Brazillian Butt Lift
What is a BBL?
A “BBL” or Brazilian Butt Lift is a modern surgical technique to lift, volumize, and shape the buttocks. Rather than using artificial implants, a person’s own fat is used to provide volume and shape to the buttocks. By careful planning and placement of the fat, this can also provide a lifted and rejuvenated appearance. In addition, this is accomplished with small, minimal scars as opposed to a traditional buttock lift.
How is the procedure performed?
The first portion of the procedure is performed with liposuction to desired areas to harvest the fat that will be used as well providing an hourglass shape. Then the fat is layered into the buttocks and hips to build and shape into the desired contour.
What is the recovery time after BBL?
This is a day-surgery procedure, meaning patient’s are able to go home the same day after the procedure is complete. Patients are encouraged to get up and walk the same day. The main restriction is avoiding direct pressure on the buttocks while sitting or lying down. Patients are instructed to avoid this as possible for the first 2-3 weeks, and when needed a supportive pillow is used to take pressure off of the buttocks. Most patients are able to return to work in 5-7 days, and most have mild discomfort in the areas of liposuction and buttocks.
What are the risks/complications of BBL?
As with all procedures there are potential risks involved, and we take all precautions to minimize these risks. Some of the more common complications including swelling, bruising/bleeding, uneven result, fluid collections, and infection. A serious risk unique to BBL is the risk of fat embolism, which is fat that inadvertently enters the bloodstream and travels to the heart/lungs. This is a potentially fatal condition and extremely serious. There was a recent multi-society task force that published recommendations on steps to minimize the risk of fat embolism, and we ensure that we follow these recommendations when performing BBL.