The Brazilian butt lift is a surgical procedure performed to reshape the buttock, as well as enhance the overall figure of the patient. The concept has evolved from just increasing the size of the buttock to improving the entire shape of the body. Fat is liposuctioned from one area of the body and then transferred to the buttock.
There are many terms that are used interchangeably for buttock augmentation, which can be confusing. Buttock augmentation, butt enhancement, butt lift and Brazilian butt lift are all terms used to reference buttock augmentation with fat transfer.
Brazilian butt lift (BBL) is the top procedure to increase the size of your buttock. It has become so popular because it can transform your entire shape. Liposuction is performed over several areas depending on the individual patient’s needs, but typically on the flanks, abdomen, back and thighs.
A procedure like the Brazilian butt lift allows Dr. Franco to use your own fat for the augmentation. Thus, when the swelling resolves, you will have a lifted and augmented buttock that looks and feels natural.
This procedure avoids the need for any foreign material and the entire procedure is done with your own body fat. Thus the final result will feel like your natural butt, only enhanced and shaped.
Brazilian butt lift is a popular term that is commonly used to describe a butt augmentation that is performed only with fat transfer. The Brazilian butt lift typically includes liposuction of the abdomen, back and flanks (occasionally other areas as needed). That fat is then processed and used to augment the buttock.
The combination of the liposculpting and the fat transfer has the ability to transform a patient’s shape from square to more of an hourglass figure. This total body transformation is one of the reasons that the Brazilian butt lift has become so popular.
When people talk about fat transfer, it can be done in isolation as is done with a Brazilian butt lift or in combination with butt implants. The fat can be used to augment the buttock or the hips. In patients that have a limited amount of fat to be transferred often have a combination of butt implants and fat transfer.
This way, the implants can create the majority of the butt augmentation, while the fat is used to soften the implants and augment the hips.
In plastic surgery there can be several terms to describe the same procedure. This can also be confusing to patients as some of the terms are used interchangeably. Please discuss your butt augmentation options with a board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Franco. He will be able to help guide you to the procedure that would be best to help you achieve your aesthetic goals.
Brazilian butt lift through fat grafting is becoming increasingly popular as it can be used to treat a wide range of patients.
It may be performed to lift and rejuvenate a deflated buttock after weight loss, aging or pregnancy or even to add shape to a patient who genetically just didn’t have shape in the buttock area. Regardless, patients will undergo improvement in overall body figure as the fat used to shape the buttock is taken via liposuction from other areas of the body.
The process of fat grafting begins with liposuction of the abdomen, flanks and hips or other areas in which patients would want fat removed. This fat is then processed so that only viable fat cells are used to shape the buttock. The fat is then injected in the buttock in very small amounts. This technique allows the buttock to be sculpted without using implants, giving patients a more natural and softer feel.
The first requirement is that patients have to have enough fat to have the procedure. Typically if a patient has a BMI of 22 or greater they will have enough fat to have the procedure and have a phenomenal result.
This allows fat from various areas such as the abdomen, flanks, back and thighs to be harvested and allows Dr. Franco to shape the body while obtaining the fat needed for the augmentation.
As long as you have enough fat for the augmentation and are in good health you would be a good candidate for the procedure. If patients do not have enough fat then they may need butt implants or a combination of fat transfer and butt implants to achieve the shape that they desire.
The amount of fat needed depends on the shape and needs of each individual patient, however in general at least 500cc per buttock needs to be placed to see a significant difference. On average, patients typically receive around 800cc per buttock side for a total of 1600cc of fat transfer.
However, just like breast augmentation, the amount of fat needed varies from patient to patient.
The process of the Brazilian butt lift is not only to add volume to the buttock but to transform the entire shape of the patient from a square appearance to more of an hourglass shape. It is about giving a patient a figure that she will look great in close or a bikini (for the patients here in Austin).
The goal is not to just try and make the biggest butt possible. It is giving the patient a shape they will love for years to come!
Good candidates for BBL are in good physical and emotional health. They desire a more sculpted and shaped buttock. They must be at a normal weight, as they need to have sufficient areas of fat that can be liposuctioned.
Patients must also have good skin elasticity so that the areas that are liposuctioned can shrink down and improve overall shape. Most importantly, patients must have realistic expectations about what can and cannot be done in terms of results. This should be discussed with Dr. Franco at the initial consultation.
Patients should also be in good physical and mental health. They should not be taking any medications that would affect their surgery and should be at a good weight for their surgery.
Brazilian butt lift is an outpatient surgical procedure that usually takes several hours to complete. Patients require general anesthesia.
Once the fat has been liposuctioned from the predetermined areas, it is then processed so that only viable fat cells are used to shape the buttock. Small incisions are made for the liposuction and the fat injections.
When the procedure is completed, the patient will be wearing a compression garment s except on the area of the buttock, which will either have no compression garment or a modification so there is no pressure on the sculpted area.
The results from a Brazilian butt lift are dependent on the amount of fat that is used to sculpt the buttock. The amount used depends on the preoperative discussion with Dr. Franco and the amount of fat that is available to be used for grafting. Extremely thin patients often do not have sufficient fat for adequate augmentation.
The amazing thing about fat grafting is that it is your body’s own natural fat, and the results are very natural in both appearance and feel. Because the buttock is individually sculpted, the results will vary from patient to patient.
Fat, unlike other fillers, lasts for years, as long as the patient’s weight is stable. As we age, we naturally lose fat over the course of our lifetime, so some of the fat in your buttock may decrease over time.
This procedure has some of the inherent risks of any surgical procedure, which include infection, bleeding and the need for secondary procedures, however this is rare. Problems with the procedure occur when overzealous amounts of fat are used to augment the buttock or improper technique is used.
The cost of this procedure depends on a few variables, like the length of the procedure, the technique used, the amount of fat transferred to the targeted area, and other various factors. During your consultation with Dr. Franco, be sure to ask about the price of the procedure and any other questions you may have about cost.
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If you think you are a good candidate for a Brazilian butt lift and would like to learn more about this procedure, contact the office of board-certified plastic surgeon Johnny Franco, M.D. to schedule a consultation.