Brazilian Butt Lift: Things to Know Before Surgery

Do you find that your body lacks the feminine curves you desire? Is your butt flat or saggy due to age or genetics? More and more women turn to expert cosmetic surgeons to give them a beautiful butt and more shapely hips with a procedure known as the Brazilian Butt Lift.

What Is a Brazilian Butt Lift?

A Brazilian Butt Lift, commonly referred to as a BBL, is a cosmetic surgical procedure in which fat is harvested from one area of the body and moved to the buttocks and hips to create a more desirable, hourglass figure with a rounder butt.

Brazilian Butt Lifts are very common; more than 21,000 were performed in 2020 in the United States, according to the ASPS (American Society of Plastic Surgeons). The procedure has remained popular for several years, as a firmer, fuller butt has become one of the most desirable traits.

How Is the Procedure Performed?

The Brazilian Butt Lift is a two-part surgical procedure performed under general anesthesia. First, an expert plastic surgeon will use liposuction to harvest fat from an area of the body where there is excess. That may be from the abdomen, back, or other areas. Then, this fat is placed in the gluteal region to create fuller and rounder buttocks.

Renowned Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Dr. Cat uses Liposuction 360 to remove fat from the back, abdomen, and waistline. She then takes this fat and transfers it to the butt to create a round, flowing curve. Removing the fat from the stomach and waist and transferring it to the gluteal area creates a better waist-to-hip ratio, giving the patient more of an hourglass figure.

What Is a Non-Surgical Brazilian Butt Lift?

A non-surgical Brazilian Butt Lift refers to what is called “injectable butt lifts.” That involves using dermal fillers or fat injections to add volume to the buttock and improve the overall shape. These procedures are typically outpatient, meaning the patient is fully awake and can return home that same day. It is extremely important to do your research, go to a trained professional, and discuss and consider all potential risks with non-invasive procedures just as you would with plastic surgery.

Who Is a Good Candidate for BBL?

Anyone in generally good physical shape and good health looking for a more feminine figure and rounder butt is a good candidate for Brazilian Butt Lift surgery. It is important to keep in mind that you will need to have enough fat to donate from other areas of your body to create a nice shape to your buttocks.

Who Should Avoid BBL?

Individuals who are overweight should not seek BBL until they have lost a considerate amount of weight through diet and exercise or actual weight loss surgery. A Brazilian Butt Lift is not weight loss surgery. The fat harvested during the liposuction portion of the procedure is not a large amount but rather just a few pounds added to the buttocks. That is why BBL procedures are not recommended for those looking to be slimmer but rather for those looking to have better proportions. Think of a Brazilian Butt Lift as a re-shaping of the figure.

If your goal is to look exactly like the pictures you see on social media, avoid BBL. Many “influencers” and social media models display heavily photoshopped images. The way that their body appears in these photos is simply not attainable with a BBL procedure. So if you are striving to resemble a photograph you saw on Instagram, always consult with an expert surgeon to see if and how your desired outcome can be a reality.

Individuals who smoke should avoid Brazilian butt lifts and other cosmetic surgical procedures. Patients must quit smoking for at least two months to a year before having a procedure like this done.

Frequently Asked Questions

Before making your appointment for a Brazilian Butt Lift, you’ll want to take a look at these frequently asked questions that can give you more insight into the procedure.

How Much Does a BBL Cost?

The national average cost for a Brazilian Butt Lift can be anywhere between $2,000 and $12,000. In a high-demand area like Beverly Hills, having an expert cosmetic surgeon perform a Brazilian butt lift can cost between $13,000 and $40,000.

Is Brazilian Butt Lift Covered By Insurance?

Since a BBL is a cosmetic procedure, your insurance coverage will not cover your Brazilian Butt Lift or the related expenses. In general, plastic surgery is very rarely covered by insurance unless proven necessary for the patient’s health. As there is no medical reason to have a BBL, you will likely pay out of pocket for the procedure.

In some cases, your insurance may cover related expenses, such as pre-operative blood work and post-surgical medication. However, that varies among providers. You will need to check with your particular insurance provider before the procedure to determine whether they will cover any of your pre-operative or post-operative costs.

What Is Brazilian Butt Lift Recovery Like?

Once the surgery is over, you will be required to stay in a plastic surgery after-care facility overnight. You will have your first post-op visit with Dr. Cat the following day to make sure you are recovering normally and safe to go home.

Brazilian Butt Lift recovery in Beverly Hills is relatively painless, thanks to Dr. Cat’s expertise and specialized procedure. For pain management, you will be sent home with a prescription for painkillers. The supply will last you just a few days, as pain is usually minimal. If you experience pain or discomfort after the first few days post-operation, doctors recommend Tylenol.

The vast majority of patients return to work about one week after surgery. You will be able to resume most normal activities at four weeks post-surgery, contingent on your recovery status. Post-operative swelling around the surgical site should subside by week six after your surgery. If you notice swelling beyond this point, contact your doctor and let them know.

You should avoid sitting directly on your buttocks for at least the first six weeks after surgery. You should also avoid reclining on your back during this time; instead, rest on your side. The doctor will likely send you home with a special Brazilian Butt Lift pillow that helps place pressure on the thighs instead of the butt when sitting.

Patients are required to wear compression garments for these first six weeks to reduce swelling in the buttock area and help shape the liposuctioned areas.

Many patients are concerned about potential scarring after a procedure like this. Any Brazilian Butt Lift scars you may have should be small and barely noticeable. To help with scar prevention, around two weeks post-op, Dr. Cat has her patients begin scar treatment to heal their scarring rapidly. Scars will generally dissipate over the first year after surgery.

Are There Any Brazilian Butt Lift Risks?

As with all surgical procedures, there are risks associated with going under anesthesia for a Brazilian Butt Lift. You should consult with your physician and make sure you are in excellent health before having a Brazilian Butt Lift done.

While most patients report no serious issues after having a Brazilian Butt Lift, some rare complications may occur. Specific risks involved with the Brazilian Butt Lift include infection, hematomas, fat necrosis, skin necrosis, blood clots, and nerve damage. There is also the risk of a botched surgery, resulting in asymmetry or contour irregularities. That is why it is so important to choose a reputable plastic surgeon who will make sure that you have the best results possible.

A plastic surgeon like Dr. Cat takes meticulous time and care to ensure that her patients have optimal outcomes and remain safe from the pre-surgery stage to the post-surgery stage and beyond. That is why she also specializes in Revision Liposuction, which fixes liposuction errors made by careless or inexperienced surgeons. Dr. Cat wants you to achieve the ideal results with smooth contouring and the appropriate proportions throughout your figure.

Where To Get A BBL in Los Angeles

If you want to have a BBL in Beverly Hills, look no further than the renowned cosmetic surgeon Dr. Cat.

Dr. Cat specializes in various plastic surgery procedures, including labiaplasty, tummy tucks, and more. She has mastered a specialized approach to the Brazilian Butt Lift, ensuring every patient gets the best possible outcome for their body.

Dr. Cat can help you achieve a more desirable, shapely figure that will indeed have heads turning! With her expertise and dedicated staff members, you can rest assured that your body is in the best of hands. Call us to book your consultation with Dr. Cat today and start your plastic surgery journey.


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