Q&A with Dr.Shokrian

How long do results from a BBL last?

Results will mostly stabilize about three months after the procedure, at which point any transplanted fat still present in the buttocks will remain. Patients will need to maintain a stable body weight following their procedure to preserve their new proportions. Liposuction directly removes fat from the targeted areas, but it does not prevent new fat cells from developing because of an unhealthy lifestyle.

How long does the procedure take?

BBL is a highly customizable procedure that can vary depending on the amount of liposuction the patient would like to be done and how much volume they want to be added to their buttocks.

How much of the added fat will be absorbed by the body?

During liposuction, about three to four times the amount of fat needed will be removed. The purification process will affect the amount of usable fat, as only the highest quality fat that provides the best chance at a successful graft will be chosen. Around 50 to 80 percent of the transplanted fat will receive a proper blood supply and remain after three months, while the body will safely absorb any excess fat. To compensate for this expected fat loss, we will add extra volume to anticipate any shrinkage that occurs over the first few months.

Will I have noticeable scars after the procedure?

Liposuction uses tiny incisions to allow for insertion of the cannula. You should expect to have some minimal scars, although they will be less than a quarter inch and mostly unnoticeable. Any scarring will continue to mature and fade for 12 to 18 months, at which point they will become very thin and white.

Who is a good candidate for a BBL?

A BBL is an excellent procedure for both men and women interested in slimming down their figure and adding shape and volume to their buttocks. Liposuction is a fat loss procedure, not weight loss surgery, and is intended to be used as a last resort for patients who have seen unsuccessful results from a healthy diet and regular exercise.

Will a BBL address sagging skin?

Patients with sagging or loose skin are not good candidates for liposuction and therefore a BBL. Fat loss can exacerbate loose skin, so we will verify the elasticity of your skin is sufficient before moving forward with the procedure.

How long before I can exercise again?

Most patients can resume their normal activities after three weeks, but some may find they need more time before they feel comfortable returning to exercise and more strenuous activities.

How soon after the procedure can I go swimming or take a shower?

You will need to wait 48 hours before removing your compression dressings and getting your incision sites wet. Most patients can swim or take a bath around one month following their procedure.

Brazilian Butt Lift

A Brazilian butt lift (BBL) is a surgical procedure that augments the size and shape of a patient’s buttocks using fat taken from elsewhere in the body. A BBL provides natural-looking results because it uses natural means to achieve a curvier and more aesthetically pleasing shape. Fat is commonly harvested from the sides and abdomen to create a slimmer waistline that complements the more youthful, curvier buttocks.

The Procedure

A BBL is completed under local or general anesthesia and comprises two steps: liposuction and fat grafting. In order to be eligible candidates for the procedure, patients must have pockets of fat located elsewhere in the body that can provide the donor fat necessary to augment the buttocks. Common donor sites include the abdomen, sides, thighs and back.

Once an adequate amount of fat has been removed and purified, the surgeon will then gradually inject it into the buttocks to add volume. The fat will be injected at multiple sites and angles to create an even shape and accurate symmetry. After the surgeon has created the ideal proportions and finished shaping the buttocks, incisions will be sutured shut, and the affected areas of the patient’s body will be wrapped in compression garments. 

Brazilian Butt Lift Recovery

Following a BBL procedure, patients should expect to spend two to three weeks recovering before resuming most of their normal activities. Direct pressure on the buttocks can kill the transplanted fat cells and harm results, so patients will need to avoid sitting down and sleeping on their backs for two to three weeks.

Compression garments will need to be worn for at least two to three weeks to help minimize swelling and facilitate a quicker recovery. Any non-dissolvable sutures or surgical drains will be removed in seven to 10 days.

Results will be immediately visible for both the body contouring effects of the liposuction and the added volume of the buttocks augmentation. Swelling will distort the patient’s new proportions, however, for up to six months. Results will continue to develop as the body accepts the fat grafts and absorbs any excess fat and fluids. Final results are typically visible in three to four months.