Butt augmentation and the Brazilian butt lift are the two most popular techniques used for gluteal enhancement. In a Brazilian butt lift, your own fat is transferred to your buttocks after being taken from another area of your body, like your abdomen or thighs, using liposuction. Many patients choose this method because they feel it is safer and more natural. In a butt augmentation procedure, silicone implants are placed to add volume and shape to the buttocks. This can be a suitable option for people who are very lean and do not have enough excess fat to support a BBL surgery.
As with most surgeries, the temporary side effects of a Brazilian butt lift include bruising, swelling and redness. The average length of downtime for BBL recovery ranges from about 10 to 14 days. While your results will be noticeable immediately after the procedure, it will take about six months for residual swelling to resolve and for your new tissue to settle fully into its improved shape. It’s critical that you follow your plastic surgeon’s instructions for aftercare during this time to ensure the best possible outcome.
An important part of your recovery is maximizing the amount of fat that “takes” after BBL surgery. One of the things that can increase the amount of fat that remains is by preventing any trauma to the buttock area, including sitting. Prolonged pressure on your buttocks during the healing process can interfere with the survival of your transferred fat. To avoid this, you will be instructed to wear a compression garment, sleep exclusively on your stomach, and limit the amount of time you spend sitting for several weeks after your procedure. Regular sitting activity can typically be resumed after about eight weeks.
Yes, but they are minimal. A small incision must be made to insert the cannula for liposuction, so surgical scars can appear in any area where liposuction is performed. Fortunately, the incisions are small — usually not more than one centimeter in length — and your surgeon will take care to place them in areas where they are camouflaged within the natural folds of your body or can be hidden with clothing. Your incisions will fade over time and, depending on your skin tone, can become virtually imperceptible once they have fully healed.
The fat cells injected into your buttocks will act like any other fat cells in your body. If you lose weight, they will shrink. If you gain weight, they will expand. Because weight fluctuations can compromise your results, maintaining a stable weight and a healthy lifestyle after your BBL procedure is crucial. It’s best if you are at or very close to your desired body weight before undergoing a Brazilian butt lift.