The Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL) is quickly becoming one of the most popular procedures to enhance the shape and size of the buttocks. Excess fat is harvested from areas of the body where it is not wanted, such as the thighs, hips, and abdomen, using a special form of liposuction that preserves the fat cells. The fat is then purified and injected directly into the buttocks to enhance the shape and size. The procedure is not as invasive as butt implant surgery; it offers the advantages of fewer risks and a shorter time in recovery. Considering all the benefits of this procedure, one might wonder if the Brazilian Butt Lift is too good to be true. Here are the most frequently asked questions about BBL:
How effective is the Brazilian Butt Lift?
The Brazilian Butt Lift augments the butt using the patient’s own fat. For the fat to survive in the new area, it must be correctly harvested so that no fat cells are damaged or destroyed. The buttocks must also get adequate circulation for the procedure to be effective. Typically, about 60 to 80 percent of fat cells will thrive in their new location. To compensate for this, most surgeons will inject more fat than is necessary. Over time, along with the natural aging process, about 20 percent of the fat that has been transferred will be reabsorbed by the body.
Am I a candidate for the Brazilian Butt Lift?
The best candidates for buttock augmentation with BBL are in good physical health and have enough fat on their bodies to distribute to the buttocks. In very thin patients, BBL may not be an option if there is not enough fat to transfer.
Is the Brazilian Butt Lift safe?
As with any surgery, there are a few risks associated with the Brazilian Butt Lift. Most of the risks are those associated with the liposuction, as that makes up half of the procedure. Fat necrosis is also one of the bigger risks, which can cause a lumpy appearance in the area. Fortunately, this can be corrected.
Will I be able to sit or use the restroom after a Brazilian Butt Lift?
Sitting is limited for at least ten days after the Brazilian Butt Lift procedure. You will be instructed to wear a compression garment to help with swelling and to help your butt take on its new shape. It may be convenient to get a garment that snaps together at the bottom to make using the restroom easier. It is best to “hover” while using the restroom. The less you sit on your butt, the better. The majority of the first several days of recovery should be spent lying down on your stomach.
If you are interested in the Brazilian Butt Lift procedure, please contact us by calling our Miami office at 305-705-6152 or our Tampa office at 813-400-1465. For your convenience, you may also fill out our online contact form.