Even with a rigorous exercise routine and strict dieting, it can be nearly impossible to change your body’s fat distribution. This means that even if you’re at your target weight, you may not be happy with your body’s overall shape. Most often, what patients desire is a greater waist-to-hip ratio — that is, a smaller waist and larger, rounder hips.
However, while you may not be able to exercise and diet your way to this figure, luckily, there is a cosmetic procedure called a Brazilian butt lift (BBL) that can help.
What Is a Brazilian Butt Lift?
The aim of a Brazilian butt lift— also known as buttock augmentation or gluteal augmentation with fat grafting — is to enlarge the buttocks and hips while slimming other areas with liposuction. Before this procedure became available, the primary way to enlarge the buttocks was with buttock augmentation — or implants. However, when it comes to butt implants vs BBL, implants are not ideal for many patients. This is why the advent of the BBL has been so groundbreaking.
With a BBL, patients are able to use their own body fat to plump up the butt and hips. Not only are the results much more natural this way, but patients are also able to slim down other areas. For instance, if you have a few extra pounds around your waist that you would like to get rid of, and if diet and exercise have been unable to help, you may be able to simply undergo a Brazilian butt lift, and the liposuction phase of the procedure will instantly make your waistline smaller.
Brazilian butt lifts are similar to breast fat transfer procedures, which also use a patient’s own fat to add volume to the breasts and help them go up a cup size or two. Liposuction can be performed on numerous areas of the body — including the waist, upper and lower back, thighs, and arms. Once the fat has been removed, it is processed and reinjected, all in one surgery.
Who Are the Best Candidates for a Natural BBL Surgery?
The best candidates for Brazilian butt lift surgery are in good overall physical health and are non-smokers. You should not have any serious health conditions that may hinder your ability to heal or put you at risk when going under anesthesia.
Your skin should also have a healthy elasticity. This isn’t to say that someone with loose skin that is sagging or wrinkled cannot undergo a successful BBL. But they may require additional treatments to achieve their goals.
Keep in mind that the BBL procedure does not only involve injections of fat. Patients also need to be quality candidates for liposuction in addition to being qualified for the entire fat transfer process. Therefore, candidates for BBL surgery must have enough excess fat to remove and transfer. With that said, there is such a thing as a skinny BBL. This surgery is more like a mini BBL where a smaller amount of fat is removed and transferred.
Finally, patients need to have realistic expectations when it comes to their BBL results. While it is certainly likely that cosmetic surgery can improve your self-confidence and the way you feel about your appearance, it’s also important to be realistic and understand the procedure’s limitations — as well as its possible risks and complications.
Female and Male BBL
Many patients assume that only females get Brazilian butt lifts. But, in fact, an increasing number of men are getting BBLs today. Many men are unhappy with the way their backsides look. They want to improve the athleticism of their buttocks or reshape their lower half entirely after weight loss. The Brazilian butt lift is a perfect way to do this.
How to Prepare for a BBL
To prepare for your posterior enhancement, you first need to book a consultation appointment with Dr. Raj.
Consultation appointments are one of the most important elements of the procedure planning stage. This is where you’ll get a chance to meet Dr. Raj face-to-face and talk about what you’d like to get out of your surgery. Be sure you are prepared by having an idea and photos of what you want to achieve. You might take a look at our BBL before and after pictures to start.
At your appointment, you will also discuss whether you are a good candidate for the procedure, projected costs for the procedure, and what lifestyles changes you’ll need to make, if any, before you can schedule your surgery.
Overall, some Brazilian butt lift patients will need to go through a complete physician’s checkup before scheduling their procedure. You may need to make some changes to your lifestyle, depending on your health and habits. For example, some patients will need to get a few extra tests before they can schedule surgery. Those who take certain medications or supplements may also need to stop or alter these before surgery. And finally, smokers will need to abstain from using tobacco for at least a few weeks prior to their procedure.
What Happens During a BBL?
While everyone’s experience with the Brazilian butt lift procedure will be unique, we expect most surgeries to be planned in the following manner:
1. Arrival at the accredited facility on surgery day
Dr. Raj’s staff will guide you where you need to go, and you will meet with Dr. Raj before heading into the operating room. If you have any last-minute concerns or questions, you will be able to discuss these with Dr. Raj.
He will make several markings on your body to plan the liposuction and fat injections. Finally, he will go over aftercare instructions with you as you will be rather disoriented after the procedure and beforehand is a better time to discuss what steps you’ll need to take during recovery.
2. Administration of general anesthesia
General anesthesia will be administered prior to surgery. This is for your comfort and safety during the procedure. A solution numbing agent will then be injected into the skin at the treatment sites.
Dr. Raj will use a cannula (a thin, hollow tube made of metal) to loosen the fat and suction it out.
4. Fat processing
Using a special procedure, Dr. Raj will process the fat and prepare it for reinjection.
5. Fat injections
Dr. Raj will then reinject the fat into the buttocks area, filling out areas to give a natural, contoured appearance or whatever goal you are looking for. This is an artistic process that requires an artistic eye.
6. Short period in recovery before going home
Finally, you will be taken to a recovery room for a short period. Before you are allowed to go home, a trusted friend or family member should arrive to drive you.
What Is Recovery From a BBL Like?
Recovery from a Brazilian butt lift will require some downtime. Most patients should take off between one and two weeks of work and/or regular responsibilities. It may actually be better to err on the side of more time off, if possible. That’s because you won’t be able to sit normally on your buttocks for at least two weeks.
Dr. Raj recommends the use of a BBL pillow, which will help offset the weight distribution when sitting on your butt. Not putting pressure on your buttocks for as long as possible will ensure that a maximum number of fat cells survive the transfer.
A certain amount of bruising and swelling is normal after Brazilian butt lift surgery. Some pain will be present as well, but Dr. Raj will provide you with pain management options.
Within one to two weeks, you will be able to return to work and to many of your daily activities, social gatherings, and even some light exercise like brief walks. Normal exercise can be resumed at around the six-week mark. At this point, incision wounds will be healed, and you’ll notice a marked improvement in swelling.
Right away after your surgery, you probably won’t be able to see the results from your procedure. This is because of the amount of swelling that will inevitably occur.
Once the swelling starts to decrease, however, and as long as you follow the aftercare instructions provided for you by Dr. Raj, you should start to see your results. By the six-week mark, you should see most of your results. However, it may take up to six months or even a year to see your complete BBL results.
Possible BBL Complications and Risks
As with any major surgery that involves general anesthesia and incisions, Brazilian butt lifts come with some possible complications and risks that all patients should be aware of. These include the following:
- Stretch marks
- Excessive blood loss and blood clots
- Pulmonary or cardiac complications
- DVT (deep vein thrombosis)
- Fat embolism (fat gets into the bloodstream and ends up in the lungs)
- Fat or surrounding tissue necrosis
The good news is that when the proper techniques are followed and the surgery is performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon with experience, Brazilian butt lifts can be very safe. It is an extremely common procedure in the USA today.
FAQ: The Brazilian Butt Lift Procedure
Where can I get a BBL near me?
Dr. Raja Mohan performs Brazilian butt lift surgeries for patients in the Dallas, Fort Worth, Arlington, Plano, Frisco, Grapevine, Southlake, Irving, and Las Colinas, Texas areas. If you live in any of these areas and are interested in augmenting the shape of your hips and buttocks, Dr. Raj can help you achieve your appearance goals.
Will I need a BBL chair or BBL pillow?
Yes, Dr. Raj does have his patients use special BBL pillows.
A BBL pillow offloads pressure that would normally be on the buttocks when sitting, and transfers it to the thighs. This is necessary so that as much fat as possible can survive from the fat transfer process.
There is also such a thing as a BBL chair, a BBL mattress, and even a BBL bed. Getting the BBL pillow after your surgery should suffice in ensuring proper recovery and optimal results from your procedure.
What is the cost of a BBL?
The cost of a BBL will naturally vary from patient to patient. Essentially, the overall price will depend on how much fat needs to be removed via liposuction and what types of augmentation you would like to have performed on the buttock area.
Likewise, if you’ve opted for additional procedures, the overall cost will also be higher as a result. For example, many women are interested in getting a mommy makeover after they are done having children.
This procedure involves slimming, contouring, and augmenting the body and breasts in various ways so as to help women counteract the effects of pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding. It may include any of the following: a breast lift, breast augmentation, breast augmentation mastopexy, breast reduction , a tummy tuck, liposuction, and more.
Can you combine a BBL with other procedures?
Absolutely. It is quite common, in fact, for patients to be interested in combining a Brazilian butt lift with other procedures such as a tummy tuck , breast augmentation , or a breast lift . Mommy makeovers are also combination operations that include many of these procedures in one surgery.
How much fat will survive in its new location?
Every fat cell that is removed and relocated to the buttocks must survive to be effective at adding volume to that area. Most of the time, between 50% and 80% of the transferred fat survives.
For optimal results, it is essential that patients follow the aftercare instructions given to them. This will help ensure the survival of as much fat as possible. Remember that you will not see all of your results immediately, and it may take anywhere between six to 12 months to fully see what this procedure has done for your figure.
Schedule a BBL Consultation Today
Ready to schedule your BBL consultation with Dr. Raj?
Contact us today to make an appointment. Once you have been confirmed as a good candidate for this procedure, we can schedule your surgery date, and you can start looking forward to enjoying your brand-new figure!