The Brazilian butt lift has become one of the most rapidly growing cosmetic surgeries in the U.S. and is currently in popular demand by both men and women.
This butt enhancement surgery offers individuals a natural way to achieve rounder and shapelier buttocks without using an implant. After harvesting your fat from a donor site, Dr. Leong can prepare the fat for injection to build up the buttocks for augmentation.
What is a Brazilian Butt Lift?
Significant weight loss, aging, gravity, as well as genetics can lead to flat and unshapely buttocks. Today, a rounder, more voluptuous rear end is desired more than ever. Using your own fat, the Brazilian butt lift adds fullness to the buttocks area to create the desired look. The process is accomplished through a uniquely specialized fat grafting and transfer process, which uses liposuction to remove unwanted fat pockets from a targeted place on your body and then transfers it into your buttocks. There is an artistic approach to perfecting this body-contouring surgery, and with many years of training and experience, Newport Beach, CA plastic surgeon Dr. Karen Leong is able to garner natural, gorgeous results.
What is a Brazilian Butt Lift Procedure Like?
General anesthesia is used for a fat transfer surgery of this nature. This is an outpatient procedure and generally takes around 3 – 4 hours (this depends on the quantity of fat that is being harvested and injected). Liposuction will be performed first to extract fat from specific locations on the body, such as the hips, abdomen, lower back, and thighs. This method of fat removal is performed with your safety as the top priority. The fat is then carefully processed and purified. Once it is ready, the healthy fat tissue is carefully placed in the subcutaneous fat, layer by layer, followed by a gentle massage to ensure the surface is even and smooth. This step is repeated multiple times until the desired shape has been achieved. Dr. Leong only places fat superficially, never in or under the gluteus muscle to reduce the risk of complications.
What is Recovery From a Brazilian Butt Lift Like?
Following a Brazilian butt lift, you will be released home to recover. Keep in mind there are two areas that need to be monitored — where the fat was liposuctioned and your newly enhanced buttocks.
Both areas will have bruising. Patients should try their best not to place a lot of weight on the buttocks for around two weeks following surgery. As soon as the swelling has gone away, results are visible, but the full outcome is usually seen in about 4 – 6 weeks. The buttocks will look curvaceous and shapelier. Dr. Leong always likes to say that the lipocontouring portion of the procedure will take you 90% to your goal, and the fat transfer is just the icing on top!
Am I a Good Candidate for a Brazilian Butt Lift?
Candidates for the Brazilian butt lift are carefully evaluated to confirm they are right for this treatment. The first consideration is to make sure there is adequate fat on the body to remove for the transfer process. If you have low body weight or have limited fat to remove for the transfer, you unfortunately may not be a good fit for this treatment. It is also crucial to have healthy skin elasticity. If you have sagging skin, you may benefit more from a surgical body lift. If you are at a good weight, have the right amount of fat to extract and transfer, and do not want to use an implant, this procedure can be a terrific alternative for you.
The total cost for your Brazilian butt lift (BBL) will include the cost of both liposuction and fat transfer surgery, facility fees, anesthesia, as well as pre- and post-operative care. Smaller procedures start at $12,000 while larger ones start at $15,000.
As soon as Dr. Leong has created your BBL surgical plan, she will be better able to estimate your costs so you can concentrate on getting the results you want from a plastic surgeon you trust.
To add volume to your butt, you can choose butt augmentation with either implants or a fat transfer (the Brazilian butt lift). During your consultation, Dr. Leong will talk to you about both options and help you decide which is better based on your body and goals. She will also assess your body to find the best areas with excess fat that would benefit from liposuction (typically the stomach, back, or thighs). Patients with a low body fat percentage may not be candidates for a Brazilian butt lift. There are nonsurgical options for patients who either do not want to go through surgery or do not have enough fat to achieve their desired results. Fillers such as Sculptra or Radiesse may be an option in these cases. While the results only last a few years, these alternatives may suit the patient’s needs better.
While the body will reabsorb some fat after the transfer, most of the fat cells will remain in their new location in the butt for a long time. To maintain your result, you should keep your weight steady since significant weight gain or loss will compromise the results of the surgery. This is why Dr. Leong recommends you be at or near a healthy, stable weight before your Brazilian butt lift.
To help speed your recovery after a Brazilian butt lift, Dr. Leong or a member of her team will go over post-operative instructions and tips. You will need to avoid sitting on your butt for at least two weeks as the area heals. Dr. Leong recommends patients get a donut-shaped pillow or a Boppy nursing pillow that allows them to sit, so the pressure is on their thighs instead of their butt. Short walks and light stretching can help to improve your blood circulation and decrease inflammation. Dr. Leong may also recommend a lymphatic drainage massage to speed your healing.
The name of the surgery, Brazilian butt lift, is a little deceiving because it is not actually a butt lift (gluteoplasty), which removes loose and sagging skin from the buttocks. However, the new volume added to your butt during a BBL may fill some of the loose skin. If you have moderate to severe sagging skin in your buttocks, you may combine a butt lift with your Brazilian butt lift. Dr. Leong can discuss your options based on your goals during your consultation.