Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL) London UK
Transform your silhouette and boost your self-confidence with our expert Brazilian Butt Lift procedure, sculpting the perfect curves to enhance your natural beauty
Here at Centre for Surgery, we are thrilled to introduce our signature Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL) procedure – an effective solution for individuals seeking to enhance their body contours and boost their self-confidence.
Brazilian butt lift at Centre for Surgery
At Centre for Surgery, we believe in harnessing the power of your own body to create natural, stunning results. Unlike other procedures that use synthetic materials, the Brazilian Butt Lift utilizes your own fat cells, drawn from areas where you have a little extra to spare. This provides a double benefit – slimming those stubborn areas while enhancing your derriere for a more voluptuous and curvaceous silhouette.
Our surgeons are masters of precision and artistry, understanding that everybody is unique and requires a tailored approach. Their expertise ensures safe fat extraction, precise purification, and meticulous reinjection, all while preserving the natural aesthetics of your figure.
Centre for Surgery in London is not just about transforming bodies – we are dedicated to empowering individuals, inspiring confidence, and helping you embrace the beautiful, vibrant person you are. With our Brazilian Butt Lift, we promise a journey of self-love, authenticity, and personal satisfaction.
When you choose the Centre for Surgery for your Brazilian Butt Lift, you’re not just getting a procedure – you’re investing in a new chapter of your life, filled with renewed self-confidence and an enhanced body image. Let us help you step into your dream body and live life to the fullest. Trust in our expertise, and experience the transformation!
Gluteal sculpting with superficial fat transfer, or fat transfer to the buttocks, involves injecting your own body fat into the buttocks to create additional volume. This procedure will be able to create perkier, more youthful buttocks.
This is the better option for those who do not want a foreign object implanted but want to achieve the results using their own body fat. Surgeons at Centre for Surgery do not currently offer buttock implants as a surgical option for buttock augmentation as the results are generally inferior and with more risk of complications compared with the Brazilian Butt Lift or BBL.
Our BBL surgeons are on the GMC specialist register for plastic surgery. If you’d like to learn more about cosmetic surgery in general, The Royal College of Surgeons of England has an excellent information resource on cosmetic surgery.
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|Postoperative garment 👕||6 weeks|
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|Exercise 🏃🏽♀️||6 weeks|
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What is a Brazilian Butt Lift?
The Brazilian Butt Lift is a cosmetic enhancement procedure that is fast becoming a favourite in the UK. It offers an innovative method of buttock augmentation, employing the body’s surplus fat to elevate and increase the fullness of the buttocks. The striking advantage of this surgery lies in the concurrent application of liposuction. Excess fat is extracted from parts of the body like the abdomen, thighs, flanks, and lower back, and is then meticulously prepared for reshaping the buttocks.
Subsequently, your surgeon will expertly inject the fat into key locations to build volume in the buttocks and deliver a result that is exquisitely customized to your individual preferences and objectives. This technique provides your surgeon with an exceptional degree of control in attaining your envisioned contour. The result is a more voluminous rear end, accompanied by a more toned abdomen and thighs, accentuating an appealing hourglass figure.
The Brazilian Butt Lift has seen a surge in demand in recent times for a multitude of reasons. The procedure necessitates only minor incisions to perform both liposuction and fat injections, resulting in minimal to no visible scarring. The use of very small incisions also contributes to a quicker, smoother, and more comfortable recovery period. A significant number of patients are drawn to this procedure because it offers a wholly natural approach, reconfiguring existing bodily elements to achieve a more desirable and proportionate outcome.
Brazilian Butt Lift Before & After Photos - Real Patient Results
After your Brazilian Butt Lift surgery, you will notice an immediate change in the shape of your buttocks, but the full effect of the procedure will not be completely apparent until about a month post-surgery when most of the swelling has subsided. Once the healing process is complete, you can confidently showcase your new, curvier silhouette, fitting into jeans, bikinis, and leggings in ways you’ve always desired, thereby eliminating any previous feelings of self-consciousness.
The technique of fat grafting, which is integral to a Brazilian Butt Lift, involves a natural absorption process. Your body may absorb some of the transferred fat within the first three months post-surgery, so your final size and shape will likely not be established until after this period. However, once your body has adjusted to the newly transferred fat, your silhouette should remain relatively stable, unless you experience significant weight loss or gain.
While every effort is made by our plastic surgeons to ensure that scars are as discreet as possible, they will not be entirely invisible. The positive aspect is that they can generally be placed in areas where they can be conveniently concealed during the healing process. As the healing process progresses, which usually takes between nine months to a year, the scars will gradually fade and become almost indistinguishable.
To give you an idea of the transformational outcomes achievable with a Brazilian Butt Lift, we’ve provided a small selection of before and after photos of our patients below. However, this is just a mere glimpse of the extensive portfolio of patient photos we possess. During your in-person consultation, we will present a broader range of images for you to peruse. Please remember that these images are primarily for educational purposes, and individual results will vary, as each person’s body responds differently to the procedure.
Case 12 (mini BBL):
Benefits of BBL Surgery
Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL) surgery offers several significant benefits, making it a popular choice for many people. Here are some of the key advantages:
- Enhanced Body Proportions: BBL surgery can help create a more balanced and curvaceous figure by adding volume to the buttocks while reducing fat in other areas, such as the waist, abdomen, or thighs.
- Use of Natural Materials: Unlike some other cosmetic procedures that use synthetic implants, BBL surgery uses your own body fat to enhance the buttocks, reducing the risk of complications and giving a more natural appearance and feel.
- Dual Benefit: The procedure involves liposuction, which removes excess fat from other parts of the body, offering the dual benefit of slimming those areas while enhancing the buttocks.
- Minimal Scarring: The incisions made during BBL surgery are usually very small, resulting in minimal scarring that is typically not noticeable.
- Improved Self-Confidence: By enhancing your physical appearance and creating a more balanced, attractive figure, BBL surgery can significantly boost your self-esteem and body image.
- Long-lasting Results: Provided you maintain a stable weight, the results of a Brazilian Butt Lift can be long-lasting. The transferred fat becomes integrated with the existing tissues, resulting in permanent changes to your figure.
- Quick Recovery: The recovery time after a BBL is typically shorter than with synthetic buttock implants, and most patients can return to their normal activities within a few weeks.
Remember, as with any surgery, there are also potential risks and complications associated with a Brazilian Butt Lift. It’s essential to have a thorough discussion with a qualified plastic surgeon who can guide you through the process and help you understand whether this procedure is right for you.
The Best Candidates for Brazilian Butt Lift Surgery
The best candidates for Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL) surgery are individuals who are in good overall health and who have realistic expectations about the results. Here are some specific characteristics that can make you an ideal candidate:
- Sufficient Fat Deposits: A BBL involves transferring fat from other parts of your body to your buttocks. Therefore, you need to have enough excess fat in areas such as your abdomen, hips, thighs, or lower back that can be harvested for this procedure.
- Good Skin Elasticity: Skin with good elasticity is more likely to reshape and adjust after the fat transfer procedure. It can help achieve a smoother, more natural-looking result.
- Stable Weight: Your weight should be stable before and after the procedure. Significant weight fluctuations can affect the results of a BBL, as gaining or losing weight can change the size of the fat cells transferred to your buttocks.
- Non-Smoker: Smoking can affect your body’s ability to heal and can increase the risk of complications during and after surgery. If you are a smoker, you’ll be advised to quit for a period before and after the procedure.
- Healthy Lifestyle: Good overall health and a healthy lifestyle are important to minimize risks and ensure the best possible recovery. This includes regular exercise and a balanced diet.
- Realistic Expectations: An ideal candidate understands that while a BBL can significantly improve the contour and size of the buttocks, the procedure has its limits and the results can vary depending on individual body types.
- Commitment to Recovery: Recovery from a BBL involves some downtime and restrictions on activities such as sitting directly on your buttocks. You should be willing and able to follow your surgeon’s postoperative instructions for the best outcome.
Remember, it’s crucial to consult with a qualified and experienced surgeon to determine whether you are a good candidate for a Brazilian Butt Lift. They can provide a comprehensive evaluation and guide you through the decision-making process.
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The Brazilian Butt Lift Consultation
Every cosmetic surgery clinic may have its own unique approach, but at Centre for Surgery, we guarantee that you’ll have a face-to-face meeting with one of our experienced plastic surgeons during your initial consultation. A member of our dedicated patient care team will guide you into the consultation room, where they will verify some of your details and acquaint you with our distinctive process.
Following this, you’ll have the opportunity to engage with your plastic surgeon, who will conduct a thorough evaluation of your aesthetic goals, physical condition, and medical history. Together, you will devise the most suitable plan to realise your envisioned result. If you feel ready, you can schedule your surgery immediately after the consultation, or if you prefer, you can take some time to reflect on your decision. Should you require a second consultation for additional clarity or reassurance, we are more than happy to arrange this for you at no extra charge. At Centre for Surgery, our priority is to ensure you feel comfortable, informed, and empowered at every step of your journey.
At the BBL consultation, you will have the opportunity to ask key questions to help you form a better idea of how the buttock fat transfer procedure can benefit you and whether it is the right procedure for you. The consultation with the plastic surgeon is the most important part of the decision-making process.
The following are possible questions you could ask your surgeon:
- Is the Brazilian butt lift procedure right for me?
- Do I have realistic expectations based on my body shape
- Is one procedure enough to give me the shape I want?
- Do you have before and after pictures I can view of similar patients?
- What is the recovery period like after Brazilian Butt Lift Surgery?
- Do you offer continuous nursing support after the procedure?
- What side effects can I expect to have in terms of bruising, swelling and numbness?
- What happens if I am unhappy with the outcome of my Brazilian butt lift procedure?
Preparing for Your Brazilian Butt Lift
At Centre for Surgery, we are committed to ensuring you are fully prepared for your Brazilian Butt Lift surgery. Both your surgeon and patient coordinator will provide comprehensive instructions to help you prepare. If you have any existing health conditions or are taking any medication, we may provide specific guidelines to manage these prior to your procedure. For instance, if you are diabetic, we will schedule your surgery first thing in the morning for optimal safety.
Your surgeon might also advise you to cease taking certain medications and supplements for a while before your procedure. If you’re a smoker, it’s crucial that you quit smoking at least four weeks before your surgery and continue abstaining during your recovery period. Smoking can adversely impact the healing process and lead to serious complications.
Don’t forget to explore our pre-cosmetic surgery checklist available on our blog. It offers valuable insights to aid your preparation. Most importantly, take this time to relax and look forward to the transformation that awaits. Your big day is nearing, and we are thrilled to accompany you on this exciting journey.
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Brazilian Butt Lift Procedure
Your Brazilian Butt Lift procedure will be carried out at our cutting-edge Baker Street facility at Centre for Surgery. This facility adheres to and surpasses national healthcare facility standards, ensuring you receive top-tier care in an optimal environment. As an independent healthcare facility fully accredited and regularly inspected by the Care Quality Commission, we undergo frequent reviews to uphold the highest standards in crucial areas such as equipment quality and infection control.
BBL London at Centre for Surgery
Rest assured that your surgeon will always be available to address your concerns. Additionally, a consultant anaesthetist will be responsible for administering your general anaesthetic. They will be present throughout the entire operation and remain by your side as you awaken from the procedure. At Centre for Surgery, we are dedicated to providing personalised, comprehensive care every step of the way.
Gluteal sculpting with superficial fat transfer is performed under general anaesthetic. At Centre for Surgery, this is known as TIVA general anaesthesia and uses exclusively medicines given via the intravenous route. Unlike traditional general anaesthetic methods, recovery is much smoother and quicker. There is a lower incidence of dizziness and drowsiness. You will be able to leave the clinic on the same day as the procedure once the effects of the anaesthetic have worn off.
The procedure takes about 3 to 4 hours to complete on average, depending on the amount of liposuction performed.
The gluteal sculpting with superficial fat transfer involves three stages:
Usingliposuction, fat will be removed from the donor area of your body. Centre for Surgery uses SAFElipo for all liposuction procedures. Unlike other liposuction methods, SAFElipo™ does not involve heat or thermal energy, lowering the risk of injury to the delicate overlying skin.
The surgeon will make several small incisions where the liposuction cannulas will be inserted. The fat is then removed, processed and purified.
Not only will the appearance of your buttocks be enhanced, but you will also have a reduction in fatty deposits from your thighs, hips or abdomen.
2. Fat processing
The fat is processed with the addition of saline to wash the fat before reinjection. The SAFElipo method increases the number of viable cells to be transferred compared with traditional methods. The amount to be transferred will depend on what your surgeon has planned in agreement with you preoperatively.
3. Fat injection
The fatty deposits are then injected into your buttocks. This will involve multiple injections using the expansion vibration lipofilling (EVL) technique. The fat will be injected above the muscle using specially designed blunt-tipped cannulas. The surgeon will sculpt the buttocks, creating a rounder and larger appearance.
During stage three, there are several steps surgeons can take to prevent any complications from occurring. This includes:
- Using a specially designed cannula specific for the Brazilian Butt Lift
- Injecting only when the cannula is in motion
- Using the correct angulation – avoiding any downward or deeper positions towards the muscle layer
- Staying away from gluteal veins and the sciatic nerve
- Always injecting the fat above the muscle rather than into the muscle
- Avoiding bendable cannulas, as these can compromise the control of the cannula
- Maintaining awareness of the cannula tip at all times thanks to real-time ultrasound visualisation
A specialised BBL compression garment will be applied at the end of the procedure. Make sure you know about therisksyou may face if you choose totravel abroad for this procedure. Having a BBL in Turkey poses significant risks to your health and safety.
What is Ultrasound Guided BBL?
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Centre for Surgery is the first in the UK to use real-time ultrasound-guided fat injection for enhanced safety. An ultrasound probe is placed on the buttocks to identify the different layers and, most importantly, the muscle layer. The processed fat is injected using expansion vibration lipofilling techniques while the images are projected wirelessly onto a screen. The surgeon can visualise with accuracy where to place the cannula for injection.
The evaluation of the depth and location of the cannula is performed in real-time with the ultrasound, accurately and reliably identifying the planes of fat injection. All injections are subcutaneous.
Real-time ultrasound-assisted gluteal fat grafting is an excellent safety measure combined with expansion vibration lipofilling with blunt cannulas. It significantly avoids the risk of injury to deeper vessels which reduces complications.
BBL Results - Immediately After Surgery
360 liposuction, buttock contouring and augmentation with superficial fat transfer. 950cc on each side.
360 liposuction, buttock contouring and augmentation with superficial fat transfer. 1150cc on each side.
Intraoperative photo before and after 360 liposuction and 650ml fat transfer to each buttock.
360 liposuction and superficial fat transfer to the buttocks. 860cc on each side.
On-table before and after with 1200cc fat transfer to buttocks using EVL technique.
On-table before and after with 750cc fat transfer to buttocks using EVL technique.
Recovery After BBL Brazilian Butt Lift
After the Brazilian butt lift or fat transfer, it is normal to experience swelling and bruising. This will begin to subside after a few weeks. While you will be able to notice the results of the procedure immediately, the final results will only be visible once the swelling has completely gone down. This can take up to three months.
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After the procedure, you may feel some pain and discomfort, which can be managed by taking suitable medication. However, you should be able to walk around the day after the procedure.
During your recovery period, you will have to avoid sitting and lying on your buttocks. For the first few weeks, you will have tosleepon your stomach and sides.
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When you have to sit down, it is important to put the weight on your thighs, rather than your buttocks.
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You will be encouraged to wear a compression garment for up to six weeks following the Brazilian butt lift. This will help to minimise swelling and keep the buttocks in the best shape possible.
The surgeons and medical team will keep in contact with you during your recovery period in order to monitor your progress and ensure you have the best results. Aftercare is included in the initial cost, so you will be able to return and see your surgeon any time you have questions or concerns.
Our aftercare programme was recently described as ‘outstanding’ by our regulator, the Care Quality Commission.
For us, aftercare is not an afterthought. Our postoperative nursing support team phones all our patients the day after their Brazilian butt lift procedure and then every other day thereafter for the first two weeks. The proactive nature of our postoperative support gives every patient the best opportunity for a smooth postoperative recovery free of complications. In many cases, if complications were to occur, their impact would be markedly lessened by early detection, prompt clinical assessment and correct treatment. When a patient expresses concern to our team over the phone, we often call patients on the same day for assessment with one of our expert nursing team. Even if there is no significant issue, our team’s careful explanation and calm reassurance may help alleviate any worries you may have experienced.
How long does the BBL last?
We often receive queries from patients about the longevity of Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL) results. It’s crucial to approach this procedure with realistic expectations, understanding that the initial post-surgical appearance is not the final outcome.
Immediately after surgery, there will be significant swelling that may create an exaggerated appearance of a larger buttock. Gradually, this swelling will recede. It’s important to note that only around 60-70% of the transferred fat will survive after the procedure. This is a normal aspect of the BBL process, and our surgical approach takes this anticipated fat loss into account.
As the weeks and months pass post-surgery, you will start to see your final look emerge. Provided your weight remains consistent, and you adhere to our postoperative guidelines, your results should be long-lasting. It’s true that the body undergoes changes with age and due to certain lifestyle factors such as pregnancy, hormonal shifts, or substantial weight fluctuations. However, even amidst these changes, the general shape achieved through your BBL surgery should endure.
Remember, the newly transferred fat behaves just like other fat in your body: it will decrease in size with weight loss and enlarge with weight gain. Thus, maintaining a stable weight is the key to preserving your BBL results over the long term.
Brazilian Butt Lift Cost London - How much does a BBL cost London UK? Prices & Fees
At our Baker Street clinic, we take immense pride in helping our patients realize their dreams. We understand that the financial aspect of surgery can sometimes create apprehension. That’s why we are pleased to offer comprehensive consultations for all potential patients. These sessions provide the opportunity to discuss your objectives, as well as the cost of your Brazilian Butt Lift, in great detail.
Though private medical insurance does not cover buttock augmentations, we strive to alleviate financial stress by offering a variety of payment and financing options to our patients. It’s worth noting that many of our patients view this surgery as a long-term investment in their happiness and self-esteem, rather than a one-off financial cost.
If you are interested in exploring more about the cost of a Brazilian Butt Lift, please feel free to reach out to us. You can contact us by phone, e-mail, or by completing the Request for Information form located at the bottom of this page. We look forward to assisting you in your journey towards self-confidence and body positivity.
Can I get a BBL on finance?
We are pleased to be able to offer award-winning finance through our finance partner, Chrysalis Finance, to make the process much easier for all patients. We often hear from our past patients that the BBL procedure is something that is viewed as a long-term investment in one’s happiness and self-confidence as opposed to a one-off financial expense.
There are several factors that will determine the overall cost of your BBL procedure, and the final quotation will be given after your face-to-face consultation with your plastic surgeon.
- How many areas of liposuction combined with fat transfer
- BBL combined with other cosmetic surgery procedures
- Primary or revision BBL
Always remember that price should never be the determining factor when it comes to choosing your provider. We feel that safety and quality of service should be your number one priority and instil in you the confidence that our team will look after you before, during and after your procedure to the best of their ability.
What is included in my Brazilian Butt Lift treatment package?
- As many preoperative consultations with your surgeon as you like to make sure the Brazilian Butt Lift procedure is right for you
- Treatment at a specialist day surgery facility recently rated ‘Good’ by the Care Quality Commission
- Enhanced same-day discharge with the added benefits of recovering in your own home thanks to TIVA anaesthesia
- 24/7 clinical support from your surgeon for the first 48 hours and our expert postoperative support team
- Your very own dedicated patient coordinator as your point of contact throughout all stages of the patient journey
- In-depth preoperative medical assessment to make sure you are fully fit for your procedure
- Exceptionally high standards of postoperative care described as ‘outstanding’ by the CQC with regular telephone and face-to-face checks
Brazilian Butt Lift Safety
The Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL) procedure requires the expertise of a specialist plastic surgeon. Always inquire about your surgeon’s experience with this particular procedure, including the number of surgeries they perform annually, their years of practice, and where they received their training. It’s also beneficial to review before-and-after photos of patients they’ve operated on.
You may have come across alarming news stories regarding the safety of BBL surgery. At a reputable plastic surgery clinic like Centre for Surgery, complications from this procedure are exceptionally rare. We’ve observed a global increase in complications associated with BBL, primarily due to procedures being performed by non-specialist practitioners. These individuals often lack the necessary training in fat extraction and injection techniques or may adopt an excessively aggressive approach to fat injection, resulting in disproportionately large buttocks.
Furthermore, some practitioners falsely claim to offer buttock augmentation by injecting foreign materials into the buttocks. We now know unequivocally that using anything other than a patient’s own fat increases the risk of complications and fails to yield optimal results. At Centre for Surgery, we prioritize patient safety and satisfaction by adhering to stringent standards and utilizing proven techniques.
The diagram below illustrates the location of the blood vessels as they pass through the buttock area. The key is to inject above the layer containing the blood vessels at all times.
The solution is a technique called expansion vibration lipofilling or EVL. EVL involves the use of a special blunt-tipped vibrating cannula measuring 5mm in diameter. The cannula is a lantern-shaped tip that also helps to expand the gluteal space permitting large-volume fat transfer with maximal safety. Centre for Surgery was the first centre in the UK to use this technique.
Brazilian Butt Lift vs Gluteal Implants
At Centre for Surgery, we do not perform buttock augmentation with implants. We firmly believe that the Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL) technique offers superior results while mitigating associated risks.
Buttock augmentation with implants involves the surgical placement of medical-grade implants into the buttocks, similar to the process used in breast augmentation. However, this approach comes with several drawbacks. For instance, buttock implants are prone to sagging over time, primarily due to the frequent use of this large muscle group in our daily activities. The constant pressure exerted on the implants due to sitting and lying down can lead to multiple issues over time.
These complications are less common with breast implants since the chest muscles are significantly smaller than those in the buttocks, are not used as intensively, and don’t undergo constant pressure in the same way. Additionally, the scarring resulting from gluteal implant surgery tends to be more noticeable compared to those from a Brazilian Butt Lift.
What are the differences between buttock implants and a Brazilian butt lift fat transfer?
Buttock implants and the Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL) fat transfer are two different methods used for buttock augmentation. Each has its unique features and potential benefits, but they also differ in several significant ways:
- Procedure: Buttock implants involve surgically inserting medical-grade implants into the buttocks, similar to a breast augmentation procedure. On the other hand, a BBL involves extracting fat from one part of the body via liposuction, purifying it, and then injecting it into the buttocks to enhance their shape and size.
- Material: Buttock implants are made from a semi-solid silicone that cannot leak. In contrast, a BBL uses the patient’s own fat, which provides a more natural look and feel.
- Risks and Complications: Both procedures have inherent surgical risks, such as infection or anaesthesia complications. However, buttock implants have some specific risks, including implant displacement or the possibility of the body rejecting the implant. BBLs, while generally considered safer, can have complications if the fat is injected too deeply, potentially leading to serious conditions like fat embolism.
- Recovery: The recovery time for buttock implants is typically longer and more uncomfortable due to the invasive nature of the procedure, whereas BBL recovery is usually quicker and less painful.
- Results: Buttock implants provide a significant and immediate increase in size. A BBL, however, offers a more natural-looking enhancement. It’s worth noting that not all the transferred fat survives in a BBL, so the initial result will decrease slightly as some fat gets reabsorbed by the body.
- Maintenance: Implants may require replacement or removal over time, whereas the results of a BBL are typically long-lasting, especially if the patient maintains a stable weight.
Brazilian Butt Lift Risks and Complications
Centre for Surgery is renowned for partnering with some of the most skilled Brazilian Butt Lift surgeons in London, across the UK, and globally. Our broad experience in all facets of plastic surgery ensures that we provide one of the safest and most comfortable environments for this procedure.
Our dedicated BBL surgeons perform around 100 Brazilian Butt Lift procedures annually, generally yielding positive outcomes and seldom encountering complications. However, it’s essential to acknowledge that all surgeries carry inherent risks, including specific risks related to this procedure. These will be discussed in detail with you by your surgeon during the consultation.
Postoperative complications such as infections or blood clots are rare. Any potential infection can be managed with drainage and antibiotics, and the risk of blood clots can be reduced by moving around as soon as feasible after surgery.
At our state-of-the-art Marylebone clinic, patients are provided with anti-embolic stockings to wear for one week post-surgery. We also employ a specialised device known as a sequential compression pump, which gently massages the patient’s legs during surgery. The combined effect of the stockings and the pump significantly decreases the risk of leg blood clots.
Poor healing, potentially leading to noticeable scarring, may necessitate a second procedure. We strongly advise smokers to quit, as smoking heightens the risk of complications and impedes the healing process.
By diligently following your surgeon’s pre and postoperative instructions—particularly regarding the resumption of physical activity—you can minimize your risk of complications.
At Centre for Surgery, we ensure comprehensive management of any arising complications and provide a thorough overview of potential risks and complications during our in-person meeting before your surgery. Your safety and satisfaction are our utmost priorities.
Brazilian Butt Lift specialists
If you are interested in BBL surgery, we would recommend booking a consultation with an expert BBL surgeon at Centre for Surgery. At your consultation, your surgeon will take a thorough medical history including your current medications and will perform a physical examination. A discussion of your aesthetic goals will be taken into account when formulating your customised treatment plan. The surgeon will assess you to make sure you have enough fat for fat transfer to the buttocks to achieve a noticeable result. If you lack adequate fat deposits, your surgeon may recommend gaining weight or having Sculptra filler injections. Sculptra injections for non-surgical BBL need to be repeated twice a year for optimum results.
The Brazilian Butt lift surgical technique will be explained in detail including information on SAFElipo, EVL and ultrasound-guided fat injection. It may be recommended to avoid having a BBL if your BMI is above 30. 3D computer imaging may also be performed to give you an accurate idea of how you could look after your procedure. The recovery process will be explained including the need to avoid any pressure on the buttocks for 14 days after your procedure.
Once you have made your decision to proceed with BBL surgery, your designated patient coordinator will work closely with you to make sure you are fully prepared for your breast lift procedure.
Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL) at Centre for Surgery
Centre for Surgery is home to the best BBL surgeons in London. Our surgeons are fully qualified and experienced plastic surgeons with a special interest in BBL surgery. Our surgeons perform the most number of Brazilian Butt Lift surgeries anywhere in the UK and have refined their techniques to make BBL surgery at Centre for Surgery a very safe procedure. If you are keen to achieve a curvier and more feminine silhouette then a Brazilian butt lift could be an excellent option for you. Our BBL surgeons are experts in ultrasound-guided BBL.
Our surgeons are full members of:
- Dedicated specialisation in Brazilian Butt Lift surgery – Our surgeons have refined their techniques with many years of experience. We are widely acknowledged to be the most expert BBL surgery clinic in the UK.
How to choose your plastic surgeon
- We own and manage our own surgical facilities. Properly performed BBL takes time and should not be rushed. Our surgeons perform a maximum of ONE BBL surgery in a day. We do not cram 5+ procedures into one day like other providers, especially in Turkey. You want your surgeon to be well-rested and mentally and physically sharp to perform Brazilian Butt Lift which is a very physically demanding procedure to get the very best results.
- 100% safety record – we have an impeccable safety record with BBL surgery, and this is due to our rigorous policies and procedures, which fully conform to British NHS standards. All BBL consultations, procedures and aftercare take place in our UK-based locations.
- Our surgeons live and work in the UK. This is very important because whilst your surgeon takes all precautions to minimise complications, complications can and do occur and our surgeons are readily available to manage any issues if and when they arise.
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What makes Centre for Surgery different?
Patients who choose Centre for Surgery for their Brazilian butt lift procedure are getting a completely different level of service compared to other providers. First of all, both of our BBL surgeons are true specialists in body contouring surgery. This means that they perform surgery exclusively on the breast and body. Although they trained as general plastic surgeons and are trained to perform all types of cosmetic surgery, they no longer perform hand surgery, trauma surgery or facial surgery.
Patients who choose the Centre for Surgery for their BBL procedure do not do so based on price – they choose based on our reputation. We are not inexpensive but are reasonable and fair. You will always get a lower price for a Brazilian butt lift abroad. Our surgeons take their time to perform fat transfer surgery utilising advanced surgical techniques which are continually refined with knowledge gained from attending international conferences. Very importantly, our surgeons are ethical. 20-30% of patients are turned away – they do not need a BBL procedure! Of course, no surgeon can guarantee results, but the very high number of satisfied patients is a testament to the skill of the surgeons. Do not choose Centre for Surgery if you are looking for a bargain. Choose us if you want a surgeon with super-specialisation by operating only on the breast and body and an exceptionally high degree of ethics and professionalism to take care of you from start to finish.
- What is a BBL?
A BBL, or Brazilian butt lift, is a cosmetic surgical procedure aimed at enhancing the shape and size of the buttocks. It involves a combination of liposuction and fat grafting techniques to reshape the buttocks and create a more rounded, lifted, and fuller appearance.
The BBL procedure typically consists of the following steps:
Fat Harvesting: The surgeon begins by performing liposuction on areas of the body with excess fat, such as the abdomen, thighs, hips, or back. The harvested fat is carefully collected and processed for purification.
Fat Purification: The extracted fat is purified to separate it from other substances, such as blood and oil. This purification process helps ensure that only healthy fat cells are used for transplantation.
Fat Injection: The purified fat is then injected into various areas of the buttocks to create the desired shape and volume. The surgeon strategically injects the fat in different layers and locations to sculpt the buttocks and achieve a natural-looking result.
The goal of a BBL is not only to enhance the size of the buttocks but also to improve their contour and proportions in relation to the rest of the body. By removing excess fat from one area and transferring it to the buttocks, the surgeon can create a more balanced and aesthetically pleasing silhouette.
- How common are Brazilian butt lifts?
Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL) procedures have become increasingly popular over the last decade. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), in 2019 alone there were nearly 29,000 butt augmentation procedures performed using fat grafting techniques, which is the method used in BBLs. This represents a significant increase from the previous years.
The rise in popularity can be attributed to several factors. Social media and celebrity influence have played a part in promoting the procedure, with many high-profile individuals openly discussing their surgeries. Additionally, technological advancements have made the procedure safer and more effective, contributing to its growing acceptance.
It's important to note that while BBLs are becoming more common, the procedure should always be performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon with specialised training and significant experience in fat grafting techniques to ensure the best possible outcome and minimise risks.
- What does a Brazilian butt lift do to your body?
A Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL) is a cosmetic procedure that enhances the size and shape of the buttocks without the use of implants. Instead, it utilises your body's own fat to augment and reshape your buttocks. This is accomplished through a process known as fat grafting or fat transfer. Here's a more detailed explanation of how a BBL affects your body:
Removal of Unwanted Fat: The first step in a BBL involves liposuction. The surgeon removes excess fat from other parts of your body, typically the abdomen, hips, lower back, or thighs. This not only provides the material for the butt augmentation, but it also helps to sculpt and contour these areas, enhancing your overall figure.
Purification of Fat: Once the fat has been harvested, it goes through a purification process. This involves separating the healthy fat cells from other tissues. This purified fat is then ready to be injected into the buttocks.
Enhancement of Buttocks: The purified fat is strategically injected into different areas and depths in the buttocks to increase volume and improve shape. The fat is usually injected in small amounts throughout the buttocks to create a smooth, natural look and feel.
Overall Body Contouring: The combination of removing fat from the waist and other areas and enhancing the buttocks often results in a more defined waist, a more pronounced buttock projection and a more hourglass-like figure overall.
It's important to note that the results of a BBL are influenced by several factors, including the amount of fat that can be harvested, the individual's body shape, and the surgical technique used. The procedure can provide very natural-looking and feeling results, but the body may reabsorb some of the transferred fat over time. Hence, not all the injected fat survives in the long term.
Postoperative care is also crucial for optimal results. For instance, patients are advised not to sit directly on their buttocks for several weeks to avoid damaging the newly transferred fat. They are also encouraged to wear a compression garment to help control swelling and support the healing tissues.
- Does weight matter for a BBL?
Yes, weight can play a role in a Brazilian butt lift (BBL) procedure. Both the amount of fat available for liposuction and the overall body composition can impact the outcome of a BBL. Here's how weight can affect different aspects of the procedure:
Fat availability: A BBL involves using liposuction to harvest fat from donor areas of the body, such as the abdomen, thighs, or hips. The amount of fat that can be extracted and subsequently transferred to the buttocks depends on the patient's body composition and the availability of excess fat in those areas. Patients with a higher body weight or more significant fat deposits may have more fat available for transfer.
Body contouring: The success of a BBL often relies on achieving a balanced and proportionate body contour. Weight distribution and body shape influence the overall outcome. Patients with higher body weight or excess fat in specific areas may have more options for reshaping and sculpting the buttocks to create a desired aesthetic result.
Fat graft survival: The survival of transferred fat cells is crucial for long-term results in a BBL. The viability of fat cells can be influenced by factors such as blood supply and patient lifestyle choices. While weight itself may not directly affect fat survival, factors like blood circulation and overall health can be influenced by weight and impact the survival of the transferred fat cells.
- How much does BBL cost?
The cost of BBL surgery is influenced by a number of factors which includes the total number of body areas where liposuction will be performed as well as any combination procedures with a BBL such as BodyTite skin tightening.
However, it's crucial to remember that the cost of a BBL is not solely determined by the surgical procedure itself. Other associated expenses may include pre-operative consultations, medical tests, anesthesia fees, facility fees, post-operative care, compression garments, and medications. These additional costs can vary from one clinic to another.
It's essential to choose a reputable plastic surgeon who is experienced in performing BBL procedures and is certified by relevant professional organisations. During a consultation, the surgeon can provide a more accurate estimate of the total cost based on your specific needs and goals.
Remember that making decisions based solely on cost is not advisable when it comes to plastic surgery. Your safety, the surgeon's experience, and the quality of care should always be prioritised over BBL price. Take the time to research and choose a qualified and reputable plastic surgeon who can provide the best possible care and achieve your desired outcomes.
- What is included in the cost of my BBL procedure?
- All Brazilian butt lift procedures are carried out at our state-of-the-art Baker Street central London facility.
- a face-to-face detailed preoperative clinical assessment to make sure that you are physically and mentally ready for BBL surgery
- Patients have access to our expert post-operative nursing team available 24 hours seven days a week.
- You will have access to your very own expert patient coordinator who will be available to answer any questions you may have as well as to guide you through all parts of your patient journey from your initial consultation with us through to your final post-operative review
- What is autologous fat transfer?
Autologous fat transfer is the medical term for fat transfer or fat grafting surgery. The term autologous fat transfer refers to the fact that the harvested fat comes from the same individual and is re-injected into the same person. It is, therefore, the case that all fat transfer procedures including a BBL performed at Centre for Surgery is indeed autologous fat transfer surgical procedures.
Autologous fat is a highly effective solution for volume augmentation as it is easy to remove with liposuction and the fat will not cause any immune reaction as it comes from the same person and this means that it is also non-toxic. The main prerequisite for successful fat transfer is for patients to have sufficient fat stalls for the adequate harvest of the correct volume of fat.
In recent years it has become evident that fat has beneficial uses beyond volume enhancement and is now used for improvement in the appearance of scars and also for facial rejuvenation and enhancement of skin quality. Patients who have previously had radiotherapy for breast cancer can benefit from the regenerative effects of fat grafting to the irradiated breast. These beneficial effects of transferred fat I thought to come from the mesenchymal cells present in high concentrations in fat.
Autologous fat can now be processed into micro fat and nano fat for rejuvenating applications beyond volume restoration.
- What are the benefits of ultrasound guided BBL??
Ultrasound-guided Brazilian butt lift (BBL) is a technique that involves the use of ultrasound technology during the fat grafting process. This technique offers several potential benefits:
Enhanced precision: Ultrasound guidance allows the plastic surgeon to visualise the underlying structures and blood vessels in real-time. This enables them to precisely target the areas for fat extraction and identify the optimal locations for fat injection into the buttocks. The enhanced precision can contribute to more accurate fat placement and improved overall results.
Reduced risk of complications: By visualising the blood vessels, ultrasound guidance can help minimise the risk of injecting fat into or near major vessels, which can lead to serious complications. It allows the surgeon to avoid areas with higher risks and choose safer injection sites, reducing the chances of fat embolism or tissue damage.
Improved fat survival: Ultrasound guidance can assist in identifying areas with better blood supply, which may enhance the survival of the transferred fat cells. The real-time visualisation helps the surgeon select areas where the fat is more likely to establish a blood supply, promoting its long-term survival and improving the longevity of the results.
Customised contouring: Ultrasound-guided BBL allows for a more precise and tailored approach to contouring the buttocks. The surgeon can evaluate the patient's anatomy, identify specific areas that require augmentation or reshaping, and make adjustments accordingly. This level of customisation can contribute to achieving the desired shape and proportion for the individual patient.
- How should I prepare for a BBL?
Preparing for a Brazilian butt lift (BBL) involves several steps to ensure a smooth and successful procedure. Here are some general guidelines to help you prepare:
Consultation with a plastic surgeon: Schedule a consultation with a plastic surgeon who specialises in BBL procedures. Discuss your goals, medical history, and any concerns you may have. Your surgeon will evaluate your candidacy for the procedure, explain the process, and provide personalised recommendations.
Medical evaluation: Your surgeon may require a pre-operative medical evaluation to assess your overall health and identify any potential risks or underlying conditions that need to be addressed before surgery. Follow their instructions and provide accurate information about your medical history, medications, and any allergies you may have.
Quit smoking and avoid certain medications: If you smoke, it is advised to stop smoking well in advance of the surgery, as smoking can interfere with the healing process. Additionally, your surgeon will provide a list of medications and supplements to avoid before surgery, as some of them can increase the risk of bleeding or complications.
Follow pre-operative instructions: Your surgeon will provide specific pre-operative instructions that may include guidelines for fasting before the procedure, restrictions on drinking and eating, and instructions regarding medications. Follow these instructions carefully to ensure your safety during the surgery.
Arrange for post-operative care: Plan for your recovery period by arranging for someone to drive you to and from the surgical facility on the day of the procedure. Additionally, consider arranging for someone to assist you during the initial days of your recovery, as you may need help with daily activities.
Prepare your recovery space: Create a comfortable recovery space at home. Gather necessary supplies such as loose-fitting clothing, comfortable pillows, and any prescribed medications. Prepare a clean and quiet area where you can rest and recover.
Arrange for time off: Schedule time off from work, school, or other obligations to allow for proper recovery. The length of time will depend on the nature of your job and your individual healing process. Your surgeon can provide an estimate of the recommended downtime.
Follow pre-operative hygiene guidelines: Your surgeon may provide specific guidelines on bathing, skin preparation, and hygiene before the surgery. Adhere to these instructions to reduce the risk of infection.
Address any additional concerns: If you have any specific concerns or questions about the procedure, recovery, or post-operative care, discuss them with your surgeon during your pre-operative appointments. It's essential to have a clear understanding and realistic expectations.
- What anaesthetic is used for BBL Surgery?
A Brazilian butt lift (BBL) typically requires the use of general anaesthesia. General anaesthesia ensures that you are completely unconscious and do not experience any pain or discomfort during the surgery.
Under general anaesthesia, an anaesthetist will administer medications intravenously to induce a state of unconsciousness. They will carefully monitor your vital signs, including heart rate, blood pressure, and oxygen levels, throughout the procedure.
General anesthesia provides a controlled and safe environment for the surgical team to perform the BBL. It allows the surgeon to focus on the procedure while ensuring your comfort and safety.
- What can I expect to feel after a Brazilian Butt Lift?
Once you have recovered from the effects of sedation or anaesthesia in our state of the art recovery facilities you will be assessed by one of our expert recovery nurses who will prepare you for a safe discharge. It is common to feel somewhat tired and drowsy but this is short-lived and you will feel much better after 3 to 4 hours. Once you have spent a sufficient period of time in the recovery suite you will be given something to eat and drink to build up your energy levels. Once your escort has arrived you will be allowed to leave the clinic and go home with your escort in a car or taxi.
It is not uncommon to experience mild discomfort immediately following the buttock fat transfer procedure; however, this will rapidly settle down with the taking of the prescribed oral painkillers by your surgeon. Our expert clinical support team is available to answer any question you may have and you will be called by one of our post-operative nurses at approximately 24 hours following your procedure.
- How long does it take to recover from BBL surgery?
The recovery period after BBL is about six weeks in duration. We would always advise patients to take at least one week off work to recover after having a Brazilian butt lift. Most patients will find that they can return to light work activities after one week. Your Surgeon usually recommends a minimum of four weeks until you can start driving again. Sexual intercourse should be avoided for at least four weeks after surgery.
Strenuous activities including intensive gym workouts should be avoided until six weeks after surgery.
As with all fat transfer procedures, the fact that has been transferred to the buttocks is very delicate in nature and the fat cells do not respond well to compression forces. It takes a period of time for new blood vessels to establish themselves to the newly transferred fat. As an all fat transfer procedures, a proportion of fat will be re-absorbed by the body and this figure is generally thought to be in the region of 20 to 30%. For patients who smoke, this figure can be much higher and as much as 60 to 70%. This is why your surgeon will strongly recommend that you quit smoking at least six weeks before having BBL surgery. Given this, patients will need to avoid sitting on their buttocks for at least the first two weeks.
The shape of the buttocks continues to evolve up to the six-month mark as this is the time it takes for new blood vessels to develop to supply the fat.
Because of the strict requirements for avoiding any form of compression on the buttocks, it is very important for you to comply with all of the surgeon's post-operative instructions to get the very best possible results after BBL surgery.
The buttocks will appear largest at about 2-3 months following the procedure.
After a BBL, you will experience swelling and bruising which may last for two weeks. You may also experience some pain and discomfort.
- When can I return to work after a BBL?
The amount of time it takes to return to work after a Brazilian butt lift (BBL) can vary depending on several factors, including the nature of your job, your individual healing process, and your surgeon's recommendations. In general, most people can expect to take around 1 to 2 weeks off from work following a BBL. However, it's essential to consult with your plastic surgeon for specific guidance tailored to your situation.
During the initial days after the procedure, it is common to experience some discomfort, swelling, and limited mobility. Your surgeon may advise you to avoid sitting or putting direct pressure on the buttocks for a certain period to allow the fat cells to establish a blood supply and survive in their new location. They may also recommend wearing compression garments to reduce swelling and support the healing process.
If your job involves sitting for extended periods, you may need to make accommodations such as using a specialized cushion or taking frequent breaks to stand and walk. Your surgeon can provide you with guidance on when it is safe to resume sitting for longer periods and any additional precautions you should take to protect your results.
- Do smoking and alcohol have an effect on the results after a BBL?
The success of fat transfer surgery is very dependent on following a healthy lifestyle to maximise fat graft survival. There are a number of lifestyle habits that could have an impact on the fat grafting procedure. Smoking cigarettes and drinking alcohol are known to reduce fat graft survival along with being obese and taking recreational drugs.
Smoking is known to have a deleterious effect on fat survival as the risk of infection is much increased and the impact of smoking is to impair the body’s ability for wound healing. Wound healing is often delayed in patients who smoke. All patients should stop smoking at least 6 weeks before the procedure and this includes nicotine replacement products. Excessive alcohol intake should also be reduced as alcohol also interferes with wound healing processes. The survival of fat grafts is significantly impaired in those who continue to smoke and drink up to the day of their procedure.
At your consultation, your height and weight will be measured and used to calculate your BMI. It is recommended to have a BMI below 28 to get the best results after BBL surgery.
- What happens during BBL recovery?
After the BBL fat transfer procedure is complete you will be booked in for a follow-up appointment to see one of our expert post-operative nurses at the clinic usually between 7 to 14 days after your procedure. At this appointment, your nurse will remove your dressings and assess your incisions to make sure they are healing well and will give further Post-operative instructions at this stage. Any sutures which need to be removed will be removed at this appointment and you will be given advice on when you can start showering.
At the six week mark, you will be seen by your surgeon to assess the healing and results and to make sure you are having an optimised recovery. Post-operative photographs are usually taken at this appointment to compare with your preoperative photographs.
At all stages, after your procedure in the recovery period, you can get in contact with our clinical support team If you have any questions or concerns. Monitoring your care proactively in the post-operative period means your potential for a smooth recovery is maximised.
- Will I have BBL scars?
One of the major benefits of Brazilian Butt lift or gluteal sculpting with superficial fat transfer is that there are no major incisions. This means minimal scarring. The surgeon will aim to hide the small incisions in natural body creases or folds.
Patients can be assured that they will be able to wear bikinis and other revealing clothing with confidence and without being concerned that the incisions could be seen by others.
The fat transfer to the buttocks procedure utilises incisions that are no more than 3 to 4 mm in length.
We would always advise all patients to completely stop smoking and two ideally stop alcohol consumption at least four weeks before the BBL surgery. Both smoking and alcohol intake are recognised risk factors that can impair wound healing. Suboptimal wound healing can result in wounds that take much longer to heal and in some cases can result in open wounds which subsequently increase the risk of secondary infection and visible scarring.
Your surgeon, therefore, advises that you wear your compression garment as instructed which helps to protect the wounds and facilitate fast healing and ultimately result in fine barely visible scars.
Our post-operative nursing team will assess you one week after your BBL procedure to make sure that you're healing well and there are no clinical features of infection. You also have continuous access to our post-operative nursing team using the emergency contact number provided on your discharge summary.
A comprehensive after-care package is a complimentary feature of having your BBL procedure at Centre for Surgery.
- Does the Brazilian Butt Lift carry the same risks as silicone injections?
No, the Brazilian butt lift (BBL) procedure and silicone injections carry different risks and considerations.
A BBL is a surgical procedure that involves the use of your body's own fat, which is harvested through liposuction and then transferred to the buttocks to enhance their shape and size. The procedure is performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon in a controlled surgical setting. While a BBL does carry risks associated with any surgical procedure, such as infection, bleeding, scarring, and ansesthesia-related complications, when performed by a skilled and experienced surgeon, these risks are generally minimised.
On the other hand, silicone injections for buttock augmentation are not an approved or recommended method. Silicone injections for cosmetic purposes are considered illegal and dangerous. Silicone injections can lead to a range of serious complications, including infection, scarring, asymmetry, skin necrosis, chronic pain, migration of the silicone, and even life-threatening conditions such as embolism.
It's crucial to emphasise that the safety and effectiveness of any procedure, including the BBL, depend on several factors, including the qualifications and experience of the surgeon, adherence to proper surgical techniques, and following post-operative care instructions. It is important to choose a reputable and experienced plastic surgeon who specialises in BBL procedures to minimise the risks and maximise the likelihood of a successful outcome.
- When can I exercise after a BBL?
The timeline for returning to exercise after a Brazilian butt lift (BBL) can vary depending on individual factors and your surgeon's recommendations. Generally, you will need to avoid vigorous exercise and activities that put direct pressure on the buttocks for a certain period to allow the newly transferred fat cells to establish a blood supply and survive in their new location.
Typically, patients are advised to avoid strenuous exercise and activities that involve jumping, running, or heavy lifting for at least 4 to 6 weeks after a BBL. This time frame allows for adequate healing and reduces the risk of complications. Engaging in intense physical activity too soon can potentially disrupt the fat grafts and compromise the final results.
However, it's important to note that each person's recovery may vary, and your surgeon's specific recommendations should always take precedence. They will assess your individual progress and provide personalized guidance regarding when it is safe to resume exercise.
During the initial recovery period, it is generally encouraged to engage in light walking or low-impact activities to promote circulation and aid in healing. Wearing compression garments as recommended by your surgeon can also help reduce swelling and provide support during this time.
- What are BBL risks and complications?
Centre for Surgery is home to some of the best BBL surgeons in London and across the UK. Our level of experience in all aspects of the BBL procedure is unparalleled and this means our clinic is one of the safest and most comfortable clinics to have this procedure carried out. Our surgeons carry out approximately 100 Brazilian butt lift procedures each year. The level of positive feedback and very low incidence of complications are reflective of our robust policies and procedures for making the BBL procedure as safe as possible.
Brazilian butt lift surgery has received a lot of adverse publicity in the media due to complications occurring. It is important to be aware of the risks of Brazilian Butt Lift. Centre for Surgery uses the safest techniques for BBL surgery, utilising a combination of SAFE liposuction or SAFElipo and Expansion Vibration Lipofilling or EVL using large-calibre flared cannulas. Our surgeons have built up significant experience in the BBL procedure over a number of years.
You should make sure you have a healthy body mass index (BMI <30) for the procedure. If you are obese, you may not be considered an ideal candidate for the procedure.
Potential risks and complications of Brazilian Butt Lift include:
Surgical site infection
Seroma or haematoma
Poor wound healing
Poor graft take
Requirement for a revision procedure
At our state of the art cosmetic surgery clinic in London, all patients are given specialised anti-embolism stockings that they are asked to wear for two weeks following the procedure. All patients have a sequential compression device applied to the legs during surgery and when combined with the stockings, helps to significantly decrease the risk of blood clots in the leg is also known as DVT.
- Will I have to wear a compression garment after my BBL?
You will have to wear a compression garment for six weeks after the Brazilian butt lift. This will help to reduce swelling and keep your buttocks in the best shape possible. The risk of developing flattening to the buttocks is significantly minimised as long as you wear your compression garment as recommended by your surgeon. The BBL compression garment also functions to optimise wound healing and reduce the risk of surgical site infection.
At Centre for Surgery, our surgeons use only the highest quality compression garments specifically designed for Brazilian butt lift surgery. The garments make use of fabrics that do not compress the buttocks but still continue to apply compression to the areas where Leiper suction was performed. Lymphatic drainage is markedly improved by wearing a BBL garment. In most cases wearing a BBL compression garment is well tolerated and can be easily disguised underneath normal items of clothing. BBL compression garments come in a wide variety of different sizes and shapes and colours and our pre-operative nurses will be able to assist you in selecting the right garment.
Patients who fail to wear the compression garment as prescribed may find that the buttock area may begin to lose volume and therefore the results may appear suboptimal with time. In these cases, patients may require a revision procedure to reinject fat.
- Can I sit after BBL?
After undergoing a Brazilian butt lift (BBL), it is generally recommended to avoid sitting or putting direct pressure on the buttocks for a certain period of time. This is because during a BBL, fat grafting is performed to enhance the shape and size of the buttocks. The fat cells need time to establish a blood supply and survive in their new location.
The specific post-operative instructions and guidelines may vary depending on the surgeon and individual circumstances, so it is important to follow the advice of your plastic surgeon. Typically, patients are advised to avoid sitting or lying directly on their buttocks for at least two weeks following the procedure. This allows the newly transferred fat cells to settle and integrate into the surrounding tissues.
To protect the results of your BBL, your surgeon may recommend using a specialised cushion or pillow when sitting or lying down. This cushion, often called a "BBL pillow" or "doughnut pillow," helps to distribute your weight more evenly and reduces pressure on the buttocks.
- Are BBL results permanent?
A Brazilian Butt Lift procedure will produce results that can last for many years thanks to specialist techniques used at Centre for Surgery that include power-assisted liposuction and ultrasound-guided expansion vibration lipofilling.
With the ageing process, the skin elasticity may reduce over time as a result of the loss of collagen and elastin. Both collagen and elastin are natural constituents of the skin and are responsible for conferring firmness and elasticity. As these components diminish over time the skin will begin to sag and begin to develop wrinkling. These changes may become visible in the buttock area. It is at this point where patients may begin to explore their options for treatment.
Having a BBL procedure will not halt the natural process of ageing but it can help to reverse many pre-existing changes such as loss of buttock volume and wrinkled skin over the buttocks.
There are a number of factors which can affect the results of BBL and these include significant fluctuations in weight which includes rapid weight gain. We would therefore advise all patients to maintain a healthy stable weight in order to enjoy the results of the BBL for many years to come.
- When will I see BBL results?
The vast majority of patients can expect to see immediate results from BBL surgery.
In common with other types of body contouring procedures, a Brazilian butt lift is a relatively invasive type of procedure as it often involves 360 liposuction. There is therefore a higher chance of bruising and swelling to develop which then takes up to 3 to 4 weeks to settle down.
The healing time following gluteal fat transfer surgery is approximately 4 to 6 weeks and it takes time for final results to become apparent. It is important to be aware that newly transferred fat is very delicate and requires a period of time to establish blood supply to the fat cells. A proportion of fat will become non-viable and will be absorbed by the body. Swelling takes time to resolve but once it has done so you should be able to see the final results from the fat transfer and in some cases, this can take up to 3 months to appear after fat transfer surgery.
You should begin to see incremental improvement as the days and weeks pass following the procedure and as your healing takes place. Once the fat has successfully developed a fresh blood supply, it can take a further 3 to 6 months for the fat to remodel. This process is highly variable between patients and depends on the areas where fat grafting was carried out.
Fat transfer unlike non-surgical alternatives is a permanent procedure which means the volume enhancement will not reduce with time. However, with ageing or changes in weight, the proportion of fat may change in the body more generally and this will also affect the area where fat grafting was performed.
It is generally accepted that fat grafting results in fat survival rates of between 60 to 70%. The remaining fat is reabsorbed by the body. Fat survival rates vary depending on the body area treated. Patients who would like further increases in volume may wish to undertake a second stage BBL procedure at between 3 to 6 months following the first procedure to achieve the expected result. Your surgeon will be able to advise you on the fat grafting survival rates after taking a full medical history and performing a thorough physical examination.
Patients who actively smoke can expect fat surgical rates of between 30% to 50%.
- How do I choose the best BBL surgeon in London?
Before considering having a Brazilian Butt Lift that includes 360 liposuction and fat transfer to the buttocks for butt enhancement, it is vital that all patients choose a plastic surgeon who is highly qualified and has years of experience in carrying out Brazilian Butt Lift surgery in London. A skilled BBL surgeon will be able to explain the benefits of gluteal fat grafting after having taken a full medical history and examined you. He or she will be able to advise on how to look after yourself during the recovery period including not placing any pressure on the buttocks during the first 2 weeks and what are the potential risks of BBL surgery. The risks of BBL are minimised by avoiding high-volume liposuction and using ultrasound-guided techniques for fat transfer. Highly experienced surgeons such as those found at Centre for Surgery pride themselves on being open and honest about what can be expected with BBL and the potential result that you can expect to achieve following surgery.
It is very important to verify that your surgeon is a specialist in BBL who has undertaken more than 50 cases as a minimum, and at your face-to-face consultation, you should take the opportunity to ask to see the surgeon's collection of BBL before and after photos so that you can form a good idea of how you could look after Brazilian Butt Lift. You should also view patient reviews about their experience of the BBL procedure which can be found on reputable review platforms such as Trustpilot.
Highly ethical surgeons with a sub-specialist interest in Brazilian Butt Lift will always take a holistic view of each patient including their physical and mental health. Patients who have a chronic uncontrolled medical condition such as diabetes or a bleeding abnormality may not be the ideal candidate for a Brazilian butt lift at Centre for Surgery.
In the UK only registered specialist plastic surgeons can carry out cosmetic surgery and you should always check if your BBL surgeon is listed on the specialist register which can be found on the GMC website.
Many surgeons may be members of professional bodies such as the British Association of Plastic Surgeons or the European or international equivalent. In many cases, there are surgeons who are recognised as leading practitioners in the field of BBL but often choose not to be a member of a particular organisation.
- How do I choose the best clinic for Brazilian Butt Lift Surgery?
We believe that the best outcomes after Brazilian Butt Lift happen when patients make the right choice of clinic and surgeon.
1. In deciding on the right clinic for you, always carry out extensive research and choose a well established and reputable clinic. Centre for Surgery are specialists in cosmetic surgery and have been established for many years. Our patient coordinators and surgeons are here to answer any questions you may have to empower you with the right information.
2. Your choice of surgeon for Brazilian butt lift should be based on their qualifications, experience and having a record of good patient feedback. You should know who you will be seeing before your BBL consultation. At Centre for Surgery, our surgeons are specially selected after a rigorous appointments process to ensure they have the right skill set to perform cosmetic surgery.
3. When choosing to have a Brazilian butt lift procedure, you should not base your decision on price alone. It is important to make sure you are having treatment in a safe and regulated environment by staff who are both fully trained and caring to look after your needs – before, during and after your procedure. Many people choose to have a BBL procedure overseas and the risk of complications is thought to be higher when people choose to have their procedure carried out abroad.
4. Avoid clinics that offer a ‘hard-sell’. If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Ask the surgeon about all the techniques they used to enhance safety. Centre for Surgery does not perform fat injection into the muscle as our surgeons believe it carries serious risks. Our experts use SAFElipo combined with ultrasound-guided BBL and expansion vibration lipofilling. The only BBL clinic in the UK to use all 3 techniques.
We believe patient safety and happy satisfied patients are the bedrock of our reputation as an ethical provider of cosmetic surgery. Our doctors are known for giving straightforward honest advice and you can be assured that your journey with Centre for Surgery will be a positive experience on the path to renewed self-confidence.
- What if I gain weight after BBL Surgery?
If you gain weight after undergoing a Brazilian butt lift (BBL), the distribution of the weight gain may affect the appearance of your buttocks. It's important to keep in mind that the fat cells transferred during the BBL will behave like fat cells elsewhere in your body.
When you gain weight, both the existing fat cells in your body and the transferred fat cells in your buttocks can expand. This means that if you gain weight, your buttocks may increase in size along with other areas of your body where you naturally accumulate fat.
It's worth noting that the extent to which weight gain affects the appearance of your buttocks will depend on various factors such as your body's natural fat distribution, overall weight gain patterns, and the amount of fat transferred during the BBL procedure. The fat cells in your buttocks may be more resistant to weight gain compared to other areas, but they are not entirely immune.
- Can you reverse a Brazilian butt lift?
A Brazilian butt lift (BBL) is a surgical procedure that involves the transfer of fat from one area of the body to the buttocks to enhance their shape and size. While it is possible to undergo a revision surgery or additional procedures to adjust the results of a BBL, the process of completely reversing a BBL and restoring the pre-surgery buttock appearance is not straightforward.
Reversing a BBL would typically involve removing the transferred fat from the buttocks. However, this can be challenging because the fat cells that survive the transfer process establish a blood supply and integrate into the surrounding tissues. Removing the transferred fat completely may require extensive surgical intervention, and it may not be possible to achieve the exact pre-surgery buttock appearance.
If you are unsatisfied with the results of your BBL, it is recommended to consult with a plastic surgeon at Centre for Surgery who specialises in revision procedures. They can evaluate your specific situation, discuss your concerns and goals, and provide you with appropriate options. These options may include additional liposuction, fat grafting, or other techniques to address specific issues and improve the overall outcome.
- What is a non-surgical BBL?
If you prefer only a very subtle change in your buttock appearance, you may be a candidate for a non-surgical BBL. Often those patients who have insufficient fat will be good candidates for the non-surgical option. Another option is to gain weight to gain sufficient fat reserves to then qualify for the surgical BBL. A non-surgical BBL involves using an injectable filler known as Sculptra to increase the size and shape of the buttocks. The Sculptra non-surgical BBL will need to be repeated once or twice a year to maintain the results. The non-surgical BBL is not a permanent procedure.
What To Expect
The BBL consultation
When you decide to move forward with a Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL) surgery, the first step is a detailed consultation with your surgeon. During this appointment, your surgeon will take various measurements of the areas of your body where fat will be harvested, and assess the quality of your soft tissue. Ideal candidates for liposuction and BBL are those with good skin elasticity. If you have poor skin elasticity, a tummy tuck may be suggested as liposuction could exacerbate skin laxity. Our surgeons are proficient in various liposuction techniques for BBL surgery, including power-assisted liposuction, and will choose the most suitable one based on your physical examination. The surgeon will discuss the location of the small incisions for liposuction and fat transfer and whether your liposuction will be combined with another procedure, such as BodyTite, for skin tightening.
With a buttock fat transfer, it's crucial to determine the amount of fat that needs to be harvested. Generally, twice as much fat as needed for the transfer is extracted to account for the fraction that will not survive the transfer process.
High-resolution photos will be taken, and your surgeon may use computer digital imaging. They will discuss the significant risks and potential complications of liposuction surgery and what to expect during the postoperative period.
Your surgeon will also record a full medical history, including previous surgeries, current medications, and any potential allergies. This information is crucial in determining your suitability for the liposuction procedure. If you're deemed an appropriate candidate for BBL surgery, we recommend a 'cool-off period' of at least two weeks to reflect on the information provided and weigh your options.
At Centre for Surgery in London, we welcome our potential patients to have as many follow-up consultations as they need after their initial consultation. This way, you'll be fully equipped with all the necessary information to make an informed decision before proceeding with your Brazilian Butt Lift surgery.
Before the procedure
Once you've decided that a Brazilian Butt Lift is the right choice for you, our preoperative assessment team will reach out to help you prepare for your surgery. Here are the key steps to consider:
We strongly recommend that you cease smoking for at least 6 weeks prior to the procedure. Active smoking is associated with various risks, including delayed wound healing, which could result in infection. Furthermore, smoking interferes with the blood supply to the skin and fat, potentially leading to higher fat loss in active smokers.
We advise you to minimize, and preferably cease, alcohol intake two weeks before the BBL surgery.
Avoid aspirin and all medications containing aspirin for at least a week prior to the liposuction procedure. These medicines can increase the risk of postoperative bleeding.
Refrain from consuming any food or drink, except for sips of clear liquids (water and tea/coffee without milk), for six hours before the BBL procedure. Clear fluids are permissible up to two hours before the procedure.
Ensure that you arrange for a responsible adult to accompany you home after the procedure and to assist you during the first 24 hours post-surgery.
On the day of the your Brazilian Butt Lift procedure
Please plan to arrive for your BBL procedure at the confirmed time. One of our nursing team will admit you for the procedure and will carry out several tasks, including checking your blood pressure and other vital signs such as pulse and temperature, and then getting you changed into single-use clinic wear. The anaesthetist will then assess you to ensure you are fit for TIVA anaesthetic and will also prescribe a number of pre-medications, which will be administered by your nurse to aid your recovery after the liposuction procedure. Your surgeon will then see you, confirm the procedure to be undertaken, and you will sign the informed consent form. Skin marking and photos may be taken at this point.
Liposuction and fat transfer to buttocks is a very common procedure at Centre for Surgery and is carried out under TIVA general anaesthesia as a day case. The procedure takes approximately 1-3 hours to carry out. During liposuction surgery, your surgeon will make small incisions in the marked body areas. The fat tissue is surgically removed using specialised cannulas to contour the marked body areas. The harvested fat is processed in a specialised fat harvesting system before being injected using fine cannulas. The volume of fat transferred depends on whether you are looking for maximum projection of the buttocks or you are looking to fill in 'hip dips'. The final part of the procedure is the closure of the skin with dissolvable sutures.
Once you have awakened from the TIVA anaesthetic, our nurses will closely monitor you for 1-3 hours afterwards to ensure you make a full recovery. You will be given a fruit juice drink or a hot drink, as you prefer, to build up your energy levels. Once you are assessed as fit for discharge, you will require a responsible adult escort to take you home in a car or taxi and to look after you for at least the first 24 hours after surgery.
After your procedure
Following your BBL procedure, our dedicated postoperative support team is available 24/7 to answer any questions or concerns you may have. Our team will call you regularly for the first 2 weeks after your procedure to ensure your pain levels are well managed and your healing is progressing as expected. It is crucial that you avoid sitting on your buttocks for the first 2 weeks after surgery.
The recovery after a Brazilian Butt Lift is generally very straightforward with minimal discomfort that can be effectively controlled with oral painkillers. Most of our patients are very comfortable by the end of the first week. Your doctor may recommend taking approximately one week off work. You should minimize any excessive physical activity for the first 2 weeks after surgery to help with the healing of the incisions and reduce swelling.
You will be required to wear a supportive BBL compression garment for a full 6 weeks to ensure optimal healing and to promote the best possible scar healing.
You will attend a postoperative check-up with one of our nursing team at 7-10 days to review your surgical wound sites and ensure proper healing is taking place. Recommendations on treatments for scar healing may be given for optimal cosmetic results. At 6 weeks, you should begin to see your final results of the Brazilian Butt Lift, and you will see your surgeon for a comprehensive review to ensure your results are in line with your expectations.