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
This 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
Because 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