Brazilian Butt Lift
GAIN THE SHAPE YOU WANT WITH FAT TRANSFER TO THE BUTTOCKS IN WESTFIELD, NJ
When people think about the practice of plastic surgery and areas of the body where they want a change—such as the buttocks, hips, and thighs—they often think about taking curves off. However, patients are increasingly choosing just the opposite with a Brazilian butt lift, which involves fat transfer to the buttocks, in NJ.
Dr. Carlos Burnett of Burnett Plastic Surgery in Westfield has met with many patients seeking a Brazilian butt lift, who feel that their bottoms are flat or too small in correlation with the rest of their body. Maybe they have always had a thin physique, or perhaps recent weight loss left them with a flat butt that no amount of squats or lunges will bulk up.
It may even be that a recent breast augmentation has left the patient feeling disproportionate. In other cases, patients may wish to address a butt that looks asymmetrical. In these cases, a Brazilian butt lift can enhance their look with fat transfer to the buttocks.
BRAZILIAN BUTT LIFT BASICS
There are many possible motivations patients might have for undergoing a Brazilian butt lift. For some, it may be a way to address the unwanted outcome of aging and weight fluctuations. For others, it may be to create a more proportional body shape or to look better in clothes. No matter the reason, augmentation via fat transfer to the buttocks is a procedure of choice for enhancing the overall curvature of the rear profile.
The Brazilian butt lift, also referred to as a gluteoplasty, involves the transfer of fat cells from one part of the body—a donor area—to precise areas of the buttocks to round out the contours there. This procedure can be an alternative for patients who have been unable to enhance their curves through conventional exercise.
This technique is designed to lift the buttocks higher while adding volume and improving the shape of the buttocks. Dr. Burnett does this by grafting fat cells taken from an area where they are found in abundance, such as the lower back, hips, and oblique area of the abdomen. Using a patient's own cells for fat transfer to the buttocks leads to a natural feel and appearance when they are injected.
During the Brazilian butt lift procedure, fat can also be taken from the hip and thigh area via liposuction to improve the appearance of the entire region.
The Brazilian butt lift isn't intended for overweight patients, as they have an increased risk of complications. That said, patients will need to have some excess fat that can be transferred.
Patients with any body shape can benefit from a Brazilian butt lift, but those who are very thin may have better success with other alternatives. Ideal candidates are in a good state of physical health and within 15 pounds of their optimal body weight. A Brazilian butt lift is thought to produce more natural-looking, subtle fullness when compared to silicone implants.
No matter the procedure specifics, patients should maintain realistic expectations.
BRAZILIAN BUTT LIFT AND VARIATIONS
Buttock augmentation is not necessarily a single procedure performed in a uniform manner on every patient. There are several techniques in addition to fat transfer to the buttocks used to achieve beautiful, natural-looking results*.
Augmentation with a buttock lift can reduce the appearance of sagging skin and tissue*. While you can augment with the Brazilian butt lift technique, lifting involves a similar method to the tummy tuck, with a band of skin removed from the lower back area to lift up the entire buttock.
Lifting can also be performed on its own, without fat transfer to the buttocks to enhance shape.
Buttock contouring may be combined with the Brazilian butt lift procedure. This enhancement involves the reduction of excess fat from one or more areas of the buttock and the transfer of fat to other parts to enhance the natural, beautiful curve.
PREPARING FOR A BRAZILIAN BUTT LIFT
It's important to choose a board-certified plastic surgeon working at an accredited facility, with specific butt augmentation experience.
Dr. Carlos Burnett is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and has specific training in (and significant experience in performing) Brazilian butt lift surgeries.
At any consultation, be sure to ask as many questions as necessary to feel comfortable with the decision to choose a Brazilian butt lift, take a look at before-and-after photos, and be aware of the costs, recovery time, possible risks, and other details of the procedure.
You may be asked to avoid taking certain medications, especially blood thinners like aspirin, before a Brazilian butt lift. Patients should refrain from smoking before and after the procedure, as the habit can slow healing and put them at risk of other complications.
GETTING THE RIGHT SIZE FOR YOU
A fairly significant misconception about the Brazilian butt lift procedure is that its purpose is simply to enlarge the buttocks as much as possible. In reality, focusing only on getting the "biggest booty" via fat transfer to the buttocks could have the effect of throwing off your overall body proportions.
If you were to look at projected images of the way you would like to look after fat transfer to the buttocks, you would likely notice that there would be a beautiful natural curvature of the lower back, around the hips, and down the buttocks.
Achieving these delicate contours does not have to involve the creation of overly large buttocks with a Brazilian butt lift. In fact, there is often very minimal augmentation required to enhance the transition beautifully between the back and the buttocks. In some cases, it is possible to improve the appearance of the buttocks by reducing the size of the flanks and abdomen with liposuction.
Cosmetic surgery on one part of the body, including fat transfer to the buttocks, is bound to have an impact on surrounding contours. This is an advantage our patients love! When done right, procedures like liposuction and the Brazilian butt lift, which can be performed together, have an excellent synergistic effect, leading to an improved appearance that looks like it came straight from Mother Nature herself.
BRAZILIAN BUTT LIFT AFTERCARE AND RECOVERY
Before scheduling a Brazilian butt lift, patients should be aware that fat transfer to the buttocks will require some downtime in the weeks following the procedure. Depending on the individual and the exact techniques performed, most patients can expect to take one to two weeks off of work.
Some level of bruising and swelling is to be expected in the initial phase of recovery. Patients will also need to be prepared to wear supportive garments for six to eight weeks. Because of these factors, Dr. Burnett recommends scheduling a Brazilian butt lift well before any particular events or vacations to tropical locations.
Compression garments apply consistent, gentle pressure to promote healing, prevent swelling, and help the newly formed curves and skin to settle into place for the most appealing results. They can also decrease discomfort while healing. It typically takes several months for the complete results from a Brazilian butt lift to be noticeable.
The tissue of the buttocks area will be particularly sensitive after surgery. Patients may want to avoid sitting for the first two months after a Brazilian butt lift. Sitting can inhibit blood circulation and impact results due to the pressure placed on the buttocks—and especially the grafted fat cells and surrounding areas.
Dr. Burnett can guide his patients on the best way to position their body as they sleep during recovery. Patients are sometimes advised to sleep on their stomach or side during this time. Strenuous exercise is another thing to avoid after a Brazilian butt lift. Light movement such as walking for short distances is encouraged, as it helps patients to heal better and avoid blood clots. Don't go "all out" for some time, however, as vigorous exercise, like running or jogging, and high-impact activities can put harmful pressure on the buttocks.
It may take some time for the complete results of the Brazilian butt lift to be revealed. The buttocks area might look flattened and square at first or feel overly stiff because of the swelling—but there’s nothing to worry about. Within around six to 12 weeks, the skin expands to accommodate the added fat, and the butt will start to have softer, more rounded, and natural-looking curves with better projection. The waist also begins to appear proportionally smaller by this time, contributing to a shapely, hourglass figure. This is referred to as the "Fluff Phase of BBL." There's no definite time period for when the fluff phase should begin; it mostly depends on the patient’s individual anatomy and how elastic or inelastic their skin is.
Results generally last for many years, but following Dr. Burnett's post-surgical instructions can help you to maintain the enhanced shape for as long as possible. Generally, it's best to maintain a stable weight and healthy lifestyle. Body weight fluctuations can alter the outcome from a Brazilian butt lift, as transferred fat cells are living and capable of expanding or shrinking.
MORE THAN A BRAZILIAN BUTT LIFT
Fat transfer to the buttocks and liposuction are just two of many procedures available at Burnett Plastic Surgery. Abdominoplasty can tighten and flatten a sagging belly, while several body and breast procedures can be combined into a Mommy Makeover for women who want contours more like the ones they enjoyed before having children.
The ultimate goal of any procedure or combination of surgeries—Brazilian butt lift or otherwise—is to have a body that inspires pride and confidence.