A Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL) is a popular cosmetic procedure designed to enhance the shape and size of your buttocks. Despite the name, it is not a lift—in the sense that it won’t treat excess or sagging skin—and it is not Brazilian. The medical name for the procedure is a gluteal fat graft.
So, to achieve curvier, fuller buttocks, a qualified and skilled physician removes fat from one area of the body via liposuction and strategically re-injects it into the buttocks. You can use fat removed from the abdomen, lower back (love handles), upper back (bra bulge), thighs, and arms.
15 BBL Tips
To achieve and maintain the perfect BBL, you must follow a combination of pre-operative and postoperative steps and make long-term lifestyle changes. Following these recommendations will increase your chances of retaining as much buttock fat as possible during recovery to ensure optimal results and a long-lasting hourglass figure. Here are some tips to help you get and maintain the perfect BBL:
1. Choose a skilled, qualified surgeon
Find a board-certified plastic surgeon with extensive experience performing BBL procedures. Research their credentials, view before-and-after photos, and read patient reviews to ensure you select the right surgeon.
Most importantly, make sure the facility is safe and reports satisfactory surgical outcomes. Your surgeon should have your best interests in mind, guide you through proper recovery, and monitor your aftercare for the best and longest-lasting results.
For your safety, you can ask the surgeon about the risks of fat embolism, which is when fat enters the bloodstream and causes complications. A skilled cosmetic surgeon will tell you the safety measures they take to ensure a smooth and successful BBL.
2. Consultation and communication
During your consultation, discuss your goals and expectations with your surgeon. Make sure you both have a clear understanding of what you want to achieve.
During the consultation, the surgeon will determine if you are a good candidate for the procedure.
Good candidates will:
- Be an adult who has finished developing physically
- Be physically healthy
- Be a non-smoker
- Be mentally stable with realistic expectations
- Have excess body fat to transfer to the buttocks
3. Follow pre-operative guidelines
Your surgeon will provide pre-operative instructions to prepare for the procedure. These may include quitting smoking, adjusting medications or herbal supplements, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
4. Plan for recovery
Arrange for help during the initial recovery period, as you will likely need assistance with daily activities for the first few days. Ask a friend or family member to stay with you during the first week or so to help. Follow your surgeon’s postoperative care instructions diligently.
Since you will need to rest for a while, take time to prepare a recovery space. Have the essentials within reach, like phone chargers, water bottles, and any recovery items you need.
Stock up on healthy snacks and food, comfortable clothes, compression garments, cushions, toilet seat risers, pain medications, and anything else your doctor recommends.
5. Wear compression garments and loose clothes
After the procedure, wear compression garments as your surgeon prescribes, usually for up to six weeks. These garments help reduce swelling and support the buttocks and where the fat was removed.
Be sure the garments fit snugly but do not hinder blood flow. The transferred fat cells need enough blood supply to survive.
Also, avoid wearing tight-fitting clothes like skinny jeans during the healing process. Squeezing or applying too much pressure on the buttocks can destroy the transferred fat cells. So, stick to looser, comfortable clothing that you can wear over your compression garments.
And remember: clothes that are loose now may not be so loose around the hips after surgery.