What is a butt lift?
The Brazilian Butt Lift is a type of butt augmentation procedure, which results in perky, youthful, prominent buttocks, with a more sensual body profile.
Some women in Hollywood seek the Brazilian Butt Augmentation or Lift because they want to improve the shape of their buttocks. This procedure increases the size, lifting, enhancing its contour and improves the proportional imbalances and firmness. The ideal candidates for this procedure are those who are physically healthy and are at normal weight. The skin must have elasticity and the patient must have realistic goals.
The patient’s initial shape is one of the most important variables associated with buttock augmentation. Other variables are the size of the buttocks and skin quality. These are also important to evaluate prior to determining the best type of butt augmentation procedure is right for the patient. A consultation with the patient will help the patient decide which type of augmentation is right for their specific shape. The goal is to provide the patient with a newly improved shape that is complementary to the rest of his or her body.
This type of procedure is typically performed on an outpatient basis and will take approximately 90 minutes to four hours, based on several factors, including the amount of fat that needs to be removed, how many areas there are to be treated and the buttocks’ size and shape desired by the patient. The most common technique performed, is the Tumescent Liposculpting and autologous (your own) fat transfer to the buttocks.
Tumescent fluid, which is derived from a combination of local anesthetics and adrenaline, is injected into the treated area. This fluid, in addition to numbing the treated area, makes the fat easier to suction through a cannula or blunt, tubular instrument.
Autologous Fat Transfer
Fat removed during this procedure is sterile collected and processed. Next, the syringes are connected to a special cannula, used to carefully inject fat into the buttock muscle and deep fat of the buttocks to give the buttocks the classic Brazilian Buttock look.
Your doctor will need you to give important medical history, such as a list of all medications, herbs, vitamins and anything else that you are taking. Your recovery time can be shortened and your risk of complications can be lessened by doing the following:
- Stop using Aspirin, Vitamin E, St. John’s Wort, Naprosyn or any other type of blood thinner, to lessen the risk of excessive bruising or bleeding or other complications.
- Quit smoking for at least two weeks before and one week after your surgery, so as not to impair circulation and healing.
- No alcohol in excess for two weeks before the procedure and one week after. Nicotine can impair circulation and healing.
- It is important to drink plenty of water in the days before your procedure.
The following things can make your recovery easier and more comfortable:
- Be sure to have someone available to take you home and take care of you for at least the first 24 hours, following this procedure.
- Fill all prescriptions and place them within reach of your bed or other resting area.
- Be sure to have sufficient pillows, hand towels for drainage and a spare compression nearby.
There is expected to be some bruising, swelling and pain, after your procedure. Loss of sensation in the treated areas is normal, however, your nerves will begin to restore feeling and sensation shortly. Swelling may last for a period of several months and pain medicine will be prescribed to control any discomfort. Be sure to contract your doctor if there is any severe pain.
You should be up and walking within a day of your surgery. There will be some draining of excess fluid from access points for the first couple of days and there may be some blood tinged fluid. It is important that you avoid sitting on your bottom as much as possible, for the first two weeks and you should sleep on your abdomen or sides. Your weight should be rested on your thighs, rather than your buttocks. Resume showering on the second or third day. Normal activities should not be resumed for at least one week, following the procedure. A special compression garment should be worn for up to a month. Any strenuous physical activities should be limited during the two to three weeks following your procedure and you can gradually return to regular activities, including walking, lifting, exercising and sex. High impact activities should be avoided for about one month. Liposculpting procedures are performed through small incisions and scarring should be minimal.
Final results of your liposculpting are typically seen after several weeks. Maintain a healthy diet and exercise and any weight gain will be evident in areas that were not liposuctioned.
Intragluteal Silicone Implant
This procedure will define or increase the size and shape of the buttock area.
Buttock implants are used to fill out the buttocks area, specifically to augment the gluteus maximus muscle area, which produces a more desirable shape to the gluteus.
The buttocks region is a part of the body that is not easily enlarged or shaped by weight training or diet. There are a variety of different buttock implants from which to choose. Depending upon the patient’s size and shape and each person’s individual desires and their individual body type, the decision is made for the shape and size of the implants.
A single incision will be in each buttock area, overlying the tailbone. Buttocks implants are then positioned so as to give as natural look as possible.
This are of the body is required for walking, sitting and many other movements, and the patients might experience greater pain during the recovery period than some other cosmetic surgery procedures and the recovery time is usually longer. Pain medications are typically prescribed, but after 5-7 days, the patient is usually able to be up and about, walking, sitting and moving around more comfortably. Swelling and bruising generally are minimal. Full physical activities are usually permitted within a month after surgery.
Some risks of this surgery may include infection, bleeding, nerve and/or muscle damage, slippage and asymmetry.
A general anesthesia will be administered to the patient and a two to three inch incision is made between the buttocks in the midline. The buttock muscle (gluteus maximus) is then lifted up and a pocket is made, just large enough to insert the implant into this pocket. The same is done for each buttock. Careful examination of both sides will assure that the results look natural and symmetric. Dissolvable stitches are placed in the skin incision, on which a bandage is placed, which provides compression to the buttocks. This helps reduce discomfort and swelling.
The patient will be able to leave the office, within an hour or so following surgery. There may be considerable discomfort for the first several days, due to the difficulty in turning in any position. It is very important that someone be with the patient at least overnight and more than likely for the next several days, to help the patient to get out of bed and prepare meals, etc.
The taped dressing usually can be removed in two to three days following surgery. The patient will then be able to take showers and normal movements will be much more comfortable.
Results can be seen immediately, but the buttocks will look more natural and become softer, as the muscle stretches during the next several months after surgery.
The patient may engage in full activities, including gym, bicycling and running, about four weeks following surgery, however, it may take up to six or eight months until the results feel as if the results of the surgery is part of the body.