One of the first questions a patient will commonly ask at their BBL consultation appointment is, “How long does a BBL last?”
This is a great question, and it certainly makes sense that patients who plan to undergo this substantial procedure will want to be sure of long-lasting results.
Up ahead, we’ll attempt to answer this question as completely as possible, but first, let’s briefly have a look at what a BBL actually entails.
What Is a BBL?
A Brazilian butt lift — or BBL, for short — is a fat transfer procedure that involves removing unwanted fat from one or several areas of the body and re-injecting that fat into the buttock and hips. The first stage of the procedure is performed using liposuction.
Brazilian butt lift surgery has been increasing in popularity in recent years because of the general desire people have for larger bottoms and smaller, “snatched” waists. This is an especially desirable figure for women who naturally have “straight” or “apple-shaped” figures and who want more curves.
How Long Does a BBL Last?
In brief, there’s no simple answer to the question, “How long does a BBL last?”.
Some plastic surgeons like to throw around the time period of five or 10 years, and certainly, this is possible for many patients. We have seen a fat transfer BBL after 10 years do very well.
Still, it’s difficult to give a specific answer to the aforementioned question because there are so many variables involved. Below, we’ll go over a few of the most impactful variables and factors when it comes to determining the permanency of your Brazilian butt lift procedure. Use this information to your advantage, to help maintain your BBL results for as long as possible.
Factors Influencing the Longevity of BBL Results
1. How well the fat adheres during and directly after surgery
First, we need to take a look at how well the fat “sticks” to its new location in the buttock area.
When your surgeon uses liposuction to remove the unwanted fat from your abdomen (or another place where you have pockets of undesirable fat), that fat needs to “survive” the transfer. In other words, it needs to become living fat in its new location, and it will do this when each fat cell achieves a new blood supply in the buttock.
Unfortunately, not all fat is going to survive this process. There is going to be a certain percentage of “fat loss” in every surgery, and the more fat that doesn’t make it, the fewer the number of fat cells that will remain to maintain your results.
2. The migration of fat directly after surgery
Another factor that will impact how long your BBL will last is whether or not the “new fat” ends up migrating during your recovery period.
During the weeks and months directly after your surgery, it is important that you follow all of the aftercare instructions given to you by your surgeon. For example, you will be told to avoid sitting directly on your buttocks. You will be told not to lie down on your back so that you can keep the weight and pressure off of your buttocks.
When patients don’t follow these directions closely is when problems arise and long-term results are affected.
For example, if you were to sit directly on your buttocks or lean on one side of your buttocks for even an hour or so, this could actually cause the fat cells that were injected into your hips and buttocks to migrate to another area. That’s because the fat is still malleable and unstable at this point.
Think of it this way: Directly after BBL surgery, the fat in your buttocks and hips is acting a bit like toothpaste in a tube. That is, if you were to press on one end of a tube of toothpaste, the toothpaste would expand to the opposite end of the tube and cause that side of the tube to expand. There would also be a depression left where you pushed down.
You need to avoid putting any type of pressure on your buttocks for at least several weeks after surgery, or this could compromise your results.
3. How well the patient maintains their body weight after surgery
One of the most important and impactful things you can do after Brazilian butt lift surgery in order to maintain your results is to maintain your body weight. Here’s why:
Every person is born with a certain number of fat cells. If you have liposuction performed, a certain number of fat cells are permanently removed from your body (and they won’t grow back). But some fat cells will always remain — even where liposuction is performed.
On your buttocks and hip areas, you will naturally be receiving additional fat cells during your BBL fat transfer surgery. These cells are ultimately going to act like any other fat cells you’ve ever had in your body. If you gain weight (i.e., if you consume more calories than your body needs), each of the fat cells is going to expand. And your buttocks will expand in size. Even areas where you had liposuction will expand in size.
On the other hand, if you consume fewer calories than your body needs and create a calorie deficit, the fat cells in your buttocks will shrink in size, and you will actually lose results because your overall butt size will shrink.
The sweet spot in terms of body weight after your Brazilian butt lift is simply to maintain the same body weight you had when you had surgery. This is best done through consuming a healthy diet of clean, whole foods and exercising regularly — performing both cardiovascular workouts and strength training exercises
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