Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL) is essentially buttock augmentation using your own fat. Named because Brazilian women are famous for their beautiful, curvaceous buttocks, it has increasingly become more popular over the past few years. A common misconception is that this procedure results in huge buttocks. Although a large increase in size can be easily achieved, the Brazilian Butt Lift does not have to result in huge buttocks if not desired. Moreover, the procedure can dramatically enhance shape and contour of the buttocks resulting in a sensual body profile.
Who is a candidate for a Brazilian Butt Lift?
Healthy patients who have buttocks that are flat, sagging, small or asymmetric are good candidates for the Brazilian Butt Lift. Patients should be non-smokers. Also, patients should have an ample amount of fat in their body to obtain for grafting. If there is not enough fat available for the butt lift, buttock augmentation with implants can be performed as an alternative.
How is a Brazilian Butt Lift performed?
The first step is fat extraction. Using liposuction, fat is removed from surrounding areas like the abdomen, hips, thighs and lower back (above the buttocks). Usually three areas are selected. This alone greatly improves the shape of the lower body. Next, the fat obtained from liposuction is then carefully purified. This processing involves separation of pure fat from serum and oils. Using specialized cannulas, the fat is then injected into multiple areas of the buttocks in small aliquots. Careful technique is used to place the fat grafts uniformly at various depths, resulting in a smooth, natural appearance. The procedure is performed under general anesthesia and is about 2-3 hours long. A specialized compression garment is applied at the end of the surgery.
What to expect after surgery?
Dr. Farris and his staff will provide specific instructions regarding your surgery. Postoperative pain is minimal. There may be some swelling and bruising that may last a couple of weeks. The most important thing is to avoid sitting directly on your buttocks for 2 weeks. Pressure on the buttocks during this early phase would cause the small fat grafts to die, compromising results. A specialized compression garment is worn for the first 2 weeks. This garment applies pressure on the surrounding areas but not the buttocks. Many patients find the cushion made by The Booty Buddy to be helpful. This is a seat cushion that supports your thighs while sitting and avoids direct pressure to the buttocks, which hang freely. Strenuous activity and exercise should be avoided for 6 weeks. With any fat transfer, a small portion of the fat does atrophy. However, most of the fat survives and lasts your whole lifetime. If you were to experience dramatic weight loss in the future, it may decrease the size of your buttocks but would not affect the new shape and contour.