It may sound crazy, but patients can use unwanted fat cells to give their butt more shape and volume. A Brazilian butt lift, also known as a BBL, is an autologous transfer or fat grafting procedure. A person's own fat cells are utilized to provide butt augmentation results and forgo butt implants. The reason why this cosmetic procedure has gained so much media buzz is it offers incredible, natural-looking results. Patients can also get body contouring help in more than one area at the same time. Cosmetic procedures are continually evolving, delivering new ways for individuals to get the body they always wanted. A BBL can provide such a solution and is an innovative procedure that isn't slowing down in popularity, especially in Miami.
Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Jeffrey LaGrasso specializes in this body contouring procedure. With his meticulous attention to detail and surgical skill, Dr. LaGrasso has helped countless patients get excellent results with a BBL. As with any surgical procedure, it is essential to be informed beforehand, which includes knowing about the recovery process. Here is a brief look at what this fat grafting procedure can do and what patients can expect with BBL recovery.
What is a Brazilian Butt Lift?
A Brazilian butt lift, also known as a BBL, is a fat grafting procedure that improves the shape and fullness of the buttocks by using a person's fat cells. Liposuction is performed to remove excess fat, typically around the waistline, hips, or lower back area. The harvested fat is then purified and prepared for the grafting portion of this procedure. Next, it is strategically placed into the buttocks to create a more defined, fuller shape. BBL procedures have become increasingly popular over the last few years, providing customizable, natural-looking results.
How long is BBL recovery?
A common question asked by patients is, "When can I sit after my BBL procedure"? It may be difficult, but patients cannot sit down for the first three weeks after a Brazilian butt lift. Placing direct pressure by sitting or lying down on the target area can shift or destroy the transferred fat. Dr. LaGrasso and his experienced team will offer helpful instructions about recovering at home during the critical 3 – 4 weeks following surgery, such as:
- Wearing any compression garments
- Sleeping at night on your side or stomach
- No strenuous exercising, including stretching or squatting type movements
- Do not smoke
- Do not drive, engage in sexual intercourse, swim, or use a spa or hot tub
- Take all prescription medications as instructed
- Attend all follow-up appointments as scheduled with your surgeon
Is a BBL procedure safe?
Outside of the recovery process, it is also essential to know the risks involved with any surgical procedure. In addition to recovery questions, patients often inquire about the safety of a BBL procedure. A Brazilian butt lift can be highly effective and safe when performed by a qualified, experienced plastic surgeon like Dr. LaGrasso. It is critical to work with a board-certified plastic surgeon who has successfully performed BBL procedures for a range of patients. Every person's body is different, which means what is safe for one patient may not be ideal for another individual. There are some factors that a BBL expert, like Dr. LaGrasso, will take into account, such as:
- Does a patient have enough excess fatty tissue in the donor areas for successful BBL results?
- How much fat will be needed and can be safely injected in the target area?
- Where and how deep does the grafted fat go to give each patient optimal results safely?
Taking unwanted fat from one area and putting it into another may sound less complicated, compared to traditional implants, but a BBL is also an intricate procedure. Grafted fat can only be injected into the subcutaneous layer of the buttocks, no deeper, to avoid unsafe complications. Although the anatomy of the buttocks is mostly composed of fatty tissue, it is a complex structure consisting of muscles and arteries underneath that can be compromised with the wrong surgical technique. Patients must find a plastic surgeon, like Dr. LaGrasso, who is experienced with BBL procedures and has the patient results to prove it.
If you have further questions about a BBL procedure, we invite you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Jeffrey LaGrasso in Miami, FL. This highly effective 2-in-1 body contouring procedure can sculpt your waistline or hip area while boosting the appearance of your backside. During your one-on-one consultation, he will create a customized plan to give you fantastic liposuction and BBL results. If you desire to have a rounder, shapelier buttocks but want to forgo augmentation with butt implants, then a BBL could be the right option for you.