Normal BBL vs Non-Surgical Butt Lift- What’s Right For Me?

Published on August 19th, 2021


If it seems like the derrière (and with it, the hourglass silhouette) has suddenly become the “IT” body part, you’re right. We’ve fully embraced a shapelier body, but to many, these curves don’t come naturally. Fortunately, body contouring treatments have made achieving the derrière of your dreams possible. Before determining which derrière-enhancing procedure is right for you, let’s first go over two of the most popular procedures: a Brazilian Butt Lift and a non-surgical butt lift.

What is a BBL?

The fat transfer to the buttocks, otherwise known as the Brazilian Butt Lift, or BBL, is a two-part body contouring procedure that includes liposuction and fat transfer to the bum. It defines and repositions the outer thighs and buttocks so they appear more rounded and shapelier. This new, curvier shape is evident within just weeks of the procedure, and when your BBL surgery is performed by an experienced plastic surgeon like Dr. Barrett, the results are quite long-lasting. As with all fat transfers, not all of your transferred fat cells will survive, but the ones that do are permanent. This means that your final results, once your swelling has gone down, are your final results, and with a healthy lifestyle, your BBL after 10 years should be as shapely as ever.

What is a Non-Surgical Butt-Lift?

Enhancing the derrière without anesthesia or incisions is known as the non-surgical buttock lift. Achieving a rounder bum without surgery is done through the injectable dermal filler, Sculptra. Offering limited pain and downtime, Sculptra contains poly-L-lactic acid, which works in a different way than standard hyaluronic acid dermal fillers like Juvederm; instead of adding volume right away, it stimulates the body’s own production of collagen to produce youthful volume naturally over time. While this means your results take time to develop, they also last longer than traditional fillers, with most patients enjoying their non-surgical buttock lift for up to three years or more.

Which One is Right For You?

A non-surgical butt lift may seem like the best of both worlds, but there are situations in which a Brazilian Butt Lift might be the better option for you. If you have a significant amount of sagging, you’ll likely require surgery to remove loose skin and create a firmer silhouette. Additionally, if you’re looking for a substantial increase in size or results that last longer than a few years, a BBL may be a better choice. Conversely, a non-surgical butt lift may be right for you if you don’t want to undergo surgery and, most importantly, if you don’t have the sufficient fat required for the liposuction part of a Brazilian Butt Lift.

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