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Brazilian Butt Lift Surgery – Maximizing Fat Survival

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Brazilian Butt LiftThe popularity of butt augmentation has soared in recent years with celebrity social media photos making a bigger, curvy derriere a much-sought-after attribute among women. Today, there are two options to choose from: butt enhancement using implants and the Brazilian butt lift (BBL). Performed by specially trained and skilled plastic surgeons, Brazilian butt lift surgery in New York City is a minimally invasive procedure involves using the patient’s own fat to provide natural looking results with minimal side effects and recovery time. However, though BBL has gained wide acceptance, prospective patients have many concerns about the procedure. One question that patients asked surgeons on RealSelf relates to how much fat would be needed for the augmentation and how to help the fat survive.

Brazilian butt augmentation in New York City has become a favored option among women who don’t want implants and desire natural looking results. The procedure involves liposuction to extract fat from one area of the patient’s body and injecting purified fat cells into the buttocks to provide the desired results. According to expert plastic surgeons, the volume of fat needed would depend on your size and your desired goal as determined by the amount of fat you have to “donate”. This means that you should have enough fat and an appropriate body type in order to be able to harvest enough fat, in order to make an effective change to the buttocks during transfer. Techniques have really evolved during the last several years and now even small patients who are slim may still have enough fat in certain places to achieve effective BBL results.

Typical fat donor sites include the arm pit, the mid back or bra rolls, flanks or love handles, the outer thighs, inner thighs, and abdomen. According to Dr. Christopher Chia of bodySCULPT in NYC, an important element of BBL is the reshaping of the “precycle area” – small of the back area just under the curvature of the top of the buttocks. Removing unwanted fat from this region would really decrease waist size and enhance the projection of the buttocks even before the fat is injected.

To meet their aesthetic goals, patients should discuss the question of how much fat would be needed for their augmentation with their plastic surgeon in an in-person consultation beforehand. In general, Brazilian butt surgery requires a good amount of fat in the order of several hundred CCs or even more per buttock, says Dr. Chia.

The survivability of the fat cells is another concern. While a skilled surgeon will carefully extract and transfer the fat to buttocks, not all of this fat will survive. As a result, the surgeon may opt to overfill the buttocks with fat by a certain percentage, another matter that patients should discuss at the consultation. Overfilling of the buttocks with fat combined with the post-operative swelling will make the shape and volume of the buttocks to appear quite enhanced in the early post-op phase. To maximize the survivability of the graft, patients should minimize the amount of pressure or sitting or time in the early several weeks postop. Once the fat cells develop and mature weeks to months, the fat will last several years or longer.

On RealSelf, one expert surgeon advises not putting pressure on the fat graft for a period of 3 weeks. For the fat graft to survive, the blood supply must reach the fat graft before it runs out of nutrients and the blood vessels must get incorporated into the graft successfully. The fat graft, blood supply, and surrounding tissues must be knit together successfully by the extracellular matrix. The final results of BBL are seen approximately 6 months after the treatment. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is also important for long-lasting results.

BBL under local anesthesia (BBLULA) is a safer alternative to traditional BBL. Invented by bodySCULPT surgeons Dr Chia and Dr. Spero Theodorou, this technique allows a small to moderate size BBL to be performed using local anesthesia. BBLULA is an ideal option for patients who want subtle results as it is a relatively short procedure with a very short recuperation time and a quicker return back to normal activity.

If you are considering Brazilian butt augmentation in Manhattan, NYC, consult a plastic surgeon in an AAAASF-accredited practice who is experienced in performing the procedure under both general anesthesia and local anesthesia. For the right candidate, BBL can provide a tremendous transformation.

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