BBL at CREO
A Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL) is a popular cosmetic surgery that adds volume to the buttocks by transferring fat extracted from another area of the body into the butt. The surgery aims to create the patient’s ideal figure by enhancing and reshaping the buttocks. In contrast, a normal buttock lift contours the buttocks by removing excess saggy skin without adding volume.
Dr Omar Tillo is a key opinion leader and pioneer in BBL surgeries, having written the safe practice guidelines for The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS). He has successfully designed a safer alternative to the traditional BBL, known as the Buttock Enhancement and Superficial Transfer of Fat (BEST-F) technique, and seeks to train other surgeons around the UK on this innovative approach to BBL surgery.
The BEST-F method is an alternative approach to the traditional BBL surgery, which is known for being a highly risky procedure. A traditional BBL injects large amounts of fat into and under the gluteal muscle, thus carrying a high risk of fatal fat embolisms that occur when fat leaks into the gluteal vein.
In contrast, the BEST-F technique significantly reduces this risk by grafting excess fat from around the buttocks and injecting it over the gluteal muscles. Not only is this procedure safer, but it also provides patients with a natural enhancement to their butt rather than the exaggerated look that the traditional BBL is known for.
If you are interested in a Brazilian Butt Lift, you can schedule a consultation with Dr Tillo to voice your aesthetic concerns, answer any questions, and evaluate your suitability for the procedure.
AnesthesiaSedation or General Anaesthesia
Surgery time2-4 Hours
Hospital time6 Hours
Full recovery4-6 weeks
Benefits of BBL Surgery
A BBL is a popular surgery that provides several unique cosmetic benefits for the patient:
- A BBL improves the curves and proportions of the body by enhancing the hips and buttocks, thus delivering patients with their desired body shape.
- A BBL involves removing excess fat from the surrounding areas of the buttocks, such as the abdomen and thighs, which further contours the body.
- A BBL provides a more natural appearance and leaves behind minimal scars in comparison to a buttock augmentation using implants.
- A BBL offers quick and prominent results that can’t be achieved with exercise.
- A BBL improves the appearance of hip dips by adding volume to create fuller hips.
Brazilian Butt Lift Before and Afters
BBL Surgery Cost in London
In general, the cost of a BBL in London at the CREO clinic starts from £7,900. The exact cost of a Brazilian Butt Lift varies depending on the surgical needs of each patient. Therefore, you can determine the exact price of your BBL surgery in a consultation with Dr Tillo.
We tailor this procedure to the body shape of each individual patient in order to produce a proportionate and natural result. There are four common buttock shapes that are enhanced and reshaped during a BBL:
An A-shaped butt (or inverted heart-shaped butt) is smaller toward the top and fuller at the lower region, thus resembling an A-shape or inverted heart. Most people that have an A-shaped butt tend to have an hourglass figure, with a slim waist and wide hips. This is a conventionally desirable aesthetic, and patients that already have this figure choose a BBL in order to accentuate the existing shape of their butt.
A V-shaped butt (or inverted butt) is defined by a lack of volume in the lower buttocks. As a result, the butt is usually narrower at the base, thus resembling a V Shape or an inverted triangle. Most patients with a V-shaped bum undergo a BBL in order to get fuller lower hips and a more rounded butt.
Those with an H-shaped butt (or square-shaped butt) lack curves in the waist and hips and tend to have love handles (excess fat on the sides of the waist). As a result, the buttock lacks angles and takes on a boxy and flat appearance that resembles a square. Most patients who have an H-shaped butt undergo a BBL in order to obtain an A-shaped butt.
An O-shaped (or round-shaped butt), commonly called a ‘bubble butt’, is characterised by the evenly round shape of the buttocks with an equal distribution of fat in the upper and lower region of the butt. This shape is also considered aesthetically desirable, and patients who already have this figure undergo a BBL procedure in order to increase the roundness of their butt or to achieve an A-shape.
Brazilian Butt Lift Procedure
Once an anaesthetic has been administered, the surgeon performs liposuction in order to remove the excess fat from the surrounding areas of the buttocks, such as the stomach, hips, and thighs. This procedure involves inserting a suction cannula through tiny incisions in the area. Afterwards, our cosmetic surgeon extracts and purifies the fat to prepare it for injection into the buttocks.
Finally, we inject the fat into specific areas of the buttocks superficially above the gluteal muscles to produce your desired BBL shape. Exclusively performed at the CREO clinic, this step differentiates the BEST-F technique from the much riskier traditional BBL procedure.
Furthermore, the surgeon will use an ultrasound scan to ensure that no fat has gotten into the gluteal muscle. The fat transfer usually requires 3-5 tiny incisions that we stitch close after the procedure.
Each plastic surgeon will have a different surgical approach when performing the BBL procedure. Therefore, you should choose a qualified and experienced surgeon who can skillfully create the contouring effect you desire with minimal risk.
Immediately after the surgery, you may experience swelling and bruising in the buttocks and the area where you had liposuction. The recovery process following a BBL varies with each patient depending on a range of factors, such as the amount of fat injected. In general, most patients are able to resume most of their daily routine 2-3 weeks after surgery.
We will provide you with detailed aftercare instructions in order to make your recovery as smooth as possible. In addition, we will schedule you for 3 follow-up visits with Dr Tillo spaced several weeks apart to assess your healing process.
Immediately after the surgery, your buttocks will look significantly larger than expected due to post-surgical swelling and the fat grafts. During the first 3-6 months after your surgery, your body will absorb around 30-50% of the fat cells injected into your buttocks, thus decreasing its volume. However, the surgeon accounts for this when determining the amount of fat to be injected.
It usually takes around six months for full BBL results to become visible, as by then, the swelling will have completely subsided, and the remaining fat cells will have stabilised. By this time, you will find that your buttocks have become curvier, and the proportions of your lower body have improved.
BBL and Tummy Tuck
A tummy tuck, also known as an abdominoplasty, is a surgery that removes excess skin and fat in the abdomen while tightening the muscles in the area in order to produce a flatter and toned stomach. Patients who wish to achieve an hourglass figure with a flat abdomen and a curvaceous butt can do so by undergoing a BBL and a tummy tuck in two separate stages.
Brazilian Butt Lift vs. Implants
A Brazilian Butt Lift and a butt implant surgery are both procedures that aim to increase the volume of the buttocks. During a butt implant surgery, the surgeon makes an incision in the buttocks in order to place silicone implants beneath the largest muscle in the glutes (gluteus maximus), thus producing a larger butt.
Your surgeon may recommend implants instead of a BBL if you lack enough excess fat in other areas of the body that is needed to produce your desired result. Furthermore, while both surgeries serve the same cosmetic purpose, there are significant differences between butt implants vs. BBL:
|Brazilian Butt Lift||Butt Implant Surgery|
|Results||Provides a natural enhancement to the hips and buttocks while removing excess fat from the surrounding areas||Provides a prominent enhancement to the posterior buttocks only, not to the hips|
|Anaesthetic||Sedation or general anaesthesia||General anaesthesia|
|Scarring||Minimal||Longer scars in the buttock crease|
|Recovery||4-6 weeks||4-6 weeks|
|Price||From 7,900||From 10,900|
What is the difference between a buttock lift and a Brazilian butt lift?
A buttock lift and a Brazilian butt lift are surgeries that contour the bottom in different ways. A buttock lift tones the bottom by removing excess skin and fat, whereas a BBL surgery transfers fat into the buttocks in order to increase its volume. Therefore, a butt lift is an ideal cosmetic procedure for patients who only want to get rid of any saggy skin in their bottom.
What is the difference between a BBL and a CREO BBL?
The traditional BBL surgery is a controversial procedure, with 1 in 3000 patients suffering fatal fat embolisms. At the CREO clinic, we significantly reduce this risk using the BEST-F technique developed by Dr Tillo. The CREO BBL prioritises the patient’s safety without sacrificing the artistry and contouring benefits of the procedure.
The high occurrence of fat embolisms from a traditional BBL results from injecting fat into and underneath the gluteal muscle. In contrast, the BEST-F technique injects fat over the gluteal muscle with the aid of a guided ultrasound device, thus significantly reducing the possibility of fat leaking into the gluteal vein.
Furthermore, while the traditional BBL injects large amounts of fat into the bottom for an exaggerated look, the CREO BBL aims to provide patients with a natural buttock enhancement in line with the patient’s body proportions.
How long does a Brazilian butt lift last?
Once the fat cells have stabilised, they will remain in place permanently. However, you need to maintain a healthy diet and exercise routine in order to maintain results, as any fluctuations in weight causes your fat cells to expand or shrink in size after BBL. Furthermore, as you age, you will likely develop some skin laxity in the area, which alters the shape of your buttocks.
How much do you need to weigh to get a BBL?
In general, patients need to have a BMI between 23-28 and be a few kilograms above their ideal weight in order to get the best shape from a BBL. This is because the surgeon needs to remove enough excess fat from other areas of the body to perform the fat transfer.
However, patients with a lower BMI may still qualify for a skinny BBL and experience great results.
Will BBL look natural?
When performed by an experienced and qualified surgeon, a BBL surgery using the BEST-F technique looks completely natural to the patient’s body. The aim of the procedure is to provide a natural yet noticeable enhancement to the buttocks. In contrast, a traditional BBL or implants can leave you with a more prominent and exaggerated bottom that may look disproportionate to the rest of your body.
Is BBL worth it?
BBL is a highly sought-after cosmetic procedure as the buttocks is an area that many people want to enhance in order to achieve their ideal figure. This is largely because the surgery provides a natural enhancement to the buttocks using the patient’s own fat cells, thus providing a more organic solution to their cosmetic concerns. If you’re interested in a BBL in London, schedule a consultation with CREO Clinic today.
When can you sit after BBL?
It’s best to avoid sitting after BBL or putting pressure on your butt for at least three weeks after the cosmetic surgery. It takes several weeks for the fat grafts to stabilise and integrate, which means for the best results, you’ll need to avoid sitting.