Medically reviewed by Mr. Omar Tillo — MD, MS, EBOPRAS, FRCS (Plast)
A BBL (Brazilian Butt Lift) is the fastest-growing cosmetic surgery, partly because it permanently adds volume to the buttocks. In this article, we’ll discuss how a BBL works and how you can maintain your results.
Is a Brazilian Butt Lift Permanent?
BBL provides permanent results, which is one of its significant benefits. After they have stabilised and integrated with the blood supply in the area, the fat cells will remain in place permanently. However, maintaining results requires a healthy diet and exercise regimen since fluctuations in weight cause fat cells to expand and contract. Additionally, as you age, you will probably develop some laxity in the area, which can affect the shape of your buttocks.
How Much Fat Survives After a BBL?
Approximately 50-70% of the new fat cells survive after a BBL procedure, while your body absorbs the rest. The fat cells take about 3 to 6 months to stabilise and integrate into the surrounding tissue, after which it will become a natural part of your body.
To account for the loss of some fat grafts, most surgeons usually inject the maximum amount of fat tissue that the buttocks can take to achieve your desired enhancement. Additionally, our surgeons avoid using Vaser liposuction for BBL and other fat transfer procedures as it damages the fat cells. Instead, they use other technologies such as PAL (Power Assisted Liposuction) to preserve the fat cells for transfer.
When Can You See BBL Results?
The final results of a BBL surgery are typically visible between 3-6 months after surgery. However, the results of the liposuctioned areas will be visible after 6-12 weeks. As your body absorbs some fat grafts, your buttocks may appear larger than expected for several weeks. Following this process, the remaining fat grafts will stabilise and become permanent.
Additionally, after three months, patients enter what is known as the fluffing stage of recovery, which is a six to eight-week period in which the skin softens and expands to accommodate the fat grafts, thereby making the results of the cosmetic surgery seem more natural.
How to Maintain BBL Results
We recommend that you follow the below steps to achieve your desired results and maintain the final result of your BBL surgery:
Focus on Post-Op Care
You will receive a detailed post-op care plan before your surgery, with instructions designed to preserve your fat grafts, minimise swelling, and improve your final results. For example, you will receive a compression garment that you should wear for six weeks, avoid sitting down as much as possible for three weeks, and eat a healthy diet of at least 2000 calories a day. For more information, visit our blog on BBL aftercare and recovery tips.
Wait to Workout
You must give your body time to rest and recover after cosmetic surgery by avoiding strenuous activities for a few weeks. Most patients can resume their regular workout after BBL during the fourth week of recovery. In the meantime, you should walk and do light exercises to promote blood circulation and reduce postoperative complications. Once recovered, you should exercise regularly to maintain your new figure.
You must have a healthy blood flow to qualify for BBL surgery. Therefore, you need to refrain from smoking four weeks before and four weeks after your surgery. By constricting blood vessels, nicotine reduces blood flow, which can cause fat necrosis and post-surgical complications. Smoking can therefore delay your recovery and diminish your results.
Maintain a Stable Weight
Gaining or losing weight causes your fat cells to shrink and expand, which will affect the size of your butt. Once your fat grafts stabilise, they will act like any other natural fat-storage cells in your body. Therefore, maintaining a stable weight is crucial to maintaining your BBL results. Thus, changes to your diet and exercise regimen, pregnancy, and medications that cause weight gain can all alter the results of your cosmetic surgery.
Is BBL Worth It?
BBL is the fastest-growing cosmetic surgery procedure as many people want a bigger butt to achieve their ideal figure. Many patients consider it a worthwhile cosmetic treatment as it provides permanent results along with a host of other BBL benefits, including reshaping the butt, sculpting the body with liposuction, and improving hip dips. In addition, the procedure leaves behind minimal scars and uses the more organic method of fat grafting to add volume to the butt.
Schedule a Consultation at CREO Clinic Today
At the CREO Clinic, Dr Omar Tillo performs all BBL procedures using the BEST-F technique, which he developed as a safer alternative to the traditional BBL. With this technique, the risk of fat embolisms is significantly lower while the contouring effects are enhanced. As a BBL expert, Dr Tillo is skilled in contouring the buttocks and liposuctioning targeted areas to produce proportionate results that look natural.
If you are interested in a Brazilian Butt Lift, book a consultation with Dr Tillo to assess your eligibility for the cosmetic procedure and discuss a bespoke surgical solution for your cosmetic concerns.