The Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL) is a procedure involving fat transfer via liposuction from areas such as the abdominal region, the flanks, inner and outer thighs and the lower back (and anywhere else deemed suitable by the surgeon based on the individual patient) and then injected into the buttock to add volume, reshape and contour according to the desired outcome.
The limit to the amount of fat you can put into each buttock depends on how much can be sourced from the patient during the liposuction. Generally, between 200 and 400cc’s of pure fat in each buttock is commonly agreed as a popular amount as any more than that you can be at risk of compromising the body’s ability to make a new blood supply leading to a larger percentage of fat dying, or lumpiness or hardness in the buttock.
The whole BBL procedure takes around 3 hours, depending on where and how many places liposuction is required to get the required amount of fat. Once the fat is sourced from the patient, it is then prepared, transferred into syringes and then reinjected into the buttocks.
Recovery involves patients sleeping on their front or side (without placing pressure on the buttock area) for the first 4 – 6 weeks so the transferred fat can find a new blood supply and survive. You also need to adjust your sitting position in order not to put pressure on your buttock region.
As with any liposuction, for 1 – 2 weeks after the procedure you may be a little bruised and sore. There is also a chance that because not all the fat survives, a revision procedure may need to be done at six or twelve months to balance the aesthetic outcome.