What Should I Expect After Butt Lift Surgery?
The surgery itself takes anywhere from two to four hours depending on each patient. You will then spend a couple of hours in our recovery room prior to being discharged home. For this surgery, there are some very specific postoperative instructions and restrictions all aimed at allowing for an optimal result and protecting the viability of the injected fat cells. Therefore, patients are typically instructed to avoid sitting or lying on the buttocks for one week followed by an additional week of a modified sitting and lying protocol. This will be discussed very specifically with each patient so that they can plan accordingly.
Brazilian Butt Lift FAQs
How do I choose between Brazilian butt lift and butt implants?
For those who are good candidates, Brazilian butt lift (BBL) is usually the best choice. The results are more natural-looking, especially in the hands of a skilled surgeon who values a subtle approach to BBL. Sculpting an elegantly contoured shape is easier when the material used is your own body fat. In addition, patients of experienced Sacramento plastic surgeon Dr. Rudy Coscia that choose Brazilian butt lift achieve a derrière that feels more natural than the results achieved through butt implants.
Butt implants are rigid and add volume only to the specific area where they are inserted. Implants also carry the risk of various complications, including implant displacement, formation of scar tissue and infection.
On the positive side, implants allow for a greater increase in volume than is possible with Brazilian butt lift. These silicone inserts are also often chosen by women who are thin. BBL requires sufficient amounts of fat for the transfer process, and some patients do not have much extra fat in areas of the body from which fat cells are commonly harvested.
The location of body fat is also a factor. Women with the so-called “apple” body shape have deeper layers of fat. This visceral fat is located inside the abdomen, where a liposuction instrument cannot safely reach it.
How long will my results last?
Patients can expect Brazilian butt lift to last as long as 20 years. With the passage of time, the natural aging process will begin to change the profile of the buttocks, but this happens to everyone, whether or not a BBL has been performed. There are a few things you can do to help ensure you enjoy your new profile for as long as possible. Refraining from smoking is very important. Smoking is correlated with a greater tendency to lose transferred fat through reabsorption. Also, wide fluctuations in weight can change your profile.
Can I achieve my desired result by simply eating more?
At first glance, it may seem logical that a woman can attain a larger derrière by increasing the number of calories consumed. However, creating the Brazilian look without a surgical solution is difficult, as any weight gain you might attempt will be systemic: Larger buttocks would come at the price of a wider waist. In addition, volume is not the only goal of Brazilian butt lift; creating beautiful contours is equally important. The binge-eating approach to butt augmentation will probably give you a fat butt, but without the elegant profile you seek.
What happens if my weight changes after BBL?
One of the positive aspects of Brazilian butt lift is that it uses your own fat cells. Your body will never reject these cells, because it recognizes their unique molecular structure. In the new location, these cells will continue to behave like fat cells anywhere else in your body: They will shrink when you lose weight and expand when you consistently overindulge. To maintain your new profile, it is best to keep your weight within a normal range. That is one reason you should be at your baseline weight before the surgery.