Brazilian Butt Lift
A Brazilian Butt Lift, or BBL, is one of the fastest growing cosmetic surgeries in the country. A BBL is designed to remove excess fat from other areas of the body and re-inject it into the buttocks.
By removing excess fat from the abdomen, outer thighs, or “love handles,” our board-certified surgeons at The Centre, P.C. can effectively reshape the butt, as well as sculpt the waistline for a more contoured body profile.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Fat grafting, also known as fat transfer, is a common cosmetic procedure where excess fat is removed from less favorable areas and reinjected into areas that may be lacking volume or contour. Most patients elect fat removal from problem areas such as the inner thighs, love handles, or abdomen. Fat can be removed from other harvesting sites including the upper arm, bra roll area, and so on.
Fat grafting is dependent on how much fat is available to transfer. You may discuss specific problem areas with your surgeon during a consultation.
Fat grafting for a BBL has three steps: harvesting, purification/ transfer, and placement.
Harvesting sites are selected by a patient and his or her surgeon. A tiny cannula is inserted into these sites to harvest excess fat.
During the purification and transfer stage, impurities are removed from the fat cells and prepared for transfer in small syringes that will be used for fat injection.
Finally, tiny incisions are made at injection sites on the buttocks where the syringe or cannula will be inserted.
During the placement stage, each pass of the cannula deposits fat cells in natural tissue planes. This step is repeated until the desired shape and contour is achieved.
Fat extracted from problem areas is often resistant to diet and exercise. These fat cells will continue to be stubborn once transferred to the buttocks.
For example, if a patient has excess fat transferred to the buttocks, this fat will show gain and loss similar to the way it did before it was transferred. Excessive weight gain or loss could alter the overall shape and contour of a Brazilian butt lift procedure. This is why it is very important to remain at a stable weight to maintain your results.
Up to 40 percent of transferred fat may not survive placement in the buttocks.
After surgery, patients are dressed in a special compression garment to treat the areas where the fat was harvested. The garment minimizes swelling and discomfort during recovery and helps the skin retract after fat injections.
Immediately following surgery, patients can expect swelling and bruising in areas used to harvest fat cells. Pain medication is prescribed to manage any discomfort.
Most patients are up and walking about within 48 hours of surgery. Vigorous exercise should be avoided for approximately four weeks. Because sitting affects blood circulation; patients should avoid sitting directly on the buttocks for a minimum of eight weeks after surgery. Patients should sleep on their stomach or side during recovery. If sitting is absolutely necessary, patients should use an inflatable pillow to avoid direct pressure on the buttocks.
We also provide all of our cosmetic patients with Arnica-Bromelain, a post-surgery nutritional supplement program that is proven to help minimize swelling and bruising.
To be considered a good candidate for a BBL, patients should be within approximately 15 pounds of their goal weight. Remember, patients need excess fat to transfer to the buttocks to achieve optimal results.
Candidates should also be in relatively good health, and ideally without any serious health conditions. While it is not mandated for this surgery, smokers should stop smoking before and after surgery to minimize recovery time.
Finally, good candidates have realistic surgery goals. If you are considering a Brazilian butt lift a board-certified plastic surgeon will assess your candidacy during a consultation.