Glute-sculpting exercises and a carefully-planned diet can only do so much in terms of accentuating your backside. Your butt shape and size are largely determined by factors beyond your control, such as your age, genetics, and fat distribution. If you’re looking for a proven way to overcome those factors and achieve a more aesthetically pleasing shape, a Brazilian butt lift may be the answer.
Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Stan Castor has the experience and skill to provide you with the results you want from buttock augmentation while also maintaining a natural look. Learn more about this body contouring procedure and receive personalized recommendations by scheduling a complimentary consultation at (813) 971-2000. Artisan Aesthetics Plastic Surgery and Laser Center serves Tampa Bay and the surrounding areas of Florida.
What Is A Brazilian Butt Lift?
A Brazilian butt lift (BBL) is a popular fat grafting or fat transfer procedure performed to improve the size, shape, and contour of the buttocks. An alternative to butt implants, this approach uses excess fat from another area of your body to add fullness to your backside. Many people prefer this technique because it provides a more natural and customizable result.
The procedure offers a wide range of benefits, including:
- A rounder and curvier buttocks shape
- Increased buttocks projection
- A more proportional and balanced figure
- A slimmer and flatter appearance in the donor region
- Improved appearance in clothing and swimsuits
- Enhanced self-image
A Brief History of BBLs
Despite how relatively recently Brazilian Butt Lifts began to be practiced, they have become wildly popular, not only throughout the Americas but throughout the world! One of the first buttock augmentations on record dates back to the early 1960s and was conducted by an innovative and eccentric Brazilian plastic surgeon who is now credited as the creator of what we know and love today as the Brazilian Butt Lift.
It quickly found a niche popularity throughout the 60s and 70s with those who could afford or even find surgeons who were able to perform a Brazilian Butt Lift. However, as BBLs and a variety of body contouring techniques began to become more streamlined and mainstream throughout the 80s and 90s, the cost of performing them was greatly reduced, thereby skyrocketing the popularity of BBLs in the general public. And the rest is history!
Brazilian Butt Lift Candidates
Generally speaking, a Brazilian butt lift may be right for you if you are interested in:
- Enhancing your natural buttocks shape
- Reversing changes caused by weight gain or loss, aging, or pregnancy
- Helping your buttocks look more proportionate to the rest of your body
- Improving the appearance of a flat, droopy, or square backside
- Correcting buttocks asymmetry
You may be an ideal Brazilian butt lift candidate if you are in good overall health and have realistic expectations regarding what the procedure can accomplish. On top of that, it is necessary to have some excess fat in other areas of your body to be used for your Brazilian butt lift. A few common donor areas for fat removal include the abdomen, hips, thighs, and back.
What Are The Benefits Of A BBL?
There are so many benefits that come with BBL surgery. First, it can help you get the rounder and fuller backside that may have eluded your fitness efforts. Next, it can improve your overall body proportions by adding fat where you want it — and eliminating it where you don't. And in some cases, a Brazilian butt lift will diminish the appearance of cellulite by adding volume underneath.
Patients love that a BBL can offer results that look and feel more natural than butt implants. Unfortunately, silicone butt implants often carry a higher risk of infection as well. There is no reason to accept these implant disadvantages when safe and effective butt lifts are available.
When Will I See The Results Of My Brazilian Butt Lift?
A Brazilian butt lift offers an immediate improvement in shape and volume. However, it will take some time for your final results to become apparent. That is because not all of the transferred fat will make it through the healing process. Swelling can also obscure your surgical outcome until it dissipates. You should generally wait at least four months before judging your new look.
Can My Body Reject the Fat After a BBL?
Though you may have heard uncomfortable stories about "failed BBLs," wherein the body rejects the fat that is introduced, this is only a risk factor when cutting corners and choosing a second-rate surgeon to perform your BBL. With a BBL performed by a highly accredited and trained professional, such as our very own board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Stan Castor, there is no chance of your body rejecting the fat—that's because grafted fat is your own fat, which your body will of course naturally accept. Likewise, the risk of infection after a successful BBL surgery is immensely rare for the same reasons as above.
How Long Do Brazilian Butt Lift Results Last?
One reason why patients choose a BBL over butt implants is that the final results of a BBL can last forever. Instead of using a silicone implant to enhance your rear, Brazilian butt lift surgery uses your excess fat cells. Many of those cells develop their own blood supply after being transferred to your backside and can remain in place indefinitely. Keep in mind, however, that significant weight fluctuations can impact your cosmetic outcome. So try to maintain your post-procedure weight to prevent any unwanted changes.
Are Brazilian Butt Lifts Painful?
During the procedure, there should be no pain whatsoever for you. This is because, during the Brazilian Butt Lift surgery, you will be placed under some form of general anesthesia or sedative, not only to make the process utterly painless for you but also to make the whole experience as stress-free as possible.
However, during your recovery and healing time post-surgery, be prepared for some level of manageable pain, as any surgery of this sort will undoubtedly bring some discomfort. But don't worry—the pain will diminish quickly with a little bit of time and the help of some over-the-counter pain medications.
What Kind Of Anesthesia Will Be Used?
Several different kinds of anesthesia can be used during this procedure. It depends on factors such as the size of the treatment area and your surgeon's preference. Dr. Stan Castor typically uses general anesthesia when performing a Brazilian butt lift. It puts you in a sleep-like state so that you won't feel any pain. Know that you will need someone to drive you home after receiving general anesthesia.
When Can I Resume Exercising After A Brazilian Butt Lift?
You can resume light activity, such as walking, right after your Brazilian butt lift. In fact, walking is encouraged because it promotes blood flow, decreases swelling, and helps reduce the risk of surgical complications. However, avoid anything more strenuous for at least a week. One to four weeks after surgery, you can resume weight-bearing exercises while continuing with your daily walks.
Six weeks after surgery, you can ease back into your normal fitness routine. Know that your body may need time to get back to its previous strength. If you have any specific questions about resuming exercise after your BBL, consult our plastic surgeon.
Will I Lose My BBL if I Workout?
Feel free to work out as you usually would once your BBL has fully recovered! Working out and any other weight-loss activities won't affect your BBL any more or less than it would the rest of your body. Simply treat it as a natural part of your body—because it is—and do whatever you feel is best to keep it looking and feeling just the way you want it to.
Are There Scars From BBL Surgery?
BBL surgery leaves tiny scars in the areas where liposuction was performed. It does not leave scars on the buttocks. That is because minimally-invasive injections are administered to transfer the fat. The marks will typically fade to fine lines one year after surgery. If your scars become raised, thick, red, or appear to widen, contact our office to discuss early-intervention treatments.
What Foods Should I Eat After BBL Surgery?
A good diet is the key to the successful maintenance of any cosmetic surgery, and this is especially true with Brazilian Butt Lifts. You'll want to do your best to incorporate a nutrient-dense assortment of foods into your diet once you have had your BBL performed. Not only will this ensure your general overall health and support your recovery, but it will also help produce more healthy fats that will keep your BBL looking good into the foreseeable future.
Your Brazilian Butt Lift Procedure
Dr. Castor performs buttock augmentation procedures on an outpatient basis from our accredited in-office surgical suite. The procedure is completed under general anesthesia. Depending on the specifics of your Brazilian butt lift, the surgery may last anywhere from two to five hours.
First, Dr. Castor performs liposuction on the donor region to obtain fat cells for the augmentation. This step has the added benefit of improving the contour of the donor area. Then, the fat is purified to prepare it for reinjection.
Next, Dr. Castor will strategically place small injections of fat in specific areas of your buttocks to achieve a fuller and shapelier result. He has an in-depth understanding of the functional systems of the body and the underlying structure of the buttocks. He knows where to inject the fat, the amount that can be safely injected, and how deep to inject.
Brazilian Butt Lift Recovery And Results
Recovering from a Brazilian butt lift is relatively simple and straightforward. You can return home after your surgery, though you will need to arrange a ride. Any post-operative discomfort is typically minimal and can be controlled through medication.
Dr. Castor will give you a complete list of instructions to follow, including activity restrictions and aftercare. It is important to adhere to these post-operative guidelines to ensure optimal results.
There are a few special considerations that come with healing from a buttocks procedure. You will need to sleep on your side and avoid sitting during the initial recovery period. After that, you will likely need to sit on a pillow or special seat for several weeks.
In terms of results, you will notice an immediate improvement in the shape and size of your buttocks. Keep in mind that your final appearance may not be visible for several months as your body heals and swelling subsides. View our before and after gallery to get an idea of the results you may be able to achieve through a Brazilian butt lift.
Schedule Your Brazilian Butt Lift In Tampa Bay
Dr. Castor prides himself on delivering natural-looking results that balance the figure and enhance self-esteem. If you are interested in improving the appearance of your buttocks, call (813) 971-2000 to schedule your complimentary consultation. Artisan Aesthetics Plastic Surgery and Laser Center serves Tampa Bay and the surrounding areas of Florida.