The Brazilian Butt Lift, also known as BBL, is an increasingly popular cosmetic surgery procedure that enhances the shape and size of the buttocks. The procedure involves a two-step process, beginning with liposuction to remove fat from areas of excess,, most commonly in the abdomen, flanks, or thighs. The harvested fat is then purified and then injected into various areas of the buttocks to achieve a fuller and lifted contour.
Enhancing the shape of the buttocks is just as important as adding volume to areas that are lacking. An important component of the surgery is treating and shaping the surrounding hip, waist and lower back areas to create a beautiful hourglass shape. The lower outer hip area, which can have depressions and are known as “hip dips”, are filled in with fat to create a smooth contour.
Possible complications include infection, fat embolism, irregular contour, and fluid accumulation. It is important to inject the fat evenly and smoothly and to avoid injection into the gluteus muscle where fat can more easily enter the bloodstream resulting in a potentially life-threatening complication.
Buttock Augmentation FAQs
- What is the recovery like after a BBL?
- Swelling and bruising are common initially and will gradually resolve with time. Compression garments are worn to minimize swelling and support your newly sculpted contours. Prolonged sitting must be avoided for several weeks, using a cushion when sitting, and sleeping on the stomach or side to protect the newly transferred fat. Compression Garments: Patients may be required to wear compression garments to minimize swelling and support the newly sculpted contours. Limitations on Sitting: Patients are typically advised to avoid prolonged sitting for the first few weeks to protect the newly transferred fat.
- How much of the injected fat will survive?
- The survival rate of fat transferred during a Brazilian Butt Lift can vary and it's important to note that not all of the transferred fat may survive. The survival rate typically ranges from 60% to 80%. Several factors can influence the survival of transferred fat including surgical technique, patient factors and postoperative care.
- Are the results of BBL permanent?
- Yes, the fat becomes a permanent part of the buttocks for an all natural silicone free result.