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The shape and proportion of the buttocks are important factors for having a well-proportioned body and achieving an hourglass figure. While some people can achieve their desired hourglass shape through exercise, for others, it may not be possible to achieve their desired shape naturally due to genetics, bone structure, and fat distribution. However, there are other ways to achieve the perfect hourglass shape if natural methods don’t work. Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL) surgery has become one of the most popular cosmetic procedures for women. With its ability to enhance and sculpt the buttocks, the procedure has gained widespread recognition and acceptance. Many women who are unhappy with the appearance of their buttocks and body shape or feel that their buttocks are flat or saggy have found a solution in BBL surgery.

Just like any other medical procedure, if you’re considering a BBL, it’s important to do your research, understand everything this procedure entails, and consult with a licensed and experienced plastic surgeon before making a final decision. This article will explore the procedure, its benefits, and potential risks to help you decide if a BBL is right for you.

What is a Brazilian Butt Lift?

A Brazilian Butt Lift is a surgical procedure that involves fat grafting to the buttocks. The procedure enhances the buttocks’ size, shape, and contour. The process involves the removal of fat from other parts of the body, such as the abdomen, thighs, or hips, through liposuction. This fat is then purified and injected into the buttocks and hip area to enhance volume and shape and create a fuller, rounder appearance to achieve the patient’s desired result.

The amount of fat taken out and injected into the buttocks will depend on how much excess fat is available and the desired look the patient wants. A skilled and experienced plastic surgeon should create natural results that complement the patient’s current body type and lead to a well-proportioned look.

The procedure is performed under general anesthesia and can take up to four hours, depending on the amount of fat transferred. Patients must wear a compression garment for several weeks after the surgery to minimize swelling and promote healing.

The Benefits

There are many benefits to Brazilian Butt Lift surgery. One of the most significant benefits is that it can enhance the appearance of the buttocks, creating a more attractive and desirable silhouette. Additionally, the procedure can help to increase self-confidence and self-esteem. Many women who undergo the procedure report feeling more comfortable in their own skin and enjoying a more positive body image.

Another benefit of BBL surgery is that it can address asymmetry or imbalances in the buttocks. Some women may have one buttock larger than the other or a buttock that is significantly saggier. BBL surgery can help to correct these issues and create a more symmetrical appearance. It can also help add volume, shape, and curves to areas where a patient cannot naturally achieve a curvier appearance. For example, a BBL can help women achieve more rounded buttocks and hips and eliminate hip dips. 

BBL surgery can also help to address the signs of aging in the buttocks. As we age, our skin loses elasticity, and the buttocks can begin to sag and droop. BBL surgery can help to lift and firm the buttocks, creating a more youthful and toned appearance while also getting rid of unwanted stubborn fat, which can be harder to get rid of as we age. 

The Risks

Like all surgical procedures, BBL surgery carries some risks and potential complications. One of the most significant risks is the potential for infection. Patients receive antibiotics to prevent infection, but it is still possible for an infection to develop. If an infection does occur, it may require additional treatment, including antibiotics and drainage of the affected area.

Another potential risk of BBL surgery is the formation of blood clots. Blood clots can form in the legs and travel to the lungs, causing a potentially life-threatening condition known as a pulmonary embolism. Patients are advised to move around as soon as possible after the surgery to reduce the risk of blood clots.

There is also the risk of fat necrosis, which occurs when the transferred fat does not receive an adequate blood supply and dies. This can result in the formation of hard, lumpy areas in the buttocks that may require additional treatment or surgery. 

Choosing the Right Surgeon

Choosing the right surgeon is critical when considering BBL surgery. Choosing a board-certified plastic surgeon with experience performing the procedure is essential. Look for a surgeon who specializes in the BBL procedure and has a proven track record of success, and can provide you with before-and-after photos of their previous patients.

When you meet with a potential surgeon, ask questions about their experience, their approach to the procedure, and the potential risks and complications. Make sure that you feel comfortable with the surgeon and that they take the time to listen to your concerns and answer your questions.

Preparing for a Brazilian Butt Lift

If you decide to undergo BBL surgery, there are several things you can do to prepare for the procedure to have the best experience possible. First, make sure to follow your surgeon’s pre-operative instructions carefully. This may include avoiding certain medications, stopping smoking, and refraining from eating or drinking anything for several hours before the surgery.

It is also important to have a realistic understanding of what the procedure can and cannot do. While BBL surgery can create more shapely and attractive buttocks, it is not a magic solution for all body image concerns. Discuss your expectations with your surgeon to ensure that you have a realistic understanding of the potential results. Patients sometimes must gain fat before the surgery if they don’t have enough for fat grafting. 

You should also arrange for someone to drive you home from the surgery and assist you during the first few days of your recovery. You may need to take time off work or other activities to allow your body to heal fully.

Brazilian Butt Lift: Recovery and Results

After BBL surgery, following your surgeon’s instructions is vital to ensure proper healing and reduce the risk of complications. This may include wearing a compression garment to help minimize swelling, avoiding sitting or lying on your back for several weeks, and avoiding strenuous physical activity for several weeks.

You must also follow a specific diet and avoid certain foods for several weeks after the surgery. This is because the transferred fat cells need time to establish a blood supply and integrate into the surrounding tissues. Eating a healthy diet and staying hydrated can help to promote healing and ensure the best possible results.

While the results of liposuction and BBL surgery are often permanent, undergoing surgery does not excuse patients from maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle. Continuing a healthy, balanced diet and an active lifestyle is suggested to maintain BBL results in the long term.

Achieving an Hourglass Shape

Brazilian Butt Lift surgery can be an effective solution for women who are unhappy with the appearance of their buttocks or who want to enhance their curves. However, it is crucial to understand the potential risks and complications associated with the procedure and to choose a qualified, experienced plastic surgeon.

With proper preparation and post-operative care, BBL surgery can help to create a more attractive and confident appearance. Still, it is not a substitute for a healthy lifestyle, including regular exercise and a balanced diet. If you are considering BBL surgery, take the time to research the procedure and consult with a qualified plastic surgeon to ensure that you make an informed decision about your health and well-being.
Ready to get started? Leif Rogers, MD, is an Ivy League-educated, board-certified plastic surgeon and a standing member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. If you’re considering a BBL, get in touch with his team to schedule a consultation.

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