Augmenting your derriere with your own body fat is very appealing – the results can look very natural and, because fat is your own body substance, there is little chance for rejection. But, for all the problems involved in losing weight, fat can be hard for surgeons to work with unless the doctor and his staff have had a lot of extra training and experience working with it, such is the case of Dr Maamari .
Fat has some interesting properties. If it is injected into muscles or bones, it feels like muscles or bones once it’s under the skin. Likewise, if fat is injected into a more corpulent area it feels like, well, fat. The down side of transferring fat to the buttocks, face, lips or any other place in the body, is that some of it will be reabsorbed by the body. And often, surgeons can’t really predict how much will be reabsorbed. What we can say is: what you have remaining after three months will be yours permanently.
Thin patients who wear size two to four dresses are usually not good candidates for fat transfer because they do not have any fat to spare.
One of the best ways I’ve found for making fat cells remain in new sites in the body is to place pearl-size drops in different layers of the muscles and fat – starting with the deepest — where they will be close to a blood supply. That’s what will make the transferred fat survive. For butt augmentation, the layering method will create a smooth, more rounded buttock with no irregular places showing through the skin.
After the procedure, the buttocks will swell somewhat and then subside. Thus, most patients think all the transferred fat has gone away but actually, it was the swelling that went down. That’s why it requires three months before we can get a final resolution on how much fat actually remains.
Surgeons can harvest fat from any place where corpulent tissue is found but the most common donor spots are the flanks, the outer legs and the upper and outer buttocks. Planting fat cells from those areas will cause your rear end to look like it has been lifted up and reshaped to be more curvaceous.
Of course, every Brazilian Butt Lift case is different, but the amount of fat required for each buttock is an average of about 250 to 350 cc of pure fat. So, for both sides, that equals about 700 cc. Most people are very pleased to have that amount of fat removed from their bodies; however, if you are very thin and carry very little body fat, you may be best served by having an implant inserted into each of your buttocks. However, if you can spare the fat, then fat transfer is the best option.
Almost all rear ends look better with some added volume. Even after doing hundreds of fat transfers, I am amazed at how much nicer the gluteus looks when more volume is added. And remember, it is not always a matter of how much fat is contained in one area but where the fat is located that actually decides what the shape of buttocks will be. I just about always suggest some form of gluteal augmentation with fat to most patients who are interested in having their buttocks shaped and contoured.
One of the most widespread is that fat transfer will result in a lumpy or bumpy surface. So after fat transfer into your buttocks, your skin and rear will feel very natural and appear like it is your own – which it is because the fat has incorporated into your body.
Most patients want to know right at first how long it takes to recover from a fat transfer into the buttocks. Our yardstick for that is the length of time it takes for you to recuperate from the liposuctioned areas. The liposuction incisions are very small, just enough to allow the suction wand, or cannula, to go under the skin and take out the fat that we work with. However, your buttocks won’t feel any discomfort at all. After the procedure, you must wear a body garment for 6-8 weeks. You can go back to work after 10-14 days.
Butt Lifts use a patient’s own body fat to create their desired shape. A more natural look and feel is much easier to achieve using a patient’s own fat rather than implants. A Brazilian Butt Lift also may have a lowered risk of infection since the patient’s own body tissue is used for the procedure, allowing a quicker recovery time.
The recovery time for the Brazilian Butt Lift ranges in time on a patient by patient basis, but many happy clients have returned to their desk jobs within a week’s time. In some cases, this recovery time can last longer, but butt lift patients can expect to return to moderate activity within 2 to 3 weeks.
If you are a very small or thin individual with low levels of overall body fat, you may not be a candidate for this procedure. Often times, however, the doctor can find enough to use during the consultation. Those who are drastically underweight are usually not a candidate.
Risks are something you should discuss with any surgeon prior to having surgery. Having your surgery performed by a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Surgery helps minimize the risks. Any surgical procedure involves some risk, but this also depends on the health and lifestyle of the patient.
The normal estimate for the results that you will see from your Brazilian Butt Lift is up to 5 years. While a portion of the fat injected is naturally absorbed back into the body, a portion stays and remains permanent. Natural aging will change the shape of anyone’s body of many years, of course, and results are best maintained by keeping a stable and healthy body weight. Dramatic weight gains or losses may affect the shape and feel of your butt lift procedure in the future. Smokers tend to re-absorb/lose more of the fat that was injected during fat grafting vs. those who do not smoke.
Brazilian Butt Lift patients may be able to return to full activity levels within two to three weeks.Depending on the case, you may need to wear a support garment under your clothes for a short amount of time after your surgery. There will be swelling and bruising, which subside over the weeks that follow your surgery. The doctor may ask you to be careful and aware of how you are seated for several weeks, but each case is different and your personalized post-operative protocol will be reviewed with you during your pre-op visits.