We firmly believe that the more information a patient has been provided in advance about an aesthetic procedure, the more satisfied she will be with the results. For this reason, we thought it would be helpful to share the most important questions and answers about a buttock lift so that anyone interested in a Brazilian butt lift can make an informed decision.
How do I know if I am a good candidate for a BBL?
You must be in good medical health to be considered a suitable candidate for any type of aesthetic procedure. If you have heart disease, lung disease, or neurological disorders, you may not be a good candidate for a BBL.
Why should I get a BBL instead of butt implants?
The main difference between a BBL (procedure using autologous fat transfer) and butt implants is how much fat you have in your body. With a BBL by autologous fat transfer, fewer complications occur. Liposuction can also be performed at the same time to give the buttocks more roundness, shape and curvature. Fat (from your own body so there is no risk of rejection) shapes well, can be placed specifically in the areas where it is needed, and helps create a beautiful buttock shape.
Do I need to gain or lose weight before the procedure?
While it varies from person to person, you should be a few pounds over your ideal weight before undergoing BBL surgery. The important factor is that once you gain weight for a BBL, you must maintain the same weight afterwards to maintain the results.
How safe is a Brazilian Butt Lift and what are the risks?
We believe that the Brazilian Butt Lift procedure is very safe – the procedure is also extremely popular. Complication rates are relatively low and the main risks include pulmonary or fat embolism (blood clots in less than 1% of patients) and anemia.
Where will my fat be extracted?
Typically, we extract fat from the typical women’s problem areas of the abdomen, hips and thighs and transplant it into the buttocks after cleaning and preparation. Thus, the buttock lift known as the Brazilian Butt Lift has an added bonus: Simultaneous liposuction of the abdomen-hip area will narrow the overall silhouette and enhance the new curves of the buttocks.
How many scars will there be?
We always try to keep scarring to a minimum. With a BBL, there are small scars (about 4 mm long) in the folds around the buttocks and around the abdominal area. We try to hide as many of these as possible and do most of the injuries in the areas that are hidden. Sometimes the scars are raised after surgery, sometimes they darken, and sometimes you can’t see them at all. The result depends entirely on how individually each body heals.
How long do the results last?
The fat we put into your body is a graft, just like a skin graft, for example. We take fat from one area of your body and inject it into another. A skin graft doesn’t disappear and neither does the fat – this is a very lengthy process. On average, expect about 65% of the injected fat to remain in the area and about 35% to be absorbed by the body. This is why we always inject extra fat grafts.
How long does it take to recover after a BBL? Can I sit?
We advise our patients not to sit at all, if possible, for up to 6 weeks after the procedure. After that, you can sit on a special cushion so that you sit on the back of your thighs and not on your buttocks. There are also special chairs where you can sit comfortably without sitting on your buttocks.
Can I return to regular exercise after a BBL?
We absolutely encourage our patients to exercise after surgery. However, we do not want the patient to do excessive cardio exercise, which may cause her to lose the transferred fat again. To increase cardio and still maintain BBL results, we recommend squats, lunges and strength training – exercises that provide a good workout and even increase results.
When can I return to work after a BBL?
Typically, patients can return to work about a week after the procedure. For our patients, bringing their special pillow to the office and using it in their work chair seems to work well.
You are a good candidate for a butt lift if you have
– Have lost a significant amount of weight and your butt has flattened,
– want to improve your curves and the shape of your midsection,
– have a normal weight, but your skin does not contract as hoped after liposuction due to poor elasticity associated with aging,
– are dissatisfied with the overall shape and lack of firmness of your butt,
– are generally interested in a Brazilian Butt Lift.