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What is a Brazilian butt lift and how long does it last?

The ideal butt has changed every decade over the last century.  Optimal butt shapes and sizes have varied every decade or so. From slightly rounded in the 1930s to fit and small in the 1970s to large and round today. When the rounded butts of the popular Kardashian clan became popular in 2010, many other celebrities followed suit.  Soon after, Brazilian butt lift surgery became fashionable.

Many women have undergone implants, fillers and a Brazilian buttock lift to shape and lift the buttocks.  The American Society of Plastic Surgeons reports that 21,823 Brazilian buttock lift surgeries were performed in 2020.

So how can a Brazilian Butt Lift give you the perfect figure? This useful explanation, created by a plastic surgeon, outlines the procedure, recovery and more to help you decide if it’s right for you.

What is a Brazilian Butt Lift?

The Brazilian butt lift, now called SSBA (Safe Subcutaneous Buttock Augmentation), involves two procedures: liposuction and augmentation. First, excess fat is removed through liposuction from areas such as the abdomen, hips, lower back or thighs.  To extract, the surgeon inserts a thin tube called a cannula that is connected to a vacuum.

The extracted fat is then prepared for transfer and injected into the buttock area to enhance shape and size.  Surgeons may inject more than necessary to ensure results that are consistent with expectations and goals.  Although referred to as a “lift,” the procedure does not involve a technique such as those used in an arm or thigh lift.  The surgery also does not address excessive laxity or loose skin in the area.

The entire process can be performed under general anesthesia. However, the choice of anesthesia depends on what you feel most comfortable with and ultimately, what the surgeon feels is safest and most realistic for each patient.

What are the results of a Brazilian Butt Lift?

The Brazilian butt lift, also known as buttock augmentation with fat grafting, involves two procedures: liposuction and augmentation.

Brazilian Butt Lift procedure – results:

  • Increases butt volume and improves shape
  •  Reduces fat in the abdomen, hips, lower back and thighs
  • Adds fullness and firmness to a flat butt
  • Improves the shape of your body
  • Improves overall body proportions

Who is a suitable candidate for a Brazilian Butt Lift?

Good candidates for a Brazilian Butt Lift are patients who have lost their natural shape due to age or weight changes and want a more symmetrical appearance. They should also have enough fat for the transplant. Conditions for surgery may include a healthy weight, a lifestyle with regular exercise and diet, and being a non-smoker.

It is important to discuss your options with your plastic surgeon before making a final decision.

What is the difference between a Brazilian Butt Lift and Butt implants?

A Brazilian Butt Lift uses excess fat to create a natural-looking buttock, while buttock implants involve the placement of silicone implants. The latter is advertised as a less natural-looking option and is more invasive.  It also carries a higher risk of infection and capsular contracture, which occurs when internal tissue and scar tissue compress and harden the implant.  The surgery may need to be performed more than once because the implant may also dislocate.

However, people with very low body fat do not have enough fat to move, and buttock implants may be the only way to achieve the desired results.

What does recovery look like after a Brazilian Butt Lift?

After surgery, follow the instructions of your plastic surgeon. You are usually not allowed to sit or lie on your buttocks for two weeks, which means you will have to sleep on your stomach or side or stand.  Pain will be minimal, although your surgeon will discuss and possibly prescribe pain medication.  You can resume light daily activities after one week, but you should not exercise or lift heavy objects. You cannot return to normal sitting for about eight weeks, and you can return to work in 10 to 14 days.

It will take up to six months to fully heal and see final results. After three months, you can be quite confident in your ability to retain fat.

How long does the result last?

A Brazilian Butt Lift should last forever, but if the transfer doesn’t stick, the surgeon may need to repeat the procedure after healing to achieve the desired results. Because the fat has no blood supply of its own, the location of the placement site is very important to ensure the greatest chance of survival.

Fluctuations in weight can also change the outcome of this surgery. If you gain weight, your butt may become larger, and smaller if you lose weight. The fat cells added to the butt can grow and shrink, so it’s best to maintain a stable weight to preserve your results.

He will discuss your options and the best path to the new you.  Schedule a free consultation to get started!

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