Enhancing the buttock has become a popular cosmetic procedure over the past 10 years. A shapely, well-contoured buttocks is considered a symbol of sensuality and femininity. There are two butt cosmetic surgeries to reshape or enlarge the buttock and they are the Brazilian butt lift (BBL) and butt implants. What are the differences and how should a patient prepare for butt augmentation surgery?
The Brazilian butt lift is a procedure which benefits a person by using liposuction to remove stubborn fat from the patient’s own body and placing it within the buttock to build a bigger and shapelier bottom. Patients can have the fat removed from several areas of the body including the abdomen, hips and back. A Brazilian buttock lift is the safest butt enhancement option since the transferred fat comes from the patient’s own body. The risk of infection, rejection and the possibility of developing a seroma are smaller with a Brazilian butt lift. Furthermore, the injected fat looks and feels natural.
Although butt implants are still a popular procedure, many people only have the implants put in if they do not have enough fat on their body to do a BBL. Since butt implants are considered a surgical procedure, the recovery time as well as the downtime and risks are all increased. With butt implants, an incision is either made where the cheeks meet the back of the thigh or between the cheeks. The surgeon will create a pocket and insert a silicone-gel implant. After the pocket and incision are sutured closed, patients with butt implants benefit from a more prominent looking buttock.
When preparing for any type of butt augmentation, patients should discuss all allergies, previous surgeries, past and present medical conditions and any current medications with the surgeon. Patients may be asked to begin taking a certain regimen of medications such as anti-viral treatments. The doctor might also recommend stopping or adjusting any current medications. Certain anti-inflammatory drugs, aspirins and herbal medications can increase bleeding and cause additional complications for the patient. Proper hydration is very important before and after the surgery to aid in a safer recovery. In addition, a blood test could be required before either of the butt augmentation procedures. With any surgery, patients are advised to stop smoking at least 6 weeks prior to the surgery and during the recovery period. Smoking can complicate the healing process due to the fact that the lungs and the heart of a smoker must work harder to function under the medication. Furthermore, smoking puts the patient at a higher risk for postoperative heart attacks, pneumonia, blood clots, wound healing issues and death.
Either butt enhancement choice can be beneficial to anyone wanting to show a better silhouette. Butt enhancements can be ideal for anyone wanting a more curvy appearance. However, butt implants might be more appropriate for anyone with a flat butt or patients who have a loose and saggy butt. A board-certified surgeon can help a patient decide which option will give them the desired, and best, results.