Have you struggled to fill out that favorite pair of jeans? Do you want a curvier derriere? Many patients say to Dr. Perez during a consultation: “If I could just get rid of this excess fat at the top of my pants and move it to my rear!”
What Is Buttock Augmentation with Fat Transfer?
Buttock augmentation with fat transfer is an innovative surgical procedure that Dr. Perez performs to help women (and even men) improve the appearance of their gluteal area. Surgical advances in the technique of transporting fat from one site to another have made possible this augmentation procedure.
Brazilian Butt Lift vs. Buttock Implants
There is more than one way to augment the shape and size of your buttocks. Brazilian butt lift surgery and buttock implants are two popular options that achieve a higher, rounder look. However, there are some distinct differences between these procedures.
A Brazilian butt lift uses liposuction to harvest unwanted fat from your stomach, thighs, and other areas of your body for injection into your buttocks. It helps slim down problem spots and gives your figure an hourglass shape. The only scarring is from the tiny and well-concealed incisions made for liposuction.
Meanwhile, butt implants are artificial devices that are surgically placed into the buttocks. They can add volume if you do not have enough of your own fat to transfer. However, they come with unique risks, such as capsular contracture and implant displacement. Dr. Perez does not use buttock implants. Instead, he typically suggests that very lean patients gain 10 to 20 pounds to qualify for gluteal augmentation with fat transfer.
Who are the Ideal Candidates for a Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL)?
Ideal candidates for Brazilian butt lift have fat stores to spare. Dr. Perez finds that most commonly candidates are those who are close to ideal weight but have excess fat through the abdominal area, love handles, thighs and back.
The goal of the procedure is to add volume to the rear end with that added side effect of re-contouring the body. Smaller frame individuals are more challenging, and in these cases, fat can also be harvested from upper arms and inner thighs for desired results. Individuals who have an inadequate amount of fat may be required to gain weight of 10 to 20 lbs to be considered a candidate. Those individuals who request an overemphasized look may require more than one procedure.
It must be noted that this procedure is great for re-contouring the body and improving one’s figure. However, keep in mind it is not a weight loss procedure. Most candidates for this procedure are patients that have available fat stores in the abdominal and love handle region. Thinner patients may desire to gain weight of 10 to 20 pounds to have adequate fat to transfer.
About Your Consultation:
Every surgical consultation at Renue Aesthetic Surgery is done exclusively with Dr. Perez. At your initial consultation, Dr. Perez will spend time reviewing your medical history and assessing your expectation of undergoing buttock augmentation with fat transfer. Time will be spent discussing in detail his surgical approach and examine the amount of body fat he would be able to harvest.
The examination gives patient an idea of the amount of volume and CCs they would need to get a desired look. Dr. Perez and his nurse will guide you through this process. Typically 500 to 700 CC need to be transferred to each buttock, but the volume harvested depends on the patients weight and body frame.
Our goal at Renue Aesthetic Surgery is to prepare you for a decision that is unique and personal and leave you at ease about the decision you and Dr. Perez feel about your surgery.
How is Brazilian Butt Lift Surgery Performed?
The Brazilian butt lift is a three step-process performed by Dr. Perez:
- First, fat will be suctioned (harvested) from certain areas of the body where there is excess. Common sites include the love handles, stomach, back and thighs.
- Second, the fat is processed, eliminating the excess fluid, and taking much care with use of special suction machine and instruments as not to kill any fat cell. Even with the most careful technique, expect only 60% of the fat cells harvested to survive. As a consequence of this, a second procedure may be needed.
- Finally, the fat is prepared and injected in the area of the gluteus that needs augmentation.
What is the Recovery from a Brazilian Butt Lift Procedure?
In the immediate post surgery period, results will be seen, however the harvest and injected areas will be quite swollen. Patients can expect to have a post surgical compression body garment from above the thigh to below the breast area. This garment applies firm pressure to the harvest areas but has a relaxed more gentle compression to the gluteal area.
Pain is controlled by oral narcotic pain medication. Patients can also expect to have drains which will be removed at the first post operative visit. Activity will be limited, but early ambulation is encouraged. Patients will have to refrain from sitting, laying, or applying any pressure to the gluteal area for the first 2 to 4 weeks. This is so the newly transplanted fat cells can adjust to their new home and survive. Patients will sleep on their stomach or side and avoid sitting. Although this may be difficult to comply with, it is truly necessary to obtain optimal results.
Dr. Perez will follow the patient with weekly visits the first two weeks and then reevaluate the patient at 2 week intervals. At first the gluteal area will be quite swollen, including the surrounding harvested areas. Some patients even develop bruising which will fade in a couple weeks. As the healing process continues the swelling will go down and patients will begin to see the increased gluteal volume and improved contour.
What Results Can I Expect from Buttock Augmentation Surgery?
Removing unwanted fat from problem areas, such as the hips, thighs, and “love handles,” can correct a boxy, flat shape or simply add volume to the buttock area. The advantage of this procedure is that you get the associated liposuction from the harvesting phase. Patients who once had a square shape through their midsection are left with a more hour glass figure and stream lined silhouette.
This procedure is performed in an accredited outpatient surgical center facility in Overland Park. For patients who desire more dramatic improvement in curves, a second procedure may be needed.
Are Brazilian Butt Lift Results Permanent?
Brazilian butt lift results are meant to be long-lasting. Fat cells that survive the transfer to the buttocks stay there forever. Meanwhile, fat cells removed using liposuction do not come back — good news if you are looking to get the most out of this investment in your figure.
With proper aftercare, BBL patients can enjoy a contoured figure and a fuller backside for many years to come. The best thing you can do to protect your results is to maintain your weight. Dramatic weight loss will make your butt look slimmer, while dramatic weight gain can change your overall proportions.
Will My Butt Augmentation Results Look Natural?
One of the biggest advantages of the BBL is that it uses your own excess fat for augmentation. That means you will get to enjoy results that look and feel incredibly natural. There is little difference between the fat that is already present in your buttocks and the fat that is transferred there from other parts of your body.
Compared to silicone buttock implants, transplanted fat creates a much more realistic outcome. Women and men who get BBL surgery are usually happy with their results. The procedure has a high patient satisfaction rate. You can view before and after photos to get a better idea of what a Brazilian butt lift can achieve.
Are There Risks to a Brazilian Butt Lift Procedure?
The most common side effects of this procedure include divots, irregular contours, and ripples. There is no potential for allergic reaction with a butt lift since fat from your own body is used. Improved surgical techniques have made the Brazilian butt lift safer than ever before. However, it is important to visit a board-certified plastic surgeon who understands these techniques.
Dr. Perez has extensive experience with gluteal fat transfer. He uses the most up-to-date methods to minimize complications and promote great results. Your safety and satisfaction always come first at Renue Aesthetic Surgery.
Can I Sit After My Brazilian Butt Lift Procedure?
You cannot sit directly on your butt for two to four weeks after surgery. The same goes for lying down. This is so a new blood supply can develop and your fat cells can survive the transfer. Putting pressure on your butt right after a BBL can prevent the injected fat cells from taking. Although it can be a hassle, keeping pressure off your gluteal area during the initial phase of recovery is essential for good results.