With all the media attention, you’ve likely heard of the Brazilian butt lift—an innovative surgical procedure to create the natural-looking body sculpting results you want. It’s one of our most popular augmentation procedures at Metairie Plastic Surgeons in Metairie, LA for this very reason. In this post, we cover everything you need to know about the procedure, including how we do it. Read on to find out if the butt lift is for you.
What Is the Brazilian Butt Lift?
The Brazilian butt lift is an implant-free, fat-transfer buttocks augmentation procedure that improves the shape of the entire body, starting with fuller and perkier buttocks. Although there are several buttock enhancement procedures on the aesthetic market, this procedure has spiked in popularity because of the natural and long-lasting results it provides.
The Difference Between a Brazilian Butt Lift and Butt Implants
When our clients are looking for buttocks augmentation options, one of the most common questions they have is: what makes this procedure different from implants? In the simplest terms, this procedure provides much more natural-looking results than implants because it is a fat transfer procedure.
Both of these augmentation procedures are used to lift, plump, and enhance the buttocks, but only the butt lift transfers fat from another region of the patient’s body to fill the gluteal region. The butt lift is the ideal choice for our clients who wish to remove fat from another area of the body and create more shapely buttocks.
This procedure sculpts the buttocks and creates symmetry and proportion to the overall shape of the body, while implants use silicone to target the buttocks region alone.
If you are like many of our clients, you want to ensure that your buttocks augmentation results aren’t exaggerated or look too pronounced or unnatural. At Metairie Plastic Surgeons, our highly experienced surgeon, Dr. Trey Sands, is well-known throughout the New Orleans area for using this procedure to create the most natural and authentic gluteal shapes.
Who Is a Good Candidate for This Procedure?
Many of our clients share similar concerns about the appearance of their buttocks, and the most common reasons clients seek out this procedure is to address buttocks that are:
- Misshapen (often due to significant weight loss)
This body sculpting procedure uses your own fat to create the full and round buttocks you desire, making it an ideal option for both weight loss patients and non-weight loss patients.
Many of our patients already have the foundation for attractive buttocks, but the surrounding areas detract from their shapely appearance. The best way to find out if you are a candidate for the Brazilian butt lift is to book a consultation at Metairie Plastic Surgeons. During your consultation, we’ll discuss your aesthetic goals and how to achieve them.
How Is a Brazilian Butt Lift Done?
Your procedure begins with a consultation with Dr. Sands and our professional medical team. During the consultation, we assess your goals and treatment options. From this discussion, we create a customized surgical plan and give you all the information you need to know about how to prepare for the procedure. Part of the preparation includes informing you about how to prepare for surgery and your aftercare instructions.
Your consultation is also the time that we determine which region of the body we’ll target for the fat transferring process. Creating the most balanced and proportional result is always our aim. We can surgically remove fat from the back, thighs, or waist to improve the appearance of these regions while creating fuller glutes. Removing fat from these regions creates greater separation between the areas of the body, which enhances the body’s overall appearance.
At Metairie Plastic Surgeons, we are committed to using only the most advanced, state-of-the-art technology in all our cosmetic procedures. For this procedure, we use only the most effective fat processing technology to deliver the best results. We’ll provide you detailed information about the technology for your procedure during your consultation.
Getting Your Butt Lift
At your consultation, we provide you with instructions to prepare for your surgery. By following these instructions, you can best prepare yourself for the procedure.
You must stop smoking for at least two weeks before your surgery and remain smoke-free for two weeks after your operation. Smoking negatively impacts skin circulation, which prevents the body from healing correctly.
Vitamin supplementation is another vital step in preparing for your procedure. We recommend that you take multivitamins and an additional 500 milligrams of vitamin C with rose hips twice per day as soon as you’ve scheduled your surgery. This supplementation will promote healing, and by taking them in advance, you’ll reap the most benefits come operation day.
Stop Certain Meds
Stop taking aspirin and ibuprofen as soon as possible before surgery. Both of these over-the-counter medications can cause bleeding issues during and after surgery. Many other medications contain these two ingredients, so check ingredient labels before taking any medication to ensure they do not contain aspirin or ibuprofen. You are free to use medicines containing acetaminophen, like Tylenol, before and after the procedure.
Limit Vitamin E
Three days before your surgery, limit your vitamin E intake to 400 milligrams. Excessive intake of vitamin E can cause bleeding and bruising issues during and after surgery. Continue monitoring your vitamin E intake for one week after surgery.
Once you’ve scheduled your surgery, we give you prescriptions for after surgery use. Always fill your prescriptions before surgery to ensure that you have them when they are needed.
Continue fasting by not eating or drinking anything before your surgery. If you must take an approved medication before surgery, do so with a sip of water only. Feel free to brush your teeth but do not swallow water before or after brushing.
Please shower again and wash the surgical areas with Dial soap, and refrain from using creams, moisturizers, makeup, or nail polish when you come to your appointment. Wear loose, comfortable clothing that doesn’t go over your head or slippers. You will want to avoid wearing tight-fitting clothing, tennis shoes, wigs, hairpins, or jewelry. Please do not bring valuables to your appointment.
During the procedure, we first surgically remove fat from the targeted region through liposuction. After harvesting the fat, we use a precision method to volumize the buttocks by injecting the collected fat into the tissue of the buttocks.
The typical butt lift procedure requires several injections into the upper quadrant of the buttocks. Making injections into the upper quadrant of the buttocks creates an elevated and perky appearance. The exact amount of injections and other details about the procedure will vary depending on the desired results, and we will discuss this information with you in detail before your procedure.
What Happens After the Procedure?
Dr. Sands and our professional medical team provide you with full aftercare instructions during your consultation and after your procedure. These specific instructions help you care for yourself and promote the most successful fat transfer.
There are a few things to keep in mind, however. Since this is a surgical process, you will not feel like resuming regular activity for some time, and you will need someone to drive you to and from your appointment. For one week after the procedure, bed rest is the best way to allow the points of entry in the skin to heal.
For three weeks after the procedure, you will need to abstain from sitting or resting directly on your buttocks. The transferred fat needs time to adjust to its new position and putting pressure on the region may impact the survival of the transferred fat. We provide suggestions for how to maximize your results before, during, and after your buttocks augmentation procedure.
Healing after the procedure is as important as the procedure itself, and you will need to visit Dr. Sands for follow-up visits. During your follow-ups, Dr. Sands monitors your progress and answers any questions you might have.
Is a Brazilian Butt Lift Right for Me?
If you want to use your body’s resources to enhance the shape of your buttocks while removing fat from another region, this procedure could be the right choice for you. Our clients for this procedure include those who are seeking weight loss solutions, non-weight loss patients, and patients who have lost a significant amount of weight.
Buttock contouring is increasingly popular, and at Metairie Plastic Surgeons, we offer options for a wide variety of candidates. Here are just a few options you might consider:
For Those Seeking Weight Loss Options
Patients seeking weight loss solutions enjoy the body sculpting options this procedure provides. Dr. Sands is an expert at identifying the regions where the fat collection will create the most positive overall body transformation. By sculpting curves through removal and transfer, this procedure is optimal for many weight loss candidates.
For Non-Weight Loss Buttocks Augmentation
Non-weight loss patients are often candidates for this procedure, but it depends on the amount of fat available for transfer. Options for candidates seeking buttocks augmentation without losing weight also include a combination of fat grafting and liposuction, implants, or fat transfer.
For Those Who Have Lost Weight
For those who have lost a lot of weight, we can remove excess skin and tissue along with the augmentation process to achieve the desired look. Augmentation used in combination with a patient’s buttocks tissue creates a fuller appearance while tightening the skin to create a firm and attractive appearance.
Each patient has different goals for their buttocks augmentation results, and we can determine your eligibility for this procedure through a consultation.
About Metairie Plastic Surgeons
Dr. Sands and our professional medical staff at Metairie Plastic Surgeons are proud to serve the New Orleans area. We know that when you are choosing a plastic surgeon that you are also choosing a team, and that’s why we strive for patient safety and satisfaction. We provide a safe, comfortable, and relaxing environment for our patients so that every visit is a retreat.
Through kindness, concern, and unparalleled professionalism, we always put our clients first. We accept all major forms of health insurance and offer several financing options to our patients.
Contact Metairie Plastic Surgeons in the New Orleans Area
A Brazilian butt lift is one of our most popular procedures because of the natural body sculpting results it provides. Contact us at Metairie Plastic Surgeons in Metairie, LA, to learn more about what this transformative procedure can do for you. We’d be happy to schedule an in-person consultation to answer your questions and discuss your options.
We look forward to meeting you and helping you along this exciting journey.