Thanks to the famous backsides of celebrities like Kim Kardashian, Nicki Minaj and Beyoncé, big booties are trending. But instead of heading to the gym for endless squats to increase the size of their behinds, women are hitting up the plastic surgeon’s office. No, really. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the demand for “Brazilian butt lifts” shot up 30 percent from 2014 to 2015 and continues to grow in popularity.
So, what exactly is a Brazilian butt lift? The procedure involves augmenting or increasing the size of your butt and/or improving its shape using your own fat taken from other areas of the body. The surgery combines liposuction with fat grafting, which is basically removing fat from areas you don’t want it, like your thighs or abdomen, and injecting it where you do.
Typically, a Brazilian butt lift requires general anesthesia due to the significant amount of liposuction. The ideal candidate is healthy and without previous or existing medical problems. In addition, one cannot be too thin or too overweight because there needs to be some amount of fat to transfer, and, alternatively, someone who is overweight runs an increased risk for the surgery.
When it comes to recovery, most patients can be up and walking within a day or two of the procedure. According to the ASPS, one of the most critical aspects of recovering from a Brazilian butt lift surgery is to avoid sitting directly on your buttocks for at least eight weeks following the procedure. Patients are advised to sleep on their stomach or sides, and if you absolutely must sit, it is recommended to use a donut pillow or inflatable pillow.
Interested in learning more about a Brazilian butt lift? Find out if you’re a good candidate by scheduling a consultation with one of our plastic surgeons today!