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Brazilian Butt Lift is one of several types of plastic surgeries that address cosmetic concerns of buttocks. Brazilian Butt Lift is an intervention for women who desire to reduce their fat and at the same time improve the appearance and shape of their buttocks, which in turn makes them more attractive.


Gluteoplasty refers to the plastic surgery for both the correction of the acquired, structural, and traumatic deformities and defects of the lower extremities; and for the cosmetic enhancement of the shape of their buttocks.

Figure 1:  BBL is one of the fastest growing plastic surgeries in America.

What is a Brazilian Butt Lift?

The Brazilian Butt Lift is a type of a weight-loss procedure where excess fat is removed from the lower side of the buttocks or thigh. The process of Brazilian Butt Lift is performed under general anesthesia; therefore, a hospital stay and rehabilitation are necessary after the surgery.


The BBL is one of numerous types of cosmetic plastic surgery procedures and is one of its kind. As mentioned, this type of cosmetic procedure involves incisions for the removal of excess fat and skin from the side of buttocks.

What happens during a Brazilian Butt Lift procedure?

During the procedure, incisions are made in the skin of the inside and outside of buttocks; each incision is associated with a fat transfer. After the fat transfer, an instrument called a special tumescent pump is used to suck out the fat. After this, the Brazilian Butt Lift is effective, with its specific target of tightening and raising the buttocks' shape, giving them a shapely and youthful look.

But this procedure is not like other procedures that only involve the removal of fat from specific regions, such as the tummy. Instead, the Brazilian Butt Lift involves the general correction of your body structure and it also adds volume to your body.


This is achieved by creating a long and a narrow cleavage, which are similar to the look that is seen during puberty. Because this technique makes the body look younger, most men who want to undergo this procedure go for it because they believe that it will add volume to their body.






Figure 2:  Before and After Brazilian Butt Lift with 4D VASER Hi-Definition Liposuction performed by Dr. De La Cruz.


Brazilian Butt Lift VS Liposuction

A Brazilian Butt Lift is different from other cosmetic procedures that make use of liposuction because it does not involve the use of any form of anesthesia. It is true that liposuction can be a good solution to getting rid of stubborn fatty deposits; however, it is very expensive, painful, and takes a long period of recovery time, compared to the Brazilian Butt Lift.


Moreover, liposuction cannot target the areas that are deep within the body; hence, it cannot achieve the same results as well. Furthermore, the recovery period for a Brazilian Butt Lift is longer than liposuction because it also requires stitches and antibiotics, which are common after a liposuction treatment.

Unlike liposuction, a Brazilian Butt Lift does not require general anesthesia; hence, there is no pain involved during the procedure. Instead, sedation may be required, but it is not necessary for this procedure.


Your BBL Plastic Surgeon

A board-certified plastic surgeon who has many years of experience performing this procedure can administer the anesthesia himself without risk to the patient. They would also capable of performing the procedure with minimal complications, compared to a novice.


If your Brazilian Butt Lift involves removal of too much fat from the abdomen, then your surgeon should be able to reduce the size of your buttocks by up to two inches, without needing to operate on your breasts or the rest of your body.

As a matter of fact, even if a patient only wants to reduce his or her waistline, the Brazilian Butt Lift is perfect for him or her, because it is also perfect for those who want to get rid of their love handles, called beer belly. Even men who want to get rid of their flabby bits around the anus can also go through this procedure to reduce the appearance of their rear end.


This is a great procedure for you if you want to improve the shape of your buttocks, waist, hips, and thighs, without having to undergo the more drastic procedure of a tummy tuck. However, if you are thinking about undergoing one of these procedures, then get all the information that you can before making any decision.




Figure 3:  Minimal downtime for beautiful results with Brazilian Butt Lift surgery. 


Post-Operative care to speed up Brazilian Butt Lift recovery

  • Follow a balanced diet which includes foods high in fiber (such as raw fruits and vegetables) and drinking plenty of water and fluids, since both pain medication and decreased activity may promote constipation. 

  • Start doing some light walking the night of the surgery to help prevent any blood clot formation in the legs. Dr. De La Cruz may recommend taking anticoagulant medication and wearing anti-embolism stockings as well.   

  • Take supplements like iron if you feel fatigued and vitamin C, as directed by Dr. De La Cruz, to boost your body's ability to heal.

  • Avoid cigarettes and heavy drinking because these habits reduce circulation throughout the body, leading to the degradation of new cells.

  • Wear your specialized compression garments around the clock (except for showering) for 6 months, to reduce swelling and help your skin contract smoothly to your new body's contours.

  • At least ten lymphatic massages sessions are required, starting 24 hours after the procedure, to eliminate excess lymph fluid, alleviate swelling and discomfort and also prevent complications such as seromas and contour irregularities (indentations and/or fibrosis).    

  • Avoid sitting and putting pressure in your buttocks for eight weeks. Patients may use the Brazilian Butt Lift pillow.

  • Do not exercise for two months.

  • Stomach sleeping for eight weeks. Dr. De La Cruz suggests to his patients having different pillows at hand and changing their necks' position from time to time, to feel more comfortable in bed. 

Safety in Brazilian Butt Lift surgery

More than 20,000 people had buttock augmentations in the United States last year and the number continues to grow according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). This procedure is fairly safe because of advances in technology. As with every surgery, there are some risks associated with BBL surgery, such as fat embolism (fat in injected into the bloodstream and travels to the lungs), numbness, bruising, infection, necrosis of fat or surrounding tissue, excessive blood loss, and deep vein thrombosis (DVT) among others. However, an experienced and highly trained plastic surgeon as Dr. De La Cruz can help diminish those risks significantly. 



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