From celebrities and musicians to online influencers, round, shapely buttocks is at the forefront of modern aesthetics. Unfortunately, genetics, aging, or lifestyle factors can leave you unhappy with the state of your butt. Luckily, there’s a way to address this and give you the booty you desire through a Brazilian butt lift (BBL) procedure. If you’d like to know more, call the office of Dustin C. Derrick, MD, the lead plastic surgeon for Mommy Makeovers at Cosmetic Surgery of DFW in Fort Worth, TX.
What Is a Brazilian Butt Lift?
This is a popular elective procedure that takes fat from one part of your body and transfers it to your butt to alter its size and shape. During the procedure, liposuction is used to transfer fat from a donor area where you have adequate fat pockets before redistributing it into your butt. Popular donor sites include your abdomen, hips, thighs, and upper arms.
After the donor fat has been removed from your body, it’s put through a purification process to separate useful, healthy fat from unusable fat cells. Once the purification process is completed, a sterile amount of donor fat will be injected directly into your buttocks.
How Long Does a Brazilian Butt Lift Last?
The Brazilian butt lift is intended to be permanent. When healthy fat is taken from one part of your body and transferred to your buttocks, it will be there for good. The fat cells will grow and age with the rest of your body’s tissues.
As a matter of fact, the procedure’s longevity is one of its most attractive features. To ensure you’re able to enjoy the results of your procedure for years to come, it’s important to maintain a healthy lifestyle and try not to let your weight fluctuate too much. As mentioned, the transferred fat will grow and age with you, and if you gain or lose a lot of weight, it’s going to change in kind. Weight gain can result in a larger butt, while weight loss can result in a smaller one.
Are You a Candidate for a Brazilian Butt Lift?
There are certain criteria that will determine your candidacy for a butt lift. The vast majority of women make good candidates for surgery, though there are a few who may need to make some changes before they’re eligible for the procedure.
You’re Not Happy With Your Butt
If your butt lacks the fullness and sexiness you expect, and its overall shape and size are leaving you dissatisfied, you’ve met the first criterion for surgery.
You’re Able and Willing to Cease Smoking
This criterion is something that non-smokers won’t have to worry about. Candidates who smoke will need to be ok with quitting for several weeks. Smoking and surgery, whether major or minor, do not mix well. Tobacco products can lead to increased bleeding and will need to be avoided completely until your provider clears you.
That being said, if you’ve been toying with the thought of quitting, or if you think you’re ready to do so, quitting before your surgery is an excellent choice. Smoking is detrimental to your health, and quitting is difficult for a lot of people. Having the proper motivation (a larger, rounder, sexier butt) can seriously strengthen your willpower.
You’re Healthy Enough for Surgery
While the BBL is not major surgery, it is surgery, and you will need to be in good general health before your procedure. You and your provider will discuss your medical history, including any past surgeries, serious illnesses, and any other condition that may complicate your BBL procedure.
There aren’t a lot of conditions that will preclude you from undergoing surgery. If you have a medical condition that does so, your provider may want to treat that condition before your procedure to ensure you’re healthy enough.
Your Expectations Are Realistic
You will be well-informed about what a Brazilian but lift can and cannot do for you. The procedure will result in rounder, sexier, natural-feeling buttocks, but if you have a lot of loose skin in the area, it may need to be removed through another procedure. The BBL doesn’t include the removal of excess skin.
You Have the Necessary Fat Deposits
Your provider will only be able to perform the procedure if you have adequate fat deposits to use as donor sites. Depending on the size you’re wanting to achieve, you may only need one area of excess fat. But, if you want to go large, your provider may want to utilize more than one donor area.
Patients who are too thin and lack the required fat deposits generally do not make good candidates for the BBL. The existence of extra fat is necessary, and for those with a thinner physique, it may be suggested that you gain weight before your procedure.
You Meet the Age Requirements
Your age isn’t the most important factor in your candidacy for surgery, though you’ll need to be at least 18 years old to undergo the procedure without parental consent. Your body continues to generate new fat cells until you’re about 25, so it can be beneficial to wait for your body to stop developing before you undergo surgery. You do not have to wait that long if you choose not to.
What Are the Benefits of a BBL?
Thanks to celebrities and influencers, large, round, shapely buttocks are in vogue today. Some women’s genetics will produce desirable buttocks without surgery, and some will not. In some cases, women will try and sculpt their physique in the gym, only to discover that they cannot reach their cosmetic goals through diet and exercise alone, making cosmetic surgery much more attractive.
You Can Obtain the Body Proportions You Desire
Improving the body’s proportions is one of the most frequent reasons a woman will undergo a BBL. The transfer of fat will improve and enhance your butt, moving you closer to the body you’ve been dreaming of. It also reshapes your butt to fit the natural curve of your body, vastly improving your contours and silhouette.
At your consultation, you’ll be able to tell your provider whether you would prefer larger, shapelier buttocks or if your goal is to achieve the much sought after hourglass figure. Of course, you could always choose both.
You Can Spot Target Fat Removal
One of the more attractive benefits of a BBL, aside from sculpting a butt to die for, is that you get to choose where the weight comes off. If you’re unsatisfied with extra weight in your upper arms, thighs, legs, flanks, or abdomen, you can choose to harvest fat from any one of those areas and transfer it to your butt, providing more dramatic results than liposuction alone.
The amount of fat your provider can safely transfer will differ from patient-to-patient, and if you’re unable to safely transfer enough fat to sculpt your donor area to your specifications, your provider may suggest you lose weight before your procedure to better achieve your cosmetic desires.
It Looks and Feels Natural
In some situations, fillers and implants can lead to unnatural looking results – particularly if you experience a significant weight fluctuation. A BBL is the only procedure that transfers fat from one part of your body to enhance your buttocks. Since you’re using your own fat and not a foreign substance, the look and feel of your butt will be natural, as your newly enlarged butt fits seamlessly into your body’s natural contour.
It Doesn’t Take Long to See Your Results
Traditionally, women looking to enhance their physique end up spending long hours in the gym hoping to achieve their cosmetic goals, only to find out that their body does not naturally accommodate them. In contrast, a BBL takes only a few hours to transfer fat from one part of your body to another, and you’ll notice a significant change immediately after your procedure.
You should be aware that some of the transferred fat cells will not survive the process, and your butt may shrink a little post-surgery. Your provider may “overfill” the area to account for the cells that don’t survive the process, so if your butt is a little larger than you expected – don’t worry! It will conform to your cosmetic goals as the dead cells are eliminated from your body.
You’ll Look Better in Your Clothes
Certain clothing items look better when you have larger, curvier buttocks. Dresses that go in at the waistline are a good example. If your existing wardrobe leaves something to be desired, you can always replace your current outfits with those that are more flattering to your new body.
It’s Very Safe
Surgery, no matter how minor, may carry certain risks. A Brazilian butt lift is invasive only in that the liposuction cannula will penetrate your skin in order to remove the fat for sterilization, and redepositing it in your buttocks. That being said, the procedure is performed hundreds of times a day all over the country. It’s routine, relatively simple, and very, very safe.
It Can Reduce the Visibility of Cellulite
Cellulite forms when the fibrous connective tissue between your skin and your muscle does not stretch enough to accommodate the amount of fat there. It is this inability to stretch long enough that creates a dimpled appearance.
If you have cellulite in your buttocks, the transfer of fat cells from one part of your body to your buttocks can reduce the appearance of cellulite by “filling in” the dimpled areas, leaving you with not only larger, shapelier buttocks, but a smoother one, too.
Your new buttocks will definitely turn heads, but if you’d prefer to keep your surgery a secret, you can. A lot of women have large, round buttocks without undergoing surgery, so nobody will be thinking of surgery when they see you. Since the procedure itself is intended to seamlessly alter your buttocks to better fit your aesthetic needs, your body will have a natural look to it that other procedures cannot produce. If you don’t want it known that you underwent cosmetic surgery, you don’t have to tell anyone.
It Will Boost Your Confidence
The reasons women choose to have cosmetic surgery are myriad, though the results will almost always include a serious confidence boost. When your body fits your cosmetic desires, you’ll undoubtedly experience a surge in your self-esteem and self-confidence.
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The Brazilian butt lift is a surgical procedure that involves the transfer of fat from an area of abundance into your buttocks. You’ll be able to choose which area of your body from where you wish your provider to obtain the donor fat, allowing you to sculpt two areas of your body during one procedure.
Should you have any questions about a BBL or Mommy Makeover, schedule a consultation with Dustin C. Derrick, MD at Cosmetic Surgery of DFW in Fort Worth, TX, by calling 817-562-7979.