What is a Brazilian Butt Lift?

A Brazilian butt lift, also known as a BBL, is a surgical procedure that transfers fat from other parts of the body to the buttocks, as well as shaping the butt. Fat is taken from multiple areas of the body and transferred to the butt. This procedure increases the size of the butt without the use of implants. Liposuction is used to remove fat from unwanted areas of the body, and is reinserted into the buttocks. This gives the butt a rounder and fuller appearance, resulting in a curvier appearance to the figure. A Brazilian butt lift does not specifically address loose skin on the butt.

What is a Butt Lift?

Factors such as sun damage, aging, significant weight fluctuations, pregnancy, and some genetic factors can contribute to loose or dimpled skin on the buttocks or thighs. If you are looking to correct loose skin on the buttocks and thighs, a lower body lift, or a buttock lift could be a better procedure for you. A butt lift can be performed on its own, or in combination with other procedures, such as a full body lift. This procedure can help lift loose skin on the butt, and can be combined with fat grafting, or fat transfer, depending on the needs of the patient. It is not intended to add volume to the butt, or removed excess fat. Liposuction can be done on other parts of the body in conjunction with this procedure, to improve the overall contour of the body. Dr. Hardaway performs all of these services at her AAAASF certified surgical suite.

What are Buttock Implants?

Buttock implants are not a BBL. Butt implants are silicone implants, inserted surgically into the buttock tissue to change or improve the appearance of the butt. However, buttock implants have their own risks. There is a higher risk of infection and capsular contraction with implants than with a BBL. Implants can have the possibility of looking less natural than a BBL or butt augmentation.

How Much Does a BBL Cost?

The cost of the surgery varies depending on the needs and wants of each specific patient. Dr. Hardaway will help you find a procedure and payment plan that suits your needs.

How long do results from a BBL last?

The results from the surgery can last for many years. Weight fluctuations after the surgery can affect the results, as the body can gain or lose fat cells during weight changes. Surgery aftercare is an important factor in this as well. Be sure to wear the surgical garments, and use a BBL pillow for the prescribed time after your surgery.

Who is a good candidate for a BBL surgery?

You are a good candidate for a BBL surgery if you:

  • Have good skin tone on the hips and buttocks
  • Have adequate fat storage in the body, to allow movement of fat to the buttocks
  • Do not have any serious medical conditions
  • Do not have any conditions that will slow or impair the healing process
  • Have realistic goals for surgery. Dr. Hardaway works with each patient to ensure that the procedure is tailored to their specific needs.

Dr. Hardaway will do a full evaluation at your initial consultation.

How is a BBL Performed?

The procedure is performed under general anesthesia. Fat is removed from the multiple areas of the body with excess fat, most commonly the abdomen and back, using liposuction. The fat is then inserted into the buttocks. Contouring of the back with liposuction is also important to give a more aesthetic appearance.

How Long is Recovery From a BBL?

The recovery time varies depending on the patient.  You can shower beginning 48 hours after surgery. You must wear the surgical garment for at least three to six weeks after surgery. Since the surgery is minimally invasive, most patients do not have major pain. After surgery, you will have to keep pressure off of the butt for three to six weeks. You will have to sleep on your stomach or side, and use a BBL pillow when seated to optimize fat take. In order for the fat to survive, it must attach to a blood supply.  Any fat that does not obtain an adequate blood supply will not survive.

What are the risks of a BBL?

As with any surgery, there are some risks to a Brazilian butt lift. A BBL is a minimally invasive procedure. There have been reports of fat embolism, which has similar symptoms as blood clots in the lungs.  The American Society of Plastic Surgery has set up an advisory panel to further study these incidents.  The ASPS has also established guidelines for fat transfer to the buttocks to help avoid these incidents. There are some aesthetic risks to the procedure, such as asymmetry or abnormalities in appearance of the butt.