Do you scroll through Instagram a lot? If so, you’ve probably noticed that there’s a lot of focus on the backside these days. Plenty of influencers post about booty-enhancing workouts while others come clean about the surgical procedures they’ve had to enhance their butts.
For people who decide to make their butt rounder and plumper, there’s one cosmetic procedure that stands out above the rest: the Brazilian butt lift. If you’re getting tired of doing squats every day without seeing any changes and you want a better butt, a Brazilian butt lift might be a great option for you. Not familiar with the procedure? Here’s your Brazilian butt lift 101, including what to expect during and after surgery.
Why Is it Called a Brazilian Butt Lift?
Good question. Why do we call the surgery a Brazilian butt lift? It’s not because it’s a super popular procedure in Brazil or because people in Brazil have better butts than the rest of the world. The surgery got its name because the person who first performed it happened to be from Brazil. He even carried the torch during the opening ceremony of the Olympics in Rio in 2016 just one day before his death. The name of the procedure is a tribute to this surgeon, who started an international phenomenon.
What Happens During a Brazilian Butt Lift?
A Brazilian butt lift is considerably different from other types of plastic surgery. Like breast augmentation, its goal is to augment or enhance a specific part of the body. Unlike breast augmentation, however, the procedure doesn’t use implants. Instead, the enhancement is achieved with the patient’s own body fat.
The Brazilian butt lift is a two-step procedure. The first step involves extracting or harvesting fat from the body. Usually, the fat comes from an area such as the hips or abdomen where stubborn fatty tissue often accumulates. After the fat is harvested, it’s purified to help the cells survive once they’re transferred.
The second step of the butt lift involves injecting the purified fat back into the body, into the buttocks. How much fat gets injected into the backside depends on how much enhancement the patient wants, as well as how much fat they have available.
Who is a Good Candidate for a Brazilian Butt Lift?
As with any plastic surgery, the best candidates for a butt lift are people who are in good overall health and don’t smoke. If you currently smoke, your surgeon will ask you to quit a few weeks before your butt lift for safety reasons. You’ll also want to avoid smoking for a few weeks after the procedure as lighting up can cause healing complications.
Since the butt lift does use fat harvested from another area of the body, it is important that you have enough excess fat on the body before the procedure. Some people are too skinny to provide enough fat, making them poor candidates for a Brazilian butt lift.
Who Shouldn’t Have a Brazilian Butt Lift?
Patients who have any untreated medical conditions should postpone having a butt lift until they have those conditions under control. It’s also a good idea to hold off on a butt lift if you’re pregnant or considering pregnancy in the near future.
If you don’t have enough fat for a Brazilian butt lift, but are still interested in enhancing your backside, your surgeon might be able to suggest other options, such as using implants.
What Happens After a Brazilian Butt Lift?
One of the most important things to remember after a Brazilian butt lift is to avoid sitting down. The newly-injected fat needs time to establish itself in the buttocks. Putting excess pressure on the butt can make it more likely that your body will absorb the fat and compromise your results. Sitting during the healing process can also make your sculpted backside look flatter.
During those first two weeks after a butt lift, you’ll want to sleep on your stomach. If you do have to sit down, try to sit on a special donut or ring pillow to minimize pressure on the buttocks. During the day, try to stand as much as possible.
Overall, the initial recovery will take between one and two weeks. You might want to request a full two weeks off from work to give yourself plenty of time to recuperate. It’s also a good idea to press pause on any other activities you have going on, especially during those first two weeks. Your surgeon will let you know when you can go back to work and resume other daily activities.
Dr. Paul Vitenas, a board-certified plastic surgeon, offers patients Brazilian butt lifts and other body shaping procedures at his practice in Houston, Texas. If you’re interested in a butt lift and want to see if you’re a good candidate for this popular procedure, call 281-484-0088 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Vitenas today.