Brazilian Butt Lift in San Francisco
Butts come in all shapes and sizes. Some of us are lucky enough to be born with the derrière of our dreams, but many more are not. Diet and exercise can shape our bodies to a certain degree, but our genetics, skeletal structure and how and where our bodies store fat will ultimately determine the size and shape of our buttocks.
To overcome these genetic limitations, many individuals who wish to improve the fullness and appearance of their posterior opt for a Brazilian butt lift, or BBL. This is a surgical procedure designed to help reshape and restore volume to the buttocks.*
In addition to improving the look of the posterior, BBLs often have the added benefit of making other areas of the body, such as the waist and stomach, appear more toned since fat is harvested from areas with a surplus.*
About Dr. Sieber
A graduate of Loyola University-Stritch School of Medicine and a double board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Dr. Sieber completed a five-year residency in general surgery at Loyola University Medical Center before going on to complete an additional three-year residency in plastic and reconstructive surgery at the University of Minnesota.
Dr. Sieber went on to become certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and has done thousands of Cosmetic and Reconstructive surgeries over the last 6 years of practice.
WHAT IS A BRAZILIAN BUTT LIFT?
Essentially two surgeries in one, the BBL works by taking fat from one area of the body and transferring it to the butt. A BBL usually starts with liposuction, which harvests the fat from another part of the body also known as fat transfer. The most common areas treated with liposuction are the abdomen, flanks, back, inner thighs, and arms.
Dr. Sieber is an expert in traditional liposuction and high-definition liposuction. This part of the procedure helps to establish the waistline and give shape to the upper portion of the buttocks as well as the legs and thighs.
Once the fat has been removed, it is cleaned, processed to remove impurities and excess fluids, and mixed with an antibiotic irrigation. The fat is then strategically injected to shape and contour the buttocks to achieve the desired look. Due to patient safety issues, the fat is never injected into the muscle as there are multiple studies showing that intramuscular injection of fat can be dangerous.
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Brazilian Butt Lift Before and After
AM I A GOOD BBL CANDIDATE ?
With the rise in social media and photo editing apps, it’s common to see images of women with voluptuous booties and tiny waists, but oftentimes these photos are digitally altered and not realistic in real life. Therefore, you should have realistic expectations of what a Brazilian butt lift can and can’t do for your body.
The best candidates will be in good health, have adequate fat stores from which fat can be harvested to transfer to the buttocks, have good skin tone in the hips and butt, and be able to take adequate time off and not sit directly on their butts for at least two weeks.
It’s important to note that Brazilian butt lifts don’t address loose skin on the buttocks or thighs, so if that is a concern, a thigh lift may be a better option.
In this outpatient procedure, Dr. Sieber, San Francisco Plastic Surgeon, will use liposuction to harvest unwanted fat from certain areas on your body, usually the flanks, hips, back, and/or stomach, and carefully place it into your backside.
This dual procedure can help create not only a shapelier backside, but it can also help define the appearance of the parts of your body where the fat was taken.* Each procedure is unique and based on the needs and desires of the patient, but many procedures are designed to create a rounded, lifted, and shapelier buttocks.*
BBL is a major surgery, but it’s important to remember that you cannot expect to get great results by having a quick procedure with little downtime. Although the procedure is major, Dr. Sieber provides a regimented post-operative protocol, which will ensure you heal as quickly as possible.
It’s also important to note that not all of the fat that is transferred to your butt during surgery will survive. About 50 to 75% of the fat cells will survive. Your body will naturally reabsorb and eliminate the rest.
Newly transferred fat cells are somewhat fragile and need to be as undisturbed as possible so that they can establish their own new blood supply and stay put where they were transferred to.
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For the first two weeks during your BBL recovery, sitting directly on your butt may affect the ability of the fat cells to “take,” meaning fewer will survive. Sitting directly on your butt may kill some of the fat cells you need to create the shape you are hoping for, adversely affecting your results.
Because you will not be able to sit directly on your butt for the first 2 weeks after the procedure, you will need to sleep on your stomach or side. When watching TV or working on the computer, lie on your stomach or rest on your hip. You can roll up a towel or yoga mat placed under the thighs to place pressure on the thighs instead of your butt.
Some patients buy a “donut” seat or Boppy pillow for sitting. Normal activity is typically allowed after 8 weeks or so.
You will likely experience a fair amount of swelling in your butt right after surgery, but this should begin subsiding within 48-72 hours. You will likely have extensive bruising and swelling in the area or areas where liposuction and fat transfer was performed, so you’ll need to wear a foam vest and compression garment over those areas for at least 6-8 weeks after the surgery.
Dr. Sieber also recommends that patients receive lymphatic drainage massages starting the day after surgery to maximize healing, reduce swelling, and minimize fibrosis.
Immediately after surgery, the more time you’re able to spend on your feet, the better. You’ll be able to resume light cardio a couple of weeks after surgery and more strenuous exercise about a month after the procedure. At six weeks post-surgery, you’ll be released to full activities.
BBL Cost San Francisco
Although choosing the most-qualified and experienced plastic surgeon for your BBL should be the priority, we understand wanting to know about average BBL cost ranges as well. After all, health insurance rarely covers cosmetic surgery, and paying for medical procedures out-of-pocket can get expensive.
So, how much does a BBL cost in San Francisco? Below, we break down the main factors that will influence your final bill.
How much is a BBL in SF?
Surgeon Fees: All plastic surgeons charge different amounts for their services. There is no standard fee, so this is something you’ll simply need to ask potential surgeons about at your consultation appointment.
Geographic Location: Where the cost of living is higher, the price of medical care is also higher. This is why the cost of BBL may be more than in other cities.
Hospital or Facility Fees: Different plastic surgeons perform surgeries in different locations. Some surgeons have in-office operating rooms while others perform their surgeries at a few local hospitals. Regardless of where you have your procedure performed, the facility is going to charge their own fees to cover expenses for staff, equipment, materials, and the time you spend there.
Surgery Specifics: The extent of your Brazilian butt lift will also influence the cost. That is, if you desire a higher-than-average amount of fat removed via liposuction or if you want additional procedures performed like tummy tuck, this will impact the price tag of your operation.
Incidental Charges: Finally, don’t forget about extra out-of-pocket expenses for things like pre-surgery medical tests, prescription medications, extra surgical garments, transportation, hotel costs, recovery supplies, etc.
Frequently Asked Questions
View our before-and-after photo galleries to see the results our Brazilian Butt Lift patients have achieved.
I have a really flat butt. Will a Brazilian butt lift help give me more of a boost?
A Brazilian butt lift surgery can not only enhance the shape, but it can create a completely new shape to your butt if you’re unhappy with what you have now.*
I’m very thin, and I don’t think I have enough fat to transfer to my butt. Are there other options?
In slimmer patients, some extra fat can be collected from the arms and inner and outer thighs. However, if you don’t have enough donor fat for your procedure, there is a higher risk of contour irregularities from the liposuction.
For those who are very lean with not enough donor fat, skinny BBL or mini BBL may be the only way to achieve the desired aesthetic.
Other treatments such as Sculptra injections are also available to thinner patients. Although not as dramatic as fat transfer, Sculptra can create subtle refinements in the shape of the butt.
My butt has a great deal of cellulite on it. Can my Brazilian butt lift help alleviate that dimpled appearance?
Cellulite appears when fat pushes its way through the connective tissue under the skin, resulting in a dimpled and uneven surface. It’s possible to see some improvement in cellulite after a Brazilian butt lift, however there is also the chance that the increase in fat can place additional pressure on that tissue, making the appearance worse. If cellulite is a concern, Dr. Sieber may recommend treating the cellulite first before completing a Brazilian butt lift.
What can I do to maximize the amount of fat that will survive after my Brazilian butt lift?
The most important thing to do is to follow San Francisco Bay Area Dr. Sieber’s post-operative instructions, found above. Avoid putting direct pressure on your butt for at least the first two weeks, wear the proper compression garments to reduce swelling, and eat enough calories to sustain your body through the healing phase.
To have the best chance of long-lasting results, maintain a healthy diet and active exercise program after surgery. The patients who are the most unhappy after surgery are those who tend to gain weight.
Remember that the newly transferred fat cells will behave like the rest of the fat in your body and are susceptible to weight fluctuations, which could impact the final result.
How long will my Brazilian butt lift last?
Although the butt will naturally change over time due to aging and gravity, a Brazilian butt lift has long-lasting results because the body is being reshaped by transferring fat cells from one area to another.
You can maintain and extend your results by keeping your weight stable and living a healthy lifestyle. Fluctuations in weight can affect the volume in the butt and change the results.
If I can’t sit on my butt, how am I supposed to rest or sleep?
It may seem daunting to avoid sitting for several weeks, but there are a few tips and tricks! For example, you can roll up a towel or yoga mat and place it under your thighs when you sit. This removes the pressure from your butt and places it onto your thighs. There are several butt pillows on the market as well. You can rest or sleep on your stomach or side (as long as fat wasn’t transferred to your hips).
Book Your Consult with the Best BBL Surgeon
Are you interested in learning more about the plastic surgery services offered at Sieber Plastic Surgery in San Francisco and Bay Area, CA? David Sieber, M.D. is a world renowned plastic surgeon who offers a wide range of surgical and non-surgical procedures to patients both from the city and around the world.
*Disclaimer: Results may vary from person to person. Editorial content, before and after images, and patient testimonials do not constitute a guarantee of specific results. For more information contact San Francisco Bay Area Brazilian Butt Lift Near Me Expert Dr. Sieber.