Brazilian Butt Lift Myths

A Brazilian Butt Lift, or BBL, is an operation in which fat is removed from areas of the body that you don’t watch it, and placed in areas that you do want it. Most commonly, fat is removed from the abdomen, sides, and back. The fat is then injected into the buttocks to give more projection, and into the hips to get more curves. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgery (ASPS), the Brazilian Butt Lift is the fastest growing procedure in the world. The demand for a Brazilian butt lift is partially fueled by social media and prominence of celebrities like Kim Kardashian, Cardi B, and Nicki Minaj. Despite its popularity, there are still many myths associated with the Brazilian Butt Lift procedure. Let’s take a look at the top myths of a BBL.

A BBL always looks fake – MYTH

Many people think that a BBL will give a fake looking result. It is true that some BBL results look around and fake, it doesn’t mean that it has to. There are many techniques that can be used in order to provide a natural looking result. If a natural result is what you desire, then you can seek out a plastic surgeon who specializes in Brazilian butt lift with natural looking results. Fear of looking fake should not be the reason to avoid this procedure. If that is your concern, then you need to really do your research and pick the plastic surgeon that can provide the results that you desire.

The fat doesn’t survive – MYTH

Butt Lift New York CityThis procedure involves transferring your own fat cells from one location to another. This means that you are getting many hundreds of thousands of small transplants. It is true that not all the fat cells will survive. However, when done properly and with good modern techniques, the fat craft survival rate should be about 70%. That means 30% of the fat cells will not survive, but 70% will. The fat cells that survive will survive forever. So, it is untrue that the fat won’t survive as long as your plastic surgeon is experienced with proper technique.

You need to repeat this procedure every few years – MYTH

Again, this is simply not true. As described above, 70% of the fat cells should survive and they should survive forever. This means that you do not routinely have to do this procedure again for maintenance. If in the future you desire to be larger, then a second Brazilian butt lift is certainly an option for you. This is not a procedure that is intended to be repeated every few years. Once the fat is transferred and survives, it will be a part of you forever.

This is the most-deadly plastic surgery procedure – MYTH

This is probably the most widely held misconception about the Brazilian butt lift procedure. In the past, much has been written about the risk associated with this procedure. Specifically, the risk of potentially fatal fat embolism. A fat embolism is when a chunk of fat is in advertently injected into a blood vessel and it travels to your heart lungs brain and other organs. This is a serious but luckily rare risk of the Brazilian butt lift procedure. In fact, recent data shows that when an experienced board-certified plastic surgeon utilizes modern fat grafting techniques, the risk of serious complications during a Brazilian butt lift procedure are actually lower than the risk of serious complications from a tummy tuck.  This doesn’t mean that you should not be concerned when undergoing a Brazilian butt lift procedure. In fact, it’s just the opposite.

You need to make sure that you select a board-certified plastic surgeon experienced with Brazilian butt lift technique in order to minimize your risk of complications. However, you should not be scared by untrue statements that are intended to over inflate the risks associated with this procedure in order to gain clicks or viewers.

After your procedure you need to “feed the fat” – MYTH

Many people think that after they have this procedure done, they need to “feed the fat”. This means that they increase their calorie intake with high fat foods in order to make the fat grow. This is just simply unnecessary and can be potentially dangerous to your results. If you gain weight the fat that was transferred to your butt and hips will grow. However, you cannot direct where you gain weight. This means that even if your butt grows, other areas of your body may grow as well ,such as your stomach or your arms or your legs or your flanks. This will potentially harm the results that you obtained from your surgery. The best thing to do after your Brazilian butt lift surgery is to maintain a healthy lifestyle. This means eating healthy and exercising. You will not lose your butt unless you lose a significant amount of weight.

Fat survives better when it is injected into the butt muscle – MYTH

This was a common belief when Brazilian butt lift procedures were first started. Many surgeons felt that the fat survival rate was higher when the fat was injected into the muscle, or gluteus maximus muscle. Because of this, the fat injections were performed within the muscle. The problem with this technique is that it can cause more pain and also will increase your risk of  a potentially deadly fat embolism. We have since learned that when the fat is placed between the skin and the muscle, the survival rate of the fat is comparable. Also, the risk of inadvertently injecting the fat into a blood vessel is almost zero. Therefore, the current recommendation is to inject the fat into the subcutaneous layer, which is the space between the skin and the muscle. This gives comparable, or even better, cosmetic results, while also minimizing the risk of potentially fatal complications.

Any plastic surgeon who is performing Brazilian butt lift procedures today should only be injecting fat above the muscle. When selecting a surgeon for your BBL procedure, this is a question that you should specifically ask.

I should gain weight before the procedure in order to get a better result – MYTH

BBL NYCBecause a Brazilian butt lift procedure requires “donor” fat, it is possible that you are just not a candidate for the procedure. People who are thin and do not have any extra fat, will not be able to undergo this procedure. Thin people think that they just have to gain weight and “fatten up” before the operation. This they think this will give more fat to work with and a better result. The problem with this approach is that if you gain weight for the operation, and then that fat is placed in your butt in your hips, you will lose that fat when your weight goes back to normal. In order to maintain your results, you will have to keep your weight at the new elevated level, which is usually hard for most people. Sometimes you are just not a candidate for an operation.

Only women get Brazilian butt lift – MYTH

Like most plastic surgery procedures, it is true that the majority of patients are women. However, there are still mad that undergo all cosmetic procedures. The Brazilian butt lift is no exception. There are men who want to have a rounder and more athletic butt, and therefore request a BBL. There are also some people who desire a more feminine shape and want fat placed in their butt and hips. This is also a common procedure for trans women.

If you were interested in a Brazilian Butt Lift and want to see if it is the right procedure for you, contact Dr. Matthew Schulman. He is a board-certified plastic surgeon in New York City who has extensive procedures experience with the BBL procedure, having performed over 5000 BBLs


Tummy Tuck Myths

A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is one of the most common plastic surgery procedures performed. It is a procedure designed to restore the appearance of the abdominal region by removing excess skin, tightening underlying muscle separation, and removing extra fat. The American Society of Plastic Surgery (ASPS) reports over 100,000 Tummy tucks, or abdominoplasties, are performed each year. However, there are still many common misconceptions about tummy tucks. Let’s take a closer look at some of the most common myths surrounding the tummy tuck procedure.

Tummy tucks are for women only – MYTH

Because women more commonly experience changes in their abdominal region due to aging, weight fluctuations and pregnancy, a tummy tuck is most commonly performed on women. However, anyone with excess skin and loose abdominal muscles can be a tummy tuck candidate. This means that even men can successfully undergo a tummy tuck procedure. The most common reasons for men to desire a tummy tuck is weight loss. Weight loss can result in excess skin that hangs below the belt line, as well as laxity of the abdominal wall. So even though 90% of tummy tuck patients are women, that still means that men can successfully undergo this operation if indicated.

Tummy tucks are designed to help you lose weight – MYTH

Much like most plastic surgery procedures, a tummy tuck is not a weight loss operation – it is a shaping procedure, specifically designed to shape the abdominal area. This means that the best candidates for tummy tucks are men or women who are not overweight, and complain of excess skin usually from previous weight loss. The procedure itself will remove the excess skin and fat. The number of pounds removed is minimal. In fact, even patients who have a large amount of skin removed during their tummy tuck operation, should only expect to lose a few pounds on the scale. Excess skin just doesn’t weigh as much as you would think. Only in extreme cases of massive weight loss ,in which the patient is left with massive amounts of hanging skin, should you expect any significant reduction in the number on the scale. Now it is true that after a tummy tuck procedure most patients will lose weight on their own. This is because they are more likely to continue with a healthy lifestyle, given that they just spent money and subjected themselves to themselves to the pain of a major operation. Also, people find it harder to eat large amounts of food after a tummy tuck because the skin of their abdomen is tighter and they naturally feel fuller faster.

Exercises can repair abdominal muscle separation – MYTH

One of the main things that a tummy tuck addresses is the separation of the abdominal muscles. The separation generally occurs during pregnancy as the baby grows. There are some people who believe that there are some abdominal exercises that can reverse this separation. While there are some exercises specifically designed to do this, the truth is that the improvement will be limited. You can strengthen muscles through exercise, but you can’t “move” them. It may be possible to close small gaps in the abdominal muscle, such as 1 to 3 cm, with targeted exercises. However, it is common for abdominal muscle separation to exceed 5or 6 cm. No amount of exercise can reverse this. During a tummy tuck, those muscles are sewn together using sutures. This is a key part of the tummy tuck procedure and is also the part that causes the most discomfort and restrictions after the surgery.

The scar is too big – MYTH

Many people are hesitant to have a tummy tuck procedure because of the scar. The scar length will depend on the amount of excess skin that needs to be removed. This means that if you have a lot of skin laxity, your tummy tuck scar may extend from hip to hip. While you may think this is “huge”, it is what is required to perform the surgery appropriately. Shorter scars will remove less skin and have less internal tightening. The key to the scar is not the length, but the location. Plastic surgeons take great effort in placing the scar low so that it is hidden beneath underwear and bikini bottoms. This means that even if your scar is hip to hip, it should be low and completely hidden with minimal clothes. Only you can decide if this scar is too large for you and not worth the operation. In my experience, most people find that the improvement in the shape and contour of their abdomen is well worth any scar that is necessary.

I don’t need a tummy tuck, I can just get liposuction – MYTH

A tummy tuck and liposuction new york city are two different procedures with two different purposes. Liposuction will remove excess fat. This is a great procedure for people who have excess fat but no excess skin. If you have excess skin, then liposuction will not help you. In fact, it can make things worse. A tummy tuck is designed to remove the excess skin. Often times liposuction is combined together with a tummy tuck to improve your results. So, if your issue is excess skin, muscle separation, and some extra fat, then a tummy tuck is the appropriate operation for you. Liposuction will only make the excess skin worse and will do nothing to improve the underlying muscle separation.

You can be too old for a tummy tuck – MYTH

Much like all elective cosmetic procedures, age itself is not a reason not to do it. The main concern is whether or not you are healthy and can undergo a surgical procedure without elevated risk of complications. The main concern is your overall health. Therefore, to have a tummy tuck, you will need to be in good health without medical issues such as uncontrolled high blood pressure, cardiac disease, diabetes, anemia, or lung issues. All patient will undergo a full medical evaluation prior to having a tummy tuck. There certainly will be people who are now not candidates for tummy tuck based on their medical history, but this has nothing to do with age. Most plastic surgeons have performed tummy tucks on patients in their 60s and 70s. We have all seen 60 year olds who are in better physical health than some 25 year olds.


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Any plastic surgeon can perform my tummy tuck – MYTH

 As I said earlier, tummy tucks are one of the most common plastic surgery procedures. This means that every plastic surgeon has had some training in performing a tummy tuck operation. But, th

is does not 

mean that every plastic surgeon is good at tummy tucks. As plastic surgeons we all specialize in specific aspects of plastic surgery. Some specialize in face procedures and some specialize in body procedures. Some perform reconstructive surgery while other Focus on cosmetic surgeries. When choosing your plastic surgeon for your tummy tuck, make sure that they are experienced with this specific procedure. You want to make sure that this is an operation that they perform regularly and you should look at their before and after results. This is the same advice you would be given for any surgical procedure ,since not every plastic surgeon is good at every plastic surgery procedure.

To find out more about tummy tucks and whether or not this is the right operation for you, contact Dr. Matthew Schulman, a New York City board-certified plastic surgeon.