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Butt Implants or Brazilian Butt Lift? Your Guide to Buttock Augmentation

We break down the two most popular butt augmentation options to help you achieve a curvier and fuller backside.

The desire for a fuller, rounder backside is a popular aesthetic goal at Aesthetic Revolution Las Vegas. With the rise of social media and certain body image trends, butt augmentation procedures have gained significant popularity. When it comes to enhancing your buttocks, you primarily have two choices: butt implants or the Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL). But which one is right for you? Let’s find out.

What are Butt Implants?

Butt implant surgery involves the insertion of silicone implants beneath the gluteal muscles (muscles in your buttocks) to add volume and projection. The procedure is typically performed under general anesthesia.

Butt implants come in various shapes, sizes, and surface textures to achieve different aesthetic goals. There are two main types of butt implants:

Silicone Gel Implants: These are the most common type of butt implant. They are filled with a silicone gel that mimics the feel of natural fat tissue. Silicone gel implants come in various shapes, sizes, and surface textures.

Saline Implants: These implants are filled with sterile saltwater solution. They are less commonly used for buttock augmentation due to a rippling or wavy appearance they can sometimes cause. However, they might be an option for patients who are hesitant about silicone implants due to potential health concerns (although these concerns are generally unfounded).

During your consultation, your plastic surgeon will discuss your desired outcome in detail. They will show you different implant shapes, sizes, and types to help you visualize the potential results. Your surgeon will then recommend the most suitable implant type for you based on your specific needs, goals, and preferences.

How Butt Implant Surgery is Done

General anesthesia is usually administered to ensure patient comfort throughout the procedure.The surgeon will make an incision strategically placed within the buttocks crease, minimizing the visibility of any scarring.

Using meticulous techniques, a pocket is carefully dissected within the gluteal muscle to accommodate the implant. This pocket needs to be precisely sized and positioned to ensure proper implant placement and a natural look.

The chosen implant is then carefully inserted and positioned within the pocket. Your surgeon will meticulously sculpt and refine the pocket around the implant to achieve a smooth and natural contour. Once the implant is positioned, the surgeon meticulously closes the incision with absorbable sutures. Additional internal sutures might be used for added support and stability.

In some cases, a temporary drainage tube might be placed to remove any excess fluids post-surgery. Following the procedure, a compression garment will likely be applied to minimize swelling and promote healing. Your surgeon will provide detailed instructions regarding post-operative care, including pain management, wound care, and activity restrictions.

 

What is a Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL)?

The Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL) has become a highly sought-after procedure for achieving a fuller, rounder, and more lifted buttock appearance. Unlike butt implants, the BBL uses your own body fat for butt augmentation, offering a dual benefit: it not only gives you a voluptuous backside, but also sculpts your body. 

 

How Brazilian Butt Lift is Done

The BBL starts with liposuction to harvest unwanted fat deposits from targeted areas of your body. Common areas for fat harvesting in BBL include the abdomen, flanks, thighs, or lower back. Your surgeon will determine the most suitable donor sites based on your body composition and aesthetic goals

Once the fat is extracted through liposuction, it undergoes a purification process. This involves separating the fat cells from unwanted blood and lidocaine (an anesthetic used during liposuction). This refined fat preparation ensures optimal viability and survival of the transferred fat cells in the buttocks.

The processed fat is then strategically injected into various areas of the buttocks. Your surgeon utilizes an advanced technique to sculpt and refine the buttocks to create your desired shape, definition, and projection. This allows for a more customized and natural-looking butt augmentation compared to the one-size-fits-all approach of implants.

Following the BBL procedure, swelling, bruising, and some discomfort are to be expected. You will likely be required to wear a compression garment for several weeks to aid healing and minimize swelling.  Most patients can return to work within a week, but strenuous activity should be restricted for several weeks to allow for optimal healing and fat graft integration.

Read more: Can Men Get BBL? Male Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL) Explained

 

Butt Implants vs. Brazilian Butt Lift Pros and Cons

 

Butt Implants

BBL (Brazilian Butt Lift)

Results

Predictable size and shape

More natural-looking, customized shape and definition

Feel

Can feel firm or unnatural

Can feel more natural

Risk of Complications

Higher risk of infection, implant rupture, capsular contracture

Lower risk of complications overall, but potential risks associated with liposuction and fat transfer (fat embolism)

Recovery

Longer recovery time (4-6 weeks) with more restrictions on activity

Shorter recovery time (3-4 weeks) but still requires limitations on activity

Longevity

Implants are designed to be permanent but may require replacement over time

Results are considered long-lasting, but some fat reabsorption can occur. Maintaining a stable weight helps preserve results.

Additional Benefits

None

Potential for body sculpting by removing unwanted fat from targeted areas

Cost

Generally less expensive than BBL

Typically more expensive due to the liposuction component

Ideal Candidates

Good option for patients with minimal donor fat for BBL

Ideal for those seeking a natural-looking augmentation and have enough body fat for liposuction

 

Remember: This table only provides a general overview. The best option for you depends on your individual goals, body type, and preferences. Always consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon to discuss your specific needs and suitability for each procedure.

Why is BBL Often Preferred Over Implants?

The Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL) is often the preferred option for those who want to achieve rounder and fuller buttocks and for many good reasons. Firstly, BBL provides a more natural look and feel since it uses your own tissue, avoiding the sometimes apparent firmness associated with implants. 

Additionally, it generally presents a lower risk of complications, such as implant rupture, capsular contracture (scarring around the implant), or infection. BBL also offers body sculpting benefits by removing unwanted fat from specific areas, thereby sculpting a more contoured and appealing overall physique

Is There an Alternative to BBL?

If you don’t like the idea of going under the knife, you can still achieve sexier bums without plastic surgery. Aesthetic Revolution offers non-surgical butt lifts with Radiesse and/or Bellafill injections. LA’s premier cosmetic surgeon Dr. Edward M. Zimmerman can give you a rounder butt without stitches or a lengthy healing time. Non-surgical BBL is ideal for people who want to achieve a fuller and rounder backside but don’t want surgery or do not have sufficient body fat to have a BBL. 

Join the BBL revolution Today.

Why settle for less? Opt for a BBL and walk away with a fuller, rounder backside with the added bonus of contouring where you need it most. If you’re looking for the best BBL surgery and surgeon in Las Vegas, schedule a consultation with Dr. Zimmerman at the Aesthetic Revolution LV. We serve patients in and around Las Vegas including Henderson, Summerlin, North Las Vegas, Boulder City, and the surrounding communities of Clark County.

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