Opening Spring 2023: Southpointe, PA and Shaker Heights, OH

Brazilian Butt Lift

Available In Pittsburgh, PA

What is a Brazilian butt lift?

Available at The Skin Center in Pittsburgh, Brazilian butt lift surgery is a surgical procedure designed to enhance the natural curves of the body while adding volume and fullness to the buttocks.

At The Skin Center Medical Spa in Pittsburgh, butt lift surgery is performed in combination with liposuction surgery to achieve:

  • Rounder, perkier buttocks
  • More contoured and defined waistline
  • Narrower hips and thighs
  • More shapely silhouette

Demand for butt augmentation surgery has been increasing, as many of today’s top celebrities show off their tight, toned and voluminous backsides. In Pittsburgh, Brazilian butt lift surgery is performed by board-certified cosmetic surgeon Dr. Jason Tomsic or board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Oser in our Mt. Lebanon state-licensed surgery center.

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Brazilian butt lift with Re-LIPO-Sition®

The Brazilian butt lift is a body sculpting procedure that begins with Re-LIPO-sition. Re-LIPO-sition is a surgical technique, developed by Dr. Brandy, MD, founding medical director combining both liposuction and fat transfer. During this process, fat is removed through liposuction and then repositioned to an area of the body that is in need of additional volume like the buttocks.

The Brazilian butt lift with Re-LIPO-sition begins with liposuction on one or more of the following areas of the body:

  • Waist
  • Flanks (love-handles)
  • Hips
  • Thighs (inner and outer)

Making these areas of the body smaller with liposuction will thereby make the buttocks appear shapelier. The fat that is removed during liposuction is then purified and injected (or Re-LIPO-sitioned) into the buttocks at varying depths, through fat transfer, resulting in a firmer, perkier and more prominent butt.

Prior to the Re-LIPO-sition Butt Lift surgery, the buttock area is properly marked to determine where the fat will be injected to enhance the natural shape and contours of the buttocks. The amount of fat and volume injected into the buttocks is determined by the amount of fat removed during liposuction. Typically, enough fat is injected into the buttocks during the butt lift surgery so that only one surgery is required.

Are multiple fat transfer procedures needed?

No. Typically only one fat transfer or Re-LIPO-sition procedure is needed to achieve the desired volume and fullness. With fat transfer surgery, the newly contoured area is slightly overfilled with fat to accommodate the body”s natural ability to absorb some of the fat that is injected into the body. Optimal results are typically seen within six months of the surgery.

Are the results from butt lift surgery permanent?

The final result is long-lasting, so long as a healthy weight is maintained.

Are there risks associated with cosmetic surgery procedures?

Men and women of all ages choose cosmetic surgery for a number of reasons and the process of deciding to have elective cosmetic plastic surgery is highly individualized and very personal. This decision can offer lasting improvement not only to an individual”s physical appearance, but also to his or her self-confidence and self-esteem. However, choosing to have any type of elective surgery, including cosmetic surgery is not without risk and potential complications.

Can I sit after my Brazilian butt lift procedure?

Surgeons use various BBL techniques to achieve the best results based on their clinical experience. Therefore, each may have a different recommendation when it comes to sitting after Brazilian butt lift surgery. The primary focus of BBL recovery is to allow newly inserted fat cells the best opportunity to thrive. At first, these fat cells have no blood supply. This needs to be developed over time, and can take up to 6 weeks. The first 2 to 6 weeks, then, is a critical period during which we want to prevent damage by pressure.

Generally, patients are advised not to sit for the first two weeks of their recovery. When sitting resumes, it is advantageous to limit time to about 5 minutes and alternating sitting with standing and stretching to help blood flow through the area. It is necessary to use a BBL pillow when sitting. Other strategies that can help prevent too much pressure on new fat cells include sitting forward on the thighs and sitting “backward” on a chair. Sitting on the thighs allows the buttocks to elevate slightly over the seat of the chair. Sitting backward may only work in some types of chairs, like a kitchen chair with no arms. In this position, with the back of the chair against the chest and one leg on each side of the seat, the buttocks is also elevated slightly.

How long of a recovery period can I expect?

Recovery from Brazilian butt lift surgery is relatively short. Compared to two or more weeks of time off after a traditional buttocks augmentation using implants, the BBL patient may be ready to go back to work after one week of rest and healing. 

It is important to follow all post-op instructions carefully and to contact our office with any questions. We’re here to help our patients recover as optimally as possible! Some general guidelines that may be advised include:

  • Balance rest and sleep with walking. Aim for 10 to 15 minutes every hour. 
  • Avoid strenuous exercise for about 4 weeks. 
  • Avoid weight loss for several weeks after BBL surgery. 
  • Stay hydrated to recover well from the liposuction aspect of surgery. 

Patients can expect to feel soreness and tenderness for about a week. Painkillers may be prescribed to take for a few days. When comfort improves, patients may switch to over-the-counter Tylenol or another approved pain reducer. 

Butt augmentation vs. Brazilian butt lift surgery

Brazilian butt lift surgery is a type of buttocks augmentation. The demand for this technique is high because BBL surgery does not involve the use of foreign objects. Traditional buttocks augmentation increases volume with shaped buttocks implants. These medical devices are similar to breast implants; a silicone shell with a silicone fill. Buttocks implants carry a risk of shifting or hardening over time. As an alternative, the Brazilian butt lift improves the shape of the backside naturally using the patient’s own fat cells. While we expect a small amount of the transferred fat to absorb, the majority of new fat integrates with native cells to create long-lasting results. 

Who is a good candidate for Brazilian butt lift surgery?

Brazilian butt lift surgery is a popular procedure among adults in their 20s, 30s, and 40s. To be a good candidate, one must have a sufficient amount of fat cells in other areas of the body to harvest for volumization of the backside. In addition to this, patients should also have good skin elasticity and relatively little sagging. The increase in volume of the buttocks is most visually appealing when the connective tissue and skin are firm enough to hold the new and improved shape. 

Are there scars from BBL surgery?

Scarring is inevitable after plastic surgery. However, the BBL procedure needs only tiny incisions to facilitate liposuction and the insertion of fat cells into the buttocks. Incisions are typically about an eighth of an inch in length. Over time, they fade to a point where they are nearly invisible. 

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