Unlike going to the gym and contouring your stomach by losing pounds of fat off it, it is not possible to significantly contour your butt. One may be able to make some small changes, but the overall shape of one’s rear end is genetic and cannot be altered to a significant degree—until now. The Brazilian Butt Lift plastic surgery procedure finally allows women to have the big, round, curvy booty that they have always desired. The Brazilian butt lift surgery differs from a similar procedure known as butt implants. Both procedures result in a much better looking behind, but work in completely different ways. Butt implants involve using actual implants inserted in the rear end, similar to breast implants. A Brazilian butt lift, on the other hand, uses one’s own body in a procedure referred to as an autologous fat transfer. One’s own body fat is liposuctioned out from another area, such as the stomach, love handles, thighs, arms, etc. and then reinserted into the buttocks, making bigger, curvier, and more attractive.
Meeting With Your Doctor for the First Time
The first time you meet with your doctor, you will want to discuss a number of options regarding your Brazilian butt lift surgery. You will probably want to bring in a picture of what you want your butt to look like to give your surgeon a better idea of what the ideal outcome is. After all, not every woman wants the exact same results, some want to go really big, and others do not. A picture is worth a thousand words, and will drastically improve the outcome of your Brazilian butt lift. Also, discuss whether butt implants or the fat transfer method of a Brazilian butt lift is the better option. In addition, you definitely want to ask your doctor:
- How many of your clients are happy with the final results?
- How many times have you performed a Brazilian butt lift over the last six month?
- May I see before and after photos of other patient’s Brazilian butt lifts?
- Will there be any scarring?
- What is your specific technique for performing the surgery, that may differ from another plastic surgeon’s?
- If you make a mistake and a revision surgery is needed, will you absorb some of the cost?
- What type of recovery should I expect after surgery?
Ideal Candidate for a Brazilian Butt Lift
The ideal candidate for a Brazilian butt lift is someone who:
- No more than 30 pounds overweight
- Has good health, both mentally and physically
- Has realistic expectations about the procedure
- Knows what to expect as far as long term results
- Knows what to expect as far recovery from the surgery
- Has done lots of research about the procedure and the doctor
- Is at least 18 years old
How is the Brazilian Butt Lift Surgery Performed
First, your doctor will put you under local or general anesthesia (usually general). Then, liposuction is performed on other areas of the body to create “donor fat” that will later be purified, then reinserted into the buttocks. The areas liposuctioned will also compliment the new shape of your booty by removing excess fat in the areas around it, so the butt will stand out more. These areas will typically include the lower back, love handles, abdomen, and thighs. Just this alone will make your butt look better since it will now stand out a lot more, having the other areas contoured with liposuction.
Now that the donor fat has been collected, it is ready to be processed and purified before reinserted into the buttocks. This is where the plastic surgeon acts as a true artist. The fat will be inserted into many different areas of the buttocks at different depths and different locations. The surgeon will use many small, precise injections into different areas. The surgeon will take each individual patient’s specific instructions into consideration. Some women may need more fat placed on the lower portion of the butt, to create the “bubble butt” look, for example. As the doctor injects the fat, he will use massage techniques and feel around to make sure the fat is evenly distributed and smooth around the entire buttocks. This process takes a while, but the end results are well worth it.
Results After the Surgery
With any autologous fat transfer procedure, the main issue to worry about is how much of the re-transplanted fat will survive and how much will die. Not all of the fat injected after the procedure will live. A good survival rate is about 65-85%, and the rest will die off and be reabsorbed by the body. The reason why fat cells die when reinserted into the body is that they initially have no blood supply. The surgeon will try to inject the fat as deep and as close to the muscle tissue as possible so that the greatest amount will take. Also, there will be a great deal of swelling after the surgery. The two combined factors of swelling and not all of the fat that was initially inserted being able to survive means that results you see the day after the surgery will be different three months down the road. The butt will likely get smaller as swelling goes down and inevitably, some of the injected fat does not take. However, your plastic surgeon will plan for this.
Recovery from Brazilian Butt Lift Surgery
There will be a few weeks of recovery you will experience after your Brazilian butt lift, as you would expect after any plastic surgery procedure. The main thing you will experience is soreness and swelling at the sights where fat was injected or removed. These areas may also experience some discoloration and bruising as well. You will experience some pain and soreness immediately following the surgery, but this should subside within a few days. You should be able to return to work, assuming it is not a job that involved rigorous physical activity, within two weeks or sooner. During your recover phase, your doctor will have you wear a special compression garment that will help the healing process. After about one to two months, you should experience a full recovery from any pain, swelling, bruising, and soreness, and you should be able to resume intense physical exercise.
Complications and Risks of Brazilian Butt Lift Surgery
The main risk of a Brazilian butt lift is that the doctor did not provide satisfactory results for one reason or another. These unsatisfactory results may include asymmetry (on butt cheek bigger than the other), the fat was not transplanted evenly enough resulting in an unsmooth look/feel, scarring, or he made the butt bigger or smaller than you wanted. These risks can all be avoided by thoroughly researching a quality plastic surgeon, as well as thoroughly describing the results you want prior to having the surgery. Rarer side effects include bleeding and infection.
Brazilian Butt Lift Cost
The cost of a Brazilian Butt lift is roughly $7,800. This price includes everything including surgeon’s fee, anesthesia, medications, compression garment, etc. Of course, as with any cosmetic surgery procedure, your price may vary lot from this estimate. Other factors that will affect the price are how difficult your plastic surgeon anticipates your procedure will be, the amount of fat that needs to be liposuctioned, how experienced the doctor is, and the city where the Brazilian butt lift is performed. However, cosmetic surgery prices are never as important as choosing a quality doctor. It is always worth it to pay more for a doctor with whom you are more comfortable with and you are 100% confident can provide quality results than to choose a less experienced doctor because he/she is cheaper. Always make researching the doctor and procedure your number one priorities before getting any plastic surgery procedure.