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March 6, 2023

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Every year, surgeons perform an average of 40,000 Brazilian butt lifts. A Brazilian butt lift allows people to get the exact look they want from their backside, and women lead the way in this trend.

If you are considering this procedure, it is important to know as much about it as possible and what you can expect. Learn more about what a Brazilian butt lift is, its benefits, and how a pregnancy can affect the results.

What Is a Brazilian Butt Lift?

A Brazilian butt lift procedure involves transferring fat from other areas of your body to your butt to make it larger and shapelier. Unlike the butt implants of the past, these use your own fat deposits, so you do not have to worry about rejections or an unnatural look.

Ideal candidates for this procedure are people who:

  • Have finished developing
  • Have realistic expectations
  • Are in good physical health
  • Are in good mental health
  • Have excess fat in other body parts for the fat transfer
  • Do not smoke
  • Have time to recover

It is a procedure that you can combine with others, especially liposuction procedures.

Benefits of Brazilian Butt Lifts

Brazilian butt lifts can provide more natural results and a rounder appearance than you would get with implants. The results last longer than silicone implants, so many people do not have to worry about redoing the surgery.

The Brazilian butt lift is a good option for people who have seen their butt start to sag as a result of the aging process. Because it uses fat deposits from your body, you can also enjoy removing some excess fat from other areas.

Brazilian Butt Lift and Pregnancy

For many cosmetic surgical procedures, surgeons recommend you have them after you have decided not to have any more children. That is not the case with a Brazilian butt lift.

Although women tend to gain some weight during pregnancy, most of that weight affects their abdominal region and breasts, not their butts. It is much more likely for a woman who has given birth to want to get a breast augmentation, breast lift, or tummy tuck, than a Brazilian butt lift revision.

It is important, however, to allow your body to fully recover from the Brazilian butt lift before attempting to get pregnant.

Preparing for the Procedure

Before you can schedule a Brazilian butt lift, you need to consult your surgical team. They will need your full medical history and a list of any medications you take. You will also have to get some preoperative medical exams to ensure you are healthy enough for surgery.

If you smoke, it is recommended that you quit a few weeks before the procedure. You also want to stop taking blood-thinning medications like aspirin and ibuprofen. Leading up to the day of your surgery, you want to eat healthy meals and hydrate yourself.

You also need to plan a recovery area and have someone ready to help you through the first couple of days after the surgery. Since you will undergo general anesthesia, you need to have someone drive you home as well.

Surgery and Recovery

Arrive at the location of the surgery without wearing makeup, contact lenses, or jewelry. Once you receive general anesthesia, the surgery can begin.

First, your surgeon will perform liposuction to get the fat deposits necessary for the Brazilian butt lift. They will filter the fat and then inject it into the treatment area.

The entire process can take between three and four hours. Once the clinic has ensured you are safe and have recovered from the anesthesia, you can go home.

During the recovery process, you will have to wear a compression garment. It is crucial to follow all of your doctor’s recovery recommendations and instructions so that you have the best chance at an excellent recovery.

It is particularly important to follow your surgeon’s instructions about the positions in which you can lie. You cannot sit directly on your butt, so you need to lie on your stomach or side. After about two weeks, you can return to your normal activities.

Get a Fuller Backside with a Brazilian Butt Lift

If you have always wanted a fuller butt or noticed an age-related decrease in volume, consider turning to a Brazilian butt lift at J. Hopkins Plastic Surgery. Read more about our Brazilian butt lift procedure to get started.