An increasing number of women in NYC are opting to have Brazilian butt lift (BBL) to achieve an attractive posterior without the complications of implants. This cosmetic surgical procedure involves removing fat from other body areas via liposuction and using it to improve the buttock shape and volume. Skilled NYC surgeons perform the procedure under local anesthesia. One of the most common questions that patients ask is whether outcomes will last. Depending on certain factors, the results of BBL surgery should be permanent.
- First, the longevity of the outcome of the procedure depends greatly on the technique used and whether it was performed by a qualified and experienced surgeon. Generally, depending on the patient’s goals, expert surgeons will extract and transfer a good amount of fat in the order of several hundred CCs or even more per buttock as not all of the fat will survive. For BBL under local anesthesia, an experienced surgeon will use techniques such as VASER liposuction which provides great results for fat transfer as it preserves the viability or life of the fat cells. Once the fat tissue re-establishes blood supply, they will generally survive, providing lasting results for this buttock augmentation procedure.
- Being the right candidate for the procedure is also important for the outcome to last. The ideal patient will have sufficient excess fat in the donor sites such as the back, thighs, flanks, and abdomen. Moreover, the fat needs to be accessible for harvesting.
- The patient’s commitment to the postoperative recovery is crucial to lasting results. When a large volume of fat is transferred, the shape and volume of the buttocks will be considerably enhanced in the early post-operative phase. After the operation, the patient should minimize the amount of pressure or time spent sitting in order to maximize the survivability of the fat graft. This is because it is in the early several weeks after the surgery that the blood cells will develop. Once the cells are matured after several weeks to months, the fat that has been transferred should last several years or longer. Patients are advised to use a donut pillow or inflatable pillow when they really need to sit, and not to sleep on the back.
- Once the desired result is achieved, it is up to the patient to maintain it with a healthy lifestyle. Proper diet and regular exercise are necessary to maintain a healthy weight as fluctuations in the weight can alter the results.
In an established NYC plastic surgery practice, the surgeon will work with patients to help them achieve their goals and also instruct them on their role in maintaining the results.