Fat Transfer to Buttocks surgery, commonly referred to as a Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL), is a liposuction and buttock augmentation procedure to modify the size and shape of the buttocks for suitable patients using their own fat.
Fat Transfer to Buttocks is a surgical procedure that involves removing excess fat cells from one part of the body with Vaser Liposuction, and then injecting these fat cells into the buttock area. This cosmetic procedure can be performed on suitable candidates to enhance size and for contouring the shape of the buttocks. The fat cells used for fat grafting are the patient’s own fat, and can be extracted from suitable areas of the body such as the abdomen, love handles, lower back, or sacral.
How is a Brazilian Butt Lift performed?
At Cosmos Aesthetics, we use Vaser Liposuction for all liposuction procedures and fat transfer surgeries.
Fat Transfer to Buttocks (Brazilian Butt Lift surgery) is performed using a local anaesthesia numbing solution in each of the areas of the body being treated, as well as deep IV sedation (general anaesthetic). The level of sedation used is always discussed during the consultations with the doctor, and depends on the individual needs and medical requirements of the patient.
Utilising ultrasound technology and energy waves, a cannula is used to break apart and liquify the patient’s own fat cells. The fat is then suctioned out of the body through small incisions in each of the treated areas.
Following removal, the fat is prepared, and then transferred and dispersed throughout the buttock area. The injected fat is used for shape enhancement, to increase the size, and augment the aesthetic appearance of the buttocks.
DISCLAIMER 1. Results may vary from patient to patient. 2. All photos are of patients from Cosmos Aesthetics, and all ‘after’ images are taken 6 weeks or later post-procedure. 3. Results, recovery, and potential complications will vary for each individual patient. 4. Photos and videos featured are not a guarantee that your results will be the same as another person, and does not guarantee you will receive a particular surgical outcome. 5. Any invasive or surgical procedure carries risks, side effects, and complications, which can be permanent.
BRAZILIAN BUTT LIFT SURGERY
Considering the Procedure
Who is a good candidate for butt lift surgery?
Having a surgical procedure with fat transfer may be considered as a treatment option for suitable individuals wanting buttock augmentation without the use of buttock implants. Determining if you are a good candidate and suitable to undergo surgery is a decision determined by the doctor during the initial consultations, and can include factors such as:
If you are in good physical and mental health.
If you can maintain a stable and healthy weight.
If you have achievable and realistic expectations about the results BBL surgery might achieve for you, and you do not expect the same final results other individuals may have achieved.
If you have enough fat available for removal and fat grafting.
If you agree and acknowledge that liposuction is not weight loss surgery.
If you have good quality skin tone and elasticity in all of the treated areas.
If you understand that Vaser Lipo combined with fat transfer is a surgical procedure, which carries potential risks and side effects, that can be serious and permanent.
How much does a Brazilian Butt Lift cost?
We understand that the financial aspect of cosmetic surgery is considered by all prospective patients. At Cosmos Aesthetics, the cost to have a BBL procedure starts from a minimum $7,700 base price. It’s important to understand this isn’t a standard fixed rate, and the price of surgery will always vary depending on the individual. The overall cost of surgery may be calculated from several factors, including:
Doctor Fees: This is the fee set by your Cosmos Aesthetics doctor for conducting the procedure. The cost can vary based on multiple individual circumstances.
Hospital Fees: This fee can be determined by the duration spent in the operating theatre and the recovery time. If applicable to you, any relevant hospital fees will be discussed during your initial consultations.
Anaesthetic Fees: This fee covers the cost of the anaesthetist and your anaesthesia sedation during the procedure.
Garment Fees: This fee covers the cost of the compression garments supplied by Cosmos Aesthetics, and that all patients must wear throughout their recovery.
These prices are just a guide and are not an exact quote. An exact quote for your individual circumstances will be provided to you during your consultations with the doctor.
Are there any requirements to have a BBL?
For individuals considering having a Brazilian Butt Lift procedure in Australia, and prior to being able to book for surgery, there are certain requirements to meet. These include securing a referral from a GP, participating in two preliminary consultations with the doctor performing the surgery, along with adhering to a mandatory minimum seven day cooling off period post the second consultation.
Where can I have a consultation?
There are Cosmos Aesthetics conveniently located around Australia in: Sydney, Canberra, Adelaide, and the Gold Coast QLD. To enquire if you might be a candidate for surgery, please contact our friendly team today!
The length of time Vaser Lipo combined with buttock augmentation can take will vary, from two to four hours. This timeframe is influenced by factors such as the specific requirements of the individual patient, the areas of the body being treated, and the volume of fat being transferred.
What can I expect after Brazilian Butt Lift surgery?
After fat grafting surgery, you may find that your bottom looks a little bit larger than you expected. Due to around 80 percent of the injected fat cells surviving transfer, your doctor may inject slightly more fat than required to allow for potential fat cell death. In the weeks and months following your procedure, this initial swelling will subside, and you will be able to see a more accurate projection of your end results.
Post surgery you can expect bruising, swelling, and pain, which can be managed with pain relief medications prescribed by your doctor. It is essential to adhere to the post-procedure aftercare instructions provided, attend all scheduled follow up appointments, as well as self-perform daily lymphatic drainage massage on all of the treated areas.
Can I sit after having buttock augmentation surgery?
During the post-procedure recovery period, it is recommended to avoid direct pressure on the treated area of the buttocks when possible. This is to help the transferred fat cells maintain a steady blood supply. Common actions, such as sitting or lying on your back, might alter the blood circulation to the newly transferred fat cells, potentially affecting the end results of the procedure.
If situations arise where sitting is necessary, using a specialised BBL pillow is needed, as well as adjusting the sitting posture by leaning forward on the thighs to minimise direct pressure on the buttocks.
Is there any downtime after butt lift surgery?
Following fat transfer surgery, you should expect to take around 14 days off from work, depending on your work requirements and the areas of the body treated.
To reduce swelling and support optimal healing, you will need to wear compression garments for a minimum of six weeks throughout the recovery process, After six weeks, the results from your surgery procedure will become increasingly more visible. All patients must be aware that the final results of surgery can take up to six months or longer to fully appear.
Before considering BBL surgery, you must understand that not all of the injected fat cells will survive the transfer process. Typically, the survival rate of fat cells used in buttock augmentation performed with Vaser Liposuction is around 80 percent.
There are additional measures that a patient can take to support the transferred fat. This includes wearing the compression garments, avoiding putting direct pressure on the buttocks throughout the recovery period, and maintaining a stable weight.
Does a buttock augmentation procedure leave scars?
Having a cosmetic procedure will result in some form of scarring, due to the treatment requiring small incisions for both the liposuction and fat grafting elements of the surgery. The incisions made are typically small and tend to diminish over time. Nonetheless, the final appearance and prominence of these scars will differ among individuals based on factors like skin type, previous scarring tendencies, and the use of specialised silicone scar treatments during the healing phase.
What are some potential risks and side effects of butt lift surgery?
The Brazilian Butt Lift is a surgical procedure, and all surgery comes with inherent risks, side effects, and potential complications, which can be permanent. Possible risks, side effects, and complications from fat grafting surgery can include, but are not limited to:
Pain and aching
Bruising and bleeding
Skin conditions (discolouration) and changes in skin sensation
Death of fat cells, with further surgery potentially required
Fat embolism or pulmonary emboli
During the initial consultations, the doctor will assess your medical history and reasons for considering BBL surgery. They will provide detailed information about potential risks, complications, side effects, anticipated downtime, and the expected recovery period. The doctor will evaluate the parts of the body you’re thinking of treating, and will discuss other cosmetic procedure options with you, including the possibility of not undergoing a procedure at all.
Is a BBL with liposuction the same as butt implants?
The Brazilian Butt Lift procedure, combined with Vaser Liposuction, uses your own excess fat cells sourced from specific body areas. Whereas, buttock implants, is a plastic surgery procedure using a physical silicone implant in the buttock region rather than fat.
For individuals with low body fat who are unable to gain and maintain a weight suitable for fat grafting, buttock implants could potentially be a consideration. If you’re considering butt implants over a BBL, a consultation with a plastic surgeon is a necessity to discuss all aspects of buttock implant surgery including the recovery period, risks and side effects, and your result expectations.
Can I have BBL surgery without much excess fat?
For fat transfer surgery to be effective, having a sufficient amount of excess fat is essential. Some patients may be able to gain weight, if it’s healthy and feasible for them to do so. If gaining weight isn’t a viable option, other cosmetic procedures such as buttock implants or a Non-Surgical Butt Lift could be considered.
Can I use someone else’s fat cells instead of my own?
It’s imperative to understand that you should never use someone else’s fat. Your body will identify the fat cells aren’t yours, leading to immediate rejection and tissue death. Injecting another person’s fat can compromise your safety, and can cause serious health complications.
Cosmetic Surgery Gold Coast
For patients living on the Gold Coast, in Brisbane, interstate, or even internationally, who are considering having a Fat Transfer to Buttocks with Vaser Liposuction at Cosmos Aesthetics Gold Coast QLD, please contact us to enquire about your treatment options!