Many women seek to reshape their bodies with cosmetic surgery like a mommy makeover or a tummy tuck after pregnancy, and the hips and butt can often be an important focus. A Brazilian butt lift (BBL) works to add natural-looking volume to the buttocks to enhance the shape and achieve an ‘hourglass’ silhouette.
But how soon is too soon to undergo a Brazilian butt lift postpartum? This article explores butt augmentation in-depth, helping you understand the best timing for your BBL after childbirth.
The CREO Clinic’s Medical Director, Dr. Omar Tillo, is an expert in Brazilian butt lifts of all kinds, having personally written the U.K.’s guidelines for cosmetic surgery. Dr. Tillo designed the revolutionary BEST-F technique – a more advanced Brazilian butt lift technique designed to ensure a safer surgery with transformative aesthetic results.
Contact the CREO Clinic today to book a consultation with Dr. Tillo and enjoy the many benefits of a Brazilian butt lift.
What Is A Brazilian Butt Lift?
A BBL is a butt augmentation surgery that injects autologous fat extracted via liposuction above the gluteal muscles to enhance the shape and add volume to the buttocks. This has the dual effect of giving you more definition and tone in the areas where liposuction is performed, as well as creating your desired buttock shape.
A Brazilian butt lift is very popular as an alternative to plastic surgery buttock implants, which require the permanent addition of foreign material into your buttocks – these can be susceptible to allergies or poorer long-term results. A BBL uses purified fat from your own body, a natural butt augmentation alternative to implants, which also produces a more natural-looking result.
Types Of BBL
There are a few different types of BBL – the type of Brazilian butt lift most suited to you will depend on your body and aesthetic goals. Dr. Tillo will explain the most appropriate cosmetic surgery path for you following an initial consultation.
Standard Brazilian Butt Lift
The most common BBL surgery is a standard Brazilian butt lift, consisting of a few different stages. Firstly, the extraction of fat (Generally between 1600-2000 mL) from areas of the body where it is in excess. The fat is then purified, and the process of superficial gluteal lipofilling safely transfers the fat over the gluteal muscles to give them more volume.
This option is best for patients who want a significant enhancement in the size and shape of the buttocks.
Mini Brazilian Butt Lift
The Mini BBL technique is identical to a standard Brazilian butt lift – the main difference is the quantity of fat removed and injected over the buttocks. In a standard BBL, between 1600-2000 mL of fat may be extracted and transferred, whereas a mini BBL may extract and transfer between 800-1000 mL.
A mini Brazilian butt lift may be preferable for patients looking to make subtle alterations to the buttocks or correct asymmetries between one buttock cheek and another.
Skinny Brazilian Butt Lift
For patients with a BMI below 23, a skinny BBL may be the most appropriate BBL cosmetic surgery procedure. Patients with less autologous fat may have fewer fat deposits available for extraction. However, a skilled surgeon can still utilise smaller amounts of fat to add natural-looking curves to a slimmer physique.
The results of a skinny Brazilian butt lift can be dramatic, helping to resolve buttock deflation and the appearance of hip dips.
Brazilian Butt Lift Using BEST-F Technique
Traditional methods of Brazilian butt lift had become too unsafe for practice in the UK. This prompted Dr. Tillo to design the BEST-F technique, which uses ultrasound to guide the fat injection stage of the BBL, avoiding the possibility of fat entering the muscle. Fat entering the muscle can cause a fatal fat embolism.
Dr. Tillo’s BEST-F technique has been a revolution in Brazilian butt lift procedures and has made the surgery extremely safe – there have been no fatal incidents since its introduction.
How Long Do I Have To Wait For BBL After Having A Baby?
Pregnancy can change the body in many ways, but understanding which changes to your body may be permanent can take time. As such, it is best to wait at least six months after giving birth before undergoing a Brazilian butt lift. Allowing your body to stabilise and return to its natural state will help you see the most benefit from your BBL.
If you are still breastfeeding, you can undergo Brazilian butt lift surgery, but you will need to stop breastfeeding for at least two weeks before your plastic surgery.
Do I Need To Be Done Having Children Before Getting BBL?
A Brazilian butt lift in no way affects your ability to have more children, and it does not impact future pregnancy, so you do not need to wait until you have finished building your family to have the surgery.
One potential benefit of waiting until you have finished having children is that pregnancy can temporarily alter your physique and create weight fluctuations, which may mask the results of your Brazilian butt lift. However, this is reversible, and your plastic surgery results should return once you return to your weight at the time of the procedure.
What Makes A Good Candidate For BBL After Pregnancy?
Anyone with a desire to enhance the shape and size of their buttocks is potentially an excellent candidate for cosmetic procedures. Nevertheless, there are some important criteria for an ideal candidate, such as:
- Must have a BMI of 30 or below (check your BMI now with our BMI calculator)
- Must be in good physical and psychological health
- Must have realistic expectations of Brazilian butt lift surgery
Before And After BBL
Benefits Of BBL After Pregnancy
A Brazilian butt lift can bring many benefits to women who have recently given birth. Some of the most important advantages of BBL are:
- Improves the contour of the body through targeted liposuction
- Enhances the shape and volume of the buttocks while maintaining proportion
- Minimal scarring when compared to buttock implant surgery
- Immediate significant results that are impossible to achieve with exercise
- Reduces the appearance of ‘hip dips’ by increasing adding volume to the hips
BBL Shape Options
Depending on your desired aesthetic, there are different ways Dr. Tillo can sculpt your body through a Brazilian butt lift surgery. Here are four common butt shapes and how they could be altered or emphasised by a BBL:
An a-shaped butt – sometimes referred to as an inverted heart-shaped butt – is fuller in the lower part and smaller in the higher part of the butt, creating an ‘A’ shape. It is a common feature of an hourglass figure with a slim waist and wider hips and is a much sought-after shape. Many patients who already have this shape seek out Brazilian butt lifts to accentuate it further.
A v-shaped butt is the inverse of an ‘a’ shape – less volume at the lower buttocks and more at the top, resembling an inverted triangle. Many women with this shape choose a BBL to increase volume in the lower hips and give their butt a more rounded shape.
A h shaped butt is where a lack of curves in the hips and waist create a square shape. Often, this comes with the development of ‘love handles’ – excess fat that accumulates at the waist. Patients with h-shaped generally choose to use a BBL to remove fat at the hips and transfer it lower to create an a-shaped butt.
An o-shaped butt is a rounder-shaped butt that is sometimes referred to as a ‘bubble butt.’ This is where fat is distributed evenly between the upper and lower parts of the buttocks. The ‘o’ shape is considered highly desirable, and many patients choose to create or accentuate their existing o-shaped butt. Some may prefer to increase volume in the lower region to build an a shape.
What Is The Cost Of BBL Surgery
At the CREO Clinic, the cost of a BBL begins from £7,900. This price will change according to the number of treatment sites you require.
As every surgery at the clinic is bespoke to the patient’s needs, a full cost breakdown will not be available until after your initial consultation with Dr. Tillo. The price of your surgery will include the following:
- Your preoperative assessment and personalised treatment plan
- Anaesthetist and anaesthetic’s fees
- Hospital fees
- Compression garments and your BBL pillow
- Surgeon and nurse’s fees
- Post-surgery consultations with Dr. Tillo to monitor your recovery
The price of your surgery does not include:
- Additional required medical tests/scans
- Chaperone fees
- Prescription fees
If you would prefer to spread the cost of your surgery over multiple instalments, our financing partner, Chrysalis Finance, provides the full cost of your surgery to be repaid over 12 months at 0% APR. Longer instalment periods are available at varying rates.
What To Expect Prior To BBL After Pregnancy
There are some important steps to take leading up to your post-pregnancy BBL that should help optimise your BBL results.
- BMI – The CREO Clinic only performs BBL surgeries on patients with a BMI of 30 or below.
- Smoking – Nicotine consumption of any kind increases the possibility of complications. You should abstain for four weeks before surgery.
- Alcohol – To reduce the risk of delayed healing, avoid binge drinking alcohol for two weeks before surgery.
- Oestrogen contraceptives/HRT – Oestrogen contraceptives and HRT medication can increase the risk of thrombosis, so you should stop taking all such medication four weeks prior to surgery.
- Prepare your home – Prepare your home with a comfortable area to spend your downtime and delegate house responsibilities to others as necessary.
BBL surgery is a day case, generally taking 2-4 hours overall. To begin with, you will be placed under deep sedation or general anaesthetic, meaning you will be asleep and unable to feel any pain during the procedure.
Dr. Tillo begins by performing liposuction in different areas around the body. Small incisions are made, then the suction cannula is inserted, and fat is extracted.
The extracted fat is purified and then injected into the target areas of the butt and hips using Dr. Tillo’s BEST-F technique to give the desired effect.
BBL Recovery Process
Immediately after your surgery, it is normal for your incisions to feel sore, but Dr. Tillo will provide pain medication and a BBL pillow to use when sitting down – this will help to keep you as comfortable as possible. A compression garment is also provided, and this will need to be worn for at least the first six weeks of BBL recovery.
Most patients feel able to resume work after 10 days and should be able to perform most daily activities two to three weeks after the procedure. After six weeks, patients are generally fully healed and no longer need pain medication.
Dr. Tillo lives and works in London, so he is always at hand should you have any queries or concerns during recovery. You will have multiple follow-up appointments with Dr. Tillo in order to monitor your progress at different stages: one week, six weeks, and six months after surgery.
What Results Can I Expect With BBL After Pregnancy
After your BBL, you can expect to see an immediate change in the shape and volume of your butt. At around three months post-surgery, your BBL results enter the ‘fluffing’ stage. This is where the skin begins to relax, and swelling starts to subside – once the fluffing stage is complete, your BBL should start to achieve its final, natural-looking aesthetic.
In general, it takes 3-6 months for the fat transfer to complete the healing process, as the body absorbs around 30-50% of the fat cells that are transferred. This is why Dr. Tillo injects more fat than needed to ensure your final results fully reflect your aesthetic goals.
BBL After Pregnancy FAQs
What are the potential risks of BBL after pregnancy?
As with any surgery, a BBL does run the risk of potential complications that it is important to be aware of, such as allergic reactions to anaesthetic, infection, delayed healing, fat necrosis, asymmetry, poor fat graft take, haematoma, or seroma.
How long does a BBL last?
Once the fat transfer has settled in its final position, the effects of your cosmetic procedure are permanent. Sticking to a healthy diet and regular exercise routine will help to maintain the results, as weight gain can increase fat cells after your BBL. Skin laxity as you age can also affect the shape of your butt and reduce the effect of your BBL.
Is a BBL after pregnancy worth it?
A BBL is a highly effective way to create a bigger, more contoured butt and build up an hourglass silhouette. For many women who have recently had children, the enhancements to the figure that a mommy makeover or BBL can provide a welcome and hugely valuable boost to their confidence. The cosmetic procedure offers a natural-looking improvement to the physique, making it a worthwhile endeavour for women looking to reshape their butt and restore their physique after childbirth.
When can you sit after getting a BBL?
It is better to avoid sitting down or putting any pressure on your butt after your BBL for three weeks post-surgery. The fat grafts take several weeks to fully stabilise and settle, meaning that you should avoid sitting in order to optimise your results. When you do need to sit, ensure you use the BBL pillow Dr. Tillo provides.
Does a BBL leave scars?
Any surgery leaves some form of scarring; however, the scars left by the liposuction incisions are very small and should be barely noticeable. Generally, these will number from 2-5 incisions. The fat graft injection sites may number between 4-8 incisions depending on the number of areas that are being treated. All of the above scars will be around 5 mm in length and are generally camouflaged in the natural contours of the body. These scars should heal in the first 1-2 weeks and fade within 1-2 years. Patients concerned with post-surgical scars can undergo laser scar treatment at the CREO Clinic to help reduce their prominence.
What happens if I gain or lose weight after getting a BBL?
Small changes in weight after your BBL should have no effect on the appearance of your results. However, significant weight fluctuations after your surgery may alter the size of your buttocks. As such, it is important to maintain your results with a balanced diet – If this is something you struggle with, a nutritionist can offer help creating balanced meal plans, or you can consider future weight loss surgery.
Contact CREO Clinic Today To Schedule A Consultation
Contact the CREO Clinic today to schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Omar Tillo, our BBL expert and double-board-certified cosmetic surgeon. Dr. Tillo is a pioneer in the field of BBL surgery, which means you can be sure you are in the hands of a highly experienced and skilled practitioner – one with a proven record of providing the highest quality outcomes.