The goal for both procedures is to ultimately give patients the look and shape to their butt that they want. Butt implants offer more shape and size. They are made of solid silicone, and like any implant, you may run the risk of capsular contracture, which is the accumulation of scar tissue hardening around the implant. With a Brazilian Butt Lift, such complications are less of a concern, as your own fat is being used with the procedure.
A Brazilian Butt Lift offer significantly less downtime after your procedure, as it is a much less invasive surgery than that necessary for butt implants.
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Since your own excess fat is used, you will also find that a Brazilian Butt Lift offers a more natural look and feel over butt implants. BBL surgery also provides the opportunity for you to remove fat from other parts of your body to help slim down your overall shape to a more aesthetically pleasing look.
One of the deciding factors in whether you may be a candidate for a Brazilian Butt Lift or butt implants is the current condition of your butt, as well as your overall fat distribution. If you have sagging skin around your glutes, you may need surgery to remove the excess skin prior. Another factor is whether you have adequate fat reserves to harvest, via liposuction, for use in your new posterior. If you simply don’t have enough fat to transfer, you may be advised to gain weight prior to your Brazilian Butt Lift surgery or be recommended for butt implant surgery.
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What is a Brazilian Butt Lift?
Brazilian butt lift surgery (BBL) is a fat transferring procedure that improves the fullness and shape of the buttocks using your own fat. Liposuction is performed in the areas that have excess fat—typically the abdomen, sides and hips, and/or lower back—to both improve the proportions and contour of the lower body and harvest fat to be added to the buttocks.
The collected fat is then purified and prepared for grafting before your plastic surgeon strategically injects the fat into specific areas of your buttocks to create a fuller, more defined shape.
This method has usurped traditional options like butt implants in popularity for its natural-looking and fully customizable results.
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What are Buttock implants?
Butt implant is an outpatient medical procedure where a board-certified plastic surgeon will use silicone implants that are placed via incision within your vertical butt crease, either above or under your gluteal muscle.
Implants are most appropriate for treating flat or poorly defined buttocks, particularly for patients who have limited fatty tissue. Butt implants are not as effective for treating sagging buttocks that may occur after significant weight loss.
. With this procedure a soft, shaped silicone implant is placed through an incision hidden inside the natural buttock crease, or an alternate incision site may be used. Your plastic surgeon will provide further details about these incision locations during the consultation.
. The implant is positioned in a pocket below the large buttock (gluteal) muscle and above the pelvic bone.
. The incisions are closed with sutures, drains are inserted, and a compression garment is worn following surgery.
What will my buttock augmentation incisions and scars be like?
Depending on the type of procedure your surgeon recommends, the following incisions may be used:
. Brazilian Butt Lift
The liposuction incisions are very small and just large enough to allow the suction tube, or cannula, to go under the skin and remove the fat. The incisions used for injecting the fat into the buttock regions are equally small.
Typically an incision is made in the fold between the buttock "cheeks." Alternative locations are the outer corners of the upper buttock and at the bottom in the gluteal crease.