Brazilian Butt Lift vs. Buttock Implants
Another popular method to increase the size of the buttock is with the use of silicone buttock implants, instead of using your own fat with a BBL. While implants may be adequate in some cases to increase volume, they simply make things bigger and do little to improve the overall shape and contour of the buttocks. Because there is no liposuction, buttock implants cannot change the shape of the buttock and surrounding areas in the way a Brazilian Butt Lift can. Butt implants are also unable to change the shape or increase the size of the hips. Butt implants also carry a risk of infection and shifting.
That’s why for most patients, Dr. Schulman recommends Brazilian Butt Lift using his SCOOP Lift® technique. In addition to more natural-looking results, Brazilian butt lifts tend to provide permanent results. The fat cells used in the procedure will develop their own blood supply and will remain a part of the buttocks. The added volume is permanent and will change as your body changes with aging or weight fluctuations. Using the body’s own fat cells also eliminates the danger of rejection, shifting, or scarring that can occur when using an artificial implant.
Brazilian butt lifts also involve removing fat through liposuction, so patients see multiple areas of improvement. A Brazilian Butt Lift is essentially two operations in one. Between butt implants and Brazilian butt lifts, butt implants are far less popular at least in part because of some of the associated risks.
A small number of patients may not be able to have Brazilian butt lift done. For instance, those who are very thin and don’t have enough fat likely would be better candidates for butt implants since implants may be the only way to get the volume they want.
The results you get from your BBL will be dependent on what you want, and what your body will allow. Some things to consider are whether you want more projection or more hips. Do you want a natural look or a dramatic result? Do you want round hips? Do you want a shelfie butt or a smooth slope? During your consultation, Dr. Schulman will be able to assess your desires and help you understand if this is possible given your body shape, bone structure, skin quality, and available donor fat.