BBL: Frequently Asked Questions

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What is a Brazilian Butt Lift?
A Brazilian Butt Lift is a surgical procedure to add volume to a person’s buttocks. Typically, a patient with a flat or sagging backside will use excess fat from the thighs, hips and abdomen to add fullness to the booty. The doctor uses liposuction to remove fat, which is then treated by a special process to keep the fat cells healthy. The fat is then injected into the desired area, contouring flat buttocks and creating projection.

What are the risks involved with a Brazilian Butt Lift?
As with any surgical procedure, there are some risks associated with a Brazilian butt lift, however, they are minimal when the procedure is performed by a qualified, board-certified plastic surgeon. Because the procedure uses the body’s own tissue, there is no risk of long-term complications such as implant shift or displacement that can be seen with buttock implants. Also, by using a patient’s own fat, the surgeon has the ability to uniquely shape the butt to suit each individual. Rejection.

Can anyone get a Brazilian Butt Lift?
A Brazilian butt lift is a great option for someone looking to enhance their backside. As with any cosmetic procedure, it is important to have realistic expectations. A candidate for a BBL should be at a healthy weight and be in overall good health. If you are a very thin individual without sufficient body fat, a Brazilian butt lift may not be ideal for you. Your doctor will be able to determine if your body has enough fat for the procedure during your consultation.

What’s the cost of a Brazilian Butt Lift?
The price for a Brazilian butt lift varies, based on a patient’s specific needs. Since butt lifts use the body’s fat to create the desired shape, the price is often determined by the amount of liposuction, additional work needed and the amount of time the procedure will take. A good ballpark figure for a BBL at Gulf Coast Plastic Surgery is $7600.

How long is the recovery after A BBL?
Your doctor will thoroughly explain the recovery process at your consultation. It is important not to put any pressure on the treated area for at least 3 weeks. You will need to sleep on your side and avoid sitting. (For patients that must return to work, a standing desk may be needed.) Your surgeon will provide you with a compression garment that will aid in healing and help you get the best long-term result. It is very important to follow your surgeon’s instructions to ensure that you get a great result.

How long will my Brazilian Butt Lift last?
About 30-40% of the transferred fat will not survive being transplanted. The result you see at about 6-month post-op, is the final result and it is permanent. Just like fat cells in any part of the body, the fat in your butt will expand if you gain weight. The best way to maintain a nice result is by keeping a stable, healthy body weight.

Is there a scar after A BBL?
During the fat harvesting procedure, your plastic surgeon will make a small incision into the areas desired for liposuction. In addition, there will be small injection sites, where the extracted fat cells are reinjected. Your surgeon will try to hide these incisions in the body’s natural creases. After the procedure the small incisions may be sutured. These scars are small and typically fade over time, becoming less noticeable.

If you’re interested in a Brazilian Butt Lift or would like more information, schedule a consultation with one of our award-winning plastic surgeons, Dr. Peter Butler or Dr. Jocelyn Leveque.


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