Your body harbors several types of fat. The subcutaneous (below-the-skin) fat that you can actually pinch tends to occur in the abdomen, breasts, and buttocks. While too much fat can spoil your body contours, so can too little fat. For this reason, people unhappy with their buttock definition may undergo buttock augmentation.

One type of buttock augmentation, the Brazilian butt lift, has proven highly popular among individuals looking to enlarge or reshape their buttocks without artificial implants. If you think you might fall into the same group, check out these questions and answers about Brazilian butt lifts.

What Does a Brazilian Butt Lift Involve?

A Brazilian butt lift (BBL) involves the transfer of fat from one part of your body to your buttocks. This procedure begins with liposuction, in which a thin tube attached to a suction device draws out excess fat. In the second phase of the procedure, the surgeon injects the collected fat into the buttocks.

Brazilian butt lifts offer advantages over other types of buttock augmentation that rely on fillers or implants. For instance, the procedure provides a golden opportunity to resculpt other trouble spots by removing unwanted fat even as you enhance your buttocks. The final result may also look and feel more natural.

Who Can Benefit From a Brazilian Butt Lift?

Some individuals make better candidates for a Brazilian butt lift than others. Your weight range will play a key role. Ideal candidates should have a few extra pounds of fat to spare without suffering from significant obesity. You should also maintain reasonable expectations as to the final result instead of demanding a radical transformation.

If you don’t carry enough fat to undergo a successful Brazilian butt lift, ask your surgeon about sensible, medically approved ways to gain a few additional pounds of fat. If that solution won’t work for you, your cosmetic surgeon may suggest alternatives such as hydrogel or silicone injections. Silicone implants count as another option.

How Do Cosmetic Surgeons Perform Brazilian Butt Lifts?

Depending on how much fat you plan to shift, you may receive either local or general anesthesia before undergoing your Brazilian butt lift. Once the anesthetic has taken effect, your surgeon will make small incisions at the chosen extraction points, then insert the liposuction tool to remove the fat for transfer.

After removing the fat, the surgeon will purify and process it. The prepared fat can then go into the buttocks, usually at three injection points to ensure the right distribution. With the fat properly installed, the surgeon will stitch up the incisions required for the injections. A compression garment will reduce post-operative bleeding.

What Can You Expect During the Recovery Period?

Following your Brazilian butt lift, you can expect some discomfort and swelling in your buttocks. During this time, you must sleep on your stomach or side and avoid normal sitting. After six weeks, your surgeon may permit you to sit normally with the aid of a pillow or other supportive device.

You may actually get back to other aspects of your everyday routine even before your buttocks allow you to sit on them. Your surgeon may approve light activities after just one week. You may get the okay to go back to work within the following week.

Bear in mind that the total recovery time may require severalmonths as the swelling continues to fade. You may not see the results you seek for up to nine months following the procedure. In some cases, individuals need a followup procedure to fine-tune those results.

Jaibaji Plastic Surgery offers a variety of ways to help you improve your looks and self-confidence, including augmentation procedures such as Brazilian butt lifts. Contact our office today to set up an initial consultation and learn more about this type of cosmetic enhancement.