What to Expect Before and After BBL Surgery

Picture this: You’re looking through before and after BBL photos. You see that the patients pictured start off with very few curves. In fact, many of them have muffin tops and bellies that are wider and bigger than their hips and butt. 

Now, you shift over to look at their BBL results pictures. You see a beautiful hourglass figure … wide hips, a curvaceous bottom, and a tiny snatched waist. 

Are these the Brazilian butt lift results you hope to have?

If so, read on to learn more!

A Brief History of BBLs

Think back to the early 2000s. At that time, who did you want to look like if you were a woman who wanted to appear beautiful and trendy?

More often than not, you wanted to look slim and thin overall. You wanted your collarbones to protrude. You wanted to have a “thigh gap.” Think Kate Moss, Cameron Diaz, and Paris Hilton.

Today, however, the trends have done almost a complete 180. Today, beautiful women are not stick-thin. They’re curvy. Think Kim Kardashian and her sisters, Jennifer Lopez, Ashley Graham, and Beyoncé. Like the historical women featured in beautiful Renaissance paintings, these women have shape. 

Of course, throughout time, what has been attractive about women’s bodies has changed dramatically. Depending on the time, location, and popular style of dress, both thinness and curviness have been accepted as beautiful. What can be stated with confidence, however, is that the desire for women to be stick-thin is more of an anomaly than you may think. 

In fact, throughout history, it was more the rule than the exception that women should be luscious, curvy, and natural-looking. You can see this clearly when you look at the beautiful curvy girls depicted in ancient frescoes at Pompeii or paintings by Rubens. Even up until the 1950s, it was Marilyn Monroe who was the most beautiful and desired woman in the world — not her twiggy counterparts. 

Fast-forward to today, and the New York City Brazilian butt lift is one of the fastest-growing procedures in America. 

Of course, as the name suggests, BBLs started in Brazil in the 1960s. Slowly, the trend crept north until it began taking hold in places like South Florida. From there, BBLs in New York became popular, and now they’re common throughout the country. Basically everyone knows of the BBL’s ability to make flat butts look perky and small butts look big. 

Today, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons estimates that Brazilian butt lifts account for over 20,000 of the plastic surgery procedures performed each year in the United States. 

If you are considering a Brazilian butt lift in NYC, you’ll see right away from BBL before and after pictures New York has some of the best examples of BBL results in the world. If you choose to get your procedure here, you can expect to achieve a defined, luscious-looking butt that looks great in everything from jeans and leggings to bathing suits and evening gowns.

Before and After Brazilian Butt Lifts: What to Expect From the Procedure

So, you want to know how to look good in a bathing suit or summer dress and you think a BBL may be able to help. 

Chances are, you’re right. 

But before you dive in and schedule your Brazilian butt lift consultation appointment in NYC, make sure you’re aware of what to expect before and after your BBL.

How to Prepare for a Brazilian Butt Lift

Brazilian butt lifts are hot in NYC right now. So, if you’re interested, be sure to call now to make your BBL consultation appointment. You’ll want to get on the books as soon as possible. 

It is at your consultation appointment that Dr. Schulman will ensure you have the medical clearance to get this surgery. Naturally, he will also speak with you about your surgery goals.

As long as you are cleared for the procedure, there are several steps you can take to prepare for a successful Brazilian butt lift surgery:

  • Avoid any medications or supplements that may interfere with your anesthesia or recovery.
  • Cease the use of nicotine containing products, including cigarettes.
  • Maintain good health by exercising regularly and eating a healthy diet.
  • Continue attending all regular medical appointments, including your annual physical exam.

You should also be sure to articulate what type of BBL results you are looking for. For example, do you want a tiny waist and wide hips, more of an athletic figure, or just a subtle change in the curve of your waist and buttocks?

Dr. Schulman can help you craft the perfect surgical plan based on your goals. In many cases, patients also want to add on an additional procedure such as breast augmentation. Because getting a breast augmentation in NYC is another extremely popular surgery, you may want to combine both procedures to avoid a longer wait. 

If you’re done having children, you might also consider a mommy makeover. This surgery combines several procedures such as a tummy tuck, breast lift, and liposuction, which are all aimed at giving you back your pre-baby body. In fact, BBLs are frequently part of mommy makeovers.  

What to Expect After a Brazilian Butt Lift

The majority of Brazilian butt lift procedures take around three to four hours to perform. The procedure is carried out under general anesthesia, which effectively means you are asleep for the surgery. Directly after your BBL surgery, you’ll be taken to a recovery room for several hours. 

After this rest period, you will wake feeling good enough to go home. Just remember you’ll be a bit sore and dressed in a compression garment, which Dr. Schulman will have put on you at the end of your procedure while you were asleep. This garment will help reduce swelling and must be worn according to Dr. Schulman’s instructions. Swelling is a common symptom after surgery and will go down with time.

Be sure to have someone you trust on-hand to take you home. You’ll probably want some help at home for the first few days as well. Naturally, you’ll need to take at least ten days off from work or school. 

Most patients feel significantly better after the first week, but it will take a while for the swelling to go down completely. After all, the surgery is taking living cells out of your body and reinserting them. Each minute fat cell needs to become a living part of you again, and this means re-growing brand-new blood vessels. 

Ultimately, the swelling will decrease, and at around the six-month mark, you’ll have a good idea of your shape after surgery. In some cases, it can take up to a year to see your complete results, however. Throughout this time, you will meet with Dr. Schulman regularly so that he can assess your progress. He will let you know, as time goes on, when you can return to your normal activities. 

How to Plan for Your Brazilian Butt Lift Surgery NYC

When planning for a Brazilian butt lift, keep the following things in mind:

  • Not all NYC BBL doctors are alike. You’ll want someone who is talented and qualified. Be sure to go with a board-certified surgeon with unique experience performing Brazilian butt lifts. 
  • Dr. Schulman won’t automatically know what you want your results to look like. To give him a better idea, check out our BBL before after photos, and select a few of the “after” photos you like. Show these to Dr. Schulman at your consultation appointment.
  • If you’re considering additional procedures such as a tummy tuck or breast lift, be sure to tell Dr. Schulman this at your consultation. In some cases, you can combine procedures to reduce the overall cost of surgery and ultimately lessen your collective downtime.
  • Be sure to set up a comfortable recovery space at home. You’ll definitely have some downtime after surgery, so prepare for it. Subscribe to a few movie-streaming services, get your favorite magazines, or buy a few novels you’ve been wanting to read. Also consider purchasing a BBL recovery cushion and/or chair, which can make sitting and relaxing far more comfortable. 
  • Remember that BBLs aren’t just for women. Male BBL surgery is surging in popularity. As with BBLs for females, the goal of male BBLs is to enhance the natural contours of the buttocks while slimming other “trouble” areas such as the abdomen, flanks, and arms.

 

What to Look for in BBL Surgery Before and After Images

As you scan Brazilian butt lift pictures, it’s important to know what to specifically look for. Here are some tips:

Search for BBL before and after images that coincide with your goals. 

Whether you’re looking for an athletic sporty look, a super-curvy Kim Kardashian look, or a totally natural and subtle look, search for your desired silhouette. 

Be sure the BBL pictures are accurate and unaltered. 

It’s best to look at before and after BBL pictures that have been taken about six to 12 months after the patient’s surgery. That’s because it’s not until this time that you will actually see the full results of a BBL procedure. All BBL before and after images should be unaltered as well, for obvious reasons.

Look for gentle, smooth curves.

Be sure that the transition from the patient’s lower back to the buttocks is gentle and continuously smooth. The actual curve of the buttocks should be smooth as well. Be wary of any visible bumps or lumps you may see, including noticeable irregularities or asymmetries.

Look at the locations of the incisions.

BBL incisions should be kept to a minimum and located in discreet places. If the incisions you see in the BBL before and after images are pronounced and noticeable, this is a bad sign.

FAQ: NYC Brazilian Butt Lifts

Is a Brazilian butt lift right for me?

The best way to know if a Brazilian butt lift is a good fit for you is to book a BBL consultation with Dr. Schulman. The best candidates are looking to slim certain areas of their bodies (like the belly, arms, or flanks) and increase the size and/or change the shape of their buttocks. While you wait for your appointment, check out some BBL before and after pictures to get an idea of your desired silhouette. 

Should I gain weight for my BBL?

No, it is not recommended that you gain weight for a Brazilian butt lift, even if you have a slender frame. Simply gaining weight to create more fat for the procedure will only mean that your results will not likely last. This is because you may very well return to your pre-surgery body weight after the procedure, and that would mean losing the reinjected fat as well.

How safe is BBL surgery?

When performed by a board-certified NYC plastic surgeon BBL surgery is quite safe, and risks are minimal. In fact, data shows that BBL surgeries are consistently safer than even tummy tucks in NYC. The best way to ensure your safety during this procedure is to choose an experienced surgeon and follow their aftercare directions carefully. 

How long after BBL can you sit?

You can usually return to sitting approximately two to four weeks after your BBL procedure. Although it can be hard to avoid sitting right after you BBL, a specialized BBL cushion can help. Specialized chairs are also available.

Are there scars from BBL surgery?

Any surgery that requires incisions will result in at least some scarring. The good news is that scarring from BBL surgery is not generally significant. The incisions necessary for liposuction are extremely small, and the fat reinsertion process does not involve scars. Generally speaking, scars from breast augmentation or breast lifts tend to be more significant.

Brazilian Butt Lift Procedure New York City NY

If you are interested in learning more about a New York BBL, schedule a consultation appointment with Dr. Schulman in NYC today. 

As one of the leading board-certified NYC BBL doctors, Dr. Schulman specializes in Brazilian butt lifts as well as other highly sought-after procedures such as tummy tucks and breast augmentations.

Get the booty you’ve always dreamed of having! Schedule your consultation today!

References

https://www.plasticsurgery.org/documents/News/Statistics/2020/plastic-surgery-statistics-full-report-2020.pdf 

https://www.plasticsurgery.org/cosmetic-procedures/buttock-enhancement

https://med.stanford.edu/cosmeticsurgery/aestheticservices/body/buttock-augmentation.html

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