Brazilian butt lift procedures continue to significantly increase in popularity year-on-year and it can become difficult to decide which type of BBL is right for you. This article describes all the different types of Brazilian butt lift procedure options in London and gives prospective patients some of the main points to consider when choosing the right butt enhancement procedure for them.
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What is a Brazilian butt lift?
A Brazilian butt lift is a specialist body contouring procedure designed to improve both the size and shape of a patient’s buttocks which is both aesthetically pleasing and enhances the body silhouette. This commonly performed surgery at Centre for Surgery in London firstly involves carrying out 360 liposuction using the Microaire power-assisted technique to the abdomen, flanks and back for removal of fatty deposits which will then be used in the fat transfer procedure. Only very small incisions are made for liposuction which is easily concealed. The second stage of the BBL involves transferring the fact that has been harvested into the buttocks. Depending on your expectations for treatment, the fat is usually transferred into specific areas of the buttocks to attain the optimum size and shape.
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Buttock implants vs BBL
Choosing between buttock implant surgery and a Brazilian butt lift procedure depends on the patient’s goals for treatment.
Buttock implants involve the creation of a pocket within the gluteus muscle followed by the surgical insertion of specially designed silicone buttock implants into the surgically created pocket. Buttock implants, come in a wide variety of different sizes and shapes so that patients can choose the look that suits them best. There are a number of risks of buttock implant surgery including implant rupture which will then require subsequent removal or implant malposition whereby the implants will displace from their intended position and this can affect the shape of the buttocks.
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The main advantages of having buttock implants as opposed to BBL fat transfer include patients who are either not keen on having liposuction or do not have sufficient fat reserves to enable a significant amount of fat to be transferred to create visible results. Like a BBL, buttock implants can achieve permanent and long-term results and unlike fat transfer, the implants will not be absorbed by the body if a patient were to lose weight. Many patients actually prefer the appearance of buttocks that have undergone buttock implant surgery as the size increase can be more significant as well as creating a smoother result as there is sometimes a risk of rippling caused by the injection of fat. Brazilian butt lift results in an appearance that is more natural compared with implant surgery. It is important to spend a period of time reflecting on the different treatment options for a BBL and to always have the treatment carried out by a specialist Plastic Surgeon with expertise in BBL surgery.
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Types of Brazilian butt lift
BBL surgery continues to surge in popularity and has a 90% rating on RealSelf as a result of the incredible results that can you cheat with the procedure. There are a number of different types of BBL procedures available at Centre for Surgery in London and it is important that patients choose the procedure that is right for them. The Brazilian butt lift is a highly bespoke procedure with many aspects to it and it is therefore important that patients thoroughly research all aspects of the BBL procedure and spend time considering what matters to them in achieving an aesthetically pleasing appearance to the buttocks. By consulting with a consultant plastic surgeon on the GMC specialist register, you can be assured of receiving the very highest standards of care in the UK.
360 liposuction and Brazilian butt lift
This is the most commonly performed type of BBL and involves carrying out extensive 360 liposuction to a number of different areas including the abdomen flanks waste and all the files to ensure a balanced appearance to the patient’s silhouette. Most surgeons perform BBL surgery with 360 liposuction as standard as this is what leads to the very best results due to the dramatic contouring effect it has.
Mini Brazilian butt lift
Mini BBL surgery is similar to a standard BBL although the difference involves the harvesting of lower quantities of fat with liposuction and smaller amounts of fat are transferred. The typical 360 Lipo and BBL in many cases involve the transfer of between 800 to 1200 mL of fat. The mini BBL involves fat volumes typically around 400 to 500ml. The mini BBL is ideal for patients who prefer to have subtle results and a more natural appearance and also for patients who have a degree of asymmetry to the buttocks often as a result of previous injury or trauma.
Plus size Brazilian butt lift
The plus-size Brazilian butt lift is designed for patients who have a higher body mass index in the region of 30 to 35. In these cases, patients should be in as fit a condition as possible with no significant medical conditions which could affect the safety of an anaesthetic. It is important to bear in mind that being overweight or obese can increase the risk of postoperative complications occurring. There are however a number of patients who are described as “bottom-heavy” where most of the body weight is in the lower part of the body and are otherwise slim in the upper part of their body and these types of patients are good candidates for BBL surgery. Patients who have upper body obesity are higher risk candidates for anaesthesia and BBL surgery.
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BodyTite combined with Brazilian butt lift
The BodyTite Brazilian butt lift is similar to the standard BBL procedure in that it involves liposuction and fat transfer to the buttocks. BodyTite radiofrequency skin tightening optimises the results of surgery by treating any residual skin laxity as a result of carrying out liposuction. Many patients who have been pregnant previously have underlying skin laxity and this is effectively treated with BodyTite without the need for more invasive surgery such as a tummy tuck. BodyTite it’s typically carried out to the area both below and above the buttocks to tighten and firm the skin.
Non-surgical Brazilian butt lift
There are a number of non-surgical BBL options that patients could consider. The procedures typically involve the injections of a silicone-like material. For many types of patients, this is a viable treatment option as they may be too thin for liposuction and fat transfer. At Centre for Surgery we do not carry out a non-surgical Brazilian butt lift using artificial materials.
Sculptra Brazilian butt lift
The injection of Sculptra is commonly used for facial rejuvenation to restore volume loss. Its most recent application is for injection into the buttocks for butt enhancement without the need for invasive surgery. Sculptra is a known collagen stimulator and functions to improve the appearance of the buttocks through enhancement of skin quality.
Shelf versus Slope Brazilian butt lift
Shelf or slope Brazilian butt lifts are not different types of Brazilian butt lift in themself but refer to the different types of buttock shape which patients can opt for. The shelf buttock has a more projected appearance that is often chosen by patients who prefer a more dramatic appearance. The slope buttock has a more gradual type of curve and is often seen to be a more natural-looking buttock and is often preferred by patients seeking more subtle results.
Hourglass Brazilian butt lift
Many patients desire an hourglass shape figure with the Brazilian butt lift surgery. This is where 360 liposuction is really beneficial to thoroughly remove fat deposits around the patient’s torso. Buttock implant surgery can achieve highly projected buttocks but is unable to achieve an hourglass figure without Liposuction.
360 Lipo and BBL is the optimum treatment for patients who want to have an hourglass figure. 360 liposuction is able to contour and sculpt the abdomen, flanks and back. Many patients also choose to have a breast augmentation procedure as a second stage procedure to enhance their shape even further. To determine if you are an appropriate candidate for the hourglass Brazilian butt lift, you should have a consultation with one of our expert plastic surgeons who will be able to advise you on the best combination of treatments to achieve your goals.
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