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Brazilian Butt Lift

What is it about?
The Brazilian butt lift (BBL) is a surgical procedure that allows the buttocks to be reshaped using the patient's own fat, taken from other areas of his body. A further advantage is that this procedure improves fat accumulations in those parts of the body that are fat collection sites, thus allowing you to sculpt and further improve your silhouette.
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Why is the intervention used?
The Brazilian butt lift allows you to increase the volume of the buttocks and solve a series of problems such as asymmetries, depressed areas, irregularities or other blemishes. The approach used gives a more natural result than the implantation of buttock prostheses, but, clearly, in some cases it is necessary to combine the two techniques.
The specialist visit?
During the visit the surgeon evaluates the sampling areas and the areas to be lipostructured. Furthermore, he will discuss with the patient his expectations, the results he can obtain with the surgery and the possible associated risks.
What should be done before the surgery?
Before surgery it is important to evaluate with your surgeon whether it is possible to carry out the procedure depending on the characteristics of the patient's body. The latter should have: a weight close to the ideal one and a quantity of adipose tissue sufficient for liposuction on the abdomen, hips, back and thighs; good elasticity of the skin in the areas where the adipose tissue will be removed; a stable body weight over time; good general condition.
How is the surgery performed?
The Brazilian butt lift operation involves three phases. First, the adipose tissue is extracted from the pre-established areas using liposuction. A second phase involves the preparation of the extracted adipose tissue, and then reshaping the buttocks with the collected fat, giving the shape and volume previously established with the patient. The operation may require general anesthesia or local anesthesia combined with sedation, depending on the duration of the procedure and the number of areas to be liposuctioned.
What happens after the operation?
Recovery times after a Brazilian butt lift vary from patient to patient: the latter is invited to mobilize as quickly as possible and after a week he can resume simple daily activities and return to work after 10-14 days. After surgery it is preferable to sleep lying on your stomach or side and avoid sitting directly on your buttocks for at least 10 days. It is preferable to start using special pillows that allow you to unload the weight on the thighs rather than on the buttocks; However, it is important to avoid sleeping in a supine position for the first few weeks after surgery. In this way, negative consequences on blood circulation which could compromise the duration of the results are avoided. It is also best to avoid vigorous physical activity for a month. Your surgeon may allow low-impact exercises, such as stretching or walking; to obtain the best possible results it is best to follow his instructions scrupulously. In addition to these precautions, it is necessary to wear compression clothing for a period of up to 6-8 weeks. In this way it is possible to reduce bruising and swelling and at the same time promote skin firming. Lymphatic drainage massages can also help reduce bruising and swelling. However, before undergoing these treatments it is necessary to wait a few weeks and, in any case, it is necessary to consult your surgeon to exclude any contraindications.
The pain associated with the procedure can be addressed by taking painkillers, but you may need to take antibiotics. There is a possibility that the patient will be prescribed heparin treatment.
The scars?
Following the liposuction procedure you will have small scars which, in the first months after the procedure, will appear red and, in some cases, hard or raised. Accesses for cannulae are performed in well-masked areas. However, over time these scars will mature, becoming softer, paler and flatter, and therefore less noticeable. Some patients may be predisposed to the appearance of hypertrophic scars or keloids (abnormal protruding scars). In the first days after surgery, leakage of fluid material, sometimes associated with a little blood, from the points where the incisions were made is also possible.
The results?
Immediately after the procedure, bruising and swelling may appear in the areas where liposuction was performed. Swelling tends to improve in 6 to 8 weeks, but inflammation associated with liposuction can last several months. The definitive result is typically achieved after 6 months. Approximately 60% of the injected fat is expected to be retained; the remaining part will instead be reabsorbed and eliminated naturally by the body. The injected fat cells will behave like all other fat cells in the body and will be subject to weight changes. For this reason, for long-lasting results it is best to try to keep your weight as stable as possible, avoiding both weight gains and losses.
What are the possible risks?
Possible side effects of the Brazilian butt lift include bruising, swelling, pain, silhouette irregularities, asymmetries, infections, difficulty healing wounds, changes in sensitivity in the operated area and loss of adipose tissue due to poor adherence to instructions post-operative received by the surgeon. Other more serious complications, such as muscle necrosis and fat emboli, are associated with improperly performed procedures, such as injecting fat cells deep into the muscles. It is also necessary to take into account the risk of pulmonary embolism by evaluating the predisposition to the formation of clots in the blood vessels of the legs.
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