The Brazilian butt lift (BBL) is one of the most prominent body contouring procedures in the cosmetic world today. The buttocks play a significant role in the woman’s appeal, but not everyone is born with a naturally shapely behind. Aging also plays its part. Without regular exercise, the gluteal muscles can become loose, resulting in a deflated-looking backside. Dissatisfaction with one’s buttocks can greatly reduce one’s self-esteem. Fortunately, we now have BBL surgery. This procedure’s success has made it the most in-demand butt lift surgery for several reasons, like its unique procedure.
What Is Brazilian Butt Lift?
A Brazilian Butt Lift is a butt augmentation technique that uses liposuction to collect fat from one or more areas of the body, and injects it into the gluteal area and the outer hips. It can address a range of concerns, such as, flat or sagging buttocks, asymmetry, or other flaws sometimes attributed to massive weight loss.
Compared to butt implant surgery, which uses artificial implants to increase the size and shape of the derriere, numerous patients prefer the Brazilian Butt Lift because of its natural approach.
The Brazilian Butt Lift’s Procedure
Compared to other buttocks augmentation surgeries, BBL is the ideal method for gluteal enhancement. This surgery first requires liposuction to harvest usable body fat from the patient’s abdomen, thighs, or elsewhere. After liposuction is done, the harvested fat is purified and, using a series of injections, inserted into the buttocks. Because some of the injected fat is reabsorbed by the body, the procedure requires careful monitoring by an experienced surgeon. In some cases, the Brazilian butt lift may require multiple treatment sessions. After the procedure, the buttocks will look naturally lifted, plump, and more appealing.
Benefits of BBL Surgery
BBL surgery has become renowned over the years for its work on countless celebrities and patients. A few of its advantages are the following:
- No Risk of Rejection. As mentioned, BBL surgery involves the transfer of fat from unwanted areas into the buttocks. Since your own tissue is safely accepted by the body, rejection after the procedure will not likely happen.
- Enhances Other Parts of the Body. Since liposuction of fat from different parts of the body is included in the BBL surgery, the procedure has the added benefit of enhancing more than one area of the body. The results of the Brazilian butt lift are usually more striking when paired, for example, with a newly flat stomach.
- No Need for Large Incisions. If you desire to avoid lengthy incisions, the Brazilian butt lift is a good option. Liposuction only requires small incisions, and fatty tissue will be injected into the buttocks, so large incisions are not required.
- Permanent Results. Though a portion of the injected fat will be absorbed by the body, a substantial amount of the transferred fat will remain permanently. As mentioned, some cases of BBL surgery require multiple sessions to maintain the desired amount of volume.
Brazilian Butt Lift – Is It for Me?
If you are considering a BBL, think about whether you’re healthy enough to get the procedure. It’s essential that patients undergoing plastic surgery be in good shape. Certain heart or lung disorders may disqualify you as an ideal candidate for the BBL.
You can consult with Dr. Dreyfuss to determine if you are a good candidate for BBL. Usually, ideal candidates are close to their ideal weight. Candidates should have extra fat to give in areas like the flanks, the belly, the thighs, and back. To avoid sagging skin, the areas chosen for liposuction should also have great skin elasticity.
If you don’t have enough fat or have trouble gaining the necessary weight, another butt enhancement procedure might be appropriate.
What Will My Results Look Like?
It really depends on a variety of factors, from your frame, the amount of fat you’re able to donate, your aesthetic goals, and the amount of tissue coverage you have available. You can always discuss your aesthetic goals with Dr. Dreyfuss, and he will tell you if your expectations can be met, and how your results will ultimately look.
How Long Do Brazilian Butt Lift Results Last?
Once the fatty tissue is accepted by the body, meaning that it has re-established a blood supply, there should be no reason it would “melt away”. If you were to lose a major amount of weight, your buttocks will decrease in size in proportion to your body, but the shape of your butt and its relationship to your other body contours will be maintained. Once your full results have appeared, your results should be permanent.
What’s the Recovery Time for a Brazilian Butt Lift?
It is recommended to avoid any type of prolonged sitting on the buttocks for the first 4 weeks after the Brazilian Butt Lift surgery. This will help prevent certain complications like the unintentional shifting of the fat. The donated fat cells should grow a new blood supply a few weeks after the procedure, so in the meantime the fat grafts should be treated gently. Patients are able to sit when using the bathroom, but at night they should sleep on their stomachs. Patients should sit on a donut-shaped pillow if they ever need to sit.
Though liposuction does not create large incisions, it creates a significant amount of surface area that needs to heal. It can take 2-3 months for the areas treated with liposuction to fully smooth out and stop swelling. Wearing a compression garment as much as possible during the first few months of recovery will help the healing process.
Most patients will be able to return to work 1-2 weeks after their Brazilian Butt Lift. Patients usually make a full recovery after 6-8 weeks. It will take 6-12 months for you to see your full results.
Can a Brazilian Butt Lift Be Reversed?
Yes. The Brazilian Butt Lift can be reversed by removing the fat through liposuction. Much like a typical liposuction treatment, the reversal can remove the fat grafts and reshape the butt.
What Happens If I Gain Weight or Become Pregnant After a BBL?
If you’re worried about the effects of gaining weight, weight gain will not affect your BBL results disproportionately. Once the fat has grafted to your gluteal area, these fat cells will adapt, and they’ll act just like normal fat cells. Your butt could increase in size if you gain weight, but that just means that it’s essential that you maintain your ideal weight after the BBL.
It’s highly recommended that you wait after giving birth to undergo the Brazilian Butt Lift. Thankfully, neither liposuction nor fat transfer affects fertility, so you don’t have to worry about any risks to fertility.
Many patients who have undergone pregnancy and childbirth seek the BBL to easily restore their previous results.
What to Expect After BBL?
During a Brazilian Butt Lift, the patient undergoes thorough liposuction to the abdomen, hips, waist, thighs, and lower back. The fat grafts will then be processed so that it can be injected into critical areas of the buttocks. The final results depend on the quality of the fat that has been obtained, and the surgical technique used.
After the BBL procedure, patients should expect a tight and narrow waist, a flat abdomen and flanks, and a full, round, and beautiful derriere.
Is BBL Painful?
Pain and swelling after a Brazilian Butt Lift surgery is normal. In most cases, the pain is associated to liposuction. The liposuction’s cannula passes through the body, which then disturbs the tissue. Swelling from the recovery can also contribute to the discomfort after the procedure. However, pain tolerance will vary with each patient. Dr. Dreyfuss may recommend a recovery regimen to make the healing process as comfortable as possible. Pain medication will be prescribed following a Brazilian Butt Lift to make the pain manageable.
Is Brazilian Butt Lift Safe?
The Brazilian Butt Lift is a safe procedure when done by physicians like Dr. Dreyfuss, who is a board certified and well-experienced surgeon. The use of your own fatty tissue lowers the risk of infection. Feel rest assured that your BBL procedure will be done with the utmost levels of safety. The Brazilian Butt Lift procedure can lead to complications including scarring, bleeding, asymmetry, and fluid accumulation.
How Much Will the Brazilian Butt Lift Cost?
The cost of the Brazilian Butt Lift will vary, but the number of areas where you receive liposuction might influence the cost. The volume of fat removed won’t be too much of a factor when it comes to the cost of the Brazilian Butt Lift. Ultimately, every case of Brazilian Butt Lift will be unique, so the best way to get an accurate quote for the BBL is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Dreyfuss. You will be given an individual quote for your Brazilian Butt Lift that’s good for six months.
The Brazilian Butt Lift is an elective procedure, so it will not be covered by insurance; however, Dr. Dreyfuss accepts all major credit cards and plastic surgery financing with Care Credit.
What Else You Need to Know About Brazilian Butt Lift
Differences Between BBL and Butt Implants?
The biggest deciding factor between butt implants and the Brazilian Butt Lift is the Brazilian Butt Lift requires a certain amount of fat. Patients prefer the BBL because of its ability to precisely shape and sculpt the derriere and the body, but some patients don’t have enough fat to undergo the procedure. Otherwise, the Brazilian Butt Lift is a great way to sculpt the entire figure while offering natural results.
Will I Have a Scar?
As mentioned, Brazilian Butt Lift surgery involves harvesting fat with liposuction using small tubes called cannulas. Because the Brazilian Butt Lift involves liposuction and fat injection, there will be very limited scar formation during the healing process. During the liposuction part of the procedure, the cannulas are inserted through these small incisions made in the skin. These small incisions are typically less than a centimeter long, and once they heal, they’ll be so small they’ll resemble tiny moles. Like most scars, your liposuction scars should take about 6-12 months to completely heal and eventually, disappear. However, if you’re prone to hypertrophic scars or keloids, these scars might be slightly more prominent. Dr. Dreyfuss will be better able to discuss the scarring process during his consultation.
Are Massages Necessary After a Brazilian Butt Lift?
Some physicians recommend undergoing a lymphatic drainage massage as part of your recovery from BBL. Lymphatic drainage massage uses gentle pressure to help the body’s lymphatic system drain waste and other fluids that have accumulated post-surgery. A lymphatic massage can be helpful for reducing swelling and bruising.
Typically, it is recommended to start undergoing a lymphatic drainage massage a few weeks after your procedure. However, there are many factors, such as the status of your recovery, the blood flow post-BBL, and other personal factors that make you and your BBL unique. Before considering a lymphatic drainage massage, please consult with Dr. Dreyfuss to make sure it can help your recovery process.
Are My Results Permanent?
Just like with all fat transfer procedures, some of the donated fat will be reabsorbed into the body. However, once your results have settled, the fat grafts that are left over will be permanent, and you’ll be able to enjoy a naturally enhanced derriere that lasts for an incredibly long time. Dr. Dreyfuss will plan your Brazilian Butt Lift so that after your results have settled, you’ll still have the desired shape and volume.
About the Doctor
Dr. David Dreyfuss is an expert on the Brazilian Butt Lift. He continues to strive to give confidence and satisfaction to his patients. By working with Dr. Dreyfuss, you’re guaranteed to receive high quality surgical care, and beautiful, natural-looking aesthetic results. As a board-certified surgeon, Dr. Dreyfuss will perform his procedures with the highest levels of safety and care.