If you’re looking to improve the shape and size of your buttocks, you’ve probably heard about the Brazilian butt lift. While many might think that this procedure originated in Brazil or that it was created by a Brazilian surgeon, the procedure’s name actually stems from the fact that Brazilian women have perfect, contoured butts.
Am I a good butt lift candidate?
Unlike implants, not everyone is suited to the Brazilian butt lift procedure. Most patients are between 18 and 30 years of age and have sagging buttocks as well as some loose skin in that area. Excess loose skin may require a surgical lift along with the butt lift.
The most important factor in deciding whether you’re an ideal candidate for this procedure is whether you have enough excess fat in areas such as your hips, thighs, abdomen or arms. This fat will need to be removed in order to be transplanted into the buttocks area.
Your best bet is to book a consultation with one of the board-certified buttock augmentation specialists at Ritz Plastic Surgery so that they can evaluate your body to decide if you’re a good Brazilian butt lift candidate.
Understanding the Brazilian butt lift procedure
The key difference between butt augmentation and the Brazilian butt lift is that implants are not used in this procedure. The Brazilian butt lift uses fat from the patient’s body to enhance the shape and size of the buttocks. The procedure is also commonly referred to as fat grafting.
This is what you can expect during a Brazilian butt lift:
- A surgeon will select a fat donor area
- Anaesthesia will be administered
- Liposuction will be used to extract excess fat from the donor area
- The fat will now be processed and purified
- Once purified, the fat will be transferred to the buttocks using a cannula
- The incisions will now be closed and bandages will be applied to the area
What to expect during recovery
One of the most important steps in the recovery process is to not sit for at least 10 days after your procedure to help the new fat cells settle and heal. Sitting on the buttocks affects your blood circulation, which can hamper the healing process.
You can also expect some bruising and swelling around the buttocks area as well as in the areas that liposuction was performed. A compression garment and painkillers will help alleviate some of this discomfort. Most patients will be able to return to their normal activities within 6 to 8 weeks. As with any surgical procedure, recovery will differ from patient to patient.
To ensure the best possible results, take the time to review surgeons before you schedule your procedure. Don’t be shy to ask about their credentials and to see some before and after photos of their past procedures. Ask as many questions as you need to as you should feel completely comfortable with the surgeon as well as the procedure.