Board-Certified Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeons Serving Pensacola, FL & Mobile, AL
Butt augmentation procedures have been growing in popularity for the past decade or so. Having a nicely shaped backside is widely considered attractive in America, and many women want to enhance their butt to fill out their jeans or shorts better. A Brazilian butt lift is a great body contouring procedure that not only shapes the buttocks, but also areas of the body with excess fat.
If you’re interested in a shapelier backside, don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Ben Brown of Restore Plastic Surgery by calling 850-500-7527 to schedule your consultation today. Our office in Pensacola welcomes patients from across Florida, nearby Mobile, Alabama, and throughout the nation.
What Is a Brazilian Butt Lift?
A Brazilian butt lift (BBL) is a popular surgery to shape and augment the buttocks. During the procedure, liposuction is performed on areas that have excess fat such as the stomach, thighs, or back. This fat is then harvested and injected back into the buttocks to obtain a larger, rounder size and shape.
Fat transfer to the butt often results in a more natural look and feel than using an implant. Additionally, the only scars are the tiny ones measuring less than a centimeter created during liposuction.
Brazilian Butt Lift Candidates
You may be a good candidate for a BBL procedure if:
- You have a flat, small, or deflated butt that you feel self-conscious about
- Your jeans and shorts don’t fit well because your butt can’t fill them out
- You are in good health and don’t smoke
- You have realistic expectations for the procedure
- You are able and willing to avoid sitting and sleeping on your back for at least 1 week
- You have enough fat in other areas to be harvested and injected
Where Does the Fat for a BBL Come From?
Fat for a Brazilian butt lift can come from any area on your body with stubborn fat deposits. Common donor areas include the abdomen, thighs, and back, but fat can be taken from nearly any area with a sufficient amount of substance.
If you do not have enough fat to support a BBL, Dr. Brown may recommend implants as an alternative. However, fat transfer is a good option for most patients.
Recovery After a Brazilian Butt Lift
Placing pressure on the buttocks after the procedure could cause contour irregularities or deflation. Because of this, recovering from a BBL involves making temporary adjustments to the way you sit and sleep. Most patients feel that these short-term inconveniences are well worth the results.
A general timeline of recovery after BBL surgery looks something like this:
- Stand or lie on your stomach for 1 week. The only time you can sit is on the toilet.
- Walk slowly for the first 2 weeks. After this, you can resume brisk walks or jogging.
- Return to work after 1 or 2 weeks, depending on your job. If you have a standing desk, you can return to the office, but if you must sit, you’ll need to take at least 1 week off.
- You can sit down again after the first week, as long as you place a cushion under your thighs so that your buttocks are suspended in the air.
- After 4 weeks, you can lie on your back and sit normally again. You can also resume regular exercise.
Your surgeon will provide you with detailed recovery instructions. It’s important to follow them closely to ensure the best results.
Is a Brazilian Butt Lift Permanent?
One of the most exciting things about the Brazilian butt lift is its permanence. Because it utilizes your own fat, the procedure can last for a lifetime. However, it is important to note that malnutrition, extreme weight loss, and lack of exercise can all impact the longevity of your BBL results. We will help you understand how to maintain your newly sculpted derriere to ensure you enjoy your results for years to come.
Will I Need More Than One Fat Transfer for Optimal BBL Results?
You may need more than one procedure to obtain your desired results. However, it may take up to three months to determine if your body has accepted the transfer.
Many patients experience optimal results after just one treatment, but factors that can vary from person to person may necessitate an additional procedure.
Does a Brazilian Butt Lift Leave Scars?
Fat for a BBL is taken from another area of the body through liposuction. Liposuction requires an incision. Incisions leave scars. Generally, these scars fade entirely within six to 12 months, but some of this relies on you.
Taking care of your incisions, getting rest after your procedure, and following all of the pre and postoperative directions provided by our office will help to reduce your risks of visible scarring.
Dr. Brown is a board-certified plastic surgeon who utilizes advanced liposuction techniques that help to reduce scarring risks. If scars develop following your procedure, we can discuss revision procedures to help reduce their appearance.
Brazilian Butt Lift Results
Your Brazilian butt lift will be tailored to your anatomy in order to achieve the best results. Patients should not expect results to look just like their favorite celebrity because each person has a unique body. The buttock size and shape that will look best on you may not be what will look best on someone else.
After your procedure, it can take some time to see your final outcome due to swelling. Once visible, BBL results are meant to be long-lasting. The fat removed with liposuction cannot return to the area. Meanwhile, the fat that remains after being transferred to the buttocks should stay in place indefinitely. You can view before and after photos of our BBL patients in our gallery.
Butt Enhancement Using Implants
If your figure is very slender, you may not have enough fat to harvest for a BBL procedure. Buttock implants can be a good alternative to fat transfer for patients who do not meet this candidacy requirement. You may also consider implants if you want to achieve significant augmentation beyond what a BBL can provide.
Butt implants are made of soft, shaped silicone that is safe for use in the body. They work by adding volume and definition to the backside after surgical placement. Buttock implants are considered permanent and have a high patient satisfaction rating.
In some situations, a combination of fat grafting and implants may be ideal. Your surgeon will recommend an approach based on your physical characteristics and cosmetic goals.
Are There Any Risks with a BBL?
General surgical risks include bleeding, infection, and poor reactions to medication. These are reduced when your procedure is performed in an accredited surgical center and further reduced by the care you take in the days following surgery.
Risks specific to Brazilian butt lift include over or under-correction, asymmetrical results, dimpling, and skin discoloration. When you work with an experienced and board-certified plastic surgeon, these risks are reduced.
During your initial consultation, Dr. Brown will listen to any concerns you have, provide unbiased information about the risks of your procedure, and help you decide if BBL is a good fit for your needs.