of the popularized procedure called the “Brazillian Buttlift”.

This procedure essentially entails the surgeon removing fat from one area of the body and grafting or redistributing it onto the patient’s buttocks.

First, it is important to realize that often times social media photo-editing enhances the appearance of this procedure even more than a doctor could realistically (and safely) help a woman achieve. But beyond the misleading advertising that surrounds this procedure, there are some serious and long lasting side effects that can impact the patient.

Some of those side effects are less dangerous and include severe bruising and excessive stretch marks. More concerning though are the risk of infection, blood clotting, fat embolism (when fat enters the bloodstream and travels to the lungs), necrosis of fat (cells dying prematurely) and more.

The list of risks for this procedure is growing and there is an increased number of women dying from complications from the Brazilian Buttlift. We recommend doing extensive research before undergoing this procedure.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding cosmetic plastic surgery, you can trust Dr. Maxwell and our staff. We always have your best interest in mind and put self-care and safety above all else.