Brazilian Butt Lift Basics

A Brazilian Butt lift, also known as BBL, is a cosmetic procedure to create a more prominent, enhanced buttock. Fat is harvested from other areas of your body and injected into your buttock to create a fuller, more rounded look. In addition to enhancing the buttock, other areas such as the abdomen and thighs are improved during the fat grafting process. 

Brazilian Butt Lift Benefits

  • Improved balance of your figure
  • Enhancement of a small buttock
  • A more pronounced buttock
  • A symmetrical buttock
  • Enhanced self-confidence

Is a Brazilian Butt Lift Right for Me?

If you have lost volume and shape to your buttock and are looking for a fuller and firmer contour, then a Brazilian Butt lift may be right for you. Due to fluctuating weights, aging, or just the difficult task of trying to firm the gluteal muscles, the buttock can lose the full shape that many patients strive to have. With a BBL, Dr. Stiller can enhance your figure and give you a more shapely curve. However, there must be enough fat from elsewhere on the body to be harvested for re-injection. If a patient does not have enough fat to transfer, they may consider a gluteal augmentation rather than a Brazilian Butt Lift. 

To be a good candidate, however, you should be near the weight you are comfortable with.  If you plan to lose more than 20 pounds, you should wait to have your BBL, as the weight loss could cause loss of the grafted fat cells. During your consultation, Dr. Stiller will review your goals and best explain the right plan for you.  

What areas of my body can I have liposuction performed on to harvest the fat for my Brazilian butt lift?

Dr. Stiller can harvest the fat from wherever you choose. You’ll need to have enough fat to take; usually, around 1000 ccs is the amount that needs to be harvested. The most popular areas for harvesting the fat needed for re-injection are the lower back, waist, flanks (love handles), thighs, and lower abdomen. Certain areas, such as the lower back can help make your contour even curvier. During your consultation, Dr. Stiller will discuss some excellent potential harvest locations with this in mind. 

How do I Prepare for a Brazilian Butt Lift?

You’ll prepare for this surgery with Dr. Stiller as you would any surgery. You’ll need to stop taking any anti-inflammatory medications, aspirin, blood thinners, and most herbal supplements for about one week prior to your procedure. They can cause excessive bleeding. If you smoke, you’ll need to stop for at least two weeks before and after your surgery. 

Your real preparation should be for your recovery. You’ll have to think this through a bit, as you will not be able to sit down directly on your bottom for two to three weeks after your surgery. This is a very important aspect of your recovery to help the largest number of fat cells “take” and become permanent in their new location. You’ll need to think of standing more, being sure to only sleep on your side (no sleeping on your back), and other ways of staying off your newly enlarged backside. 

Brazilian Butt Lift Procedure

A Brazilian Butt Lift procedure begins by performing Liposuction to graft from other areas of the body. Prior to your procedure, Dr. Stiller will review your goals and consult which areas of the body you would like fat grafted from. Common areas include the abdomen, flanks, thighs, knees, and back.

After the fat is harvested via Liposuction, it is processed. Dr. Stiller then injects the purified fat via cannula a little at a time into the buttock to optimize the amount of fat that will survive. As he injects, he will sculpt the buttock by placing threads of fat under the skin making sure to remain above the muscle. During this portion of the procedure, Dr. Stiller is very precise to make sure the shape and volume match your goals. 

Brazillian Butt Lift Recovery

Recovery after a Brazilian Butt Lift procedure can vary between patients. You will be given a pain regimen to help manage your pain and get you through recovery as easy as possible.

A Brazilian Butt Lift is an outpatient procedure, so after a short period of recovery time, you will go home the same day. You will need a person 18 years old or greater with you the day of surgery.

When you awake, you will be in a compression garment which we advise to wear the first 2 weeks all the time followed by 2 more weeks during times of activity.

Most patients take about 1-2 weeks off work however, some may take longer or return sooner depending on the physical demands of their job. Patients are encouraged to refrain from sitting, lying down or putting direct pressure on the backside for 4-6 weeks because the new fat cells can be easily damaged. If you must sit down, it is important to use a Brazilian Butt Lift pillow, or donut pillow, to go under your thighs and alleviate pressure from your buttock.

Brazillian Butt Lift Results

Brazilian Butt Lift results can vary between patients so it is important to be patient. After the procedure, you will likely notice an immediate difference however, there will inevitably be a lot of swelling. This can take up to 3 months to subside. It is important to refrain from sitting for 4-6 weeks as this can damage the new fat cells.

It is recommended to refrain from vigorous exercise for about 6 weeks. Keeping your weight consistent can help to maintain lasting results. If you lose weight, it is likely the fat cells grafted to your buttock will shrink. If you gain weight, the fat cells could enlarge. Most commonly, patients are very satisfied with their results by Dr. Stiller. 

Brazilian Butt Lift Before & After

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How Long do the Results of a Brazilian Butt Lift Last?

Brazilian butt lifts involve a permanent fat transfer. That doesn’t necessarily mean your results will stay the same forever, though. Our Stiller Aesthetics patients can expect their Brazilian butt lift to last for several years, but in some cases, they can last several decades. After all, once the transferred fat attains a blood supply, the fat takes up permanent residence. 

The longevity of your shapely results depends on how the area is treated during your recovery. In the first two weeks after your procedures, your butt will lose up to 40 percent of its initial injected volume. That’s exactly why Dr. Stiller injects more fat than the desired end result — to compensate for the expected loss of fat cells that do not “take.” The more care you take during your recovery, the better the odds of having more fat successfully stabilize and stay put. 

Still, these procedures are considered “semi-permanent,” due to the nature of your fat. Your fat cells and your bottom will change over time, just like the rest of the body.

How Much Does a Brazilian Butt Lift Cost?

The cost of a Brazilian butt lift varies depending on how much volume you’d like to add to your bottom. That impacts the amount of liposuction Dr. Stiller performs to harvest the fat to be transferred. It also impacts the length of the procedure. During your consultation, Dr. Stiller will get an idea of the amount of volume you’d like to add. At that point, he can give you a precise estimate of what your personalized Brazilian butt lift will cost. 

This isn’t a procedure to trust the lowest bidder. You’ve probably heard some of the horror stories of botched Brazilian butt lift procedures resulting in deaths. That’s what happens when a procedure becomes very popular — it attracts less than ethical “doctors” to perform the procedure. 

In contrast, Dr. Stiller is a double board-certified surgeon, both in general surgery and cosmetic surgery. His extensive training, expertise, and experience ensure the best results from your Brazilian butt lift. 

Is a Brazilian Butt Lift Painful?

These aren’t really painful procedures. The tumescent liposuction Dr. Stiller uses to harvest the fat is only minimally invasive and doesn’t create anything more than mild soreness afterward. The injection points where the fat is injected into your buttocks can be sore for a few days, but this is easy to manage with over-the-counter pain medication. Really, the most “painful” part of this procedure is having to not sit or lie directly on your buttocks for 2+ weeks after your procedure. It’s not the pain of the nerve sort, but of the awkwardness sort. 

What are the Risks Involve with A Brazilian Butt Lift?

If you’ve been researching a Brazilian butt lift, you’ve probably heard of horror stories, even some deaths associated with these procedures. That’s what happens when a procedure becomes the “in” thing — doctors without the proper training or ethics start offering the procedure. This can lead to serious complications. As mentioned above, Dr. Stiller is board certified by the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery, and he is board certified by the American Board of General Surgery. He has extensive training and follows a strict code of ethics. That’s the kind of expertise you can trust for this procedure. 

There are the same risks involved with this procedure as with any surgery: infection, reaction to anesthesia, excessive bleeding, fluid accumulation, and the like. 

Specific to this procedure are these risks:

  • Numbness or changes in skin sensation
  • Fat necrosis
  • Asymmetry between buttocks
  • Deep vein thrombosis, cardiac and pulmonary complications
  • Skin discoloration
  • Prolonged swelling
  • Enduring pain
  • Need for a revision procedure

What Happens if I Gain or Lose Weight After Having a Brazilian Butt Lift?

Dr. Stiller advises his Brazilian butt lift patients to be at a stable healthy weight before having this procedure, if possible. Weight loss immediately afterward can negatively impact the fat cells that are able to establish a good blood supply. 

After 3-6 months, your final results will be on full display. Now, your fat cells will behave just like all of the other fat cells in your body. They will enlarge with weight gain and shrink with weight loss. 

If you truly want to maintain the results you’ve achieved, the best idea is to get to a healthy weight prior to your surgery with Dr. Stiller. Afterward, stick with a healthy lifestyle of good foods and exercise, and you’ll enjoy your round, shapely backside for years, maybe even decades!

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