The backside has become a point of focus in recent years, as fuller curves have become a feature to be desired. If you do not have the shape you want naturally, you can create a more attractive profile with body contouring options. These treatments offer results that are both natural and long-lasting, giving you the body you want and a confidence boost at the same time.
From Dr. Barrett
“The Brazilian butt lift or fat transfer to the buttocks is two operations in one and many people don’t realize this. Both parts of the operation, the liposuction to get the fat and the actual fat transfer must be done very carefully. If the buttocks look great but the liposuction has contour irregularities the buttock result doesn’t matter. The fat has to be harvested carefully to increase fat viability and then transferred meticulously so that each fat cell has the best chance for survival. This takes a lot of time and delicate handling. It’s like planting a garden; you need to carefully distribute the seeds rather than placing them all in one spot. The same is true for fat grafting to the buttocks.The result is a synergistic snatched waist and a more voluptuous booty.”
When you are considering any body contouring procedure, understand that there are complexities to these treatments that should only be handled by a plastic surgeon with considerable expertise and experience. As techniques have advanced in this area, results have become even more natural and long-lasting. Some options are also less invasive than traditional surgery, allowing patients to enjoy dramatic improvement with less discomfort and downtime in some cases. Dr. Barrett stays abreast of the latest techniques in body contouring, which is why his Brazilian butt lift has become a popular option among his patients. With the right methods and sufficient time taken with each patient, this procedure offers superior results and additional benefits over other types of buttock enhancement.
What is a Brazilian Butt Lift?
The Brazilian butt lift, also known as a BBL or buttocks/gluteal augmentation, is meant to define and reposition the outer thighs and buttocks, so they appear more rounded and shapelier. The procedure is performed in two steps. The first step involves the removal of fat via liposuction from an area like the abdomen, hips or thighs. The harvested fat is injected into the buttocks in strategic locations to achieve natural, long-lasting fullness.
Dr. Barrett achieves a signature smooth cosmetic effect through advanced liposuction techniques, SAFE liposuction technique, that allow for more efficient fat removal and better preservation of the eliminated cells. He also has the expertise and artistic eye to place the fat in the precise pattern that will achieve an optimal contour to the backside. This procedure offers the double benefit of sculpting one area where stubborn fat may be a problem while adding curves to areas that might be lacking.
Is a Brazilian Butt Lift Right for You?
During your initial consultation, Dr. Barrett will listen carefully to your concerns and aesthetic goals to determine whether a Brazilian butt lift is the right option for you. This procedure may meet your expectations if you have the following:
- A desire to enhance the size of the derriere
- Area of stubborn fat that can be used as a donor site
- Sufficient fat to remove and inject into the buttocks
- Contour irregularities that can be addressed through fat injections
- Good skin tone and elasticity, ensuring the skin conforms smoothly around the new contour
- The ability to remain off your buttocks for a few weeks to ensure optimal results
To qualify for a Brazilian butt lift, you must be in relatively good health with realistic expectations about what this procedure will do for you. Dr. Barrett will take ample time to explain the process and the potential outcome, so you are fully prepared for your treatment.
Choosing Your Plastic Surgeon
While the Brazilian butt lift is less invasive than a surgical buttock lift using implants, there are potential risks associated with this procedure. When performed by an inexperienced plastic surgeon, fat grafting to the buttocks can lead to fat embolism in a minimal number of patients. In addition, there are risks associated with liposuction, including contour irregularities that can occur when the surgeon does not remove the fat evenly from the treatment area.
Dr. Barrett has considerable experience in both steps of the Brazilian butt lift, ensuring his patients receive a safe treatment and excellent results. He utilizes the S.A.F.E. liposuction technique, which loosens fat cells before removal to minimize damage to surrounding skin and tissue. His injection techniques for fat transfer are also meticulous, as he takes special care to avoid blood vessels when delivering the fat to the treatment area, thus minimizing the risk of fat embolism and other serious complications. He follows the latest safety guidelines created by the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Fat is only injected into the subcutaneous plane, not in the muscle. Dr. Barrett also does not inject up from the buttock crease which has a higher rate of intramuscular injection.
Benefits of a Brazilian Butt Lift
Patients that choose a Brazilian butt lift as a means of augmenting the backside can experience a variety of benefits:
- Rounder, fuller buttocks
- Ability to remove stubborn fat from another area of the body
- Both steps completed in a single visit to our office
- Creation of a more proportionate body contour
- No scarring from the butt lift; minimal scarring from the liposuction process
- No concerns over complications caused by synthetic implants
When a Surgical Butt Lift is a Better Option
While there are numerous advantages to a Brazilian butt lift, this procedure won’t be the best choice for everyone. Two factors could make you a better candidate for a traditional lift surgery:
- Your buttocks have begun to droop, giving you an aged appearance from the back
- You have substantial folds of loose skin due to weight fluctuations or the aging process
In these cases, butt lift surgery allows Dr. Barrett to reposition the buttocks to a higher, perkier position while removing loose folds of skin for a smoother, more contoured look. This process can be combined with fat transfer if you would also like to add fullness to the buttocks at the same time.
Choices in a Brazilian Butt Lift
The Brazilian butt lift allows you to select the area where you want to remove fat deposits that have not reacted to diet and exercise. Common treatment locations include:
- Upper and lower back
- Hips and flanks
- Inner and outer thighs
In some cases, more than one treatment site may be used to collect enough donor fat to produce the desired results during the buttock augmentation. Dr. Barrett will help you determine the best treatment plan to create the best possible body contouring results overall.
Preparing for Your Procedure
A Brazilian butt lift may not be as invasive as a surgical lift procedure, but there are still potential risks associated with the treatment. To help reduce those risks, Dr. Barrett will give you a list of instructions to prepare for your surgery to ensure your safety and the success of your procedure. That list might include:
- Stop smoking before any surgery, since nicotine can interfere with your body’s ability to heal and possibly increase anesthesia-related complications
- Stop taking medications that could exacerbate bleeding during and after surgery, including blood-thinners, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories and aspirin
- Talk to Dr. Barrett about supplements you might be taking, such as St. John’s wort, vitamin E or fish oil, since these substances can also increase bleeding risks
- Take enough time off work to recuperate and line up help with your house, children and pets so you can devote yourself entirely to the recovery process
- Fill prescriptions before your surgery, so they are ready for you to take as soon as you get home
Dr. Barrett may give you additional instructions based on your unique situation. It is imperative that you follow all these directions carefully to prepare yourself for your procedure and ensure a positive, successful treatment experience.
Brazilian Butt Lift Overview
Dr. Barrett will perform the liposuction step of your Brazilian butt lift using local, twilight or general anesthesia. Tiny incisions are created to insert a narrow cannula directly into the fatty deposit. You will also receive fluid into the treatment site, which contains an anesthetic the further increases your comfort level while lowering your risk for bleeding during and after treatment. The cannula Dr. Barrett uses has a small vibrating tip that loosens fat cells before they are removed for a gentler process overall.
Dr. Barrett uses the S.A.F.E. liposuction technique, which stands for separation, aspiration and fat equalization. The separation phase takes place when the vibrating cannula loosens and separates the fat cells from the rest of the tissue. Aspiration refers to the removal of the fat cells from the body using suction incorporated into the cannula. The fat equalization phase requires the surgeon to leave a thin layer of fat just underneath the dermis to create a smoother contour and reduce the risk of dimpling on the outer surface of the skin.
The cells that were removed during liposuction are carefully preserved and prepared for injection into the buttocks. Dr. Barrett will use very small cannulas for the injection process, which minimize bruising and allow for more consistent delivery of the fat cells. Multiple sites will be injections to create a natural, symmetrical shape to the buttocks.
After Your Brazilian Butt Lift
Patients are usually a bit sore for the first few days after a Brazilian butt lift. Swelling and bruising are common side effects and may last for up to one month. We encourage patients to rest for around two weeks and avoid placing any excessive pressure on the backside during this time. This time off ensures the fat cells can “take” in the buttocks, which will allow you to keep the fuller shape you will likely see immediately following your procedure. Dr. Barrett may recommend compression garments to encourage healing and healthy blood flow in the treatment areas.
Better Curves that Last
A Brazilian butt lift offers the curvier backend you want without incisions or postoperative scarring on the buttocks. In addition, you can sculpt other areas of the body where stubborn fat has gotten in the way of your desired body contour. Results of a Brazilian butt lift are evident within just weeks of the procedure, and when the treatment is performed by an experienced plastic surgeon like Dr. Barrett, the results are quite long-lasting. To learn more about this procedure, contact Barrett Plastic Surgery today at 310-598-2648.