BBL – The “Fat Transfer” Butt Lift
A fat transfer butt lift, also known as a Brazilian butt lift or “BBL”, is a cosmetic surgery procedure in which fat is taken from one part of the body (usually the abdomen, hips, or thighs) using liposuction, and then injected into the buttocks to increase their size and improve their shape. The procedure is designed to give the patient a more youthful and attractive buttock appearance.
BBL More Popular Than Ever
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), Brazilian Butt Lifts (BBL) were the second most popular cosmetic surgery procedure among women in the US in 2020, after breast augmentation. Additionally, the ASPS reported that the number of BBL procedures performed in the US has increased by a staggering 252% between 2012 to 2020. So, it’s likely that a significant number of women in the US have undergone a fat transfer butt lift.
Many celebrities have admitted to having a Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL) procedure. Some celebrities who have publicly discussed their BBL surgery include:
- Jennifer Lopez
- Kim Kardashian
- Nicki Minaj
- Iggy Azalea
- Cardi B
- Amber Rose
- Blac Chyna
These are just a few examples of celebrities who have publicly discussed their BBL surgery. It’s likely that many more celebrities have had the procedure but have chosen not to publicly disclose it.
Are Brazilian Butt Lifts (“BBL”) Safe?
Brazilian Butt Lifts (BBL) are considered safe when performed by a qualified and experienced plastic surgeon in an accredited surgical facility, like renowned board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ali at AMAE in Birmingham, MI.
However, as with any surgery, there are risks and potential complications associated with BBL. Some of the risks include bleeding, infection, anesthesia complications, poor healing, asymmetry, and dissatisfaction with the results. However, the most serious complication associated with BBL is fat embolism, which occurs when the injected fat enters the bloodstream and causes blockages in the lungs or other organs. Although it is rare, fat embolism can be life-threatening.
This is why it is essential to only have a BBL performed by an accredited, board-certified plastic surgeon with years of experience – and not by someone who is just a ‘cosmetic surgeon’, ‘general surgeon’, doctor or nurse practitioner. When considering a BBL, ALWAYS ask the surgeon if they are an accredited “board certified plastic surgeon”.
It’s also important to note that the surgery’s results can be affected by the patient’s health status, weight, and overall lifestyle, therefore it’s important to maintain a healthy lifestyle before and after the surgery.
How much Bigger can a BBL Make my Butt?
The size of the buttocks can be increased by a Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL) procedure, but the final results will depend on the amount of fat that can be harvested and transferred, as well as the individual’s body shape and proportions. In general, the procedure can increase the size of the buttocks by one to two ‘cup sizes’.
It’s important to note that the BBL procedure is not designed just to increase the size of the buttocks. It’s more commonly used to lift and enhance the shape and contour of the buttocks. A skilled plastic surgeon like Dr. Ali at AMAE Plastic Surgery in Birmingham, MI can make the buttocks higher, more rounded, and with greater projection – which also gives the appearance of making them much larger.
Scars After a BBL
A Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL) procedure typically involves two small incisions, one for liposuction and the other for the fat transfer. These incisions are usually made in inconspicuous areas, such as the bikini line or just above the buttocks crease. The size and location of the incision will depend on the individual’s body shape and the amount of fat being removed.
As with any surgery, there will be some scarring after a BBL procedure. However, the incisions are small and well-hidden, so the scars should be minimal and not very noticeable. The scars can be further minimized by following the post-operative care instructions provided by your surgeon, including avoiding sun exposure and using sunscreen on the scars.
Who is a good candidate for a BBL?
A good candidate for a Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL) procedure is someone who is in good overall health, has enough excess fat in other areas of the body to use for the fat transfer, and has realistic expectations about the surgery and its results.
The ideal candidate should be at or near their ideal weight, with adequate and healthy fat deposits in other areas of the body, such as the abdomen, hips, or thighs. The procedure is not recommended for individuals who are significantly overweight or obese, as the excess weight can affect the results of the surgery and increase the risk of complications.
Individuals who have lost a significant amount of weight, or are planning to lose weight, should wait until they have reached their goal weight before considering a BBL procedure.
It’s important to be aware that smoking, certain medical conditions, and certain medications can increase the risk of complications and slow down the healing process. Therefore, it’s important to disclose any health issues or medications to our plastic surgery team before the surgery.
Downtime after a BBL
There is some downtime associated with a Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL) procedure. The recovery time will depend on the individual’s health, the extent of the surgery, and the body’s healing process.
After the surgery, the patient will need to take some time off from work and other activities to allow the body to heal properly. The recovery time can range from several days to a few weeks, and the patient may experience some pain, swelling, and discomfort during this time. We will give you a prescription to manage any discomfort.
During the first week or two after the surgery, patients will need to avoid sitting or lying directly on their buttocks as it can affect the results of the surgery. Additionally, patients should avoid strenuous activities and heavy lifting for several weeks after the surgery to allow the body to heal properly.
Patients will be advised to wear compression garment to help reduce the swelling and discomfort. They will also be given instructions on how to properly care for the incisions, how to change the dressing if necessary, and how to properly clean the incision sites.
It’s important to follow the post-operative care instructions provided by the plastic surgery team at AMAE Plastic Surgery in Birmingham, MI to ensure a smooth recovery and to minimize the risk of complications and ensure the best possible outcome.
Alternatives to BBL
At AMAE Plastic Surgery in Birmingham, MI, Dr. Ali also offers butt lift surgery – without implants or fat augmentation. Butt lift surgery (gluteal lift) improves the shape and tone of the underlying tissue that supports the skin and fat in the buttock area without the need for implants of fat grafting.
Sculptra is a filler that can be injected into the buttocks that immediately adds volume and also triggers the body’s production of new collagen over time – for natural, long-lasting results. while Sculptra does achieve the more dramatic results of surgical implants or BBL fat grafting, it can be an excellent nonsurgical procedure to add lift, shape and volume to the buttocks without surgery.
BBL Surgery | Birmingham, MI
At AMAE Plastic Surgery in Birmingham, MI, Dr. Ali offers a wide variety of butt augmentation and butt lifting procedures, including the very popular Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL). This menas that 2023 can finally be the year that you get the firm, round, lifted and toned behind you want once and for all.
Bloomfield Hills area board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ali has helped hundreds of women achieve beautiful, attractive curves with Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL), Butt Lift Surgery and Sculptra injections. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Ali, and he will take the time to discuss your appearance goals and help you decide if BBL or another butt augmentation procedure is right for you!
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