The Skinny BBL Revolution: What's the Deal 2024

Skinny BBL

Skinny BBL

Updated on 3/1/2024
Mai DelacruzBy Mai Delacruz
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The Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL) has gained popularity in recent years, with celebrities such as the Kardashians and Cardi B turning to the procedure to enhance their buttocks. The BBL was first created by Dr. Ivo Pitanguy in the 1960s and has recently made a resurgence in popularity due to pop culture. The procedure typically involves the use of silicone gel implants or the transfer of fat through liposuction to shape and enhance the buttocks.

Liposuction with fat transfer is the most popular method for butt augmentation as some patients prefer a more natural look, as opposed to using butt implants. Board-certified plastic surgeons see two distinct groups of BBL patients, those who want an exaggerated augmentation and those who want a more subtle enhancement of the buttocks and hips. The Skinny BBL aims to achieve beautiful and balanced results through the strategic placement of fat, rather than the amount of fat harvested and transferred.

In this article, we will provide a comprehensive overview of the Skinny BBL and what it entails

The Art of Sculpting: Understanding Skinny BBLs

For some patients, a subtle enhancement of the buttocks may be desired. Patients who fit this category tend to be thin, physically fit, with flat butts, dips in the hips, or a lack of transition from the waist to the butt. The Skinny BBL offers a solution for these patients, increasing the volume of the butt, smoothing out hip dips, and rounding out the butt.

During a Skinny BBL procedure, two procedures are performed at once. While butt implants augment the butt, they do not contour other areas of the body. The Skinny BBL procedure can be enhanced through the use of VASER® high-definition liposuction, which can improve natural body contours and reveal bra bulges, abdomens, waists, and thighs. The sculpting of the buttocks with fat injections adds projection, volume, and enhances the shape of the butt.

The Skinny BBL offers a unique solution for patients seeking a subtle enhancement of the buttocks while also contouring other areas of the body.

 

The Ideal Candidate for Skinny BBL: Are You a Fit?

The Skinny BBL procedure is a great option for individuals who fit certain criteria. Ideal candidates for Skinny BBL include:

Individuals who are reasonably fit and have less body fat to harvest. They may struggle to build a bigger butt naturally.

Healthy non-smokers who are committed to a healthy lifestyle.

Women under the age of 25 who are looking to enhance the shape and appearance of their buttocks.

It's important to note that the Skinny BBL will not significantly increase the size of the buttocks. However, it can improve their appearance and shape by providing better definition and rounding out the butt. If you are slender or have less body fat, the Skinny BBL may be the ideal solution for you to achieve the look you desire.

 

The Fine Line of Fat: Understanding Fat Requirements for Skinny BBL

The amount of fat required for a Skinny BBL procedure varies based on several factors such as the patient's height, weight, body fat percentage, anatomic variations, and aesthetic goals. While high volume BBLs have fat volumes exceeding one liter per buttock, a Skinny BBL typically uses between 500 to 800cc of fat, sometimes even less. The focus of the Skinny BBL is on shaping the buttocks, rather than increasing their size, with natural results being the ultimate goal. The aim is to enhance the existing curves and create a balanced, proportional look, rather than exaggerated curves.

The Road to Recovery: Understanding the Timeline for Skinny BBL

The recovery process after a Skinny BBL procedure is similar to that of a traditional BBL. After the procedure, you can expect some temporary side effects such as swelling, bruising, pain, and the need to avoid putting pressure on the grafted fat area. To aid in the recovery process, it's recommended to follow certain guidelines, such as avoiding sitting on hard surfaces for more than 45 minutes, walking every hour, and sleeping on your stomach or side.

Typically, patients can resume cardiovascular activities within 2-3 weeks of the surgery. However, the final results of the Skinny BBL procedure will not be fully visible until the swelling has resolved. It's important to follow the post-operative instructions provided by your surgeon to ensure a smooth and successful recovery.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Skinny BBL?

Skinny BBL, or Skinny Buttock Lift, is a type of Brazilian Butt Lift procedure designed specifically for individuals who have a thin and flat buttocks and desire a more shapely and contoured appearance. This procedure typically involves removing excess fat from other areas of the body, such as the hips, thighs, or abdomen, and transferring it to the buttocks to enhance their size and shape.

Who is a candidate for Skinny BBL?

Skinny BBL is ideal for individuals who have a thin and flat buttocks and desire a more shapely and contoured appearance. Additionally, individuals who are in good overall health and who have enough excess fat in other areas of the body to be used for the fat transfer process are also good candidates for Skinny BBL.

How is Skinny BBL different from traditional Brazilian Butt Lift?

Skinny BBL is different from traditional Brazilian Butt Lift in that it is specifically designed for individuals who have a thin and flat buttocks and desire a more shapely and contoured appearance. This procedure typically involves removing excess fat from other areas of the body, such as the hips, thighs, or abdomen, and transferring it to the buttocks to enhance their size and shape. Traditional Brazilian Butt Lift, on the other hand, may also involve removing excess skin and tissue from the buttocks to enhance their appearance.

What should I expect during the Skinny BBL procedure?

The Skinny BBL procedure typically involves removing excess fat from other areas of the body, such as the hips, thighs, or abdomen, using liposuction techniques. This fat is then processed and purified, and a portion of it is carefully injected into the buttocks to enhance their size and shape. The procedure typically takes several hours to complete and is performed under general anesthesia.

What should I expect during the recovery period after Skinny BBL?

The recovery period after Skinny BBL typically lasts several weeks, during which time you may experience some pain, swelling, and discomfort. Your plastic surgeon will provide you with specific instructions for managing your discomfort and promoting optimal healing, including when and how to take pain medication and when to use ice packs. Additionally, you will typically be required to avoid sitting or lying directly on your buttocks for several weeks after the procedure to prevent damage to the treated area.

Are there any risks or complications associated with Skinny BBL?

As with any surgical procedure, there are potential risks and complications associated with Skinny BBL, including bleeding, infection, scarring, and changes in sensation in the treated area. It is important to carefully consider the risks involved and to discuss your concerns with your plastic surgeon prior to undergoing the procedure. Additionally, it is important to choose a highly qualified and experienced plastic surgeon to minimize the risk of any potential complications.