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How to Maintain BBL Results

how to maintain BBL results

Medically reviewed by Mr. Omar Tillo MD, MS, EBOPRAS, FRCS (Plast)

One of the major advantages of a Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL) is the permanent results of this cosmetic surgery. However, as the cosmetic procedure adds volume using your own fat tissue, maintaining your BBL results will require some effort on your part. In this article, we will provide some tips on how you can preserve your BBL results while simultaneously improving your overall health and wellbeing.

Is Brazilian Butt Lift Permanent?

The final volume resulting from a BBL is permanent, as the fat grafts function like any other fat cells in your body. Once the cosmetic surgeon injects the grafted fat tissue into the buttock, you should expect to lose around 50-30% of the volume, which will be naturally absorbed by your body. Your surgeon will account for this when deciding how much fat to transfer to deliver your desired volume. However, the remaining fat will connect to your blood supply and remain in place permanently.

Tips for Maintaining BBL Results

It’s important to follow the below tips to prevent further fat grafts from being destroyed and to preserve the contouring effects of your cosmetic surgery: 

Prioritise Post-Op Care

Your surgeon will provide you with detailed aftercare and recovery tips before your cosmetic surgery that you should follow to a tee. These will include instructions on when and how to sit, caring for your incisions, and wearing your compression garment. The surgeon may also prescribe pain medication to help ease your discomfort, which you should take only as prescribed.

Avoid Strenuous Exercise for 4-6 Weeks

The key to attaining the best possible BBL result is not putting pressure on your butt in the first few weeks when the fat grafts haven’t yet stabilised. We recommend waiting 4-6 weeks before working out after a BBL, and only doing so after clearing it with your surgeon. However, patients should take daily walks during recovery to promote blood circulation, which minimises the risk of surgical complications.

Maintain a Stable Weight

As the volume from a BBL is composed of your own fat cells, maintaining a stable weight is essential to maintaining your BBL results. Fat cells expand and contract when you gain and lose weight, respectively, thus distorting the results of your cosmetic surgery. Below are two recommendations to help you maintain your weight after surgery:

Work with a Nutritionist

For those who struggle with maintaining their weight, a personalised weight loss programme run by our nutritionists may be immensely beneficial. Your nutritionist will design a diet that is tailored to the unique nutritional needs of your body that you will be able to sustain throughout your life.

Feed the Fat

Feeding the fat after a BBL refers to the process of eating enough nutrition-dense calories to help the new fat grafts in your butt survive and stabilise. To effectively feed the fat, we recommend eating at least 2000 calories a day of a diet that is rich in healthy fats and proteins and low in sugar and carbohydrates.

Keep Hydrated

Hydration is key to keeping your body looking and feeling its best, which in turn will help speed up your recovery. Not only will it help you maintain your BBL results by minimising scarring and reducing swelling, but it provides a range of long-term benefits for your health, particularly by improving your digestive system. According to NHS guidelines, we should aim to drink at least 6-8 glasses of fluids a day.

Build Legs and Glute Muscles

Building muscle mass in your legs and glutes can increase the projection of your butt, thus improving the results of your BBL. Exercises such as weight lifting, squats, and lunges are effective at targeting the muscles in these areas, and consistently incorporating them into your exercise routine usually produces a noticeable improvement with time. However, be sure to wait until you are fully recovered before engaging in such exercises.

Is BBL Worth It?

BBL is the most popular buttock enhancement procedure, which may be a worthwhile solution for those who wish to enhance and reshape their butt. Surgeons have a great deal of control over where they inject the fat, thus enabling them to create your desired BBL shape and hourglass curves, get rid of hip dips, and improve your overall lower body proportions. 

Additionally, the added benefits of liposuction and the permanent results are further reasons for the surgery’s growing popularity. While there is some concern over the safety of BBLs, at the CREO Clinic, Dr Omar Tillo uses the BEST-F technique, which significantly reduces the risks associated with the traditional BBL procedure while enhancing its results.

Schedule a Consultation with CREO Clinic Today

Dr Omar Tillo is a key opinion leader on BBL surgery, having developed the BEST-F technique as a safer alternative to the traditional BBL. As a body contouring specialist, he is skilled in the surgical skills and artistry required to perform liposuction and fat transfer procedures to create the patient’s desired result while still maintaining a natural-looking aesthetic. 

If you are interested in a BBL, book a consultation with Dr Tillo to discuss a bespoke treatment plan.

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