There are plenty of famous plastic surgeries, but the Brazilian butt lift (also called a BBL) might be one of the most well-known. Not only can it give a fuller appearance to the backside, but it has a rather glamorous image that makes it the dream plastic surgery of many. There are plenty of cosmetic procedures that are done for health reasons; for instance, a breast reduction operation can help reduce back and neck pain, along with providing a more balanced appearance. A BBL, on the other hand, is never medically necessary; it’s the kind of thing you get because you just want to.
Even though it’s basically a vanity surgery, a BBL can still provide many benefits – the main one being a boost in self-esteem. Whether it’s because of age, past pregnancies, or genetics, not everyone has the shape and volume they want to see in their backsides. If they can’t get the results they desire through diet or exercise (or they simply don’t want to), plastic surgery could be another viable option.
An introduction to Brazilian butt lifts
Most augmentation-related procedures use fillers to add volume, but BBLs are unique in that they use your own fat stores. Not only will you be gaining volume in the buttocks, but you’ll also be losing it in other areas, usually from the torso, hips, or thighs. Technically known as “fat grafting”, this technique usually results in a less “worked-on” look; there’s also a reduced risk of complications further on down the line, like you sometimes see with silicone implants.
Of course, in order to perform a fat graft, you need a bit of extra fat somewhere. This isn’t an issue for most people, but anyone who’s already very slim may be advised to put on five to 10 pounds. This not only gives the surgeon more material to work with, but it may also improve their physical stamina as they undergo surgery and post-op recovery.
Depending on the individual, a BBL could be a fairly invasive procedure, or it could only require local anesthesia. It’s a bit like a tummy tuck in that way; it’s always the same procedure, but the scope varies a lot.
Once the anesthesia kicks in, the plastic surgeon will begin with liposuction. The fat gets purified, is prepared for injection, and is then strategically injected at three to five different locations in the buttocks. That’s the main part of the procedure; after that, the surgeon sutures the incisions and applies compression garments, and it’s time to start the recovery process.
Brazilian butt lift benefits
When discussing the benefits of any plastic surgery that isn’t medically necessary, most of the focus is on the mental effects. Many people seek out cosmetic procedures because they’re unhappy about the way they look, and they usually can’t change it without the help of surgery. Once they get the results they were hoping for, the boost in confidence can be truly life-changing.
In the case of the BBL, though, there are some technical benefits as well. For example, it’s sometimes chosen rather than silicone implants due to the decreased risk involved in injecting your own fat stores, rather than implanting foreign objects into your body.
Brazilian butt lift cost
If you’re talking about the costs you’ll incur from start to finish, you’ll be looking at about $12,000 in total. The surgery alone will probably be around $4,500, but you’ll also have to shell out for the anesthesiologist, various fees charged by the hospital, and the cost of aftercare.
That’s what the procedure costs in the United States, anyway. Since the price tag is rather hefty, many people choose to visit other countries where they can get the surgery for much less. Mexico and Turkey are popular options for “medical tourism”, mainly because they’re the cheapest – you’d probably pay $4,500 total, at most. Keep in mind, though, that this isn’t just a matter of getting cheaper surgery in a cheaper country. The standard of medical care probably won’t compare favorably to what you’d get from a board-certified plastic surgeon in the United States; cutting corners is common. After all, how else are they going to provide such an unbelievable deal for surgery as intense as a BBL? If you find yourself tempted by the prices offered overseas, just remember that you don’t get what you don’t pay for.
Brazilian butt lift side effects
Compared to other plastic surgeries, the BBL is definitely lower-risk. That being said, it’s still a pretty serious surgical procedure, so there are some possible side effects to consider before committing to it.
- Scarring at liposuction or injection sites
- Textured lumps at liposuction or injection sites
- Infection (which can result in skin loss if it isn’t treated early enough)
- Long-term pain
- Fat embolism (which can be fatal)
Yes, some of these sound pretty serious – especially the last one. What are your chances of having complications? That’s something to discuss with your doctor, but the best thing you can do to reduce the risk of complications is to choose an expert. This is because most of the complications listed above are preventable, and a skilled surgeon will know how best to avoid them. A fat embolism, for example, isn’t just a random occurrence; it happens when the purified fat is improperly injected and goes into a large blood vessel instead of into fat deposits. A fat clot form and is transported to the lungs, and that’s bad news – symptoms can be anything from difficulty breathing to death.
For this reason (and many others), it’s strongly advised to pick a top-notch plastic surgeon. With the right aftercare and proper maintenance, this procedure could last for decades; you might as well spend the money and get it done right the first time.
The BBL deserves its popularity, but it still isn’t something to be taken lightly. Even so, as long as you’re aware of the risks, the recovery time, and the cost of the procedure, getting a BBL can change your life for the better.