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If you want a bigger booty and and more contoured waistline to go with it, a Brazilian butt lift is most likely ideal for you. This effective, in-demand procedure has given thousands of women more confidence and body love.

What is a Brazilian butt lift?

A Brazilian butt lift (or BBL; technical name: gluteoplasty) is an extremely popular fat transfer procedure that enhances the size and shape of the buttocks by using fat from your own body. Because the filler is natural and comes from yourself, there’s no risk of your body rejecting it, and it also means that results last for years. 

How does a Brazilian butt lift work?

A Brazilian butt lift is actually a two-in-one procedure where the patient both gets rid of excess fat in the hips, abdomen, lower back, or thighs and then gains more size and contour in the buttocks. The excess fat is removed from the donor area(s) via liposuction, and is then injected into the buttocks, where it finds a happy new home. 

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Benefits of a Brazilian butt lift

Brazilian butt lift surgery gives patients a brand-new confidence because they get the silhouette that they’ve been wanting, but haven’t been able to get through diet and exercise. A Brazilian butt lift:

  • Enhances the size and curve of the buttocks
  • Reduces fat from other areas with excess fat
  • Improves balance between the upper and lower body

Why get a Brazilian butt lift?

Many individuals are unhappy with the size and shape of their buttocks due to a flat, saggy, small, low, or disproportionate appearance, and see no progress with diet and exercise. 

Genetics plays a large part in this, making it nearly impossible for some to achieve the size and shape they want. Other factors are how your body stores fat, as well as its specific structure. For these individuals, a Brazilian butt lift is most likely a great option. 

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What happens during surgery?

A Brazilian butt lift combines liposuction with fat grafting—taking fat from where you don’t want it, and putting it where you do want it: your butt. 

A Brazilian butt lift procedure is usually performed as an outpatient treatment, using general anesthesia or intravenous sedation and local anesthesia.

The first thing that will happen on the day of your appointment is that the area that is receiving new fat and the incision sites will be outlined with a marker. Anesthesia will then be administered to make you comfortable during your procedure.

Your surgeon will make very small incisions at the harvest site (where the fat is being taken from), and at the buttocks area. Liposuction is then used to remove fat from the harvest site—usually the hips, lower back, thighs, or abdomen. The fat is vacuumed into a container designed especially for collecting the fat to keep it from being contaminated. The fat is transferred from the canister, purified, and placed inside a small syringe, which allows for precise injection of the fat. The surgeon will use the syringe to inject the fat into targeted areas of the buttocks to enhance volume and contour a more attractive shape. The incisions are then closed with sutures. A compression garment is then placed on the treated areas of skin to keep bleeding at bay.

When can results be seen?

Patients will see immediate results after their procedure, and as the swelling and bruising goes down over the next few weeks, the results will look even better. Over the next few months, the fat will continue to settle, and final results can usually be seen at the six-month mark. Results should last for years, but patients should maintain a regular weight to keep results looking optimal. Weight fluctuations can cause the surgery’s outcome to change. 

Am I a good candidate?

Good candidates for a Brazilian butt lift have a good understanding of what the procedure can accomplish, and have realistic expectations. They should be in general good health, at a healthy weight, and should understand the differences between a Brazilian butt lift and a buttock augmentation using implants. 

Ideal candidates have good skin tone in the hips and buttocks and enough fat to use from other body parts. They should also be willing to avoid sitting directly on their buttocks for several weeks. Furthermore, a Brazilian butt lift does correct loose skin. If your area of concern is sagging skin on the buttocks or thighs, then a different treatment may be better for you. Those who don’t have enough fat to use from other areas of the body should consider buttock implants.

Recovery

When it comes to pain during recovery, discomfort is typically minimal and can be helped with medication. However, patients must avoid or lying directly on the buttocks for two weeks post-surgery, except for visits to the bathroom. (You will need to sleep on your stomach or on your side.) After about two weeks, you will be given a “donut seat” that you can begin sitting on to avoid pressure on the buttocks. Patients should expect to not be able to sit completely normally for about eight weeks. Besides the matter of not being able to sit, you should be able to resume light daily activities within one week after surgery and return to work within 10 to 14 days. Your buttocks may also be swollen for several weeks as you heal from the procedure. The key to a speedy and smooth recovery is by adhering to post-care instructions and not doing too much activity too soon.

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If you‘re interested in a Brazilian butt lift procedure, please schedule a consultation with us Austin Face & Body. We bring together top surgeons from all over the country under one roof to deliver quality and expertise to our patients of Austin, Texas. Our aesthetic plastic surgery practice provides the highest level of patient care, combining a stellar team of oculofacial plastic surgeons, full body and women’s health plastic surgeons, and rhinoplasty and face lift surgeons who offer the absolute best service and results. From consultation to post-care follow-ups, you will feel like royalty with Austin Face & Body. To schedule a consultation, please call 512-642-5050 or contact us online.

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