Brazilian Butt Lift (Fat transfers)


Brazilian Butt Lifts have become much more popular in the last several years. The Brazilian Butt Lift is a fat transfer surgery. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the number of people receiving this procedure doubled from 2000 to 2017 and increased by 254%.

What is a Brazilian Butt Lift?

A Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL) is a surgery that uses a person’s fat to create a rounder butt. With liposuction, the surgeon takes fat from an area with excess fat, such as the hips, waist, abdomen, or thighs. Liposuction uses a special tube inserted into areas with excess fat and suctions fat out. Then, this fat is purified to make it safe to inject into the buttocks. After the fat is purified, the surgeon cuts or incisions into the buttocks where the fat will be injected. There are usually incisions in about four or five places. After the fat is injected into the incisions, the incisions are sewn with stitches.

Who is a candidate for a Brazilian Butt Lift?

There are many reasons that a person may consider a Brazilian Butt Lift (or BBL). A candidate for the surgery should be at a healthy weight and be in good overall health, as with all elective surgeries. They should have enough fat stores to use for the fat transfer, not smoke cigarettes regularly, and not have a history of surgery complications. Also, a person cannot normally sit for up to 8 weeks after a Brazilian Butt Lift, so this should be considered carefully before the surgery.

Benefits of a Brazilian Butt Lift

Like many cosmetic surgeries, this type of surgery can increase self-confidence. The Brazilian Butt Lift can help a person achieve a body that might not be possible with their body type and genetic potential, even with dedicated workouts. The fat transfer for the Brazilian Butt Lift can create a rounder backside, which some people find more attractive and appealing. The procedure can make an aging or even sagging backside look more youthful and plump and can give the appearance of an hourglass figure. On top of appearance, the Brazilian Butt Life also has a lower infection risk and looks more natural than the more invasive surgery for butt implants.

Risks of a Brazilian Butt Lift

The Brazilian Butt Lift should be performed by a skilled cosmetic or plastic surgeon. As they have increased in popularity, more unskilled surgeons are performing the procedure, which increases the risk of complications. Risks of the BBL include short term side effects like:

  • Bruising
  • Swelling
  • Infection from the surgery

Or long term side effects such as:

  • Scarring on the incision sites
  • Lumps where the fat was removed with liposuction
  • Respiratory distress or death, in rare cases where fat is accidentally injected into a vein

It’s important to speak with a qualified plastic surgeon to learn more about the risk factors and discover if you are a good candidate for this procedure.

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