According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), the use of fat grafting for contour sculpting, particularly for the buttocks, has seen a dramatic increase in the percentage of people undergoing this procedure. In fact, fat grafting for the buttocks, a procedure called a Brazilian Butt Lift, was almost unheard of as recently as 10 years ago. Today, it has become the most common method that is used to lift, reduce, or enhance the size and shape of the buttocks.
Given this dramatic increase in the popularity of the Brazilian Butt Lift procedure, it should not be surprising that patients have very demanding, high expectations for a positive outcome from their procedure. However, it is, unfortunately, true that not all surgical procedures go quite as planned, and the Brazilian Butt Lift is no exception. Regardless of the reason for patients’ dissatisfaction with their initial surgery, the question then becomes what can be done to not only correct for the problems created from the first procedure, but also to finally give patients the contour to the buttocks for which they were hoping from the first procedure. Fortunately, Dr. Vincent Marin specializes in revision surgery, which is designed to provide patients with that positive outcome that they wanted from the initial procedure.
Brazilian Butt Lift Procedure
A Brazilian Butt Lift is performed on an outpatient basis. The procedure may take anywhere from one to four hours, depending upon the extent of work to be done, number of areas to be treated, and the patient’s goals for the procedure. As part of the procedure, tumescent liposuction is done, in which a combination of a local anesthetic and epinephrine is injected into targeted areas of the body. This causes subcutaneous fat to swell, making it easy to remove with a thin metal tube (cannula) and gentle suction. Fat can be removed from areas such as the abdomen, thighs, and back.
The removed fat is then carefully sterilized and washed before being injected deep into the buttocks. This procedure of removing fat from other areas of the body and reintroducing it into the buttocks is known as autologous fat transfer, and is what separates the Brazilian Butt Lift from other buttock augmentation procedures.
Once the initial swelling and bruising has subsided, patients should begin to see initial results from the procedure within a few weeks. However, the buttocks may not settle into their final, newly sculpted shape until four to six weeks following the procedure. Patients are also advised that any weight gain may be seen in areas of the body where fat was not removed.
Reasons for a Revision Brazilian Butt Lift Procedure
Perhaps the most common reason for patients requesting a revision of their Brazilian Butt Lift procedure is if an inadequate amount of fat was removed from other areas of the body to provide enough lift and definition to the buttocks. In other cases, there may be lumps or dimples to the skin if the fat was unevenly removed. In such cases, Dr. Marin would perform another liposuction procedure to harvest more fat to be injected into the buttocks or even out the skin’s appearance by either removing more fat, or injecting some back into areas where too much fat was removed.
In other cases, patients may feel that too much fat was added to the buttocks, or that it was not done in a way to make the buttocks look even on both sides. In such cases, Dr. Marin will remove fat from some areas of the buttocks and may then re-inject it into other areas that were not properly contoured enough.
Most patients who undergo a Brazilian Butt Lift procedure are seeking a high, rounded contour. Dr. Marin can help them achieve that look, whether it is from an initial procedure or a revision surgery. Contact Marin Aesthetics today to schedule your Brazilian Butt Lift consultation.
*The content in this blog is developed to spread the awareness towards plastic surgery. Our blog is not intended to serve as a replacement for an actual in-office consultation with Dr. Marin. As such, the information within this blog reflects the unique cases of our individual patients.