The popularity of the Brazilian butt lift has risen considerably in the past few years, in part due to the more natural results it delivers. This procedure offers patients a less-invasive way to augment their buttocks. While it may be safer than some procedures, there are still risks. Read on to learn about the Brazilian butt lift procedure, the risks, the benefits, and the recovery process.
The Brazilian butt lift is a procedure that removes fat from one area of the body and places it into the buttocks to increase their size and fix any asymmetries.
The Brazilian butt lift offers more natural results with a lower risk of infection and is less invasive than butt implant surgery.
The Brazilian butt lift procedure carries risks, such as bleeding, infection, scarring, lumps, and death.
It is critical to follow all your doctor's preop and postop instructions to avoid complications from the Brazilian butt lift.
What is a Brazilian butt lift?
The Brazilian butt lift, also known as buttock augmentation with fat grafting, or BBL, is a surgical procedure that improves the shape, size, and symmetry of the buttocks. Fat is removed from one area of the body, such as the abdomen or thighs, purified, and injected into the buttocks. Not only does this improve the appearance of your buttocks, but it also helps remove stubborn pockets of fat where you do not want them.
5 things to know before getting a Brazilian butt lift
The rise in popularity of the Brazilian butt lift is due in part to the many benefits it offers patients. Be sure to understand not only the benefits of the procedure but also the limitations because Brazilian butt lift is not for everyone.
Here are some of the benefits:
- Looks natural. Because it is your own fat placed under the skin during the Brazilian butt lift, the results have a more natural look and feel, unlike buttock implants.
- Lower-risk infection. There is a lower risk of infection with the Brazilian butt lift than with implants.
- Symmetry. The Brazilian butt lift is a versatile procedure. If you only have a small area of asymmetry in your buttocks, you need a small amount of fat transferred.
- Remove fat. If you have stubborn pockets of fat in your abdomen that exercise will not remove, you can harvest this fat for your buttocks. This procedure will improve both areas.
- Less invasive. This procedure, which is a combination of liposuction and fat transfer, is less invasive than traditional implant surgery. In fact, if you have only a small area to be fixed, you may need only local anesthesia.
What is the difference between a Brazilian butt lift and butt implants?
A Brazilian butt lift uses your own fat harvested from other areas of the body and used for buttock augmentation. Butt implants are silicone implants used to enlarge and reshape your butt. The Brazilian butt lift is a more natural procedure that does not use any artificial products. It is also less invasive and has fewer issues with skin infections and complications than implant surgery. Implants are a great option if you do not have enough fat to harvest to create the butt you want.
Risks of a Brazilian butt lift
As with any surgical procedure, there are inherent risks to the Brazilian butt lift. This fat removal and fat injection procedure is less invasive than other buttock augmentation procedures. However, even though the risks are lower, they should not be discounted.
The risks include:
- Lumps, if the transferred fat dies and the need for more procedures
- Skin discoloration
- Loss of sensation
- Poor wound healing
- Hematoma or seroma
More serious complications are:
- Fat embolism (fat gets into a blood vessel and blocks blood flow)
- Blood clots
- Risks of general anesthesia
- Infection and possible loss of skin
What to expect during your Brazilian butt lift recovery
The recovery time can vary somewhat from person to person. Following your doctor's preop and postop instructions is critical to the success of the procedure. Be sure to ask a lot of questions during your consultation appointment with a plastic surgeon so you understand completely what is expected of you.
It can take a full 6 months to see the final results and to fully recover from a Brazilian butt. It is important to keep all your postop appointments and follow your doctor's instructions carefully. Do not try to rush it because that can lead to complications and a longer healing time.
Things you will not be able to do
There are many restrictions after Brazilian butt lift surgery, especially during the first 2 weeks. Fully healing from this procedure takes time. Some butt augmentation patients find them too difficult to follow and may choose a different treatment to augment their buttocks.
Here are some restrictions:
- You can go back to work after 1-2 weeks only if you do not have a sitting job.
- Do not sit or sleep on your back for 2 weeks. After 2 weeks, you will require a special pillow that you may use for up to 8 weeks.
- No exercise for 1-2 months, and no heavy lifting for 2-3 months.
- Wear compression garments, which apply pressure to blood vessels to prevent bleeding, for 3-6 months.
How to ensure good results from a Brazilian butt lift?
Following your doctor's preop and postop instructions is crucial to a fast, full recovery and great results. Be sure to select the right doctor with plenty of experience doing Brazilian butt lifts. You can always get several opinions and consultations before selecting your doctor. Take time and consider your options.
Here are some other tips to help ensure good results:
- Do not smoke before, during, or after the procedure.
- Maintain a healthy weight.
- Exercise and get plenty of activity when told to do so.
- Inform your doctor of all your medical history (high blood pressure, blood clotting disorders, etc.), medications (blood thinners, steroids, etc.), and over-the-counter medicines and supplements.
- Have realistic expectations.
Who is a good candidate for a Brazilian butt lift?
A Brazilian butt lift is not for everyone. It is a great procedure for those who have lost the shape and natural roundness of their butt due to aging. However, certain criteria need to be met to consider you a good candidate for this procedure:
- Good weight
- Exercise regularly and lead a healthy lifestyle
- No mental health issues
- Not coerced
- No sagging or excess skin
- Completed puberty
Alternatives to a Brazilian butt lift and implants for gluteal augmentation
There are alternatives to the Brazilian butt lift procedure. If you are looking for something less invasive, dermal fillers, such as poly-L lactic acid (Sculptra) and calcium hydroxyapatite (Radiesse), have been used to improve the contour and shape of the buttocks on a smaller scale.
If you have a large area to fill, it can get pricey using calcium hydroxyapatite or poly-L lactic acid injections. Some patients who just have minor irregularities in the contour of their buttocks or irregular skin surfaces may benefit from liposuction. If you have excess, sagging buttock skin, a traditional butt lift to remove the excess skin may be more appropriate.
There are some substances you can inject into your buttocks for augmentation. Do not trust an unqualified, untrained person who is not a board-certified plastic surgeon to perform a Brazilian butt lift. Patients have died and become seriously disfigured from injections of hydrogel, silicone, and cement. Silicone buttock implants placed by your plastic surgeon are safe.
How long does a Brazilian butt lift last?
Once you are fully recovered, the results from your Brazilian butt lift can last for many years and even over a decade. It does not last forever because your body continues to age and change. To prolong your results for as long as possible, maintain a healthy weight and exercise daily.
The Brazilian butt lift is one of the fastest-growing plastic surgery procedures. They is a safer way to augment the buttocks compared to butt implants, but the procedure still carries risks. Be sure to consult a board-certified, experienced plastic surgeon before undergoing surgery.
When can I start lifting after a Brazilian butt lift?
You can begin light activity and non-strenuous exercise after about 4-6 weeks, provided you are healing well. It may take 2–3 months before you can lift heavy weights or perform strenuous activity. If you try to exercise before the appropriate amount of time, it will lead to complications and delay your healing.
What is the ideal weight before a Brazilian butt lift?
There is no ideal weight for a Brazilian butt lift. As a general rule, you should be within 10 pounds of your ideal weight, or your BMI should be less than 30. Otherwise, you will have to lose weight before the procedure. Obese patients tend to have large fat cells that are not best suited for the procedure.
Will my Brazilian butt lift go away if I lose weight?
Since you cannot control where you lose weight on your body, if you lose more than 10 pounds, it could affect your Brazilian butt lift results. That is why it is best to be at your ideal weight before the procedure. Even gaining too much weight will affect your results.
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