The “BBL effect” taking over social is just a sign that the surgery that has been considered high risk hasn’t lost its place in our cultural zeitgeist. In 2019, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons Plastic Surgery statistics found that more than 28,000 BBLs had been performed that year, and in 2020 the number went down by 22 percent. A steep decline, yes, but there were still more than 20,000 BBLs performed despite the safety-risk warnings associated with the surgery. 

With new recommendations in play and doctors advertising a new “safer BBL” model, we had to find out if the procedure’s track record has improved.

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