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A Brazilian butt lift is a surgical procedure done to reshape and lift the backside to create smoother, fuller contours. This procedure uses the patient’s own excess fat to add volume to the butt and shape the area (fat grafting). The fat is removed from the body via liposuction, purified, then injected into the posterior resulting in an hourglass figure.
Who is a good candidate for a Brazilian butt lift?
Candidacy for the Brazilian butt lift procedure is determined by two factors: your overall health and the amount of excess fat available in other areas of your body (the abdomen, love handles, hips, thighs, back of the arms). If you are not in overall good health or have enough excess fat available to transfer to your backside, you are not an ideal candidate for this surgery.
People who are 50 years old or older cannot undergo a Brazilian butt lift procedure. Moreover, those with a BMI (body mass index based on weight in relation to height) of over 35 will need to lose weight before having this surgery. Finally, diabetics and those who suffer from endocrine disorders are not not ideal candidates for a Brazilian butt lift unless they receive clearance from their endocrinologist and primary physician.
What is the recovery process like following this procedure?
Immediately following your Brazilian butt lift surgery, your backside will be large and swollen. You will need to take approximately one week off work or heavy activities to give your body a chance to kickstart the healing process. Painkillers may be prescribed by your doctor to help you deal with any post-surgical discomfort or they may recommend that you take over-the-counter pain management medication like Tylenol. The area will be swollen and bruised but this generally subsides after about four weeks.
You will have trouble sitting in the week following your surgery. It’s important to avoid sitting for long periods of time and your surgeon will recommend a medical donut for you to sit on. This is basically specialized pillow for your butt to make sitting less painful. Sleeping on your back also puts pressure on your backside and you’ll be required to sleep on your stomach or side for at least three weeks after your procedure. You’ll also need to wear a compression garment for 2-4 weeks to keep your new contours from shifting.
Smoking is forbidden as you heal because it hinders the body’s ability to process oxygen. If you are a smoker, your surgeon will require you to cease smoking at least two weeks before your Brazilian butt lift.
What to look for in a surgeon?
There is only one recognized body in Canada for surgeons and that is the Canadian Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (CSAPS). Your surgeon must be CSAPS-recognized and certified by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Besides certifications and recognition, your surgeon must possess ample surgical experience and make you feel comfortable. Trust plays an important role in choosing a surgeon and if you do not feel like a doctor is trustworthy or they don’t have decent bedside manner, they are not the right fit for you.
Here are three questions to ask potential surgeons:
Where did you complete your surgical training?
How long have you been practicing?
How many Brazilian butt lift procedures have you performed?
You will be given anesthesia for your comfort prior to the Brazilian butt lift procedure. The surgery actually entails two parts. The first part uses liposuction to remove fat from the areas of body where there is too much of it. Then, the fat is processed and purified before the second part of the process can begin.
The second part of the Brazilian butt lift uses the processed fat to create new backside contours. Multiple injections are done to place the fat in the appropriate positions. The buttocks will appear extremely large as soon as the fat is injected. This will subside as your body heals and the newly introduced fat settles into your posterior. It takes about three months for the full effects of this procedure to be apparent.
Patients who have lost a significant amount of weight or have little to no body fat are candidates for a butt implantation procedure. The implants used are made of solid silicone materials and molded to the shape and size needed for your body.
A butt implantation procedure uses silicon implants to create a better posterior whereas a Brazilian butt lift uses the patient’s own fat to enhance their backside. Both procedures produce better contours and reshape the buttocks; however, the Brazilian lift results in a more natural looking and fuller butt. An added benefit of the Brazilian butt lift is that since it takes excess fat from other areas of the body those areas will also appear slimmer with more pleasing contours (hourglass figure). Finally, the Brazilian procedure is less invasive than the implantation surgery because it only uses small incisions to inject that into the buttocks. Butt implants require larger incisions and can leave scars (although, scarring generally fades over time).
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