Buttock augmentation, commonly known as Brazilian butt lift, is a procedure that uses fat harvested from unwanted areas of the body to increase the size of your buttocks. The fat is removed by liposuction. The fat removed is then prepared for use by a process of “washing” and spinning down or centrifuging the fat. Not all of the fat removed can be used for the augmentation process. If you are considering a Brazilian Butt Lift, schedule a consultation with Dr. Soler in his Tampa office. Dr. Soler offers butt augmentation to patients in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Clearwater and other areas of Southwest FL.
What is a Brazilian butt lift?
While some surgeons 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 of fat transferred depends on how much can be harvested from the liposuction procedure coupled with the desired results of the patient. There is no maximum amount of fat that can be transferred. After the procedure, there will be 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 grafted fat a person will lose. For this reason, 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 injected into the muscle layers of the buttocks region through a very small incision.
Is a Brazilian butt lift right for me?
It is important to understand, a Brazilian butt lift, just like any other cosmetic procedure, is a very personal decision. This should be done for you and no one else. Good candidates for the procedure feel their buttocks are either too small, do not like the overall shape or feel they are asymmetrical. Women who are thin and do not have a sufficient amount of fat for transfer are encouraged to gain fifteen pounds or so, depending on the amount of fat 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 it is injected into, 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 retained varies from person to person, most people will retain roughly 70% of the transferred fat volume. The amount of fat that remains after six months is assumed to be permanent, not accounting for variations in a person’s weight.
What is the recovery process for a buttock lift?
Post surgery, the patient is in a compression garment which looks like a long elastic support girdle for reduction of the swelling and to assist with tightening of the skin. With smaller thigh or buttock lifts, the initial discomfort can be controlled with oral medication. For larger lifts, it is essential to spend one or two nights at a hospital or nursing facility. This ensures any intravenous catheters or pain injections can be easily administered. It takes about a month for the swelling and bruising to subside. Typically you can resume strenuous activities within about six weeks and all symptoms are mostly gone within four to six weeks.
Does insurance cover a Brazilian butt lift surgery?
A Brazilian butt lift is considered a cosmetic procedure and is not covered by insurance. Any risks or individual suitability of buttock or thigh lifts must be discussed directly with Dr. Soler during the consultation. Even though all surgical procedures carry a slight degree of risk, major complications are rarely seen in a thigh or buttock lift. Any minor complications that may arise do not hamper the end result of your surgery. If you are considering a thigh or butt lift, give our Tampa office a call today to set up a consultation. Dr. Soler’s office is conveniently located just 22 miles from Wesley Chapel and Palm Harbor, FL.
Discreet cosmetic surgery travel
If you plan on traveling to Tampa from more than 50 miles away, we recommend you plan to stay for a few days. The chart below shows how long Dr. Soler recommends you stay based on your procedure. This chart is for both car and air travelers. At your consultation, Dr. Soler can give you a better idea of exactly how many days you would need to plan for post-operative recovery. If you need additional planning assistance, please contact our helpful office or visit our travel page.
Schedule your Brazilian butt lift consultation today
Dr. Soler focuses on individualized care for each patient. If you are seeking a Brazilian butt lift, contact us today to schedule a consultation. Our office serves all of Southwest Florida, including the St. Petersburg and Clearwater areas and is conveniently located just outside downtown Tampa.