What Is a Brazilian Butt Lift?
Many women want to change the appearance of their buttocks. The Brazilian butt lift is an augmentation operation done to make you more well rounded, literally! It has been medically proven to be much less painful than other butt enhancement procedures, safe, simple, and gives you a shorter recovery period, according to research led by Dr. Thomas Roberts (an American plastic surgeon).
You can talk with Dr. Kesarwani to get the outcome you desire. The surgery generally involves fat transfer into the buttocks region to add volume and improve its shape. This is also known as lipofilling.
Many of our patients say no matter how many contouring exercises they do, they just can’t achieve the buttocks shape they want. What they really need is to add volume to the area, and the Brazilian butt lift does just that.
This procedure requires between ½ pound and ¾ pound of fat and therefore is not viable for skinny people with limited available fat stores. The best candidates are between 20 and 30 pounds over ideal weight, in their late teens to early 30’s, and have skin that is in good condition (not saggy).
What Can I Expect?
If you are looking for more roundness and fullness in your buttocks region to balance out your overall figure, then this procedure is for you. Not everyone is a good candidate, but Dr. Kesarwani will examine the current size and shape of your buttocks, as well as how much body fat you have in other places to transfer to the buttocks region. Skin quality and elasticity also factor in, as do any pre-existing medical conditions that might make the procedure riskier or delay your healing.
Dr. Kesarwani takes great care in marking and planning your surgery. As a talented artist, he strives to recreate the right shape for each and every patient. This is not a cookie cutter procedure.
The cosmetic surgery procedure is done under local anesthesia or general anesthesia. Fat transfer from the body to the buttocks is done by liposuction and subsequent fat injection. First, gentle liposuction is performed to harvest the fat from inside a belly button incision or the inside thigh/leg. While the incision measures only millimetres, it remains well hidden. Generally speaking, the aim to harvest 3 times the amount to transfer.
The fat is then purified extremely carefully. Dr. Kesarwani has had success in helping fat transfer patients because of his meticulousness in removing as much non-fat material as possible. This gives you a higher fat concentration that is less diluted by other unnecessary cells. Then small amounts are injected into specific areas of your buttocks, as determined before your surgery begins. The ultimate goal is to inject in areas that will give you the results you want with symmetry and proportion that enhance your overall body contour. No silicone buttock implants are needed.
After Your Buttock Augmentation Procedure
You’ll be asked to wear compression garment that covers the liposuctioned areas as well as your buttocks for 4-5 days 24/7. You’ll need to keep pressure off your buttocks for 5-7 days — this allows blood vessels to grow within the transferred fat so that it can be sustained.
Once the swelling subsides, your changes will be immediately visible, but your body can take up to a year to adjust its appearance as the fat settles into the new area. Some of the initial transferred fat is harmlessly absorbed by your body as waste product, but most remains. It is common for 40-60% of this injected fat to survive, a percentage that is higher than other surgeons because of the gentle purification and injection techniques Dr. Kesarwani performs to protect the fat cells.
If you gain or lose weight after surgery, you might experience changes in your buttock shape.
Consult Our World Renowned Brazilian Butt Lift Surgeon
If you’ve been thinking about making this change to your appearance, then speak with our head board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Kesarwani, during your private plastic surgery consultation. Your initial consultation is scheduled with him. We will discuss your surgical goals and determine your medical history to tell whether you are a suitable candidate for a Brazilian butt lift.
Contact us today at Cosmedical Rejuvenation Clinic in Toronto, Ontario and schedule your consultation. Our plastic surgeon, Dr. Kesarwani, and his team will answer all your questions about the surgery so you can see if it is right for you.
Preparing for Your Brazilian Butt Lift
Properly preparing for your Brazilian butt lift will improve your surgery and the results. You’ll even be able to see your results sooner!
Although many standards of beauty are dependent on one’s own culture, the concept of feminine beauty has been universally associated with two areas of anatomy: the breasts and buttocks. As such, the trend of buttock augmentation and contouring surgery has seen exponential growth over the last few decades. As the demand has grown, various techniques for shaping the butt, like the Brazilian butt lift, have evolved with it.
For many women, the most suitable option available is a Brazilian butt lift. And while this technique is tried and true, it is your responsibility to prepare your body in the weeks before your surgery to ensure maximum results and minimize complications.
Butt workouts can only do so much. If you are considering buttock enhancement, your first step should be to book a consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon experienced in Brazilian butt lifts, like Dr. Kesarwani. During this meeting you will discuss a number of important details, including your medical history, your hopes and expectations for the surgery, recovery, and any potential complications. It is also during this consultation that we can determine if you are a good candidate for a Brazilian butt lift.
The ideal candidate:
- is in relatively good health, both mentally and physically
- has realistic expectations for the procedure and results
- has sufficient body fat for the procedure, preferably concentrated in the stomach, waist, hips and upper thighs
The consultation is also the ideal time to inform us of any supplements or medications you are taking. You will most likely be instructed to continue taking your medication up to the day of your surgery, with the exception of blood thinners and diabetic medication. This is also the best time to ask any questions you may have about the procedure. By the end of the consultation you should be feeling confident and at ease, so please, feel free to address any and all concerns you may have.
Most of the work you will be doing to prepare for your Brazilian butt lift will begin about two weeks before your procedure. However, there is at least one health concern that needs to be addressed well before that: smoking. The nicotine in cigarette (and modern e-cigarettes or vaping) can inhibit blood flow and slow the healing process following your surgery. Due to this risk, if you are a smoker you need to halt the habit several weeks before treatment. We recommend you stop smoking for at least four weeks before your surgery date, but the longer you abstain the less likely you are to experience complications.
Two weeks before your surgery
Two weeks before your scheduled surgery day there are a number of precautions you should begin to take:
- Stop taking any pain medications that also work as blood thinners, including aspirin, Advil, Motrin, and ibuprofen.
- Stop taking any medications you have been prescribed as a blood thinner or to prevent blood clots or stroke, such as Warfarin, Coumadin, and Plavix. You should tell us all the medications and supplements you take so that we can make sure none will make surgery dangerous.
- Stop taking any and all herbal medications and/or diet pills as advised.
- Stop drinking alcohol of any kind. Alcohol works as a blood thinner and carries many of the same risks as medications.
- Make sure we have all your blood work and test results to review.
Two days before your surgery
As the day of your procedure draws ever closer, there are a few additional preparation instructions for you to follow:
- You will have received a prescription for medications. Now is the time to have the prescriptions filled by your preferred local pharmacy. Be sure to bring them with you on the day of your surgery.
- Prepare loose clothing to wear to the clinic.
- Stick to non-dairy and dry foods to avoid upsetting your stomach right after surgery.
- Begin taking stool softeners or drinking prune juice. The pain management medications you will be taking following the surgery can cause constipation. The precaution of stool softeners two days prior to your procedure can help mitigate this uncomfortable side effect.
- Stock up on any postoperative supplies you may need, such as a “donut” cushion to sit on, healthy food and drink, bandages, compression garments, and ice packs.
- If you haven’t done so already, now is the time to arrange for someone to take you to your appointment, and bring you home afterward. Ideally, this person should stay with you for at least 24 hours after your procedure.
The day of surgery
On the day of your surgery there are a few last minute preparation items to see to:
- Fast for at least 8 hours before your Brazilian butt lift. You may take small sips of water if you require it for your medication, but no other food or drink should be ingested.
- Bathe on the morning of, making sure to wash your entire body and hair with a simple, mild soap like Dove. There is no need to buy any special antibiotic or antibacterial products.
- Shave or otherwise remove any hair from the areas to be treated.
- Remove all piercings, and leave all jewelry and other valuables at home.
- Do not wear any makeup or apply body lotions or creams.
- Getting your mind and body ready
Remember, for the fastest, most efficient, and complication-free recovery it is vitally important that you follow any and all preoperative instructions to the letter.
What to Expect After Your Surgery
This is a week-by-week description of the recovery from your Brazilian butt lift procedure. Special emphasis is put on the kinds of recommended exercises and physical activities throughout the six to eight week recovery time, and beyond.
As one of the fastest growing procedures in North America according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the Brazilian butt lift has seen a rise in popularity. This may be because of the assets of several celebrities, including one certain family of high profile who is believed to have had the procedure done a few years ago (Khloe and Kim, we’re talking about you!).
Are you considering getting your butt done? Here is some info about downtime and recovery that will help you.
What to expect week by week
Weeks 1 & 2
Initial recovery from a Brazilian butt lift usually takes about 3-6 weeks. During the first 2-3 weeks you should try to avoid sitting or putting any pressure on the buttock area for longer than a few moments at a time. Sitting on your new grafts too early can damage them, causing preventable complications. Sitting puts tremendous pressure on the area — up to 400 pounds per square inch in some places, regardless of your weight! This pressure can cut off blood flow to the new tissue. The new blood vessels forming in the implanted fat are delicate and fragile in the first weeks following surgery and can easily be deformed. If you absolutely must sit be sure to use an extremely soft cushion or a doughnut shaped pillow to avoid most of the pressure. To reduce the risk of straining your new posterior you should position yourself on your stomach or side when resting or sleeping.
Some swelling and pain around the surgical area is to be expected, and is easily controlled. In most cases the pain is minimal and can be controlled with oral pain medication which will be prescribed to you by Dr. Kesarwani. Stick to the medications that Dr. Kesarwani has prescribed to you since some, such as aspirin, can increase bruising or cause complications with the new blood vessels forming. Any swelling is also controlled easily by wearing compression garments for at least the first 2 weeks, possibly a bit longer. A small amount of swelling can persist for up to 6 weeks.
Exercise is an important part of the first 2 weeks of your recovery. You should start taking light walks as soon as you can following surgery. Short, easy walks can help reduce the risk of blood clots forming. However, strenuous fat burning exercises should be avoided for now.
You might be able to return to work during the third week following your surgery, provided you don’t need to sit for extended periods of time, and you can use a soft cushion when you do need to sit. It is vitally important to give the fat grafts in your buttocks time to heal as much as they can during the first 3 weeks. This precaution helps the fat to fully take hold, and secures the best aesthetics and long lasting results. Putting pressure on your butt too early may cause you to lose some of the transferred fat, even 3 weeks into recovery.
You should continue light exercise throughout the third week. At this point you will be able to add some light cardiovascular activities, like longer, more frequent walks and elliptical exercises. Focus on light weight training at this point, so the new fat cells have the best chance to heal and stabilize. As long as you avoid exercises that specifically target your glutes and keep your workout light, your recovery shouldn’t be effected.
Weeks 4 & 5
Finally, you can sit! Of course, during the fourth and fifth week, sitting for long periods should still be done on a nice soft cushion. You will also be able to begin adding more strenuous activities to your exercise routine, like bicycling (with a nice soft seat of course). Swimming will be safe, so you will finally be able to enjoy a nice day at the beach or pool starting in your fourth or fifth week. Despite being able to exercise more energetically than before, it is still highly recommended that you relax on your stomach as much as you can.
Weeks 6 through 8
After 6 weeks of recovery, depending on how your body responds to the procedure, you should be healed enough to resume most of your usual activities. At this point the fat cells should be stabilized, making them strong enough to handle the stress of more vigorous fat burning exercises like jogging or running. If you’re an active athlete, or even just a weekend warrior, you should be able to enjoy participating in outdoor sports like soccer or baseball at this time as well.
Once your body has completely recovered from the procedure, the grafted fat will behave the same way fat does anywhere else on your body. Just as fluctuations in your weight will increase or decrease the amount of fat throughout your body, it will do the same with your new bottom. As your weight changes, your augmented butt will change proportionally.
One of the most common questions about Brazilian butt lifts is concerning weight loss. What happens to your butt if you lose weight? The simple fact is, if the procedure is performed correctly, your new figure will be maintained through any weight loss or gain. You’ll always have a larger butt than before your surgery, although it may fluctuate in size.
The best way to make sure you enjoy the results of your Brazilian butt lift for years to come is through healthy diet and regular exercise.
Frequently Asked Questions About Brazilian Butt Lift
How much does a BBL cost? How much is a bbl in Toronto?
The cost of a BBL, or Brazilian butt lift, ranges in price depending on the amount of fat removed and how much buttock contouring the patient desires. A typical price would range from $8000 – $15000 in Toronto, Canada.
What is Brazilian buttock lift surgery?
Brazilian buttock lift, or Brazilian butt lift, is a plastic surgery procedure that takes fat from one part of your body, purifies it, then injects it into your buttocks to enhance its shape, projection and firmness. It is a popular procedure that can be performed on men and women.
Can I get a BBL if I’m skinny?
Yes, it is possible to get a Brazilian butt lift if you’re skinny. Despite how lean a patient may be, there is always some amount of fat on their body that can be harvested. However, if this amount is insufficient to achieve a patient’s goals, then they may be asked to gain a bit of weight prior to the procedure.
Is Brazilian buttock lift permanent?
The procedure can achieve a permanent improvement of the buttock shape with transferred fat. However, weight fluctuations and aging can negatively impact results. The transferred fat cells may expand or shrink, affecting the size and shape of the buttocks. However, generally speaking your buttock shape may always be rounder and perkier than if you hadn’t had the procedure performed in the first place.
Is Brazilian buttock lift painful?
The procedure involves liposuction and microinjections. This may cause some discomfort following the procedure. Medication can be prescribed to reduce discomfort. Our patients tolerate the procedure well and don’t describe it as painful.
What happens if you sit after bbl?
Sitting immediately after a Brazilian butt lift may cause the transferred fat cells to become reabsorbed by your body, making the procedure ineffective. Blood vessels need to form in the transferred fat to sustain them, so it’s recommended that you don’t sit directly on your buttocks for a couple of weeks after your surgery.
Should I lose weight before a bbl?
You should be at your ideal and stable weight before your surgery. This allows results to be more predictable.
Is a BBL dangerous?
A Brazilian butt lift is considered a safe procedure with limited risks. Some of these risks include infection, pain, uneven contours, loss of skin and fat embolism. However, these risks are considered rare. Generally speaking, the procedure has a good success rate.