For some women, their primary appearance concern isn’t a lack of curves above the waistline, but a lack of curves below. A flat bottom can lead to problems with self-image, not to mention the frustrations involved with finding clothes that actually fit. Whether your natural assets tend toward the top-heavy or you just wish you had a little more “junk in the trunk,” a Brazilian butt lift can help.
Recognized as a body contouring specialist and one of the top cosmetic surgeons in the Mobile-Pensacola metro area, Dr. James Koehler is a board certified cosmetic surgeon serving patients from Gulfport to Gulf Shores and beyond. In addition to Brazilian butt lifts, Dr. Koehler offers a wide range of plastic surgery procedures for both men and women, and is known for his caring commitment to a patient-first approach.
Are You a Candidate?
Because of the nature of this procedure, the ideal candidates should have some extra fat elsewhere on the body that they can donate to their bottom, typically from the belly, thighs or around the waistline. At the same time, you should be at or near your target weight and in otherwise good health mentally and physically. It’s also important to have realistic expectations about your results.
About Brazilian Butt Lifts
The female form comes in all different shapes and sizes, but there’s no denying that there’s a certain appeal to the classic hourglass figure. Even without the exact hourglass ratio, a womanly shape that’s proportionately curvy both above and below the waistline is considered an ideal cosmetic goal for many women.
A Brazilian butt lift, sometimes called buttocks augmentation, uses your own fat cells to create a naturally curvaceous bottom that can better balance out your feminine figure. The cells are first removed via liposuction, then the fat is processed using the LifeCell REVOLVE™ System to isolate the just the healthy fat before Dr. Koehler injects them into the bottom to boost the volume of your backside. Some women may include a Brazilian butt lift as part of a mommy makeover, or combine buttocks augmentation with breast implants for a more voluptuous figure overall.
What to Expect
The two contributing factors to beautiful results are patient candidacy and surgical skill, so it’s essential to schedule a consultation with Dr. Koehler if you’re considering buttocks augmentation. During this time, you can share your hopes for surgery and Dr. Koehler can give you more specific information, as well as perform a physical evaluation in order to ensure that you’ll see the best possible outcome from your procedure.
To begin a Brazilian butt lift, Dr. Koehler will determine the best donor area from which to collect living fat cells using liposuction as the first step in a two-part process. Any impurities are removed before the cells are injected into their new location. During injection, Dr. Koehler carefully layers the fat cells for optimal contouring, enhanced volume and natural-looking results.
Since liposuction requires only very tiny incisions and injections are delivered with a fine-gauge needle, the Brazilian butt lift is considered a “scarless” procedure. Often, liposuction access points are so small that they only require a single suture after surgery, so you can be sure to enjoy a discreet yet unmistakable boost to your figure.
After surgery, you can expect to feel some tenderness where liposuction was performed. Dr. Koehler will ask you to wear a compression garment to help manage swelling and promote a comfortable recovery. You can expect to rest for the first few days, but most patients can return to their normal daily activities within a week or two.
Risks and Complications
Fat grafting carries only minimal risks, which are primarily limited to the same side effects that are possible with liposuction alone: swelling, fluid buildup and bleeding or infection. However, given the negligible size of the incisions and Dr. Koehler’s surgical skill, more serious complications are rare. Dr. Koehler will go over all the risks and benefits of both liposuction and fat grafting with you before your butt lift so you’re fully informed about what to expect.
Your New Look
You should see an improvement in the shape, profile and projection of your bottom right away after surgery. It’s common to overfill initially in order to compensate for the potential loss of fat cells that fail to thrive after the transfer process, so seeing your final results can take time. Once the transplanted cells have established themselves in their new location, the effects of your butt lift are permanent, and you can expect to enjoy your new look for a very long time.
Brazilian Butt Lift FAQ
How do I choose the right BBL cosmetic surgeon near me?
Choose a reputable cosmetic surgeon in your area who has ample experience performing Brazilian butt lift procedures as a BBL requires intricate surgical skill and knowledge, as well as an artistic eye. Be sure that your cosmetic surgeon has completed extensive medical schooling and training and is a respected professional in his or her field. Look at before and after photos of people with a similar build and body type as yours to give you an idea of the level of results you might be able to expect.
Is a BBL the best body contouring procedure for me?
A Brazilian butt lift could be right for you if you would like to achieve a more voluminous contour while maintaining a natural look, feel and movement. The best candidate for a BBL will be in good physical and mental health, have realistic expectations for his or her BBL results and have some amount of excess fat in other areas that can be used in the BBL procedure.
Is a Brazilian butt lift safe?
Brazilian butt lifts are generally safe cosmetic procedures when performed by an experienced and highly qualified cosmetic surgeon. As with any surgical procedure, BBLs come with a risk of complications, which should be discussed with you at your consultation. Proper Brazilian butt lift preparation and aftercare are crucial to a smooth recovery process and optimal results.
How painful is a Brazilian butt lift?
You shouldn’t feel pain during your Brazilian butt lift, as this procedure is performed under either general or local anesthesia. However, some mild discomfort, soreness, bruising and swelling are common side effects after a BBL. Dr. Koehler will prescribe appropriate pain medication and detailed recovery instructions to keep you comfortable in the first few days after your Brazilian butt lift.
How long does it take to recover from a Brazilian butt lift?
Most people plan to take around two weeks off work and other daily activities for their BBL recovery. During this time, it is important that you do not sit directly on your buttocks to avoid complications and to maximize your results. In the several following weeks, you can gradually sit down for short periods of time. It can take six weeks or more to fully recover from your Brazilian butt lift.
How soon will I see my BBL results?
You may notice an immediate difference in your body shape and contours following your Brazilian butt lift. However, it can take 3 to 6 months for your final results to develop.
How long does a Brazilian butt lift last?
Brazilian butt lift results can last for several years or even decades. Expect to lose around 40 percent of the initial volume gained after your BBL in the first two weeks or so. This is normal and is accounted for when performing your Brazilian butt lift.
Factors, such as weight loss or gain, the natural aging process, your exercise habits and your diet can all influence your final results and how long they might last.