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A Brazilian Buttock Lift (BBL) is also called fat grafting to the buttocks. It is a surgical procedure that removes fat from one or more areas of the body and moves it to the buttocks to increase the fullness and give better shape.
A Brazilian Buttock Lift is used in patients that would like to increase the size of their buttocks and give a more round appearance.
When you come in for your initial consultation, you will meet with both Dr. Maloney and the clinical coordinator. Dr. Maloney will examine you to determine if you are a good candidate for the procedure. He will discuss the different areas from which fat may be removed and the amount that can safely be transferred to the buttocks. You will then meet with a member of the team who will review surgical fees, financing options and answer additional questions. If you choose to have surgery, you will return for another consultation about three weeks prior to your operation. At this second appointment Dr. Maloney will review the surgical plan with you as well as go through consent forms. Your pre-operative photos will be taken and you will be given your prescriptions. A team member will review your surgical instructions and give you a packet of information so when you leave this appointment you are ready for surgery.
Once you have met with Dr. Maloney and have chosen a surgical date for your Brazilian Buttock Lift, you should plan for your care and recovery after the operation. You will need to arrange a ride to and from the surgery center the day of surgery as well as arrange for someone to stay with you for the first twenty-four hours. You should take seven days to three weeks off of work for this operation depending on the type of work you do (speak with Dr. Maloney’s Clinical Coordinator for additional information). If paperwork is required by your employer for your time off, please obtain it ahead of time and bring it to our office and we would be happy to fill it out. If you smoke, you must quit a minimum of two weeks before surgery. We suggest six to eight weeks, but two weeks is the minimum. Smokers heal more slowly and can have wound healing problems. Smoking will decrease the chances of the transferred fat gaining new blood supply and therefore the surgical plan may need to be adjusted. If you take aspirin or other medication that causes bleeding, you should stop taking it three weeks before surgery. If you are taking any diet pills (prescription or over-the-counter) or if you are taking Metformin (a common diabetes medication), you should stop one week prior to surgery because of anesthesia risks. All medications, herbs, vitamins and dietary supplements you are taking should be carefully reviewed with Dr. Maloney prior to surgery. If you are under the care of a physician for any health issues, we may require surgical clearance from your physician and/or cardiologist.
At your pre-operative consultation with Dr. Maloney you will be given a map to the surgery center and your prescriptions. Get these prescriptions filled before surgery so they are at home when you need them. You need to stay hydrated, so have plenty of water or sports drinks around the house. You should mix the sport drink such as Gatorade 50/50 with water. You should also begin a stool softener as narcotic pain medication and anesthesia can make you constipated.
The morning of surgery you cannot have anything to eat or drink after midnight, this includes water. Do not put any lotions, deodorant or make-up on the day of surgery. Do not wear any jewelry to the surgery center. You should wear comfortable clothes. Bring your picture id when you check into the surgery center. You will check in and then be taken back to the pre-operating area where Dr. Maloney will come and discuss the plan again, answer any additional questions you have and mark the surgical site. You will also meet the anesthesiologist and ask him/her any questions you may have.
The operation takes about two to four hours depending on how much fat needs to be removed and transferred. The anesthesiologist will put you to sleep for this operation for safety and discomfort. Dr. Maloney will perform liposuction to remove fat from several areas. Once the fat has been separated, Dr. Maloney will use specially designed cannulas to inject the fat into the buttocks. Dissolvable sutures are used to close the incision. You will wake up in the recovery room and be ready to go home in about an hour.
After a Brazilian Buttock Lift you may ooze some fluid from the incisions, this is normal. You should rest and eat a healthy diet high in protein for healing. You should also avoid alcohol and refrain from smoking. All surgeons recommend early and frequent ambulation after surgery to reduce the risk of blood clot formation in the legs and to speed up your recovery. You may be stiff and sore when you first get up and walk around. The more you are up walking around the better you will feel. You will be swollen after surgery. It takes about three weeks to see your results, so be patient during the recovery process. You may remove your dressings and shower one to three days after surgery depending on what the office tells you. You will return to the office for your first post-operative exam one to three days after surgery. A low grade fever is not uncommon after any operation. If you have any questions during the recovery phase, please do not hesitate to call the office any time, day or night.
A Brazilian Buttock Lift will increase the size of the buttock area and improve the shape.
A Brazilian Buttock Lift has both aesthetic and health risks, and it is the woman’s personal decision whether the benefits outweigh those risks. The most common risk is the need to have the procedure repeated because the fat gets absorbed by the body. This does happen in about ten percent of patients. Other risks include scars, bleeding, infection, asymmetry, excessive firmness, or changes in skin sensation. There are also more uncommon, but more complicated risks such as deep vein thrombosis. For a full list of risks, go to www.plasticsurgery.org.
Dr. Maloney is a Harvard trained, board certified plastic surgeon who returned to his home town of Tucson, AZ to open Maloney Plastic Surgery in 2002.