Want a backside like Kim Kardashian or J.Lo? Your answer could be the Brazilian butt lift. In this article, we’ll explain everything you need to know about this highly effective procedure and what it could mean for your figure.
What is a Brazilian butt lift?
The goal of a Brazilian butt lift or BBL is to enhance the appearance of the buttocks. This is achieved by taking fat from elsewhere on the body (usually the abdomen, hips, or upper arms) and transferring it to the buttocks area. The entire process is done in one surgery and involves both liposuction (the harvesting of the unwanted fat from the donor area) and fat grafting (the reintroduction of the fat in and around the buttocks).
The Brazilian butt lift is a popular procedure because it does two major things:
- It reduces unwanted fat on certain area of the body (abdomen, hips, upper arms, thighs, breast area).
- It reshapes and recontours the buttocks, adding volume at key points in order to achieve a rounder, perkier, more proportioned buttocks shape.
Why might someone want to reshape their buttocks?
Everyone has a different figure. Some people have a classic hourglass figure, with a waist circumference that is significantly smaller than their buttocks/hip circumference. Others have more of an apple shape with a waist circumference that is the same or larger than their buttocks/hip circumference. Still others have a slim, straight figure, with few to no curves.
When an individual wants to improve the shape of their figure, this can sometimes be achieved through diet and exercise. Someone who has an apple shape may be able to reduce volume in their abdomen by losing five or 10 pounds on a diet, for example. Alternatively, someone with a straight figure may be able to put on some weight by changing their diet or add muscle with exercise for a bit of toning.
But at a certain point, diet, exercise, and lifestyle only go so far. There’s no real way to change your original body shape other than plastic surgery. This is where the Brazilian butt lift comes in.
The desire to change the size and shape of your buttocks is not uncommon. Many individuals are looking for that classic hourglass figure. They want buttocks that are well-shaped, smooth in appearance, and full and round. Likewise, they want a slim waist to go along with their new backside. With a Brazilian butt lift, they can achieve both of these goals with one procedure.
What happens in Brazilian butt lift surgery?
When you arrive for surgery, your surgeon will mark your body again as these markings will help them organize the fat harvesting and fat grafting during surgery.
You will then be prepped and moved to the surgical theater where you will be given anesthesia for your comfort. You will not be awake during surgery. Local anesthetics will also be used to limit blood flow and provide extended pain relief after surgery.
Small incisions will then be made in inconspicuous locations. These locations will vary based on where you’re having fat harvested. At this point, the liposuction portion of the procedure will begin. Your surgeon will insert a cannula into the incisions, agitate the fat cells, and remove it into a sterile container. Once all of the necessary fat has been harvested, it will be time to purify the fat by straining it and making it smoother in anticipation of reinsertion.
Lastly, the fat will be reintroduced into the buttocks in strategic areas. The final goal is, of course, to create the silhouette you were ultimately after and the one you undoubtedly explained to your surgeon pre-surgery. Reintroducing fat into the buttocks in just the right way so as to achieve your goal is an art, and it’s important to find a plastic surgeon with plenty of experience and expertise in this area.
The incisions will then be sewn up, and you will move to recovery.
What should you expect before your surgery?
You must have a consultation appointment before scheduling your Brazilian butt lift surgery. At this appointment, your surgeon will take a look at your body and probably mark it, assessing where fat should be removed and where it should go to add volume and change the shape of your buttocks.
If you are a good candidate for Brazilian butt lift surgery, you will schedule your appointment with your surgeon. Be sure to block off at least two weeks (or the time period that your surgeon tells you) after your surgery as you will need time to recover from the procedure. Your doctor will give you additional instructions as well. For example, you’ll need to have someone reliable to pick you up and take you home post-surgery, and you’ll need to follow detailed care instructions for your surgical sites.
Additional instructions will be given as well, and these will vary depending on your habits and circumstances. For example, if you’re a smoker, you may need to cease smoking for a certain amount of time prior to surgery as nicotine can cause constriction and narrowing of the blood vessels. This may cause problems for the acceptance of the transferred fat cells into the buttocks area during recovery. Likewise, you may need to cease or change any supplements or medications you are taking, whether they are over-the-counter or prescribed. Always tell your surgeon about every one of your dietary supplements and medications during your consultation appointment.
What is recovery like?
Because a Brazilian butt lift surgery actually involves two procedures (liposuction and fat grafting), recovery times may take slightly longer. For most patients, normal activity can resume after one to two weeks, and after three or four weeks, vigorous exercise can resume. It’s important that you’ve taken time off from work or school prior to surgery so that you are able to nurture your body and allow for adequate rest. You’ll be back on your feet in no time and loving the new body you’re in.
How do you know if you’re a good candidate for Brazilian butt lift surgery?
Good candidates for Brazilian butt lift surgery must have realistic expectations about what their surgery will achieve. It’s always important to remember that celebrities who post pictures of themselves online often have altered photos. Butts come in a variety of shapes and sizes. While the Brazilian butt lift surgery can certainly help you achieve the backside you’ve always dreamed of, you should make sure that you keep your expectations realistic at the same time.
In addition to having realistic expectations, good candidates for Brazilian butt lift surgery are healthy, both physically and mentally. You should have a good skin tone, with plenty of elasticity, especially around the butt and hip area. At the same time, remember that this surgery does not take care of any loose skin that may have been caused by drastic weight loss or pregnancy.
Want to Learn More? Contact Sieber Plastic Surgery Today to Schedule a Consultation
If you’ve been thinking about getting Brazilian butt lift surgery, now is the time! Dr. Sieber has extensive experience performing this procedure and would be happy to discuss your options with you. A Brazilian butt lift is an excellent way to reshape your body and boost your confidence and self-esteem.
Contact Sieber Plastic Surgery today to book your consultation appointment. We look forward to hearing from you!