It’s no secret that the Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL) is currently one of the fastest growing cosmetic procedures. Sure, Kim Kardashian has probably had something to do with the craze and drive for a curvier and shapelier behind (even though she claims her butt is as natural as they get), but times have also changed.
As time goes on, people seem to enjoy butts, breasts, and curves more than ever before. Well we’re pretty sure people have always enjoyed butts and breasts, but what people find more enticing now, even if maybe they don’t realize it, is FAT. Yes FAT. Fat in all the right places.
What is a Brazilian Butt Lift?
If you’re not familiar with the Brazilian Butt Lift, it’s basically a procedure that takes fat from other areas of your body, like your waist, abdomen, or thighs, and injects it into your buttocks, resulting in a really attractive hourglass silhouette.
From a medical standpoint, the huge appeal of the BBL is not only that it gives you a bigger behind; it does a number of things simultaneously. It removes fat from unwanted areas of your body, but it also uses your own fat, as opposed to implants, in order to reshape your buttocks.
And we think this is particularly appealing to most patients, because not only does it allow for a super natural looking result, but also does so without the need for a foreign substance, such as an implant, to be inserted in your body.
Now we know what you’re probably thinking right now. We know because this is the biggest question we get asked all the time. And it’s a super important question. So if it’s fat, does it last? Does the Brazilian Butt Lift really last?
The short answer is YES. But here’s the longer answer.
Does the Brazilian Butt Lift Last?
So here’s what you need to know about the Brazilian Butt Lift procedure. It does last and it is permanent, but it’s important to be aware of the science and to be realistic about your expectations.
Like any cosmetic surgery your immediate post-surgical result is not your final one, but this is especially true with the BBL. When you get a BBL 50% of the transferred fat cells will be reabsorbed by your body, but the other 50% of fat cells, if they survive (and we’ll tell you how to ensure that they do), will essentially stay in your butt forever.
As a side note, if you’re interested in getting a Brazilian Butt Lift in Toronto, at The Plastic Surgery Clinic in Mississauga, our surgeons Dr. Lista, Dr. Ahmad and Dr. Austin employ a number of innovative surgical techniques that account for that 50% initial lost fat that your body absorbs, so you can be sure that you won’t be surprised with your final result.
That said, when you get out of surgery and you see your butt, it will be pretty swollen, so it will actually look a lot bigger than what its actual size will eventually be. Over the weeks and months (yes months) following surgery, your butt will start to take on its actual size and shape and only then will you be able to observe your final result.
So here’s the thing, the BBL is a permanent procedure, but like with any surgery, how you care for yourself after your surgery is really what’s going to get you the best and longest lasting result, and with the BBL we can’t stress this point enough. If you want your BBL to be permanent, be KIND to your butt after surgery.
Top 4 Ways to Make Sure Your BBL is Permanent
Follow your surgeon’s post-operative guidelines carefully
We always say this for any surgery, but if you don’t follow your surgeon’s post-op guidelines really carefully with the BBL you risk losing precious transferred fat cells. So when your doctor tells you to wear a compression garment, wear a compression garment.
These garments help to reduce swelling and bruising, they help reduce the risk of infection, they keep your skin smooth and they also allow for your newly shaped buttocks to maintain that shape.
Your doctor will also tell you not to sit on your butt for a little while, probably at least two weeks, which also means not sleeping on your back, or driving. We know, sounds impossible, but you’ll get tips on how to manage this part of your recovery. The thing is, if you squish those newly transferred fat cells by sitting on them, you risk eliminating them, and you really don’t want that.
Oh, and smokers, NO SMOKING (sorry!). Smoking really inhibits the recovery process and also the chances of those fat cells surviving because it doesn’t allow enough good stuff like oxygen and nutrients to feed your blood stream, and healthy blood flow is essentially a lifeline for your new fat cells.
Make your fat happy
Did you know that fat actually likes certain kinds of foods more than others? Eating foods that are rich in nutrients is really going to help the recovery process, because you’re going to be providing your body with the minerals and vitamins that it needs to stay strong during this time. So lots of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, you know all that good stuff.
And fat likes when you eat “good” fat, so like the fat you would get in avocados for example, or olive oil and salmon. This will ensure you and your fat stay strong and happy.
Exercise in ways that make sense for your recovery
Ok, so obviously don’t jump on a treadmill right after your surgery, you’ll be asked to stay away from any rigorous exercise for at least 4-6 weeks, but you will be encouraged to engage in light exercise like walking. After that you can start slowly introducing more vigorous exercise into your routine, but choose exercise that won’t put pressure on your bum, so no bikes please!
Exercise is actually great for maintaining your new fat cells because it increases healthy blood flow to the area, and blood flow is what’s going to keep those fat cells thriving.
Maintain a stable weight
So this might seem like a no brainer, but fat is fat, so if you start losing a ton of weight all of a sudden, well those fat cells are going to shrink, and vice versa, if you’re going to start gaining a ton of weight those fat cells will inevitably grow.
Whether those fat cells shrink or grow dramatically, this can potentially change the shape of your fancy new butt, or if not your butt then it may change the look of other areas of your body, which means you may lose that attractive hourglass silhouette. So maintaining a stable weight after your BBL is key.
All this said, your body will age and your fat will change and your skin will change, you might get pregnant, you know life happens, so although the BBL is permanent and you will generally maintain your BBL shape, you need to remember that some things might have an effect on its overall quality.