A Brazilian butt lift (BBL) is a surgical procedure that harvests your own fat from one part of your body and transplants it to the buttock region. This fat is often taken from the abdomen, flanks, and/or back, or from other locations on the body if more volume is needed. The extracted tissue is put through a process to clean and concentrate the fat globules, which are then injected like “string of beads” to allow a good vascular supply to optimize the viability. The transferred fat is placed in an artistic fashion to enhance the shape, volume, and projection of the buttocks.
San Francisco plastic surgeon Miguel Delgado, MD is highly experienced in Brazilian butt lifting and customizes each treatment to meet the specific needs and goals of the patient. If you are interested in BBL, please continue reading the detail sections below for more information, or simply contact our practice today to schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Delgado.
- Brazilian Butt Lift Candidates
- Brazilian Butt Lift Procedure
- Brazilian Butt Lift Recovery
- Brazilian Butt Lift Results
- Brazilian Butt Lift Cost
Who Is a Candidate for a Brazilian Butt Lift?
Anyone who is healthy, stores extra body fat, and has fairly good buttock skin tone is typically considered a good candidate for a Brazilian butt lift. Suitable skin tone is necessary because sagging and very loose skin does not hold the fat volume in a firm and shapely position, and may even cause a distorted and unattractive appearance. In the event not enough fat is present to be harvested, some patients gain weight to increase fatty tissue accumulation and others resort to a Sculptra® butt lift, which has been popularized by the Kardasians. Dr. Delgado has mixed feelings about gaining weight for fat harvesting prior to Brazilian butt lift surgery. When a person gains 15–20 pounds, they are not comfortable for many reasons—including both physically and psychologically. In addition, when they try to lose the weight after surgery, they can have a very difficult time doing so, and even if the weight is eventually lost, it often affects the buttock region as well.
During the consultation process, Dr. Delgado spends ample time discussing the available options, and after all is said, some patients are simply not good candidates for a Brazilian butt lift—even though they have beautiful bodies. In these cases, he will recommend an alternative treatment, if possible.
How Is the Brazilian Butt Lift Performed?
Brazilian butt lift surgery is performed under general anesthesia. Patients are first prepared for sterilization so that the body can be turned 360 degrees on the operating table. It is pre-determined where the body fat is to be harvested from, and these areas are then injected with tumescent fluid. This is a critical step because this fluid has medication—epinephrine—that constricts blood vessels and greatly reduces blood loss. The solution also contains Lidocaine, which reduces postoperative pain. Once the tumescent fluid is injected, fat in the body area(s) (typically the abdomen, flanks, and/or back) is ready to be harvested. Dr. Delgado uses Power Assisted Liposuction (PAL), which vibrates the suction cannula thousand of times per minute to extract the fat aggressively but smoothly. The harvested fat is then washed, concentrated, and prepared for injection into the buttocks, and the patient is turned over on the stomach and situated in a slightly flexed position. Lastly, the fat is artistically injected into the buttocks to enhance shape, volume, and projection, ultimately yielding the beautiful silhouette of the Brazilian butt lift.
What Is the Recovery from a Brazilian Butt Lift?
Brazilian butt lift recovery is typically about a six to eight week process. Most patients are able to return to work after a few weeks, though a special BBL compression garment will need to be worn for six weeks to aid with healing. The major issue is that you can not sit directly on your butt region because the fat cells will be damaged before the vascular ingrowth occurs, which ensures permanent survival. To help with this, patients are advised to sit with pressure on the upper thighs, and certain pillow devices can often be used in particular situations (such as when sitting in the car). Exercise can generally be resumed after about six weeks, and most patients are fully back to normal in about eight weeks.
Dr. Delgado understands and respects the courage it takes for a patient to come to him about changing something as personal as your body.
How Long Does a Brazilian Butt Lift Last?
This is the good news—Brazilian butt lift results are long-lasting once the fat cell grafts are established. Not all fat cells survive, however. Patients sometimes like it when the butt cheeks are swollen after surgery, but this is postoperative swelling and does not reflect the true surgical outcome. You will typically see the final, lasting outcome in about three months.
How Much Does a Brazilian Butt Lift Cost?
At our San Francisco and Marin County practice, a Brazilian butt lift typically costs between $10,000–15,000, which includes the surgeon’s fee, anesthesia cost, operating room expenses, compression garments, and all postoperative care. The range is wide due to how many surgical areas on the body it may take to retrieve the required fat, and how much volume of fat is transferred to the buttocks. In comparison to other cosmetic surgery procedures, BBL typically takes more surgical hours to complete, which also influences its pricing.
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If you have additional questions about Brazilian butt lifting, or if you wish to book a consultation with Dr. Delgado, please do not hesitate to contact our practice today.