Despite going to the gym, the overall shape of one’s rear end is genetic and cannot be altered to a significant degree, until now. The Brazilian Butt Lift procedure allows women to have the round, curvy back side that they have always desired. The Brazilian butt lift surgery differs from a similar procedure known as butt implants. Both procedures result in a much better looking behind, but work in completely different ways. Butt implants involve using actual implants inserted in the rear end, similar to breast implants. A Brazilian butt lift, on the other hand, uses a procedure referred to as an autologous fat transfer. A patient’s own body fat is liposuctioned out from another area, such as the stomach, love handles, thighs, or arms and then reinserted into the buttocks.
At Harbour Plastic Surgery in the Huston area the Brazilian butt lift is performed under general anesthesia. Liposuction is performed on other areas of the body to create “donor fat” that will later be purified and then reinserted into the buttocks. The liposuctioned areas will compliment the new shape of your butt by removing excess fat in the areas around it, so it will stand out more. These areas will typically include the lower back, love handles, abdomen, and thighs. Just this alone will make your butt look better since it will now stand out a lot more, having the other areas contoured with liposuction.
Once collected, the fat will be purified and reinserted into the buttocks. The fat will be inserted into many different areas of the buttocks at different depths and different locations. During the Brazillian butt lift Dr. Geppert will use many small, precise injections into different areas and she will use massage techniques to ensure the fat is evenly distributed and smooth.
After surgery, the main issue with any autologous fat transfer procedure, is how much of the re-transplanted fat will survive. A good survival rate of the fat-transferred fat is about 50-60%. The rest will be reabsorbed by the body. The reason why fat cells die when reinserted into the body is that they initially have no blood supply. Dr. Geppert plans for this and tries to inject the fat as deep and as close to the muscle tissue as possible so that the greatest amount will survive. After the Brazilian butt lift, there will be a great deal of swelling after the surgery. These combined factors of swelling and not all of the re-inserted fat surviving means that the results you see the day after the surgery will be different months later.
Recovering will take several weeks and it is best not to sit. Soreness and swelling at the sights where fat was injected or removed and bruising will be present. You should be able to return to work, assuming it is not a job that involves rigorous physical activity, within two weeks. During your recover phase, you will wear a special compression garment that will help the healing process. One to two months after the Brazilian butt lift, you should experience a full recovery from any pain, swelling, bruising, and soreness, and you should be able to resume physical exercise.