by: Dr. J. Brad Turner
One of the newest and most popular cosmetic operations in recent years is the Brazilian Butt Lift. Many cosmetic surgeons perform the operation throughout the country with its greatest popularity in cities like Miami, FL and Los Angeles, CA. The primary driver of the increasing popularity is two-fold. Like all cosmetic trends there are trendsetters and with the visibility of pop and reality superstars with shapely figures such as Kim Kardashian, Iggy Azalea, Nikki Minaj, and Jennifer Lopez, just to name a few, the trend throughout the country is a desire for that curvaceous and voluptuous figure. The desire for a shapelier figure melds with recent innovations and much greater results in the technique of fat transfer by Plastic Surgeons across the country.
Brazilian Butt Lift was popularized in South American countries many years ago. The technique involves liposuction of several areas of the body, mainly focusing on the flanks, back and often the abdomen and thighs. This procedure is all done through small incisions. The fat that is removed during the liposuction is then, rather than being thrown away as in traditional liposuction, processed in the operating room to purify just healthy fat and fat cells. This fat is then replaced into the buttock tissue in order to sculpt a shapelier buttock and trunk. The fat replaced into the buttock replaces the technique of buttock implants which have demonstrated higher complication rates and are limited in their ability to improve shape. This combination of removing fat in the waist and replacing it in the buttock area can be transformational in providing the hourglass figure that is seen in the youthful and attractive feminine form.
Patients that are good candidates for the surgery are generally slightly overweight with areas of fat that simply cannot be improved with diet and exercise alone. Those desiring a fuller and more shapely buttocks and patients who have reasonable desires and expectations as to what the procedure can achieve.
Some of the most common questions regarding the surgery are “what is the downtime?” and “how much of the fat lives?” We always remind our patients that everyone is unique but a 1-2 week downtime is common with bruising, swelling and discomfort common during that period. We ask our patients not to sit directly on the injected areas during the recovery period. The answer with regard to how much fat lives is a complex one but we feel that around 60-70% of the fat survives in our hands. It takes approximately 3 months for before we will be able to assess what the “final” result will be.
If you are interested in the procedure contact our office today – 859-254-5665 – to schedule a consultation. Dr. Turner and Dr. Schantz both perform this operation in our AAAASF Certified Operating Suite.