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Brazilian Butt Lift: What You Need to Know



What is a Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL)?

A Brazilian butt lift is a popular cosmetic procedure that uses a patient's own fat to enhance the size and shape of their buttocks. During the procedure:

  • Liposuction removes unwanted fat from areas like the thighs, back, and stomach.
  • The extracted fat is purified and injected into the buttocks to create a curvier, fuller appearance.

Pros and Cons of BBL Surgery


  • Natural-looking results (when performed by a skilled surgeon)
  • Body contouring with fat removal from other areas
  • Long-lasting results (if weight is maintained)


  • High risk of complications compared to other cosmetic surgeries
  • Uncomfortable recovery period (requires special care for several weeks)
  • Potential for fat reabsorption and uneven results
  • Significant cost

Is BBL Right for You?

Good candidates for BBL surgery are:

  • In good health
  • Have good skin tone in the buttocks and hips
  • At a stable weight with enough donor fat
  • Realistic about expectations and potential risks

How is BBL Surgery Performed?

BBL surgery typically takes 2-4 hours and involves several steps:

  1. Markings and photos: The surgeon outlines areas for fat removal and injection.
  2. Anesthesia: General anesthesia is commonly used for patient comfort and safety.
  3. Liposuction: Fat is extracted from designated areas using a cannula.
  4. Fat transfer: Purified fat is injected into specific areas of the buttocks.

BBL Recovery:

Recovery from BBL surgery takes 2-6 weeks, with significant restrictions on activity:

  • Pain medication: Prescribed for managing post-surgical pain.
  • Travel: Generally cleared to fly home within 10-14 days.
  • Exercise: Limited for the first month, followed by specific exercises as approved by the surgeon.
  • Compression garment faja colombiana: Worn for up to six weeks to reduce swelling and support healing.
  • Swelling and tenderness: Gradually subside over several weeks or months.
  • Final results: Visible after 6-12 months, with potential for refinement.

Risks and Complications:

BBL surgery carries a higher risk of complications compared to other procedures. These include:

  • Fat embolism 
  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Poor wound healing
  • Uneven results
  • Fat necrosis
  • Need for revision surgery

Choosing a BBL Surgeon:

It's crucial to choose a board-certified plastic surgeon with extensive experience in safe BBL techniques. Consider factors like:

  • Board certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery
  • Membership in reputable societies like the American Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • Experience performing numerous BBL procedures
  • Comprehensive portfolio of before and after photos
  • Willingness to discuss risks, complications, and safety protocols

Alternative Butt Enhancement Options:

If you're considering buttock enhancement, explore safer and potentially less invasive alternatives like:

  • Non-surgical treatments: Sculptra, Emsculpt
  • Surgical procedures: Butt implants, butt lift (for sagging skin)

Important Note:

Avoid liquid silicone, acrylic, and hydrogel injections for buttock augmentation. These are dangerous and can cause severe health problems.

The decision to undergo any cosmetic procedure requires careful consideration and consultation with a qualified healthcare professional.

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