The Controversial Trend: The Rise of Brazilian Butt Lifts



Updated on 3/1/2024
Mai DelacruzBy Mai Delacruz
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In Brazilian butt lifts (BBLs), fat is transferred through liposuction and injected to contour the body. Your swelling may not subside entirely for six months after the procedure, and your full results will appear once your surgery and initial recovery phases are complete.

Regular appointments with your healthcare provider following BBL will ensure the best results. Here are some tips for preventing long-term compromises and even enhancing them.


Surgery's benefits

The liposuctioned body fat harvesting areas will shrink once swelling and bruising subside.

When fat cells successfully integrate into their new location, your backside will grow larger and change shape. As a result, your clothes should fit differently, and your overall body will change slightly.

After their BBL, many people feel more confident about their bodies, especially if they previously felt self-conscious. By experimenting with new clothing styles or participating in social events, you can show off the results of your surgery.

Increasing your self-confidence can positively impact your career, personal relationships, and even your lifestyle habits. Using the BBL as a kickstart to improve your health and fitness after the surgery is possible.


BBLs are considered minimally invasive compared to many other forms of plastic surgery, despite being a serious medical procedure. Fat cells can be used instead of fillers or implants to modify a person's physique. Because the body does not reject its tissue, the main risks are anesthesia and poor wound healing.

The fat grafting techniques used in BBL surgeries have a much lower rate of complications than other forms of glutealplasty (buttocks augmentation). The complication rate for buttocks implants compared to fat transfer procedures between 1992 and 2017 was 31.4%.

There will always be complications associated with surgery, regardless of the type of surgery you choose. You are more likely to recover quickly if you select the lower-risk BBL. You'll likely start feeling like yourself again after a couple of weeks. As a result, the benefits should continue to accrue.

Surgery in the Future

Your healthcare provider will likely recommend any revisions or additional surgeries once your final results become apparent (about six months after the procedure). Touch-ups may be necessary to achieve the full results you're looking for, even if everything goes well with the process.

Patients may be disappointed with how much fat survived the transfer. Secondary surgery increases fat volume by liposuctioning a different body area, avoiding scar tissue from the previous donor site. It can be challenging to inject scar tissue in the buttocks area and get a desirable result.

Some surgeons recommend using a smaller cannula during liposuction for a smooth final result. You'll want to find a surgeon with experience performing revisions if you want one.

Revisions can be more challenging than initial surgeries. To better understand what to expect, ask to see before and after photos from actual patients. The cost of revisions can range from $2,000 to $10,550.

In addition to a BBL, a butt and thigh lift may be needed to tighten sagging skin, or a medical-grade injectable can be used to produce minor shaping adjustments. You can reduce the likelihood of needing additional work by scheduling an operation or revision with a board-certified plastic surgeon.


Adjustments to lifestyle

Wear compression garments in the two weeks following your BBL, and avoid sitting directly on your bottom. You can drive again until your surgeon advises otherwise and sit on a specially designed cushion.

Follow-up visits with your healthcare provider will help identify potential concerns as your body recovers. Patients who do not follow their practitioner's recommendations after a BBL run the risk of infection or discoloration, as well as dimples, lumps, and asymmetrical results.

Even though cosmetic surgery may seem like a quick fix, it requires continual health and fitness efforts to maintain the results. Although the overall effects of a BBL are meant to last, our bodies naturally change over time. A liposuctioned area won't regrow its removed fat cells, and fat that has been successfully transferred will remain in its new location for life.

The look of your BBL will be affected by significant fluctuations in body weight. A weight loss of up to 10% of your total body weight should not negatively impact your results when performed by an experienced surgeon.

It would be best to embrace exercise and healthy eating habits once you are medically cleared to do so, regardless of whether you lose weight.

It is also possible for life plans to change over time. As a result of your BBL, you may gain weight unexpectedly or even become pregnant.

Do not hesitate to ask your surgeon for advice, even if some time has passed since your last visit. You may need minor corrective procedures or adjustments to retain your results.

Hip Dips: A Word of Advice

BBLs may seem like an easy and quick way to modify your body. There is, however, a level of commitment involved with all surgical procedures. It can take a long time to recover, and it can take years to fully recover from a "minimally invasive" operation if you need follow-up procedures.

After BBL, the majority of patients report long-term satisfaction with the results. Get all the information you need before you decide to undergo cosmetic surgery so you can make an informed decision.

You will have the best chance of becoming your own BBL success story if you receive proper support, have realistic expectations, and follow your healthcare provider's post-surgery instructions.


Frequently Asked Questions

What is the reason for the rise of Brazilian Butt Lifts?

The rise of Brazilian Butt Lifts can be attributed to a number of factors, including the growing popularity of curvy, voluptuous bodies in popular culture and the media, as well as the availability of safe and effective surgical techniques for achieving these results. Additionally, the rise of social media and the ability to easily share photos and information about the procedure has contributed to the popularity of Brazilian Butt Lifts.

Are Brazilian Butt Lifts safe?

While Brazilian Butt Lifts are generally considered safe when performed by a qualified and experienced plastic surgeon, there are potential risks and complications associated with the procedure, 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.

What should I look for in a plastic surgeon when considering a Brazilian Butt Lift?

When considering a Brazilian Butt Lift, it is important to choose a plastic surgeon who is highly qualified, experienced, and board-certified. Look for a plastic surgeon who has a proven track record of producing safe and effective results, and who has extensive experience performing Brazilian Butt Lifts specifically. Additionally, it is important to choose a plastic surgeon who you feel comfortable with and who you trust to provide you with the best possible care.

How can I minimize the risks associated with a Brazilian Butt Lift?

To minimize the risks associated with a Brazilian Butt Lift, it is important to choose a highly qualified and experienced plastic surgeon and to carefully follow all of their pre-operative and post-operative instructions. Additionally, it is important to be in good overall health prior to the procedure, to avoid smoking and drugs that can impair healing, and to follow a well-balanced diet and engage in regular exercise to promote optimal healing and recovery.

What should I expect in terms of recovery after a Brazilian Butt Lift?

The recovery period after a Brazilian Butt Lift 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 alternative options to a Brazilian Butt Lift for achieving a more shapely and contoured buttocks?

There are alternative options to a Brazilian Butt Lift for achieving a more shapely and contoured buttocks, including non-surgical procedures such as dermal fillers and non-invasive body contouring treatments. Additionally, diet and exercise can also be used to tone and shape the buttocks and to improve their overall appearance. It is important to discuss your options with your plastic surgeon and to carefully consider the pros and cons of each option before making a decision about which procedure is right for you.