Booty Transformation: How a BBL Can Help Me! 2024



Updated on 10/2/2023
Mai DelacruzBy Mai Delacruz
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Brazilian butt lifts (BBLs) are elective surgery in which fat is transferred from one part of the body to the buttocks to sculpt their shape and enhance their size. Some people may perform a procedure such as this to fit better in their clothes; for example, proportions may be more important to others.

In addition to being more natural-looking than butt implants, BBL surgery is associated with far less risk of infection.1 No matter why one chooses BBL surgery, two benefits are universal: the result is more natural-looking than butt implants, and the procedure is associated with far less risk of infection.

This article aims to explain why some people opt to have a BBL, who is a good candidate, and what preparation you should do.

During a BBL, what happens?

Liposuction is used during BBL surgery to collect fat from hips, abdomens, or thighs. The cheeks are contoured and enhanced by injecting purified fat into the butt cheeks.

It is possible that some of the transferred fat cells will not survive, so your surgeon may inject some extra fat to compensate. It won't take long to see the full results once the swelling has subsided and the new fat cells have been incorporated.

Genetics and lifestyle play a significant role in determining the shape of your body. Everyone stores fat differently, and your skeletal structure dramatically impacts your overall condition.

A person's natural shape can be altered (to an extent) by factors such as pregnancy or weightlifting.

BBLs are not essential to your health and are done solely for aesthetic reasons. If you work out and eat well but are unsatisfied with the shape of your body, a BBL may be able to give you a look you want.

Men or women can choose a BBL for a variety of reasons, such as:

  • Maintaining a balance between upper and lower body proportions
  • Creating an hourglass shape
  • Implant-free buttock augmentation
  • Fitting clothing better
  • Reducing body fat in other areas
  • Cellulite or dips in the hips or buttock(s) can be filled in with filler

A board-certified plastic surgeon should perform any cosmetic procedure. 

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Is BBL Surgery Right for You?

Sufficient fat stores in other parts of the body must be available for a successful BBL surgery.

Those who plan to maintain their current weight are the best candidates for a BBL. You may experience undesired changes in your overall physique after a body contouring procedure such as BBL.

You should wait until you've reached a stable weight before getting a BBL if you plan to become pregnant or undergo weight loss surgery like a gastric bypass.

Before BBL surgery, it is essential to be in good physical health. It is possible to have a healthy recovery by exercising regularly, eating well, and having a positive mindset.

There are other options as well.

People with sagging skin or fragile bodies may not be good candidates for BBLs. Even though a BBL can lift excess skin, it doesn't fill out the area.

If you want to achieve your desired results (such as a body lift surgery), an experienced plastic surgeon can suggest alternative procedures. During BBL, your surgeon may have difficulty finding adequate fat stores to harvest for transfer if you have low body fat. Implants may be recommended instead in this situation.

In consultation with your surgeon, you can discuss all your options.


Disorders of body dysmorphia

A BBL may help boost your self-esteem by reshaping areas of your body. Insecurities such as those caused by eating disorders or depression cannot be healed through cosmetic procedures.

When people suffer from body dysmorphic disorder, they believe that they need to "fix" their bodies when, in fact, they are unable to see themselves as the rest of the world sees them. In body dysmorphic disorder, people believe their flaws are invisible to others.

According to studies, cosmetic surgery patients are more likely to suffer from body dysmorphic disorder (10%) than the general public (2.4%).

Most plastic surgeons cannot diagnose psychological or psychiatric conditions such as body dysmorphic disorder. Additionally, psychiatric evaluations are not required before surgery.

Most patients who undergo cosmetic procedures find that their emotional symptoms worsen or remain unchanged after investing time and money and risking their safety.


Expectations management

To get the most out of a BBL, it is essential to set realistic expectations. Your surgeon must work with you to ensure that the results you seek (e.g., a more rounded appearance and a more athletic profile) are achievable.

Ask all your questions and express your reasons for getting the surgery. When you and the surgeon can discuss images together, it helps to have those discussions.

It is better to refer to patients with a similar starting point as yourself rather than celebrities. You can ask your surgeon to show you before-and-after photos from their practice, which can give you an idea of the possibilities, even though everyone's results are different.

The impact of a BBL on your body can only be determined after you have fully recovered.


The impact of a BBL on your body can only be determined after you have fully recovered.

The day before surgery

A medical clearance and lab testing will be required. Your surgeon will advise you of the specific lab tests you will need to undergo before your surgery. Tests will ensure your heart and lungs are strong enough to handle anesthesia.

The surgeon will make sure you are in good health before you undergo surgery so that you can recover quickly. You'll begin preparing for surgery in the weeks leading up to your scheduled BBL surgery. For optimal wound healing, it is recommended that you stop smoking four weeks before the BBL surgery.

The procedure is typically performed under general anesthesia, intravenous sedation, or local anesthesia.

To ensure your safety, your surgeon may recommend a less invasive procedure if you have a genetic bleeding disorder or an autoimmune disease that could impair your recovery.


Hip Dips' Words of Wisdom

The right candidate can achieve satisfactory results with a BBL. You can improve your self-esteem and confidence by having a BBL if you are in good health, financially capable of affording it, and mentally prepared to undergo it.

The best thing for your body is what you decide for yourself. Whether to undergo a BBL depends on your research and consultation with a qualified surgeon.


Frequently Asked Questions

What are the benefits of BBL surgery?

Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL) surgery has several benefits, including enhancing the size and shape of your buttocks, improving body proportion and contour, and providing a fuller and more lifted appearance. BBL can also improve the symmetry of your buttocks, correct sagging or drooping, and give you a more youthful appearance.

How can I increase my BBL results?

To increase the effectiveness of your BBL results, it is recommended to maintain a healthy diet, drink plenty of water, and avoid smoking. Additionally, it is crucial to avoid sitting directly on your buttocks for at least two weeks after the procedure, as this can affect the healing process and the final results. Wearing a compression garment and following a proper exercise routine can also help to optimize the results of your BBL surgery.

Can you achieve a BBL look from working out?

While exercise can help tone and firm the buttocks, it may not provide the same results as BBL surgery. BBL is designed to enhance the size, shape, and fullness of the buttocks through fat transfer or implant placement. However, regular exercise can complement the results of BBL surgery and help maintain the overall appearance of your buttocks.

Does a BBL change your body shape?

: BBL surgery can change the shape of your body by enhancing the size and contour of your buttocks. By removing fat from other areas of the body and transferring it to the buttocks, BBL can create a more hourglass figure, enhancing the curves of the waist and hips.

Does BBL make your thighs bigger?

BBL surgery does not necessarily make your thighs bigger, as the procedure only involves fat transfer to the buttocks. However, if liposuction is performed on the thighs to harvest fat for the BBL, there may be some swelling and temporary enlargement of the thighs.

What happens to a BBL when you get old?

The results of BBL surgery may change over time as the body ages, but the overall effect on your body shape should still be noticeable. It is important to maintain a healthy lifestyle and exercise routine to ensure the longevity of your BBL results. Some patients may also choose to undergo touch-up procedures to maintain the results of their BBL surgery as they age.