Medically reviewed by Mr. Omar Tillo — MD, MS, EBOPRAS, FRCS (Plast)
Many women develop banana rolls at the bottom of their butt, which they find difficult to get rid of with exercise. However, liposuction and Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL) present the perfect solution for this common insecurity. Below, we’ll discuss how the two cosmetic procedures can get rid of banana rolls and contour your butt.
What Are Banana Rolls?
Banana rolls refer to the layer of subcutaneous fat that builds up between your lower butt and upper thigh. The fat accumulates into a crescent-like shape, resembling a banana. The presence of banana roll fat can obscure the definition of your buttocks and can make it difficult to wear certain types of clothing. As a result, many who want a pert or rounder bottom are keen to get rid of banana rolls to achieve their desired figure.
Why Do I Have Banana Rolls?
Banana rolls are an aesthetic concern commonly seen in women. Below are the most common reasons for developing banana rolls:
As banana roll fat is often related to excess weight, leading a sedentary lifestyle with infrequent exercise causes fat deposits to accumulate under the gluteal fold. The more fat you have in this area, the more pronounced the banana rolls appear.
Banana rolls usually develop in women, as they are predisposed to accumulate fat in the lower regions of the body. Other genetically-determined factors such as the places where fat accumulates and your metabolism rate can also contribute to the development of banana rolls.
Hormonal changes can lead to weight gain and the development of banana rolls, another reason why banana roll fat is prevalent in women. In particular, hormonal imbalances during pregnancy lead to fat accumulating in the butt, thighs, and hips. Disruptions in hormone levels cause the body to cling to the fat in these areas, making it challenging to get rid of banana rolls.
Eating an unhealthy diet can lead to weight gain, which leads to fat deposits accumulating around the butt and thighs. In particular, foods containing saturated fats, carbohydrates, and sugar can cause banana rolls if consumed in high amounts.
How to Lose Banana Roll Fat
There are several ways to reduce or even get rid of banana rolls. As discussed below, each method will vary in effectiveness and produce different results.
Exercises that target the glute muscles in your butt, such as squats, donkey kicks, and bridge walks, can reduce fat in the area while building muscle, which will help get rid of banana roll fat. Combining strength training exercises with cardiovascular exercises can contract your thigh and glute muscles while burning the fat below your butt.
For strength training exercises to work, you need to eat a healthy diet that is high in protein while lowering or even eliminating your intake of carbohydrates, sugar, and saturated fats.
Additionally, it’s important to remember that exercise and dietary changes don’t eliminate your banana rolls but merely shrink the fat cells in the area. Therefore, reverting to an unhealthy and sedentary lifestyle can cause your banana rolls to reappear. Furthermore, as our comparison of squats vs BBL shows, the two methods yield significantly different results.
Non-Surgical Cosmetic Treatments
CoolSculpting, is a non-surgical cosmetic procedure that uses a method known as cryolipolysis, where the fat cells in an area are frozen and eliminated through the body’s lymphatic system. It works similarly to liposuction surgery by permanently removing the fat in a targeted area. However, as our comparison of CoolSculpting vs Liposuction reveals, the latter cosmetic procedure produces superior results and is more likely to eliminate your banana roll fat.
There are many other non-surgical cosmetic procedures that use various technologies such as electromagnetic, radiofrequency, ultrasound, and laser energy to reduce the appearance of banana rolls. While such cosmetic treatments are suitable for some patients, they do not produce the same contouring effects as liposuction.
Brazilian Butt Lift
A Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL) is a cosmetic surgery that extracts excess fat deposits through liposuction and repurposes that fat by transferring it into the butt to reshape and add volume to the area to create your desired figure.
Benefits of a Brazilian Butt Lift for Banana Rolls
A Brazilian Butt Lift is the most effective solution for losing banana roll fat. The liposuction procedure can permanently remove a large amount of fat from below the butt and repurpose that fat in other areas of your butt or in your hips to improve your figure. Compared to exercise or the non-surgical cosmetic treatments mentioned above, you can expect to eliminate or drastically reduce your banana rolls with a BBL.
In addition to getting rid of banana rolls, a BBL has numerous other cosmetic benefits:
As a bespoke cosmetic surgery, the surgeon can add fat to specific areas of your butt and hips and remove fat from almost all areas of your body to create your desired figure. For instance, a BBL can provide a rounder butt, curvier hips, an hourglass figure, or improve the appearance of hip dips. Additionally, the surgery delivers permanent results and leaves behind minimal scars.
Brazilian Butt Lift Before and Afters
The cost of BBL at the CREO Clinic starts from £7,900. The exact cost of the cosmetic procedure varies depending on the number of areas requiring liposuction and the complexity of each patient’s surgery. You will receive the cost of your cosmetic treatment after a consultation with our surgeon.
A BBL procedure usually takes between 2-4 hours to perform under sedation or general anaesthesia. First, the surgeon performs liposuction on targeted locations, such as the banana rolls, which involves inserting a suction cannula into the area through small incisions. Then, the extracted fat is purified and prepared for injection.
Next, the surgeons perform fat transfer surgery, which involves injecting fat into specific areas of the butt and hips. At the CREO Clinic, Dr Omar Tillo performs the procedure using the BEST-F technique, which he developed to improve the safety of BBL procedures. Using this method, Dr Tillo injects the fat over the gluteal muscle while using an ultrasound device to monitor the process.
After the surgery, you will experience swelling, bruising, and soreness in your butt and liposuctioned areas. These symptoms will significantly dissipate in 1-2 weeks, after which you can resume office work and light activities. However, you should avoid more strenuous activities for at least four weeks. Follow our aftercare and recovery tips to help preserve your results and ease your discomfort during this period.
It takes around 3-6 months for the final results of your BBL surgery to become apparent. By this time, any residual swelling will dissipate, and the fat grafts will have settled to reveal the final volume and shape of your BBL and the definition in the liposuctioned area. Additionally, you will enter the fluffing phase during this period, where your skin expands to accommodate your fat grafts, thus making the results feel natural.
Schedule a Consultation at Creo Clinic Today
Dr Omar Tillo is a key opinion leader on BBL surgery, having developed the BEST-F technique, which he has performed on hundreds of patients. As a surgeon specialising in BBL, liposuction, and other body contouring procedures, he has the skills and expertise to tailor the cosmetic surgery according to each patient’s unique needs and cosmetic concerns to produce natural-looking results.
If you want to get rid of banana roll fat, sculpt other areas of your body, and enhance your butt in the process, book a consultation with Dr Tillo at the CREO Clinic to discuss a bespoke surgical solution.