There’s no doubt that the iconic Kardashian sisters as well as other notable influencers and celebrities have played a big role in popularizing the Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL). So now, with Khloe Kardashian looking significantly slimmer than she has in the past, and other celebrities seemingly having trimmed down, there’s a lot of murmuring going around as to whether or not Khloe had her BBL reversed.
This is probably why we’ve been getting a lot of questions about revision BBLs and whether the procedure can be reversed. We can’t tell you if Khloe had her BBL reversed—and to be clear, she’s never disclosed having had the procedure, so all of these questions exist in the realm of total speculation. But quite frankly whether she has or not is none of our business, and it’s a totally personal choice. She may just have lost some weight, which would theoretically “reverse” a BBL result naturally.
Regardless, it’s still a question that’s on a lot of our patients’ minds. So having said that, can a BBL be reversed? In theory, yes, but there are some important things to consider about what the process of a revision Brazilian Butt Lift would actually require.
What is a Revision BBL?
The Brazilian butt lift is a procedure that involves removing fat from areas of the body where you may have some extra or unwanted pockets of fat, like around the abdomen, thighs, or hips, harvesting the fat and then re-injecting it into target areas of the bum. Following the procedure approximately 30-50% of the fat injected will be maintained by the body, and the rest will die. This is always accounted for by the surgeon performing the procedure.
A revision butt lift can entail reversing this procedure, but in some cases a revision butt lift could involve improving the look or correcting certain irregularities from an original Brazilian butt lift.
Keep in mind that we always recommend waiting at least a year before considering a revision BBL. This is because although it seems like a long time, your true BBL optimal result, and the end of your recovery, really happens at around the one year mark. It takes time for your body to settle into its new shape and for it to accept the fat in a new area.
This is why at The Plastic Surgery Clinic we never consider a revision BBL before the one year mark. Only once a patient has fully healed and has seen their full result can we reassess what they might not be happy with or consider the change that they might be looking for.
Can a BBL Truly Be Reversed?
In theory, a BBL could be reversed by having the fat liposuctioned out of the bum. It’s not a total reversal as part of the procedure involves removing fat from one part of the body and putting it in another. And you can’t really add fat back to the places that you removed it from. So although the shape of your bum will change, the areas where fat was originally removed will remain the same.
Things to Consider Before Opting for a BBL Revision
Any surgical revision is surgery again. This means that you’re looking at recovery time once again, which may more or less be similar to the original recovery time. The other thing to consider is that your bum may not look entirely the same as it used to following a revision BBL. In some cases the skin may have stretched from the fat injection, and may not always retract, which might require additional intervention for skin tightening.
This is why we really like to talk to patients about why they’re seeking out any sort of revision surgery. We never recommend a revision surgery in order to stay up to date with “trending looks”– we always advise our potential patients to really address the things that have just always bothered them, or simply go with the look that makes them feel great about themselves, whether it’s the one that’s trending or not.
We’re all unique individuals, and what looks great on one person might not look great on another. So our motto is always “you do you.”