The Rise of Brazilian buttlifts, despite their risks



Mai Delacruz

Mai Delacruz
Personal Fitness Trainer & Health Coach

Updated on 1/30/2023

In Brazilian butt lifts (BBLs), fat is transferred through liposuction and injected to contour the body. Your swelling may not subside fully for six months after the procedure. Your full results will become apparent once your surgery and initial recovery phases are complete.

Maintaining 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 shape will have changed 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 have a positive impact on your career, personal relationships, and even your lifestyle habits. It is possible to use the BBL as a kickstart to improve your health and fitness after the surgery.


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

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 choose the lower-risk BBL. You'll most likely start feeling like yourself again after a couple of weeks. As a result, the benefits should continue to accrue.

Surgery in the Future

It is likely that your healthcare provider will 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 procedure.

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

For a smooth final result, some surgeons recommend using a smaller cannula during liposuction. You'll want to find a surgeon who has experience performing revisions if you opt to have one.

Revisions can be more challenging than initial surgeries. To better understand what to expect, ask to see before and after photos from real 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

In the two weeks following your BBL, you should wear compression garments and avoid sitting directly on your bottom. Until your surgeon advises otherwise, you can drive again and sit on a specially designed cushion.

Follow-up visits with your healthcare provider will help identify any 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.

You should 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 to have 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. It can take years for you 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.