Buttock augmentation, more commonly known as Brazilian butt lift, is a procedure that uses fat that is harvested from unwanted areas of the body to increase the size of your buttocks. The fat is removed by liposuction. The fat that has been removed is then prepared for use by a process of “washing” and spinning down or centrifuging the fat. Not all of the fat that is removed is can be used for the augmentation process.
Brazilian Butt Lift: Fat Transfer vs Implants
While some surgeons will use buttock implants for an augmentation, the volume can only be delivered into one specific area. With the use of fat, the gluteal region can not only be enlarged, but sculpted and contoured to the desires of the person. Buttock implants also tend to have a higher rate of complications such as infections, displacement of the implant, sagging and wound healing problems at the site of insertion.
The amount transferred is dependent on how much can be harvested from the liposuction procedure coupled with the desired results of the patient. There is no maximum of fat that can be transferred. After the procedure everyone will experience some reabsorption of the transferred fat however, since the amount of reabsorption varies from person to person, it is not possible to accurately predict how much of the fat that is grafted a person will lose. It is for this reason that only the best donor fat cells will be used for the augmentation thereby minimizing the risk of postoperative fat necrosis (death) and reabsorption. Once the fat cells have been processed, they are then injected into the layers above the muscle of the buttocks region through a very small incision.
Am I a Good Candidate For a Brazilian Butt Lift?
It is important to understand, that just like any other cosmetic procedure, a Brazilian butt lift is a very personal decision. This should be done for you and not anyone else. Good candidates for the procedure feel that their buttock is either too small, do not like the overall shape or that they are asymmetrical. Women who are thin and therefore do not have a sufficient amount of fat for transfer are encourage to gain fifteen pounds or so, depending on the amount of fat that would be needed to produce the desired result.
The Brazilian butt lift is a great way to improve the appearance of your buttocks with a relatively short downtime of two weeks. Because the material being used to enhance your buttocks is your own fat, there is a lower risk of infection and no chance of rejection. Also, fat has a very interesting property that allows it to feel like the substance that it is injected to, as long as it survives the transfer. Therefore if you inject fat into muscle, it will feel like muscle. If it is injected into fat, then it will feel like fat. While the amount of fat that is retained varies from person to person, most people will retain roughly 70% of the transferred volume of fat. The amount of fat that remains after six months is assumed to be permanent, not accounting for variations in a person’s weight. Contact us today to schedule your consultation!