There is now a huge amount of information on the procedure of Brazilian butt lift available on the Internet nowadays. For patients who have been interested in the Brazilian butt lift procedure then there is no doubt that a lot of research has been carried out into all the different clinics and surgeons who offer the BBL procedure in London. So you’ve now reached the point where you have decided on the right clinic and surgeon for your BBL procedure and are now ready to begin the first step in your journey to achieve a more shapely figure.
The information currently available on the BBL procedure is fairly similar across the clinics that offer the procedure in the UK and overseas although the actual steps involved in the patient journey from the first consultation all the way to the recovery period following the BBL surgery differ from clinic to clinic. If you’re seriously considering having a Brazilian butt lift, our surgeons thought it would be extremely useful for you to have an in-depth account of what to expect from having BBL surgery at Centre for Surgery in London.
What should I know about a Brazilian butt lift before I have a consultation with a BBL surgeon?
The Brazilian butt lift procedure involves the removal of fat deposits using liposuction from a particular part of the body such as the abdomen or outer thighs and then purifying and processing the removed fat before being re-injected into targeted areas of the buttocks in order to result in a more projected, sculpted and curvier look without the need for buttock implants.
One of the key questions which you should bear in mind when considering having BBL surgery is whether body weight matters when it comes to having a BBL procedure. Will having a lower BMI affect my suitability for the Brazilian butt lift surgery.
Brazilian butt lift resulting in buttock augmentation is a surgical procedure that relies on the transfer of fat to result in a significantly noticeable difference in the size of the buttocks. To enable this to occur, patients must have excess areas of fat in other parts of the body that can be removed in order to be transferred successfully to the buttocks.
However, in all cases, we would always recommend that patients should be as close as possible to their target weight and aim to have a healthy body mass index in the region of approximately 19 to 25 before considering having BBL surgery. You will therefore ensure that you are in the very best physical and mental health in order to optimise your safety during anaesthesia and surgery which will significantly reduce any potential risks resulting from the procedure.
It is commonly and mistakenly thought that patients need to have significant amounts of excess fat in order to result in the best possible results. Our surgeons agree that this is not the case at all. Patients who have a healthy body mass index will almost invariably have enough reserves to remove from other areas of the body for successful gluteal augmentation and achieve amazing results.
What to expect from the BBL consultation?
All clinics and surgeons operate in a slightly different way. At Centre for Surgery, we offer free consultations for those considering having BBL surgery. The reason for this is that we never want patients to feel under any pressure to have a procedure if it is not felt to be suitable for them. We always ensure that when you have a consultation for BBL surgery, you will meet directly with the surgeon who will perform your procedure.
The consultation will begin with your surgeon obtaining a full and accurate medical history including any medicines you may be taking followed by the carrying out of a detailed physical examination to determine your suitability for the BBL procedure. The consultation also serves as an ideal opportunity to ask your surgeon about what sort of results can be expected from BBL surgery and your surgeon should be able to give you an accurate idea of what can be expected in terms of the final result. You should also ask to see BBL before and after photos that your surgeon has carried out to give you an idea of what can be achieved based on your particular body shape.
At the consultation, we always recommend to all patients get to know their surgeon and ask as many questions as they can in order to make sure they have the right information to proceed confidently with BBL surgery knowing that it is the right option for you. It is important to be able to trust your surgeon and feel comfortable with the advice they give. After every consultation, we would always recommend a minimum of a two-week “cooling off” period to go away and think about all aspects of the procedure. During this period feel free to give us a call if you have any further questions or if you would like to book a follow-up consultation to ask your surgeon more questions about the BBL procedure.
What is the process once I have booked in for my BBL surgery?
Once you have booked in for the Brazilian butt lift procedure, you’ll be allocated your very own dedicated patient care coordinator who is there to guide you through all steps of the patient journey both before and after your procedure. Your patient care coordinator is there to provide the necessary support and information that you may have about any aspect of the procedure. They will also be available to book your pre-and post-op appointments and ensure that you have all the instructions to enable you to get the very best outcome from your surgery.
For BBL surgery, our clinical support team will ask you to complete a preoperative medical assessment and you’ll be given a clear idea of what tests if any you will need to carry out before surgery. This could include blood tests and/or an ECG. You should do your best to ensure that you have carried out all the necessary tests at least two weeks prior to the BBL surgery. You will also need to make sure you have a responsible adult escort to both drop you off and pick you up on the day of your BBL procedure. It’s important to make sure you have someone who is responsible and mature as they will also be receiving post-operative care instructions from a member of our nursing team before you can be safely discharged from the clinic.
Having a good social support system is important especially for the first two weeks following the procedure. In the first week, it is important to take it easy and not to do anything too strenuous. For patients who have younger children, we would recommend that you have someone to look after them for the first 4-5 days after your surgery.
What happens on the day of my BBL surgery?
On the day of your BBL surgery, one of our nurses will formally admit you to our day ward and you will have an opportunity to cover any last-minute questions which you may be unsure about. You will then be reviewed and have your observations taken including blood pressure, pulse, height and weight.
Then your anaesthetist will come and review you and you will be given some pre-operative medicines including anti-sickness medicines and medicines to reduce swelling. You may also be given a mild sedative which will help you to relax. Finally, you will be seen by your surgeon who will take photographs of you from different angles and will mark the areas on your body where fat is to be removed and then re-injected. You will then be escorted to the operating room by one of our nurses before being anaesthetised by our expert anaesthetic team.
Once the procedure is complete, you will be gradually woken up. Whilst it is common to feel a little dizzy or groggy, you should not be in too much discomfort as the surgeon will inject local anaesthetic during the surgery. You will recover in a dedicated recovery area until our nursing team determines that you are medically fit for discharge. You must only go home with your responsible adult escort via car or taxi and not public transport.
What does BBL recovery involve?
You’ll be phoned the next day by one of our post-operative nurses who will make sure that you are recovering well. They will use the opportunity to discuss the post-operative instructions and to make sure you are happy with them, you should aim to follow these in full to ensure that you have a quick and complication-free recovery. We would recommend that patients take a minimum of one week off work following BBL surgery. In some cases, patients may wish to take more time off work especially if they have more physically demanding jobs. If you are unsure, don’t hesitate to ask your surgeon who be able to give you accurate advice on how much time to take off. During the first two weeks after surgery, you should make sure to not sit on your buttocks or lie flat on your back. This is to ensure that you have maximum survival of fat.
For all fat transfer procedures including BBL, it is important to keep in mind that not all fat will survive the re-injection process. Approximately up to 30% of the re-injected fat may become reabsorbed by the body. This is a completely normal process and your surgeon compensates for this by injecting more to account for the anticipated loss of some fat. The size of the buttocks immediately after surgery will go down slightly over the first few weeks. At about the 4 to 6 week mark, the size of the buttock will be maintained.
Once the first two weeks have passed, your surgeon may then allow you to sit on your buttocks but you should still avoid prolonged periods of sitting. It is recommended to sit on your buttocks for no more than periods of 30 minutes before moving around. After a full 4 to 6 weeks, the newly transferred fat will have become part of your normal fat cells and it should then be okay to commence normal activities. You can recommence physical exercise after six weeks, although it’s important not to overdo it.
In the postoperative period, you will continue to see a member of our post-operative nursing team at regular intervals and you will see your surgeon at the six-week mark to review your healing and progress. You can also give the clinic a call any time if you have any questions or concerns about your BBL healing and recovery.
The amazing thing about the BBL procedure is the wonderful results it creates and this is reflected in the excellent testimonials that our patients provide. If you’ve been considering having a BBL at Centre for Surgery, please get in touch with us today to book your free consultation. You’ll be able to learn about all aspects of the procedure as well as to determine your suitability. We are always so excited to guide patients through their journey to a new more improved and enhanced body contour.