When the average American hears the phrase “cosmetic surgery”, chances are operations like breast implants, nose jobs and liposuction are the first that come to mind. However, in the past ten years a new surgery has emerged that’s gaining momentum at a surprisingly fast rate - The Brazilian Butt Lift. In this procedure, the patient’s unwanted fat is liposuctioned from the stomach, sides and back and then transferred to the buttocks. This combination of lipo and fat transfer has made the concept of sucking fat from places you don’t want it and putting it where you do a reality - making it easy to see why so many patients think this procedure is heaven sent!
In fact, The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery reported that the amount of patient interest in the Brazilian Butt Lift procedure tracked through RealSelf.com has more than doubled between 2012 and 2013. Part of this increase in popularity can be explained by a recent change in the demographic trend of patients desiring this procedure. While African American and Hispanic populations have shown the greatest interest in this procedure in the past, this trend has recently shifted to include a larger segment of the white population as well, resulting in a much bigger prospective patient pool.
Focusing on Shape
This surge in popularity has been accompanied by several changes in the procedure itself as well. In the past, the Brazilian Butt Lift focused solely on increasing the size of the buttocks, and fat injections of over 1000cc’s per buttock were quite common. However, this approach paid little attention to the overall shape of the derrière. The modern day BBL has shifted its focus from size to shape, placing emphasis on sculpting the fat that is transferred into a curvy, round behind. For these reasons, the average volume of fat injected during a Brazilian Butt Lift today has decreased significantly, and fat injections of over 1000cc’s per buttock are less common than they once were. Dr. Perez reports that in his practice, the average volume of fat injected per buttock in today’s BBL patients is 450-500cc’s.
Another recent change in this procedure is the increased effort made to ensure that the patient’s result blends nicely with the rest of his or her body. To achieve this goal, some of the fat removed during liposuction is often transferred not only to the buttocks but to the hips as well, helping to sculpt that elusive hourglass figure so many women desire. Lastly, great care is taken to ensure that above all else, the patient gets the result that is as close as possible to the body they’ve been dreaming of. The preferences of the patient always come first.
Although the mechanics remain the same, it is clear that today’s BBL is quite different from what it was five years ago. The goals of this procedure have expanded to include not just size, but shape and overall aesthetic harmony as well. With the changes that have been implemented, we now have the ability to create not just great behinds, but beautifully sculpted, curvy and seamless silhouettes.