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Your Brazilian Butt Lift Questions Answered

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Recently we’ve heard from patients who are researching the Brazilian Butt Lift procedure—one of the fastest growing surgeries over the past decade. Since we’ve been receiving some great questions, we wanted to share our answers publicly in the hopes of helping others who may be spending time researching procedures of interest during quarantine.

And if you’re just generally curious, we’re here for you too 😉

First of all—what is Brazilian Butt Lift?

The Brazilian Butt Lift, sometimes known simply as butt augmentation, or buttock augmentation, is an operation that combines two goals: contouring the waist and/or thighs while enhancing the bum. Your surgeon will liposuction fat from unwanted areas, like the tummy, flanks, and thighs, and then carefully process the harvested cells.

Once they’ve been prepared, these fat cells are then injected into the buttocks in strategic places to enhance and augment its shape. The result is a more accentuated hourglass figure that looks totally natural, created using your own body fat. Kind of amazing, right?

If I have a goal to lose weight, should I do it before or after?

That depends on how much weight you are aiming to lose, and the answer definitely varies depending on your body and your ultimate goals. We find that the best candidates for this procedure are at or near their goal weight, and it’s important to keep in mind that this is not a weight loss procedure. It is also important to have small pockets of fat on areas of your body in order to harvest viable fat cells.

And having said all of the above, we also want to note that there is no one-size-fits-all goal weight that works for everyone. We’re here to support your vision for your best natural look: truly the best result we can achieve is the one that will make you the happiest, and not something that fits anyone else’s expectations.

That’s why it’s great to come talk to our surgeons with a free consultation. They can discuss your goals and and let you know what you can realistically expect for this kind of surgery to achieve.

Can a BBL address concerns like asymmetry and cellulite?

Let’s start with asymmetry. This is definitely something that can be addressed with a Brazilian Butt Lift. A skilled and experienced surgeon will know the right technique to use to carefully inject fat in a way that balances out the volume to create a more evenly proportioned result. That’s why it’s a good idea to choose a surgeon who has performed this surgery a lot. However, if the asymmetry is significant, there may be some limitations to how much correction is possible, but that’s exceedingly rare.

Unfortunately, the appearance of cellulite cannot be reduced with fat grafting. In the beginning, some patients might think the operation has had this effect, but it’s usually a temporary side effect caused by postoperative swelling, and once the body has healed, the appearance of cellulite returns.

If cellulite is a concern you have, we offer Cellfina, a non-surgical treatment option designed to permanently eliminate it. You can find out more about that by checking out the Cellfina procedure page.

Can a BBL also widen my hips?

This is something you can discuss with your surgeon, as they will strategically plan the best places to inject fat into the buttocks to create a curvy silhouette. If you’re interested in enhancing the area around the hips, they’ll be able to tell you if that’s a realistic expectation for your anatomy, and let you know how much of a difference they’d be able to make while still keeping the look natural.

So the short answer is yes, it’s possible to enhance the hips, but to be sure if it will work for you, it’s best to discuss during your free consultation where your surgeon can examine you in person.

What happens if I gain weight after a BBL?

If you do experience weight gain after a Brazilian Butt Lift, you will tend to gain weight all over the body as you would have without having had the surgery. You may find subtle differences in the distribution, but for most of us, when we gain weight, we gain it all over the body.

The results of a Brazilian Butt Lift are permanent (and you can read more about that here), but if you gain weight, the shape of your body will certainly change as your fat cells get larger. This is also the reality of aging! As we get older and wiser, our bodies change, too. However, your body will always look different than if you had never had the procedure to begin with.

So if you want to maintain the same overall look you achieved right after surgery, one way to do so is to maintain your usual diet and exercise habits to maintain a stable weight.

How soon can I get back to work after a BBL?

Some patients find that planning for recovery after this procedure can be tricky due to the amount of time you need to stay off your butt. This includes no sitting on your bum or lying flat on your back for 2 weeks, which also means no driving. It can be complicated, but it will also help you achieve the best possible result.

Your surgeon and your patient co-ordinators will also talk to you about how many weeks you’ll need to spend avoiding sitting for prolonged periods of time. And since we’ve got lots of experience helping patients manage this, we’ll give you all of our tried and true tips to help it go a little more smoothly.

During your free consultation with us you can let us know more about how you typically spend your time at work and we can advise you on how much time you’ll need to take off. If you’re able to break up the amount of time you spend sitting, you may be able to go back to work sooner than if you do something like driving for a living, where you are likely unable to stand up spontaneously as needed.

The bottom line: talk to us about the realities of your day to day life, and we’ll help you figure out a plan!

This is of course just a sampling of questions we hear about this surgery. If you’re looking for more info, check out our detailed Brazilian Butt Lift procedure page for more information.

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