Are Brazilian Butt Lifts Just A Fad?

Woman Holding Backside

Rocketing into popularity on the back of social media, the BBL (Brazilian Butt Lift) aims to enhance the bounce of your backside. A form of gluteoplasty, this procedure transplants fat from another area into the buttocks to make them rounder and fuller. The fat used is typically obtained from the hips or belly area. While being called a ‘lift,’ it won’t tighten loose skin or saggy areas on the backside.

Brazilian Butt Lift: Miracle Trend Or Passing Fad?

There are a number of popular options when it comes to enhancing the look of your backside, so what makes the BBL stand apart? One major factor is the more natural-looking results that can be obtained using this system. Butt implants and injections tend to create a distinctive appearance that doesn’t quite mirror reality. Injections can have a lumpier appearance, and implants can create a distinctively artificial look. Combine these factors with the reduced risk of infections that result from using your own adipose tissue, and BBLs are chock full of benefits.

Like most cosmetic procedures, a Brazilian Butt Lift is elective and not covered by most insurance providers. The BBL procedure itself is relatively simple and is typically performed in an outpatient capacity. Most patients will find that they won’t need more than local anesthesia to undergo the procedure, though general anesthesia may be administered in some cases. The steps involved in the procedure include:

  • The treatment areas are sterilized and prepped.
  • Anesthesia will be administered at this time.
  • Excess fat will be removed from the midsection, thighs, or lower back.
  • This fat is injected into the buttocks to obtain the desired shape and size.

The number of BBL surgeries each year is increasing, and different techniques are being developed and used. Like any medical or surgical procedure, there is always the risk of complication, with the rarest and most serious being pulmonary fat embolism. This occurs when fat injected into the buttocks enters the veins and travels to the lungs. Steps taken by your provider to limit this risk include:

  • Avoiding injection of fat into deep muscle
  • Use of a single-hole injection tube known as a cannula with a diameter less than 4.1mm
  • Avoiding angling the cannula down during the injection process.
  • Injecting fat only when the cannula is being moved.

BBLs are a fantastic way of adding shape to otherwise shapeless buttocks. The reason for this lack of shape can range from genetics to weight fluctuations, aging, and even pregnancy. Those who are most able to benefit from the procedure are at a good weight and have healthy skin tone in the buttocks and hips. The availability of excess fat stores is necessary, and you must be able to avoid sitting on the surgical site for several weeks.

Reach Out To Your Plastic Surgeon For More Info

Have you found yourself looking in the mirror and wishing that your backside was a little more shapely and prominent? A Brazilian Butt Lift could be the treatment you’re looking for. Reach out to your provider for an assessment and consultation. They’ll help develop a treatment plan to give your backside the bounce you’ve dreamed of!


Paula Moynahan, MD

Dr. Paula Moynahan, MD is a Cosmetic, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Specialist in Middlebury, CT and NYC and has over 53 years of experience in the medical field. She graduated from Medical College Of Pennsylvania medical school in 1968. To optimize her patients’ results, Dr. Moynahan developed a unique proprietary skin treatment line in 1984, updated continuously with every scientific advancement in skincare. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Moynahan to book an appointment.

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