Named in honor of the country where it originated, the Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL) adds shape and fullness to a naturally slim buttocks. The procedure uses the patient’s own fat to enhance the volume and roundness of the butt.
Patients seeking a more prominent butt with Brazilian Butt Lift in San Francisco trust Dr. Kenneth Bermudez, a board-certified plastic surgeon who is committed to creating beautiful and natural-looking results.
The Brazilian Butt Lift is a fat transfer procedure, meaning Dr. Bermudez removes unwanted fat from another area of the body, like the thighs or abdomen, and transplants it to the buttocks.
During the first part of the procedure, Dr. Bermudez uses liposuction techniques to remove fatty tissue from the donor area of the body (commonly the stomach, abdomen or flanks). Then, the fat is purified and prepared for re-injection. Finally, small amounts of the fat are injected into the buttocks at various depths. Many of the injections are concentrated in the upper quadrant of the butt to give it a “lifted” or perky appearance.
You may be a suitable candidate for Brazilian Butt Lift if your butt is too flat or slim for your liking or looks out of proportion with the rest of your body. To qualify for surgery, you should be in good health, close to your target weight with excess fat in other areas of your body.
BBL can be customized to your specific needs and desired cosmetic outcomes. Prior to the procedure, you will describe your desired results to Dr. Bermudez. Showing him a picture of a celebrity whose buttocks you like or a before-and-after image from his patient gallery is helpful to effectively communicate your desires. Dr. Bermudez will advise whether your expectations are appropriate, and if so, how he will go about meeting them. He will examine your body for areas where he can harvest unwanted fat. If you have a very slim body type, Dr. Bermudez may recommend an alternative approach or suggest that you gain weight before your procedure.
After surgery, the buttocks is usually swollen and bruised. You must wear a special compression garment to help control swelling, and take pain medication as prescribed to alleviate discomfort. You also must learn to sit or lay down without putting any pressure on the healing buttocks (you can place pillows under your thighs when sitting). The initial recovery period usually lasts two to three weeks, at which point you can resume most of your normal activities.
Like every surgical procedure, Brazilian Butt Lift is not risk-free. Some of the potential risks include asymmetrical results, infection, noticeable scarring and cosmetic dissatisfaction. Also, there is the risk that some or most of the fat won’t develop a blood supply and will dissolve; plastic surgeons may compensate for this by “over-injecting” an amount greater than what is needed.
One of the primary advantages of Brazilian Butt Lift is that it enhances the buttocks very naturally using your own tissues. The results look and feel much more organic than results with medical devices or synthetic fillers.
Another great advantage is the contouring of two areas of the body at once (the buttocks and the donor area). The area from which the fat is harvested looks slimmer and more sculpted after healing from the procedure. If the fat is taken from the flanks of sides of the waist, it can greatly accentuate the augmented buttocks.
To learn more about Brazilian Butt Lift, please call or email Dr. Bermudez today and request an informational consultation.
Why is it called a “Brazilian Butt Lift”?
The procedure was named after the curvy, round buttocks that Brazilian women are known for. As such, a Brazilian Butt Lift, or BBL, is known for giving a woman a fuller, curvier, and sexier backside.
How do I know if I have enough fat for BBL surgery?
The perfect candidate for Brazilian Butt Lift surgery is a woman who is at or near her target weight, but who still has excess fat deposits on her stomach, thighs, or back. It is from these areas that Dr. Bermudez can remove the fat via liposuction and distribute it to the buttocks. If you have a slimmer body shape with no excess fat, Dr. Bermudez may suggest gaining weight before the procedure in order to use the excess fat for the BBL.
What type of anesthesia is used in BBL surgery?
The BBL procedure is typically performed under general anesthesia. Dr. Bermudez will discuss these and other surgery and recovery details with you during your private consultation before surgery. Feel free to also ask Dr. Bermudez questions and share your goals for the surgery during this time.
Can I sleep on my back during BBL recovery?
It is important to avoid putting pressure on your buttocks during the recovery period; this allows the area to heal properly and the injected fat to properly settle into place for the best results. For these reasons, Dr. Bermudez advises against sleeping on your back for at least two to three weeks after your procedure.
Dr. Bermudez will discuss these and other recovery instructions with you during your pre-operative consultation with him.
Is BBL scarring noticeable?
The BBL procedure uses liposuction to redistribute fat, and so only minor incisions are made. As a result, there is very minimal scarring that is covered up by underwear or bikini bottoms.
What is the difference between BBL and butt implants?
BBL surgery uses a patient’s own fat, instead of implants (as in the butt augmentation procedure), to plump up the buttocks. This helps the patient to achieve a more natural look and feel, while also lowering the risk of infection, as the body is not fighting a foreign object like an implant. The BBL procedure also has a shorter recovery time than butt augmentation.
How much does BBL cost?
Though the cost of a Brazilian Butt Lift procedure can vary widely, based on how complex the surgery for each individual patient, it typically costs around $15,000.
How long will my BBL results last?
Good news—your new, gorgeous butt will last an average of 20 years! Of course, the natural aging process can change the shape of your buttocks, just as it does anyone else’s. For the most optimal surgery results, maintain a healthy, stable body weight, avoiding extreme weight gains and losses. Dr. Bermudez also recommends not smoking, as smokers tend to lose more of the injected fat in the area than non-smokers.
What should I keep in mind when looking for a BBL surgeon near me?
The most important decision you will make about your BBL is which surgeon you will have perform it. Choosing a board-certified plastic surgeon, like Dr. Bermudez, is vital. Not only do plastic surgeons have years of specialized education and experience—unlike cosmetic surgeons who are medical doctors with supplemental training in cosmetic surgery—but being board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery elevates the level of care you will experience and virtually ensures beautiful, natural-looking results.
Do you have BBL before and after photos?
Yes, we do! Please view our BBL patient photo gallery to see the natural-looking results that you can expect from Dr. Bermudez.