Last year, nearly 10,000 buttock augmentations were performed, marking a continued upward trend in the popularity of buttock augmentations. Specifically, the “Brazilian butt lift” is the procedure that is responsible for the surge in buttock augmentation’s popularity. The Brazilian butt lift is a combination of buttock augmentation and fat grafting, a procedure where fat is transferred from one area of the body to add size and contour to the buttocks.
Traditionally, buttock augmentation procedures have often included the use of gluteal implants. However, with a Brazilian butt lift, there is typically no need, since the added size and shape instead comes from the transfer of autologous body fat.
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When preparing for a Brazilian butt lift, there are some simple precautions one can take to ensure that they have a safe and satisfying surgical experience. Even though the process is minimally invasive, it is important to stop using aspirin, ibuprofen or other supplements that may act as blood thinners, which can lead to surgical complications. Smokers need to quit for at least two weeks before the procedure, and alcoholic drinks need to be avoided two weeks before and one week after. Staying hydrated with plenty of water is also essential.
The first step of the procedure is liposculpting, where a thin, hollow tube called a cannula is inserted through a small incision. The cannula is connected to a suction device that suctions out adipose tissue, or fat. Typically, fat is removed from areas where there is ample supply, such as the thighs or abdomen.
The fat that is collected is washed with an antibiotic solution and transferred to sterile syringes. The fat is carefully injected around the buttocks to create the most effective, natural contour. The procedure can take somewhere between ninety minutes and four hours depending on a number of factors, such as the amount of fat to be transferred.
Speaking with board-certified plastic surgeons like Doctors Reps Sundin and Burton Sundin is the best way to learn more about the procedure and the potential results you can achieve.