Married At First Sight Australia star Jessika Power has opened up on her plan to get a Brazilian butt lift.
The blonde bombshell, 29, appeared on the reality show back in 2019, but it only aired in the UK this year. Following her stint on TV, the star has already spent around £70,000 on cosmetic procedures.
However, Jessika has now revealed to The Sun that she would like to get surgery on her bottom, as it is easier than going to the gym.
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She said: “I want to get a Brazilian butt lift – much to my boyfriend’s disappointment. He thinks I should just go to the gym, but I’m like, ‘why would I go to the gym honey when I can just go to the doctors?’”
But what is a Brazilian butt lift, and is it safe? We spoke to Dr Ana, an aesthetic doctor at Kat & Co, who gave us the lowdown on the procedure…
What is a Brazilian butt lift?
The Brazilian butt lift refers to the surgical procedure of fat transfer to the buttock area. It is often combined with liposuction to adjacent areas such as the waist to enhance an hourglass figure.
Generally speaking, surgical fat transfer to various areas is an established procedure that has been used for many years by cosmetic surgeons worldwide.
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BBL however is a controversial topic as it has become trendy over recent years with celebrities and public figures promoting the procedure widely to young members of the public.
How does a Brazilian butt lift cost?
The cost can vary but typically range between £8,000 to £10,000, depending on the extent of the procedure.
You will find clinics offering this procedure at a lower cost abroad, bear in mind the standards of care and safety will likely reflect this. I strongly advise anyone against travelling abroad to undergo such a procedure.
Is a Brazilian butt lift safe?
The short answer is no! In 2018 the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic surgeons made an announcement that the mortality rate is 1 in 3000, which means there is a significant risk of the procedure resulting in death.
This is the highest reported death rate amongst all cosmetic surgery procedures. There have tragically been numerous deaths reported caused by the occurrence of fat emboli.
This happens when the fat has inadvertently been injected too deep in the buttock muscle into a vein where it enters the bloodstream which passes it across the body and causes a blockage in the lungs, heart or brain resulting in the death of a patient.
Apart from the alarming death rate, it has also been linked with several other complications such as severe infections, tissue death, wound healing problems and other potentially irreversible consequences.
There also used to be some reports of practitioners carrying out this procedure without a background in plastic surgery who lack the knowledge of anatomy, safety and complications.
It is crucial that surgeons who carry out this procedure are extensively qualified in fat grafting and perform the procedure in a hospital facility.
As a result of these alarming figures and tragic events, the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons advised their members in 2018 to immediately stop performing BBL procedures while it reviews the safety data further.
Their announcement still stands and clinics have now generally suspended this procedure in the UK. There are still concerns about patients travelling abroad to undergo these procedures as part of the cosmetic surgery tourism trend.
I strongly advise anyone against having a BBL due to the significant risks. One should also consider the ethical implications of offering such a risky procedure. There is now a wide range of non-surgical in-clinic treatments which are a much safer option for lifting the buttock area.