The “Brazilian Butt Lift” or BBL is a surgical procedure to enhance the size and shape of the patient's buttocks region. While this is not a particularly new procedure, the performance of the procedure has shot up over 30% in one year, possibly due to the appearance of celebrities like Kim Kardashian, Jennifer Lopez and Beyoncé.
But the procedure involves much more than adding buttock implants or pumping fat into the cheeks.
The procedure basically involves liposuction, both to harvest fat that will be used in the augmentation and also to sculpt the waist, abdomen and thighs to accentuate the new buttock shape. This combination of liposuction and fat grafting is necessary to give the best results. The liposuction can be rather extensive in order to provide enough fat to make a difference. In addition, the liposuction must be done very carefully and under slightly lower suction pressure so as not to harm the fat cells that will be grafted. The procedure is typically performed under general anesthesia.
Candidates for the Brazilian Butt Lift must be healthy, without any significant medical problems, and must be neither too thin nor too overweight. A person who is too overweight may have increased surgical risks and a person who is too thin may not have enough fat for grafting. In those cases, a buttock implant may be required.
As with every surgical procedure there are risks and the possibility of complications. The most common complications are primarily aesthetic; including contour abnormalities and areas of asymmetry. But rarely there can be bigger problems such as fat emboli (fat accidentally injected into large blood vessels which can travel to the lung causing death). It is imperative that you have this procedure done by a well-qualified and experienced or certified plastic surgeon.