Brazilian butt lifts (BBLs) are an elective surgery in which fat is transferred from one part of the body to the buttocks to sculpt their shape and enhance their size. A procedure such as this may be performed by some people 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 end result is more natural-looking than butt implants, and the procedure is associated with far less risk of infection.
The purpose of this article is to explain why some people opt to have a BBL, who is a good candidate, and what preparation you should do.
Liposuction is used during BBL surgery to collect fat from hips, abdomens, or thighs. By injecting purified fat into the butt cheeks, the cheeks are contoured and enhanced.
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 for you to see the full results once the swelling has subsided and the new fat cells have incorporated.
Genetics and lifestyle play a significant role in determining the shape of your body. Fat is stored differently by everyone, and your skeletal structure has a huge impact on your overall shape.
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 workout and eat well, but are unsatisfied with the shape of your body, a BBL may be able to give you the look you want.
A BBL can be chosen by men or women 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
Any cosmetic procedure should be performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon.
For a successful BBL surgery, sufficient fat stores in other parts of the body must be available.
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 important to be in good physical health. It is possible to have a healthy recovery by exercising regularly, eating well, and having a positive mindset.
People with sagging skin or very thin bodies may not be good candidates for BBLs. Despite the fact that 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 very low body fat. Implants may be recommended instead in this situation.
In a consultation with your surgeon, you can discuss all your options.
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 that 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 are unable to 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, money, and risking their safety.
In order to get the most out of a BBL, it is important to set realistic expectations. It is important that your surgeon works with you to ensure that the results you seek (e.g., a more rounded appearance, a more athletic profile) are indeed achievable.
Ask all of the questions you have and express your reasons for getting the surgery. When you and the surgeon are able to discuss images together, it helps to have those discussions.
It is better to refer to real patients who have a similar starting point as yourself rather than celebrities. You can ask your surgeon to show you before-and-after photos from their practice. This can at least 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.
A medical clearance and lab testing will be required. You will be advised by your surgeon of the specific lab tests you will need to undergo before your surgery. Tests will be performed to ensure that 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. In the weeks leading up to your scheduled BBL surgery, you'll begin preparing for 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.
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. Choosing whether or not to undergo a BBL depends on your research and consultation with a qualified surgeon.