Brazilian butt lift, medically known as gluteoplasty, is performed through liposuction and fat grafting. Liposuctioned fatty tissue is injected into buttocks so that size and shape of buttocks are enhanced. Thanks to fat injection, buttocks are lifted and buttocks area look more youthful.
A butt lift is a surgical procedure that can be customized to meet each individual patient’s unique needs and desired results. Patients with excess drooping skin may opt for a traditional excisional butt lift, while those who want to subtly augment their backsides may prefer the popular Brazilian butt lift. In any event, butt lift surgery can make having a firm and sexy rear end possible.
Like most plastic surgery procedures, butt lift surgery can be performed on its own or in combination with other procedures such as abdominoplasty and breast augmentation as part of a more comprehensive body contouring plan.
First the patient undergoes liposuction. Liposuctioning of the hips, the area below the buttocks, and the lower portion of the back are an essential part of the operation. Other areas may be liposuctioned as well, adding to the pool of fat that can be grafted back into the buttocks.
Liposuctioning the lower back, hips and the area below the buttocks reduces these areas, thus helping to accentuate the buttocks. Placing the liposuctioned fat into the buttocks increases the size of the buttocks, accentuating the definition of the buttocks even more. The combination of the two leads to the most fullness possible with this technique.
Am I a good candidate for Brazilian Butt Lift?
The average patient is a female in her late teens to mid-30s. Men also occasionally undergo this procedure. The patient typically complains that their buttocks don’t fit the rest of their body – they are too small and too flat. Most patients have at least some accompanying fatty tissue on the lower back, on top of their buttocks, on their hips and thighs and below their buttocks.
The skin is usually in good condition and is not saggy. This procedure wil,l however, fill out some sagging skin. If your skin is exceptionally loose, you may need a surgical butt lift (that tightens the skin and pulls the buttocks up) followed by a Brazilian lift. A patient with minimal or no excessive fatty tissue would not be a candidate because there would not enough fatty tissue from other areas to fill out the buttocks.
What to Expect
The results of the Brazilian butt lift can vary. The amount of fatty tissue that survives and the amount of fatty tissue that is grafted lends to the overall result. Approximately 60 to 80 percent of the fatty tissue that is transferred into the buttocks survives.
Immediately after surgery, you will notice that your buttocks are larger. This enlargement is the result of two components: the fatty component that will live in its new environment producing the permanent change and edema or swelling that occurs in an area of surgery. The edema will resolve over three to six weeks, leaving you with the final result.
Post-operative weight gain will make your buttocks larger and weight loss will make your buttocks smaller after the procedure. Occasionally a patient will need two grafting sessions in order to obtain the fullness they desire.
· First day of the procedure is moderately uncomfortable.
· On day 2-5, tenderness rapidly resolves. You are able to move around the house more freely without assistance.
· From day 1-14, you must remain off your buttocks to help the transferred fatty tissue survive.
· After 5-7 days, you may be able to return to work. Please consult with Dr. Larsen to discuss your return to work schedule.
· In 2-3 weeks, you may be able to increase activities such as walking, easy exercises on machines such as the stair step and/or treadmill.
· After 6-8 weeks, you may be able to return to full exercise.
· Over your lifetime, continue with diet, exercise and healthy lifestyle changes in order to retain the benefits from your surgery.