BBL After 10 Years: Complications & Cost

Brazilian butt lift or BBL, is a cosmetic procedure that has gained popularity in recent years.

Excess fat is transferred from one part of the body to the buttocks to create a more lifted and shapely appearance.

There has been an increase in the popularity of the procedure among individuals who are looking to achieve a more youthful appearance by augmenting their buttocks. Since BBL procedures are becoming more common, people are beginning to wonder about the long-term effects, especially after 10 years.

To help you decide whether this procedure is right for you, we will explore the effects, risks, and costs of BBL after 10 years.

What is a Brazilian Buttock Lift?

A Brazilian Buttock Lift, commonly called a BBL, is a cosmetic surgical procedure aimed at enhancing the shape and size of the buttocks.

The procedure involves the transfer of fat from other parts of the body to the buttocks, resulting in a rounder, lifted, and more youthful appearance.

The BBL has become increasingly popular and is now one of the most requested cosmetic procedures globally.

Brazilian buttock lift surgery is also known as Gluteoplasty or butt augmentation.

BBL Procedure: How BBL Works

The BBL procedure typically involves the transfer of fat from other parts of the body, such as the stomach, hips, or thighs, or collecting fat cells from areas such as the belly and lower back to the buttocks.

This is typically performed using liposuction to remove the excess fat, which is processed and purified before being re-injected into the buttocks.

The extracted excess fat is then processed and purified, in which the healthiest fat cells are injected into certain points at the butts that create more voluminous and curvy buttocks.

In some cases, patients didn’t get their desired results, so surgeons inject more fat than necessary to meet patients’ expectations and goals.

The buttock lift surgery is performed under general anaesthesia (sleep-like state), which means you don’t feel any pain as you become unconscious. The entire procedure usually takes 2 to 4 hours to complete, depending on the amount of fat being transferred and the extent of the desired enhancement.

Factors Affecting the Longevity of BBL

The longevity of a Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL) is affected by some factors, including weight fluctuation, aging, skin elasticity, and sun exposure.

Weight Fluctuation

Significant weight fluctuations can alter the appearance of BBL results. When a person gains weight, the fat cells in their body can enlarge, which can reduce the volume of their buttocks. On the other hand, when a person loses weight, the fat cells can shrink, which can also reduce volume. Maintaining a stable weight is important to ensure the longevity of BBL results.


As a person ages, their skin can lose elasticity, which can cause sagging. This can impact the appearance of BBL results over time, significantly if the skin has not been tightened during the procedure.

Skin Elasticity

The elasticity of a person’s skin can also impact the longevity of BBL results. If a person has poor skin elasticity, their skin may not be able to support the transferred fat, which can reduce volume.

Sun Exposure

Sun exposure can cause skin damage, impacting the appearance of BBL results. The sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays can cause the skin to age prematurely, leading to wrinkles, fine lines, and other signs of ageing.

The impact of these factors on the appearance of BBL results varies depending on the individual and the specifics of their case.

However, in general, weight fluctuation, ageing, skin elasticity, and sun exposure can all impact the appearance of BBL results by causing a reduction in volume, sagging, and skin damage.

To ensure the longevity of BBL results, it is essential to maintain a stable weight, protect the skin from sun exposure, and practice good skin care.

BBL After 5 Years

It is common for some changes to occur in the appearance of BBL after 5 years. These changes can include reduced volume, sagging, and skin damage due to ageing and sun exposure.

The extent to which these changes occur will depend on some factors, including a person’s age, lifestyle, and skin elasticity.

While some changes can be expected after 5 years, touch-up procedures may be necessary to maintain the desired appearance of BBL results after 5 years.

The most common touch-up procedure is a fat transfer, which can help restore buttocks volume. Sometimes, a skin tightening procedure may also be necessary to address sagging.

It’s important to note that touch-up procedures are not guaranteed, and the results may vary. It’s always recommended to consult with a plastic surgeon to evaluate your case and discuss the best options for maintaining the appearance of your BBL results.

A young woman had a Brazilian Butt Lift for $7,000 (5 years ago), but she didn’t like the results, and then she went back for a butt lift. At this time, she got big and fuller buttocks, and now she’s happy with her desired results.

In this video, she showed her BBL results after 5 years.

BBL After 10 Years

It is common for additional changes to occur in the appearance of BBL after 10 years.

The extent to which these changes occur will depend on some factors, including a person’s age, lifestyle, and skin elasticity.

Some of the changes that can be expected after 10 years include a further reduction in volume, increased sagging, and more pronounced skin damage due to ageing and sun exposure.

A young girl had a Buttock BBL Lift 10 years ago and is pretty happy with her round and perky results.

In this video, she explained her buttock lift journey with measurements and updated her viewers after 8 years. She also shared her experience with Butt Lift.

The photo below shows the instant results of two sessions of BBL before and after.

One of the famous Spanish Instagram bloggers has shared her 10 years of journey of BBL. Her Instagram photo shows the results of her buttock lift.

Best Celebrity BBL

Are you interested to know about Celebrities who have had a Brazilian butt lift?

Here are our all-time favourite celebrities with buttock lifts: Cardi B, Kim Kardashian, Kylie Jenner, Briana DeJesus, Nicki Minaj, Amber Rose, and Virginia Gallardo.

Celebrity BBL Before & After

These celebrities admitted that they had BBL done to their body:

Kylie Jenner

Kylie Jenner had her Butt lift surgery. She looks gorgeous after her successful Brazilian Buttock Lift procedure.

Nicki Minaj

These before and after BBL pictures of Nicki Minaj were roaming on social media. According to the source, the first picture was taken in 2000, and another in 2015.

Brazilian Butt Lift Gone Wrong

The woman underwent BBL surgery in a renowned clinic. She hoped for cosmetic enhancement, but unfortunately, the Brazilian Butt Lift has gone wrong and left her paralyzed forever.

The surgeon injected too many fat cells into the sciatic nerve (it has the largest diameter in the human body) of the patient. Now, she can’t work or walk; she told younger girls that these augmentations can change their lives forever.

You can see how minor augmentation left her entirely in a wheelchair.

BBL Complications Years Later

What causes BBL complications after years? What gives rise to the dangers of butt lift?

Injecting the cannula deep can damage the gluteal region and become deadly if it is not treated immediately. A slight mistake can hit these major structures and cause BBL complications years later.

The complications of a Buttock Lift (BBL) procedure can occur at any time, including years after the procedure. Some of the potential complications that may arise include:

  • Bruising
  • Bumps or Lumps
  • Swelling
  • Minor scarring due to the liposuction process (hard to notice)
  • It may cause an allergic reaction
  • Bleeding
  • Skin necrosis (death of skin tissue)
  • Asymmetry (unevenness)
  • Numbness or loss of sensation in the treated area
  • Fat embolism (when fat enters the bloodstream and clogs blood vessels)
  • Seroma (buildup of fluid in the surgical site)

Although these procedure complications are part of the patient’s recovery process, however, it may contain some severe dangers and BBL complications years later if an unlicensed surgeon performs it.

It’s important to remember that while these BBL complications can occur, they are not typical and can often be treated with proper care and follow-up.

If you experience any complications or have concerns about the results of your BBL procedure, it’s essential to consult with your plastic surgeon.

Why is BBL so dangerous?

BBL is dangerous due to fat embolism syndrome. It happens when fat cells circulate in our body, including veins or arteries.

As Brazilian Butt Lift involves injecting fat cells into the buttocks, if you’re fat cells or fat clots injected into the depth (bloodstream) mistakenly by a surgeon, these could travel to your lungs and heart, it becomes fatal and can even cause death.

Also, if the liposuction process gets too much or more than necessary, BBL is dangerous.

What other causes make BBL so dangerous?

‘Silicone and Fillers’. You might be wondering about how Silicone and fillers can make BBL dangerous.

We all know Silicone and Fillers are approved by the FDA and used to enhance breast size and in other cosmetic surgeries.

But they both aren’t approved for Brazilian Butt Lifts. When surgeons don’t find enough fat in your body or when patients don’t get the desired results, the surgeon uses Silicone, Fillers, and even plastic to plump the derriere.

If Silicone and fillers are injected in blood streams by mistake it becomes deadly or the surgeon’s miscalculated move could lead to irreplaceable and dangerous complications if practitioners do not treat it.

Brazilian Butt Lift Death Rate

In 2015, when BBL started making headlines, it caused 13 deaths. The postmortem of patients revealed the common causes of death are fat in the gluteal muscles and fat embolism (fat particles within the microcirculation).

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, from 2011 to 2017, the BBL death rate increased to 3%. From any other aesthetic cosmetic procedure, the Brazilian Butt Lift death rate is the highest, which is 1% in every 3,000 patients.

BBL death rate is high among patients 50 years old who undergo gallbladder surgery. The BBL danger is involved with gallbladder disease, regardless of the risks, but no one has ever succumbed to small buttocks. 

Brazilian Butt Lift Recovery

Brazilian butt lift recovery takes 6 months. For the first two weeks, you’ve to avoid sitting directly on your butt.

Patients return to normal activities after six to eight weeks of BBL surgery. You may have to take precautions after eight weeks in some cases.

Brazilian Butt Lift Results

You can expect Brazilian butt lift results for up to decades.

These results can last you 10 years or even after 15 years. Over time, after 6 months of surgery, you can feel more fluff in your butt with a more rounded-shaped butt.

Brazilian Butt Lift Cost

The Brazilian butt lift can cost you anywhere from $800 to $14,500. BBL is not a low-cost procedure, and patients always find fat alternatives to increase their buttock size. But it can vary and depends on several factors, such as how much butt lifting you want, your living area, and the surgeon’s experience.


What happens after 10 years of BBL?

You can expect the same rounded and perky butt lift results after 10 years of BBL. These pleasing results can last you for decades (more than 10 years).

Does a BBL sag after years?

BBL doesn’t sag after years, you will feel more fluff in your buttocks after years of surgery. It gets better from time to time, so you don’t have to worry about butt sagginess.


Brazilian Butt Lifting is a widespread technique among men and women who want to improve the appearance and volume of their buttocks.

Buttock Lift BBL after 10 years will continue to queue and will still be popular.

Although it’s gaining traction worldwide, this procedure still has the highest death rate as compared to other surgeries. If you’re thinking of a butt lift, we recommend you get this procedure from a board-certified plastic surgeon.

We wish you luck on your Buttock Lift surgery!

Dr. Beverly Hillsrn

Dr. Beverly Hills is a highly skilled and experienced Cosmetic and body Aesthetic Surgeon known for her exceptional expertise in the field of cosmetic surgery.With a passion for enhancing the natural beauty of her patients, Dr. Beverly Hills has earned a reputation for delivering outstanding results with an artistic approach to aesthetics.

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