what is a Brazilian Butt Lift?
A Brazilian butt lift (BBL) is a surgical procedure that uses a patient's own fat to enhance the size, shape, and projection of the buttocks. This body contouring surgery offers individuals a natural way to achieve a rounder and shapelier buttocks without having to use an implant. Weight loss, aging, and genetics can be the cause of flat, unshapely buttocks. Today, a rounder, more voluptuous rear end is considered desirable. A Brazilian butt lift adds volume to the buttocks to achieve the desired fullness. This process is accomplished by using a specialized fat grafting and transfer technique. First, liposuction is used to remove fat from one area of the body, then it's purified, and transferred to the buttocks. If you'd like to enhance the overall shape and appearance of your backside, call Mesbahi Plastic Surgery in McLean, VA, Washington, D.C., or Beverly Hills, CA to set up an appointment with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Alex Mesbahi.
who is a Candidate for bbl?
The first step in determining if you are a good candidate for a Brazilian butt lift is to schedule a private consultation with Dr. Mesbahi at Mesbahi Plastic Surgery. Dr. Mesbahi will perform a full physical exam to determine if you have an adequate amount of fat on your body to extract for the transfer. If you have a lighter body weight or have limited fat to harvest, you may not be a candidate for this surgery. In addition, it is also important to have healthy skin laxity. If you have wrinkled or sagging skin, you may benefit better from a surgical butt lift. If you are at a good weight, have unwanted fat to remove, and prefer not to use an artificial device, such as an implant, this enhancement surgery can be an ideal choice for you.
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General anesthesia is used for a fat transfer surgery of this nature. BBL qualifies as an outpatient treatment and usually takes about 2 – 3 hours (this depends on the quantity of fat that is being extracted and transplanted). A form of liposuction will be the first step to extract fat from certain areas on the body, such as the hips, abdomen, lower back, and thighs. This fat extraction process is performed at the highest quality and safety. The garnered fat is protected from the open air since it is intricately purified in a closed and sterile centrifuge system. After the purification process, viable fat tissue is harvested and put into syringes. Next is the injection transfer where the healthy fat tissue is reinstated in layers, followed by a gentle massage to ensure the surface is smooth. This step is repeated numerous times until the desired result has been attained.
after your procedure
Following a Brazilian butt lift, you will be released home to heal. Remember, there are separate sections on the body that need recovery time — where the fat was removed and placed. In both areas, there will be some overall discomfort and swelling. It is important to not place extreme weight on the buttocks for around two weeks after surgery. After the swelling has gone away, stunning results will be evident, but in the majority of cases, the full outcome is seen in about 4 – 6 weeks. In addition, the areas where fat was extracted will appear leaner, which often complements your BBL.
brazilian butt lift faqs
Should I get implants or a fat transfer?
If you want to improve the shape and size of your buttocks, you can choose between a Brazilian butt lift or traditional butt augmentation. A BBL uses a fat transfer to enhance the buttocks while a conventional butt augmentation uses silicone implants and tightening techniques to achieve the desired result. Dr. Mesbahi will talk to you about both methods and help you choose which one may be best for you. He will also assess your body to decide which areas would benefit from liposuction (usually the back, stomach, or thighs). If you have a low body fat percentage, you may not be a candidate for a Brazilian butt lift.
How long will my results last?
While a small amount of fat may be reabsorbed by your body after the transfer, the majority of the fat cells will stay in your buttocks for a long time. To preserve your results, you should maintain a steady weight because major weight fluctuation can compromise your outcomes. This is why Dr. Mesbahi highly recommends you be at or near a healthy weight before your Brazilian butt lift.
How can I recover faster after a BBL?
If you want to minimize your healing time following a Brazilian butt lift, Dr. Mesbahi or a member of our team will give you post-operative instructions and tips. You should avoid sitting on your buttocks for at least 14 days as the area heals. Dr. Mesbahi recommends you get a Boppy nursing or donut-shaped pillow, which allows you to sit down with pressure placed on your legs rather than your buttocks. Light stretching and short walks can improve your blood circulation and reduce inflammation. Dr. Mesbahi may also suggest a special post-surgical massage to speed your healing.
Will a Brazilian butt lift remove loose skin?
While it's called a Brazilian butt lift, this name is confusing since it isn't actually a traditional butt lift, which addresses loose and sagging skin from your butt. However, the new volume transferred to your butt during a BBL may fill out some loose skin. If you are concerned about moderate or severe loose skin in your buttocks, you may want a traditional butt lift (gluteoplasty) with your BBL. Dr. Mesbahi can discuss your options based on your goals and physical exam in your initial consultation.
Shape Your Rear
A BBL allows individuals a more natural way to attain the shape and figure they desire. With the world around us honed in on a round, healthy backside, the Brazilian butt lift has quickly become one of our specialties at Mesbahi Plastic Surgery. If you wish to have an enhanced shape to your buttocks and are seeking a natural method, we welcome you to call Mesbahi Plastic Surgery in McLean, VA, Washington, D.C., or Beverly Hills, CA to learn more. We look forward to meeting you.