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10 Essential Questions To Ask Your Plastic Surgeon Before Getting A Brazilian Butt Lift

10 Essential Questions To Ask Your Plastic Surgeon Before Getting A Brazilian Butt Lift

Do you wish your butt were rounder, higher, firmer? Have you tried targeted exercises and supportive garments but are not getting the results you want? A Brazilian butt lift which uses your own fat and includes both butt augmentation and butt reshaping, is an excellent way to achieve a fuller, firmer, more shapely derrière. It also can help you achieve a more pleasing balance between the shape, size and contour of your buttocks in proportion to the rest of your body.

Is a Brazilian butt lift safe?

As a plastic surgeon who has been performing this body contouring surgery for over 20 years, I can confidently say that yes, if done properly, in the right setting, in the right patients, this procedure is safe. In order to avoid any negative outcomes for my patients, I perform all of my surgeries at the Surgical Specialty Center of Westchester, a leading-edge, state-of-the-art facility in Harrison, NY.

In fact, since it was first introduced in 1996, the Brazilian butt lift (BBL) is now one of the most requested plastic surgery procedures I perform in my practice. As well as the Brazilian butt lift, I also offer a wide range of other body sculpting procedures to help you achieve a more shapely body. To learn more, click here.

This short video explains the details

To learn more about Brazilian butt lift surgery, watch my short video by clicking on the image below.

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A Brazilian butt lift uses your own fat so there’s no chance of rejection

During Brazilian butt lift surgery, I use liposuction to remove excess fat from certain parts of your body and transfer it to the buttock area to give you a higher, plumper and more rounded butt. I can also slim and trim away where you have too much fat while building up the areas where you would like more fullness. Since this fat is from your own body, there’s no chance of rejection. Plus, with a BBL there are no foreign objects or substances inserted into your body so there is no risk of implant rupture or displacement.

10 questions to ask before BBL surgery

A Brazilian butt lift is a transformative, potentially life-changing procedure, which is why it’s important for you to have as much information beforehand as possible. If you’re considering this surgery but aren’t sure which questions to ask during your initial consultation, here are some suggestions.|

1. How can I know if I’m a good candidate for a BBL?

You need to be in good medical health for any kind of plastic surgery. Having said that, the only way to know if Brazilian butt lift surgery is right for you is to consult with an experienced plastic surgeon, but in most cases, you could be a good candidate if you:

  1. Have lost a significant amount of weight and your butt now sags and droops.
  2. Are overweight and haven't been able to lose weight through physical activity and changes in your diet.
  3. Are at a normal weight but want to dramatically improve the appearance of your lower body.
  4. Are at a normal weight but your skin won't contract after liposuction due to poor elasticity related to aging.
  5. Are unhappy with the overall shape and lack of firmness of your butt.
2. What’s the difference between a BBL and butt implants?

Mainly, the difference lies in how much fat you have in your body. A BBL is a fat grafting procedure, so if you have few fat deposits, you may not be a candidate for a BBL and should choose implants instead. A major advantage of a BBL is that it uses your own fat which shapes well, so the procedure can be individually customized to achieve each patient’s desired outcomes. Fat can be placed specifically in the areas that need building up, including the hips. Also, liposuction can be performed at the same time as a BBL to give additional roundness, shape and curve to the buttocks. Unlike butt implants, BBL outcomes are not limited to the sizes and shapes of implants that are available, and a BBL is less invasive than inserting buttocks implants.

3. Do I need to gain or lose weight before the procedure?

While it varies from person to person, it’s best to be a few pounds over your ideal weight before having BBL surgery. The important factor is that once you have gained weight for a BBL, you need to maintain that same weight afterwards in order to maintain the results.

4. How many Brazilian butt lifts have you performed?

You certainly do not want your plastic surgeon to be “practicing” on you and your butt. In my opinion, he/she should have performed hundreds of successful butt augmentation procedures, optimally for 10 years or more. Ask to see “before and after” pictures (untouched) and if possible, of different body types: slender, medium and heavy. This will prove that the surgeon has experience with all different body builds and will also enable you to find a body type that you can identify with.

5. Where will my fat be extracted from?

Typically, I extract fat from the lower back, “love handles” and abdomen and use it to shape the top part and sides of the butt, and also the hips.

6. How much scarring will there be?

I always try to minimize scarring as much as possible. For a BBL, there will be small scars (about 4 mm long) in the creases around the buttocks and abdominal area. I try to hide as many of them as I can and perform most of the surgery in the areas that are hidden. Sometimes the post-surgery scars will be raised, sometimes they get dark, and sometimes you can't see them at all. It completely depends on how your individual body heals.

7. How long will the results last?

The fat that I put into your body is a transfer or a graft, just like a skin graft. This fat will not go away — a BBL is a very long-lasting procedure. On average, you can expect about 50% of the injected fat to stay in the area and about 50% to be reabsorbed by your body. That’s why I always put in extra fat grafts.

8. How long will it take to recover after a BBL? Will I be able to sit?

I advise my patients not to sit at all for as much as six weeks following the procedure. After that, you can sit on a boppy (nursing) pillow so that you’re sitting on the back of your thighs and not your butt. There are also special chairs that enable you to sit without sitting on your buttocks.

9. Can I resume regular exercise after a BBL?

I absolutely encourage my patients to exercise after BBL surgery. However, I would not want someone doing excessive cardio which might cause them to lose the fat that’s been transferred. To get the heart rate up and still maintain the results, I recommend squats, lunges, calisthenics — exercises that give a good workout and can even increase the results.

10. When can I go back to work after a BBL?

People usually can go back to work about one week after the procedure. What seems to work well for my patients is to take their boppy pillow to the office and use it in their work chair.

How much does butt augmentation cost?

One of the first questions my patients ask me when they’re considering having a Brazilian butt lift is how much it will cost. My answer is that there is no one standard price. Recognizing that every woman’s body and expectations for butt augmentation surgery are unique to her, I determine the exact cost of a Brazilian butt lift after I have met with the patient, evaluated her body type, amount of fat stores, overall physical condition and her personal goals and expectations. For further pricing details, please contact me.

Considering butt augmentation? 

Choosing to have a Brazilian butt lift is an important decision for a woman. If you are thinking about getting a Brazilian butt lift and would like to schedule a free consultation, please contact me. I will send you additional information prior to your appointment, then when we meet, I will evaluate your body type and overall health, answer any questions you may have about the procedure and recovery period, and learn what you’re hoping to achieve. Then together, we’ll determine how to arrive at the best possible results. 

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So that you can be fully informed before you decide to have a Brazilian butt lift, I’ve written several blogs explaining the procedure and its benefits:

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Board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS), a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS), Samuel J. Beran, MD is a highly accomplished plastic surgeon with offices in Manhattan, Harrison and Mount Kisco, NY. With more than 20 years’ experience and a thorough command of the most advanced techniques and technologies, Dr. Beran consistently provides his patients with the highest level of plastic, cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the breast, face, skin and body. Recently, Dr. Beran was named a “Top Doctor” by RealSelf for his dedication to responding to consumer questions and patient feedback. The “Top Doctor” designation is awarded to less than 10% of the RealSelf physician community.

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