Brazilian Butt Lift
The Brazilian butt lift gives patients a larger, rounder, and more lifted buttocks by transferring fat from other areas of the body into the butt. Liposuction will be used to collect fat deposits from unwanted areas on the body, the fat will be purified, and then injected into the patient’s buttocks for natural looking results.
Brazilian Butt Lift
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About the Procedure
The Brazilian butt lift (or BBL) is a well known procedure that not only increases the size of the buttocks, but creates an entirely new contour to the body. The BBL requires patients to first undergo a liposuction procedure to collect enough fat for grafting to the buttocks. Fat deposits in the thighs, stomach, and back areas are commonly liposuctioned and simultaneously shaped into a new contour for an entire body makeover. Fat is then transferred to the buttocks to improve shape, volume, and projection of the butt cheeks as well as “hip dents”, a concave indent of the outer thighs. For patients who do not have a sufficient amount of fat for transfer, it may be recommended to delay surgery to gain weight during the interim. Butt implants are an alternative option for patients who do not have enough fat for transfer but do not want to put on additional weight. To begin, liposuction will first be performed to collect the necessary amount of fat for grafting. Small incisions will be made on the body depending on where fat is collected and will vary from patient to patient. The area will then be infiltrated with local anesthesia to reduce bleeding and trauma. A long cannula is then inserted into the incision and moved back and forth to break up the fat which is then simultaneously suctioned out of the body. The collected fat is then purified for injection. Fat will then be inserted into the buttocks and hips. It is common for more fat to be injected than the patient’s overall goals in order to compensate for anticipated fat absorption. It is common for anywhere between 40-80% of fat to be reabsorbed into the body over time, meaning a decrease in butt size and projection. The results of the augmentation are noticeable immediately after surgery however final results are visible after 1 year.
The goal of a Brazilian butt lift is to address a range of concerns, including flat or sagging buttocks, asymmetry, or other disproportions sometimes due to massive weight loss.
What to Expect
The Brazilian butt lift gives patients a larger, rounder, and more lifted buttocks by transferring fat from other areas of the body into the butt. Here is a quick guide for what to expect before, during, and after a BBL.
- Stop taking any blooding thinning medications for 2 weeks if possible
- Stop smoking 4 weeks before and after surgery
- Herbal medications and diet pills should be stopped
- Purchase all recovery items in advance, including stool softeners
- Do not take diabetic medication on the morning of surgery
- No eating or drinking 8 hours before surgery or as directed
- Small incisions made where fat will be collected
- Area is infiltrated with local anesthesia to reduce bleeding and trauma
- Cannula is inserted to break up the fat
- Fat is simultaneously suctioned out of the body
- Fat is purified for injection
- Purified fat is inserted into the buttocks and hips
Recovery from a BBL is accompanied by a moderate amount of pain and discomfort. Patients will be advised to not sit on the buttocks for a period of 2 weeks, even when sleeping or resting. When sitting is unavoidable, use a special cushion to help raise the buttocks, avoiding pressure on the fat grafts which could compromise results. Exercise can be gradually resumed after 6-8 weeks.
The ideal candidate for a BBL is generally in good health and has fat elsewhere in their body to be able to transfer to the buttocks region.
Not Recommended For
A Brazilian butt lift is not recommended for patients who do not have sufficient fat for transfer.
Side effects from a Brazilian butt lift may include bruising, numbness and pain, asymmetry, stretch marks, and cellulite. Serious side effects can include excessive loss of blood, blood clots, deep vein thrombosis, fat necrosis, as well as cardiac and pulmonary complications.