Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL)
Brazilian butt augmentation, or Brazilian butt lift, is a combination of procedures popularized by Brazilian plastic surgeons to naturally enhance the shape and contour of the buttocks. Liposuction is performed to sculpt and shape fat in the areas around the buttocks to enhance the natural buttock shape. Liposuction may also be performed on other areas of the body to collect additional fat, which is then injected as a graft into the subcutaneous tissue to increase the size and projection of the buttocks. Patients desiring increased roundness and fullness of the buttocks may be good candidates for this procedure. Implants are not utilized during this procedure.The fat transfer is protected postoperatively by compression garments and special pillows to avoid sitting directly on the areas of grafting.
Typical Recovery: BBL procedures are typically performed on an outpatient basis, meaning you will go home after surgery. It is often useful to have someone around to help as it can be uncomfortably getting around for the first few days after surgery. A compression garment is recommended to help with postoperative discomfort and swelling. There occasionally is drainage from the liposuction sites as the fluid that is used to break up the fat dissipates. These are normal occurrences. Light activity is encouraged in the first 10-14 days following surgery. Return to work is typically after 10-14 days. Activity may be gradually increased as tolerated.
Risk of BBL: The risk of pain, bleeding, infection, and reactions to anesthesia may occur as with any surgical procedure. There are risks specific to BBL and liposuction that include:
- Asymmetry- Skin excess and fat are often asymmetric and may affect the placement of the scar and incision
- Hematoma or Seroma- collections of blood or fluid in the areas of surgery
- Contour irregularities
- Fat embolism- this is a danger of fat grafting in large volumes. Safety is maintained by using small injections of fat and never injecting into the muscle.