What is a Brazilian Butt Lift?

At Mia Aesthetics, the Brazilian butt lift (BBL) is the most commonly performed procedure, sought out by thousands of women (and men!) each and every day. The BBL leaves patients with a beautifully sculpted body, personally customizing the size of their hips and buttocks to their desire. The result is contoured, appealing aesthetic.

A BBL is often misconstrued with butt implants, and many people wonder how the procedures differ. Both procedures result in a toned and refined buttocks and an overall confidence boost. However, the means of getting the final results for each procedure are completely different. A BBL enlarges and lifts the booty through the use of your own fat. Butt implants, however, involve the insertion of silicone implant into the buttocks.

Below is a step-by-step guide of how a BBL is performed:

1. Anesthesia and Incisions
First, an anesthesiologist will administer anesthesia to keep you unconscious and pain free. The anesthesiologist will likely use general anesthesia and administer it intravenously. Next, for a Brazilian butt lift, the surgeon will remove fat from your waist, sides and back. The surgeon will then make very small incisions about the size of a rice grain where the fat will be removed from. The incisions will be just large enough to fit the fat suction device, known as a cannula. The cannula is a long, thin metal tube. For inserting the fat back into the buttocks area, the surgeon will likely make incisions in the crease, making them hardly visible.

2. Tumescent Fluid
Next, the surgeon will inject tumescent fluid through the cannula into the areas of fat that will undergo liposuction and into your buttocks. The tumescent fluid is comprised of two medications – lidocaine and epinephrine. Lidocaine numbs the areas that will be treated. Epinephrine narrows blood vessels to minimize bruising and bleeding during the procedure.

3. Lipo 360
After the surgeon preps your body for fat transfer, they will suck the fat from your midsection, sides and back into a specialized canister. The special container keeps the fat from being contaminated and decreases the risk of infection.

4. Fat Transfer
After the fat collection, the surgeon attaches a very thin cannula to the canister. This special cannula is able to insert fat back into the body. During the insertion process, surgeons make sure to spread the fat around for even distribution. Finally, after all the fat has been distributed, the surgeon closes the incisions with sutures to keep the fat from extruding from the buttocks.

4. Recovery
For the first week or more after your BBL, you will be stiff and sore. You will be provided with a compression garment to wear during this time. During your first post-operative visit, a nurse will change your garment and your bandages. You will be advised to have lymphatic massages during this time, which will help drain any excess fluids around the incision sites and reduce swelling.

You may have bruising in areas that did not have any surgery, which is typically normal. Above all, it is important to avoid sitting or sleeping on your back side for three weeks after surgery to ensure the fat does not shift or die. Additionally, patients should avoid any squatting or stretching, driving and smoking for at least three weeks.