Most of us are preoccupied with the aspect, size, and shape of the buttocks. Nowadays the size of the buttocks is an important factor that weighs a great deal when it comes to the sex appeal of a woman. Buttocks remodeling procedures offered by plastic surgery target both men and women who want to have rounder buttocks, better, proportions in between the butts and the rest of the anatomy and an overall harmonious body shape. Just like it is the case with breasts, the buttocks are also a symbol of sexuality and not only for women but also for men. In the case of women, the more pronounced the report in between the hips and the waist, the better looking the person is. And if we come to think about it, there are celebrities that will remain forever in our hearts as sex symbols: Sophia Loren, Marilyn Monroe and many others, all boasting a spectacular hourglass silhouette with impressive curves.
The fat transfer to the buttocks also known as the Brazilian butt lift is a procedure involving minimal risks and with a tremendous potential when it comes to sculpting the body of the patient. It is a method with double benefits: the buttocks increase their size while the waist gets slimmer in the process.
The procedure is commonly performed nowadays and often with a high success rate. However, just because it is so popular, there are numerous myths surrounding the procedure. In this article we will discuss five myths about the Brazilian butt lift:
1. The procedure can’t produce a significant change in the aesthetics of the buttocks
Many people tend to believe that the procedure can’t provide impressive results as it only uses the patient’s own fat to change the shape and increase the size. However, it is important to know that we can add as much as 800 ccs – 1000 cc of fat into each buttock. This sounds like a considerable increase right? Adding more fat than this might cause the fat to die. The quantity of fat to be injected depends not only on the desired outcome but also on the fat deposits that the patient has in other areas of the body. For example, if the patient has little fat on the donor areas, the procedure can be performed with as little as 200 ccs of fat in each butt cheek. It is true that injecting less than 200 ccs might not make a difference in the aspect of the buttocks, but even so, we can correct a small imperfection or an asymmetry.
A certain amount of the fat injected, up to 30% will be reabsorbed by the body in the first few months after the intervention was performed, but the rest will develop a new blood network that will ensure its survival.
A simple way to bust this myth is to have a look at before, and after pictures of patients undergoing the procedure or have a look at that celebrity you admire that has an incredibly small waist and big buttocks, the chances are she had this exact procedure performed on her.
2. The plastic surgeon can inject as much fat as the patient wants into the buttocks
We have already mentioned that the plastic surgeon can inject in between 200-800 ccs in each buttock. Injecting less might not be worth it as the results might be difficult to assess, at least in terms of an augmentation. Injecting more than 800 ccs can prove to be problematic. Now let’s see how this 800 to a maximum of 1000 ccs can be explained. Before anything else, we need to mention that during a liposuction session it is not recommended to remove more than six to seven liters of fat as there could be severe complications. So the maximum that we could collect with the help of liposuction is six liters of fat, that is if the patient has this much adipose tissue in excess. Now, this fat needs to go through a complex purification process that will eliminate the blood, impurities and the damaged fat cells. Often this results in about 30% of the initial fat being eligible for the transfer. So we have 30% out of 6 liters of fat, this means about 1.8 liters of fat that can be used for the transfer. In other words, the maximum quantity that we mentioned before 800-1000 ccs are actually the limit if we want the procedure to be performed safely for the patient. Otherwise, complications can occur due to the elimination of too much fat during liposuction.
3. Anyone can have a Brazilian butt lift
Just like it is the case with any other surgical procedure performed for aesthetic purposes or not, there are eligibility criteria to be met when it comes to the Brazilian butt lift too. Not anyone can have a Brazilian butt lift. The first and most important condition is to have excess fat in one or multiple areas of the body. Without being able to extract fat from the donor areas, the procedure can’t be performed, and the patient is not a good candidate for the intervention. After this condition is met, the plastic surgeon will also check your health and emotional condition when assessing your eligibility, as well as the tissue of the buttocks. Severe or chronic health conditions of the heart, lungs, and blood can deem you as an unsuitable candidate for the procedure.
4. The results are not sustainable in time
The final results of the Brazilian butt lift are visible after approximately three months after the intervention was performed. This is the time when the swelling and bruising have subsided, and the patient can really enjoy the results. Of course, during these three months, a certain amount of fat was reabsorbed by the body. This is the reason some people think that all the fat will be reabsorbed in time and the aesthetic results achieved will just disappear after a while. This won’t happen.
It is normal for the fat to be absorbed by the body the first few months after the procedure, but usually, after the third month the results are stable and will last in time. The fat that was grafted has developed its own blood network by now that will ensure its survival. After the third month, the fat that is left in the buttocks starts behaving as it has always been there, so the patient shouldn’t worry that all of it will be gone in time.
However, the patient should also know that the sustainability of the results is also dependent on the patient’s post-op conduct and dedication to maintaining the beautiful aspect of the butts. It is important for the patient to avoid considerable weight fluctuations after the Brazilian butt lift was performed as this might alter the results achieved with the intervention.
5. The results don’t really look natural
One of the main reasons why people seek out the Brazilian butt lift procedure is exactly because the results look and feel 100% natural. Actually, it would be difficult to look and feel any other way when the only thing used to augment the butts is the patient’s own fat tissue. So you might wonder how this myth occurred. Well, this myth is not actually related to the aspect of the buttocks per se, but to the overall aspect of the body. When the Brazilian butt lift is performed, the patient gets a thin waist and larger buttocks, sometimes even the hips can be corrected in the same operative time, and as a result, the patient can enjoy an hourglass body after this intervention. The waist can get as slim as the patient’s anatomy allows it. For some patients, the changes in the dimensions of the waist can be dramatic after a liposuction especially when combined with fat transfer to the hips. From a square shape, we can get to a difference of 20 and even 30% in between the circumference of the waist and the hips. In modern world when the midline is just a square block might seem unnatural, but the reality is that the standards of beauty imply a much smaller waist compared to the hips.
There are several myths associated with the Brazilian butt lift, and it is important to be aware of the reality before considering undergoing the procedure. Before anything else, you should know that there is an upper limit of fat that the plastic surgeon can transfer to the butts in one session of liposuction. You should also know that not everyone is eligible to undergo the Brazilian butt lift procedure and that the intervention usually provides long term or permanent results if the patient avoids weight fluctuations after the intervention is performed. The procedure can create a beautiful shape and size for the buttocks, and the results are not only noticeable but in some cases, they are even spectacular. More than this, in a vast majority of cases the results will look and feel natural.
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