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Brazilian Butt Lifts are the latest trend in buttock augmentation surgery. What makes them so popular? The answer lies in their aesthetic results. A Brazilian Butt Lift involves the removal of excess skin and fat from the buttocks area, as well as tightening the skin to create a more youthful appearance.


Brazilian Butt Lifts can provide patients with a permanent solution to their low self esteem, as well as an improved appearance that are sure to attract plenty of attention from everyone who walks by.

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

Is the Brazilian Butt Lift a common procedure?

It has become commonplace for physicians to perform Brazilian Butt Lifts on patients that are considered overweight or obese. This method of buttock augmentation allows them to tighten the skin around the dermis of the buttock, which has a tendency to sag over time, creating an undesired sharpness in the skin.


Patients undergoing this procedure will also notice an increase in size of the buttock itself, particularly when the patient is wearing tight-fitting clothing. Brazilian Butt Lifts, however, are not a guarantee that the patient's buttocks will double in size; in fact, many patients report little change in their buttocks even after undergoing such an operation.


What happens during a Brazilian Butt Lift procedure?

Brazilian Butt Lift surgical methods employ a special technique which involves a small incision in the top of the buttock area. Through this small opening, a surgeon can make a very small incision and lift the skin, all while keeping the buttock protected.


The BBL surgery is one of the most aesthetically pleasing procedures, as the excess skin is almost completely removed from the buttock. The procedure also leaves behind much more noticeable results than other buttock augmentation methods.

During the procedure, your surgeon will use his hands to make several incisions along the sides and bottom of the buttocks, carefully pulling out skin and fat cells until there is nothing but skin left to see. The procedure is less invasive than some other procedures, and the patient's skin does not heal the way it would after some other type of surgical operation.


As a result, the recovery time for a Brazilian butt lift is usually quite short. Most patients report seeing results after their second or third visit.









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

How long does Brazilian Butt Lift results last?

While these procedures may offer a quick and effective solution to the problem of overly large buttocks, they should be considered only as an option. A patient who undergoes a Brazilian Butt Lift will need to keep a careful eye on their weight, as the excess skin and fat will return if the patient is ever overweight. In addition, a patient may want to discuss the possibility of additional surgical procedures to fix any remaining wrinkles around the buttocks.


A Brazilian Butt Lift is not considered a permanent solution, and it cannot correct a condition that causes excessive skin and fat loss. These procedures are only performed on patients who have at least dealt with a severe form of excess skin and fat.

What to know before getting a Brazilian Butt Lift

If you want a buttocks lift, speak with a physician who is experienced in performing these procedures. Do not be afraid to ask questions about your appearance, as this is a process that can change over time. In the end, it is up to each individual to determine whether these treatments are right for them.


For some patients, getting the body that they desire is enough; for others, adding size and shape to their butt is the only solution. As long as the patient is willing to accept the risks and complications of surgery, a Brazilian Butt Lift will help the patient achieve the results that they want.






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.

Emmanuel De La Cruz MD, PLLC

» Contact Dr. De La Cruz today for more information by calling 832.520.1844

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