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What is Brazilian butt lift? All you need to know about surgery that allegedly took influencer Joselyn Cano's life

Brazilian butt lift is a cosmetic procedure that involves the transfer of small amount of fats from different parts of the body to the posterior to make it look fuller
UPDATED DEC 18, 2020
Joselyn Cano (Instagram)
Joselyn Cano (Instagram)

The sudden demise of 30-year-old Instagram influencer and designer Joselyn Cano, allegedly caused after a botched surgery, has left many concerned about the consequences of cosmetic surgeries. Even though Cano’s family hasn’t confirmed her death or revealed any details, her fellow model Lira Mercer said in a tweet that the model died in “Colombia getting surgery”. 


According to the New York Post, Cano, who was dubbed as the “Mexican Kim Kardashian”, traveled to Colombia for plastic surgery earlier this month. Her Instagram page was last updated on December 7. 

What is a Brazilian butt lift?

Brazilian butt lift is a cosmetic surgery that involves the transfer of small amount of fats from different parts of the body to the posterior to make it look fuller. The procedure is carried out under anesthesia and sometimes done using local anesthesia to numb the region. 

After identifying the regions to extract the fat from, the surgeon uses liposuction to remove it from other parts of the body such as the hips, stomach and thighs. A small incision is made in the skin and the fat is removed using a tube. The fat is later purified and injected into the buttocks. According to Healthline, three to five incisions are made around the buttocks to transfer the fat. The incisions are stitched up after the procedure.

What are its benefits and drawbacks?

Brazilian butt lift is often considered a better option than silicone implants as it offers a more natural look and adds roundness to the backside. It is also said to reduce the chances of infections, unlike silicone implants.

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However, the procedure comes with greater risks than benefits. Some serious implications from the butt lift procedure include infection, scarring, pain, lumps under the skin in the areas suctioned or injected, loss of skin in treated areas due to deep infection and fat embolism in the heart or lungs, which can be deadly, according to Healthline. 

“Current reports show a fatality rate of 1 in 3000 as a result of Brazilian butt lifts. When the procedure is performed incorrectly, injected fat can enter the large veins in the buttocks, and then travel to the lungs. This causes respiratory distress and ultimately death,” it added. Another disadvantage of the procedure includes buttocks failing to take up grafted fat stores. When a certain amount of fat gets absorbed by the body, one may require additional procedures with time. 

Who was Joselyn Cano?


According to Cano’s LinkedIn bio, she resided in Newport Beach, California. She boasted around 12.8 million followers on Instagram. No other details regarding her life or death have been made available. A few fans have claimed that Cano’s funeral is currently available on YouTube to watch.