A Brazilian butt lift (BBL) is a cosmetic procedure that involves the transfer of fat from one part of the body to the buttocks to help create more fullness in the backside and improve esthetic appearance. The procedure can also help address certain issues such as the sagging and shapelessness of the buttocks that can occur because of aging.
Unlike other forms of buttock surgery, a Brazilian butt lift does not use implants such as silicone buttock implants and uses the individual’s own fat. Hence, a Brazilian butt lift provides more natural results, and the procedure is safe because it doesn’t involve implanting a foreign body. Brazilian butt lifts have a lower risk of infection and reactions than silicone buttock implants.
The results of a Brazilian butt lift can last several months to years. Initially, more than one procedure may be needed to achieve desirable results. It can also take up to 6 months to see full results from the initial procedure.
Who is a good candidate for a Brazilian butt lift?
A Brazilian butt lift may be ideal for those who
- Have lost the natural shape of their buttocks because of age or weight fluctuations.
- Don’t feel comfortable in their clothes.
- Have enough fat reserves in other parts of the body such as the thighs and abdomen for grafting.
- Are nonsmokers (smoking can delay wound healing).
- Have a healthy body weight and would continue to maintain their weight after the procedure.
- Don’t plan to get pregnant because pregnancy can cause fluctuations in weight, affecting the results of the procedure.
- Lead a healthy lifestyle overall, which includes regular exercise and a healthy diet.
- Haven’t had any recent infections or complications related to the surgery.
- Don’t tend to develop scarring or keloids.
- Have realistic esthetic goals.
- Want natural results, without much change in their structure or ability to wear clothes comfortably.
- Do not have any serious underlying medical conditions.
How is a Brazilian butt lift procedure performed?
A Brazilian butt lift is a fat grafting procedure that involves the transfer of fat from one part of the body to the buttocks. The surgeon performs the procedure under anesthesia; hence, there will be no pain while performing the procedure.
- It may be done under local anesthesia or sedation.
- The surgeon first uses liposuction to remove fat from areas of the body that have high-fat content such as the lower back, stomach, and thighs.
- The surgeon makes small incisions on the skin to perform liposuction.
- The fat extracted from the body is purified and readied to be injected into the buttocks.
- The surgeon then injects the processed fat through small incisions into specific areas of the buttocks to create a more rounded, fuller, and lifted look.
- They make three to five incisions around the buttocks for fat transfers. The incisions are closed with sutures (stitches) and bandaged. The incisions are small and generally heal well.
After the procedure:
Patients can generally go home the same day after surgery.
- Pain, swelling, and bruising may be there for 1-2 weeks.
- Painkillers and antibiotics may be prescribed.
- It may not be possible to sit on the butt for 2 weeks following surgery because of postoperative pain and discomfort.
- Patients would have to sleep on the side or stomach till the surgical wound heal.
- It can take up to 2 weeks to completely recover.
What are the complications of a Brazilian butt lift procedure?
A Brazilian butt lift is generally safer with fewer risks than other cosmetic buttock surgeries such as silicone buttock implants. Although rare, some possible complications of the procedure include:
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