What type of anesthesia is used for a Brazilian butt lift?

Are most Brazilian butt lifts performed under general or local anesthesia? Like most people, I would prefer local to avoid going under. The more I think about it, is it even possible to have a butt lift under local anesthesia? I sure hope so!


F, 36, Virginia

It should be done under general anesthesia to ensure your safety, especially since you have to be lying face down during the procedure.  General anesthesia is very safe, especially if you are healthy, so you don't need to worry too much about that.  Best of luck!

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General anesthesia. In my opinion, it is impossible to properly and safely perform BBL under local. 

When we do liposuction, we have to put fluid in to reduce bleeding risk. This fluid also contains lidocaine, a local anesthetic. When patients are not asleep under general anesthesia, the amount of lidocaine that would need to be used to actually numb the patient who is awake would be substantial for the number of areas that would be suctioned (and the buttocks being injected). Too much lidocaine can put patients at risk for seizures, heart rhythm problems and death. When you've heard of fatal complications of this procedure, they have usually been either fat embolism (piece of fat gets into bloodstream) or lidocaine toxicity (too much lidocaine used, either under straight local anesthesia or excessive fluid put in overall).

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