Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL) procedures at Restore SD Plastic Surgery
Do you desire dangerous curves? The Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL) may be your ideal procedure.
The Brazilian Butt Lift contours the hips, flanks, and buttocks to create a more shapely figure and rounded, perkier backside. The BBL uses fat harvested from stubborn areas in your hips and stomach to naturally enhance your backside. The results are an immediate, natural feeling and improved appearance. It is a minimally invasive way to sculpt a well-proportioned backside that will leave you looking great in clothes and feeling self-confident.
The Best Candidates
- Have flattened buttocks and outer hips
- Do not have a history of blood clotting problems such as DVT or PE
- Have some extra fat in the hips, flanks, thighs, or abdomen
- Want a natural means to achieve a round, perky backside
- Are not taking blood thinner medications or using nicotine products
- Are a healthy weight and free of significant medical conditions
Buttocks augmentation with fat grafting (Brazilian Butt Lift) is increasingly becoming one of the most popular cosmetic surgical procedures in the United States. The buttocks can be augmented through fat grafting using your body’s own tissues with the side benefit of liposuction of some other areas where fat is stored. The other means for buttock augmentation is placement of silicone implants similar to breast implants. This procedure is an alternative that carries with it visible scars, a longer recovery, and potential for infection and rejection of the implant. At Restore SD Plastic Surgery, we believe that fat grafting is by far the better option and are pleased to offer Brazilian Butt Lift as one of our many body contouring procedures.
BBL is performed under general anesthesia in an accredited surgery center or hospital setting. The surgery usually takes 2-3 hours to perform and is an outpatient surgery so you are able to go home after you recover from anesthesia. During surgery, your Restore SD surgeon will harvest fat from your hips, flanks, thighs and abdomen using the SAFELipo™ technique. The fat is purified in a sterile processing device and injected with a small cannula (round tube) in multiple layers to beautifully sculpt and define the shape of the buttocks. The fat is a living graft and will establish its own blood supply and survive. Great strides have been made in fat grafting in the last decade and it is reasonable to expect that 60-75% of the grafted fat will survive and provide a robust and long-lasting improvement in your figure.
After surgery and recovering from anesthesia you will be able to go home with a responsible adult who can ideally spend the first few days of recovery with you. Some surgical pain is expected and you will be prescribed pain medication for use in the postoperative period. You will wear a compression garment for 4-6 weeks to ensure a smooth contour in the areas from which the fat was harvested. You will have some swelling and bruising after surgery and this generally subsides very quickly within the first weeks after surgery. You will need to stay off your shapely new backside for 10-14 days so make sure you have a comfy place set up for recovery. You will be seeing your Restore SD surgeon frequently for follow up and will be guided back to your usual activities based on your speed of recovery. Most complications come from getting too active too early. Please plan your surgical date to allow enough time for recovery and return to your more vigorous activities.
The Combined Procedures
When you arrive at Restore SD Plastic Surgery to discuss a BBL, your Restore SD surgeon will perform
a detailed examination as well as review your medical history and any medications you are taking. At
your consultation, you will have photos taken with our Vectra 3D imaging system and discuss
treatment areas and options while viewing your photos series. With our state of the art Canfield
software, potential surgical results can be viewed and adjustments can be made, helping you to
visualize possible outcomes.
Although tremendous advances have been made in the field of structural fat grafting, not all of the
grafted fat survives. Expertly harvested and carefully purified fat can yield graft survival in the
range of 60-75%. This amount of fat survival is very predictable and you can expect to see some
decrease in size after the swelling subsides and the non-viable fat is reabsorbed by your body. The
final results of fat grafting can generally be seen after 4-6 months. Some patients return for a
second round of fat grafting a year or two after their initial BBL to adjust their size and shape a
It is important to ask if your surgeon is Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.
As Board Certified plastic surgeons at Restore SD, we have years of training and expertise in body
contouring surgery that cannot be imitated by short courses and alternative certifications. Ensure
that your surgeon is proficient in body contouring surgery and high-volume fat grafting in
particular. The American Board of Plastic Surgery is one of 23 members of the American Board of
Medical Specialties. These specialties represent the traditional core of fully trained specialists.
Alternative boards have cropped up over the last several years to try to lend legitimacy to
incompletely trained or poorly trained practitioners. Accept nothing less than a surgeon certified
by the American Board of Plastic Surgery who preferably is a member of the American Society of
Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS).
The surgeons at Restore SD Plastic Surgery have over a decade of experience with cosmetic and
reconstructive fat grafting. In addition to being fully credentialed, we take the time to listen to
your goals and partner with you to develop the best and safest surgical plan that will optimize your
results and leave you looking and feeling your best. Our time in the Navy reconstructing war
casualties yielded new and unique applications for fat grafting and use of lasers in tissue
expansion. We have the expertise and vision to employ fat grafting to artistically sculpt and shape
your figure into ideal proportion.
Every individual has a unique shape and proportions. Looking good in that favorite pair of jeans or
feeling a bit more self-confident are both great reasons to consider a Brazilian Butt Lift. At
Restore SD Plastic Surgery, we want you to look and feel your best. Your Restore SD surgeon will
partner with you to develop a comprehensive surgical plan that tailors the optimal result to your
goals and desires.
The BBL is performed through multiple small incisions that are a cm or less in length and discreetly
placed. Although these scars are small and well hidden, your Restore SD surgeons will educate you
about scar management postoperatively. A surgical scar will take 9-12 months to fully mature. Your
scar will go through changes during the healing process and your Restore SD team will help you
manage this part of your recovery. This can consist of sun avoidance, scar massage, scar cream, and
fractionated laser treatments.
If you have close friends or relatives who have had Brazilian Butt Lift surgery – start there! A
personal story of their journey may guide you to questions to ask your surgeon and having someone
with a shared experience is invaluable. Educate yourself by reading our procedure page and viewing
our educational videos. Other sources of information include RealSelf and WebMd.
Having surgery means a commitment to an appropriate recovery. We recommend scheduling your surgery at
a time that allows enough time to recover and gradually return to your normal activities. Flying,
driving long distances, or leaving the immediate area are not recommended until you have been
cleared by your surgeon. If you have specific travel needs or require advice for emergency travel
soon after a procedure, please let us know and we will be glad to discuss the details with you.