It’s a well known fact that contouring your butt through exercises usually provide little or no improvement. Whether a flat butt is from genetics or from weight loss, it’s almost impossible to significantly alter the shape of your rear. Well, almost. Before the ‘Brazilian Butt Lift’ procedure came along, that is.
Not to be mistaken with silicone butt implants, the Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL) uses your own fat cells transferred from the either your abdomen, love handles, thighs, arms and then strategically reinserted into the buttocks. This is a highly-skilled procedure that creates a curvaceous, more attractive profile due to the new distribution of fat.
Knowing what you want is important – the shape, size and contour differs for each person. Some might be happy with Giselle’s curvy profile, but other’s may want J. Lo’s extension. Providing a picture of your desired outcome during your consultation will help your surgeon understand your needs and advise you accordingly.
An ideal candidate for BBL is someone who is:
- Not more than 20 pounds overweight
- Has realistic expectations
The procedure is relatively simple. Fat is harvested from selected areas of your body through liposuction. This fat is purified, the ‘best’ fat cells kept and strategically injected into your buttocks that need enhancement. The results are youthful, fuller and lifted buttocks without implants. The bonus of getting a BBL is the liposuction needed to yield fat for transfer – you get to remove unwanted fat which contribute to a leaner and more contoured shape overall. No wonder the ASPS (American Society of Plastic Surgeons) reports that the butt lift procedure is the fastest growing cosmetic procedure in the U.S.!
After the BBL procedure, you will be fitted with a compression garment to keep the swelling down and to maintain the shape. The garment is expected to remain for at least 2 weeks, where you are advised not to sit on your buttocks during this period.
With any fat transfer procedure, it is common that not all transferred fat will survive the ‘transition’. A good survival rate is about 70%, which is why your surgeon will usually transfer more than necessary in view of this. What you see after surgery will not determine the end result.
Final results of your shapely, well-rounded buttocks are usually evident 3 – 6 months later.
As with any surgery, the BBL has its complications and risks including assymetry, bubble skin and scarring. These risks can be minimized by thoroughly researching a quality plastic surgeon and planning your surgery with good lifestyle habits and realistic expectations.