Just as fashion styles change over time, the public perception about what is considered physically attractive changes as well. Unlike the 70’s when little bitty butts were all the rage, a round, curvy and shapely behind as seen with Kim Kardashian and Jennifer Lopez now defines ‘sexy’. Until recently, the only way to embellish your rear was to wear padded underwear or have silicone implants inserted; a painful and risky procedure with a high complication rate that can leave large, unsightly scars. Now surgeons can take fat from areas that could live without it (belly, waist and thighs) and transfer it directly to the butt to reshape and enhance that deficient derriere. They call this procedure the Brazilian Butt Lift.
The Fat Transfer Procedure
The Brazilian Butt Lift is really two procedures in one surgery- liposuction of troublesome areas (such as the abdomen, hips or thighs) and then transfer of this fat to the butt. It’s very important to have at least some fat to work with – skinny minnies don’t qualify for the surgery. Using small, delicate instruments with a gentle technique, fat is taken (harvested) from undesired areas with minimal damage to the fat cells. This fat is then processed to remove non-viable particles and ruptured fat cells, resulting in concentrated, living fat that can then be injected. The fat is transferred artfully into the buttocks through tiny, relatively hidden incisions using very small micro-cannulas. The butt is sculpted (reshaped) resulting in significant enhancement as well as a trimmer abdomen, hips or thighs. The whole process takes about three hours and can be performed using either general anesthesia or tumescent anesthesia (local) with IV sedation.
Post Operative Expectations
Post-operatively patients wear a compression garment (fancy girdle) to hold everything in place while healing ensues. Patients wear this garment for 6 weeks. Additionally, patients will need to stay off of their butt (that means no driving) for at least 7 days while the transplanted fat ‘plugs in’ to its new home. Most people can return to work in 7 – 10 days. Exercise can be resumed in 4 weeks.
Up to 70 – 80% of the transplanted fat is retained in the average patient. A small percentage of patients will request an additional touch up which can be easily performed after 3 or four months.
The newly shaped buttocks will feel natural after the healing process. Since the new shape is created by soft fat, the result looks and feels normal. Patients will not even be able to distinguish which areas have been grafted.
Patient satisfaction has been very high and complications are low (similar to liposuction).
Dr. Kevin Light focuses his practice on fat removal (liposuction) and fat transfer techniques to the buttocks, face and hands. Dr. Light is a Cosmetic Surgeon in Dallas, TX and also specializes in Anti-Aging Medicine. To learn more about fat transfer and fat enhancement options visit http://www.TIFM.com.