How Dangerous Is a Brazilian Butt Lift?
A Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL) procedure can add volume to the butt and remove stubborn fat from other parts of the body. Here, we discuss the short- and long-term effects of a BBL, as well as how to maintain the results after cosmetic surgery.
This permanent cosmetic procedure increases the size of the butt while toning excess fat in areas like the hips and thighs. Once the fat cells have stabilised after your cosmetic surgery, they will remain in place in the butt for some time.
To maximize and maintain the results, patients must maintain a healthy lifestyle and weight. BBL results in fat cells being injected into the buttocks shrinking if you lose weight afterward, reducing their overall volume. Weight gain will also enlarge fat cells, causing the butt to grow.
As the buttocks adapt to the increased volume after a BBL, the skin can feel taut. After 6-8 weeks, the fat grafts undergo a 'fluffing' stage, in which the skin expands to accommodate the fat grafts, making the butt look rounder.
After this cosmetic surgery, the body will absorb 30-50% of the fat moved to the butt in the following 3-6 months. The final result will only become apparent after the fat has stabilized, so your surgeon will take this into account.
As long as you avoid drastic weight changes after the excess fat is absorbed, your BBL results should remain stable.
There are several factors that can contribute to the maintenance of your results:
A cosmetic procedure should always be thoroughly researched and vetted before undergoing it. To conduct a BBL safely and competently, your plastic surgeon should possess both the clinical knowledge and qualifications necessary.
Dr Omar Tillo, our surgeon at the CREO Clinic, pioneered the ‘Buttock Enhancement and Superficial Transfer of Fat’ (BEST-F) technique, which injects fat above the gluteal muscles to minimise risks and maximise safety.
Additionally, it is essential that your chosen surgeon has significant experience performing Brazilian Butt Lifts, as this knowledge is crucial to achieving a long-lasting result.
A BBL's final results are dependent on the patient's body and the amount of fat that can be removed via liposuction and transferred to the butt itself. However, this does not mean that patients with less fat cannot undergo surgery. A 'skinny BBL' can be performed on patients with a lower BMI, where less fat is transferred, but the results are still significant.
In addition to a patient's biological profile, the amount of fat absorbed by the body will depend on the amount of excess fat injected. However, a competent surgeon will be aware of this factor and will inject enough fat in order to achieve desired results.
Maintaining a healthy weight by eating a balanced diet and exercising regularly is essential to long-term BBL results. It may therefore be beneficial for patients to work with a dietician or personal trainer after surgery in order to regulate their weight and to maximize their BBL results.
Following a BBL, you may experience swelling, soreness, and bruising in the butt and liposuction areas. Once your body has healed from cosmetic surgery, this will gradually dissipate. You will also receive detailed aftercare instructions and pain relief prescriptions from your surgeon to ensure that your recovery is as comfortable as possible. Compression garments will also be provided to you to manage swelling and further contour your body.
In order to account for the body absorbing the excess fat, your surgeon may have injected a large amount of fat into the buttocks at this stage. You will gradually see your desired BBL result as your body absorbs the excess and swelling dissipates.
As the swelling dissipates during the first month, it will continue to subside. Throughout the first 6 weeks following cosmetic surgery, you should continue to wear the compression garment provided to you. The skin on your butt may also feel taut and uncomfortable during the first 6-8 weeks as your body gradually adjusts and expands to accommodate the new fat grafts. Once the fluffing stage is complete, the butt will appear and feel more natural.
Your body will absorb 30-50% of the fat injected during the first 3-6 months following BBL surgery, so the butt will shrink in size. Your surgeon will have taken this into account when adding fat for the desired result.
A more voluminous buttocks and a more contoured figure can be seen after six months following BBL, as swelling subsides completely.
Ten years after your BBL surgery, your butt should still look the same. You should, however, maintain a healthy weight and avoid drastic changes to ensure your butt stays plump and perky.
In order to maintain the results of their BBL procedure, many patients are interested in knowing how to do so. The best, long-lasting results can be achieved in several ways:
You will receive comprehensive aftercare instructions from your surgeon immediately following your cosmetic surgery.
For more intensive exercise, you should wait at least 6-8 weeks before returning to work and doing light daily activities. To ensure a complete healing of the wounds, this procedure must be followed.
Keeping your weight in check and, therefore, your BBL results, requires a healthy diet. Ensure that you consume a balanced diet, including fruits, vegetables, and protein sources.
In order to ensure that our patients get the most benefit from their BBL results, we work with a team of dieticians.
In order to maximize the benefits of your BBL and minimise post-surgical swelling, you will be provided with a compression garment after your surgery. During the first six weeks following your BBL procedure, you must wear this device. Additionally, loose clothing may help you heal more comfortably.
It should be possible for you to resume exercising after 6-8 weeks. To ensure that your wounds have sufficiently healed, you should consult your doctor. Exercise is just as important as a balanced diet for maintaining a healthy weight.