Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL) San Diego

Over the past decade, the Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL) has become an increasingly popular buttock augmentation surgery option among people of all ages and body types. Dr. Jeffrey Umansky and Dr. William Umansky of Umansky Medical Center, La Jolla -San Diego, prefer the Brazilian Butt Lift option for Buttock Augmentation (Gluteoplasty) as it avoids implants, working instead with one’s own body fat.

What is the Brazilian Butt Lift?

The BBL procedure utilizes liposuction techniques for the removal and relocation of fat from other parts of the body to the buttocks, so as to create round, shapely buttocks.

This particular procedure is generally sought by individuals looking to:

  • Increase fullness, roundness and projection of the buttocks
  • Improve the balance of the figure
  • Enhance self-image and self-confidence

How is the Brazilian Butt Lift Procedure Performed?

This relatively non-invasive procedure typically involves removing fat from areas such as the flanks, abdomen, and inner thighs. Fat extraction is performed by traditional liposuction, using very small cannulas. Using state-of-the-art equipment, the fat is then isolated and prepared for injection into the desired areas of the buttock. Augmentation areas are pre-determined by a detailed analysis of the patient’s pre-operative anatomy and desired outcome.

In this outpatient procedure, generally done under heavy sedation, the small liposuction incisions are closed with sutures. The fat is injected by very small instruments into the buttock and sutures are not required for the transfer areas. The skin is then taped, and a compression garment is placed.

Recuperation following the Brazilian Buttock Lift

Patients are up and around immediately following the operation, with minimal discomfort and no drains. Most patients take 2-3 days off work and can usually resume normal exercise in 2 weeks. During the initial 4 weeks after surgery, it is generally advised to avoid sleeping on the buttocks. This allows the best take of the fat graft in the buttocks and ensures the most long lasting result.

A compression garment is worn to control swelling, especially of the donor sites. It is generally used for 1-4 weeks. There may be some swelling for up to 6 months. Final results are typically noticeable in about 4-6 months.

What are the risks and possible complications?

As with any surgery, there are risks and complications associated with the Brazilian Butt Lift. However, there are fewer risks associated when using the patient’s own fat as compared to using implants to augment the buttocks.

Possible complications may include:

  • swelling and bruising
  • numbness and pain
  • fat embolism
  • contour irregularities
  • hematoma

Common Concerns with Fat Transfers to the Buttocks

How long do the fat injections last?

When the fat is harvested, processed, and injected appropriately, the result is often long lasting. However, it is possible to lose some of the grafted fat over time. Whatever amount that remains after a one year period is thought to be permanent.

What happens to my new buttock if I lose weight?

Changes in weight can cause changes in the fat that has been transferred. Donor sites can also be effected. Therefore, it is best to be at ones desired weight prior to surgery.

Other Options

Buttock Implants are a relevant alternative for patients who desire large buttocks and do not have excess fat. However, there are significant risks associated with buttock implants: infection, extrusion and other complications associated with this procedure. For these reasons, the surgeons of Umansky Medical Center do not perform buttock enhancement with implants, as patient safety is their number one priority.

Individuals who have excess skin may need excisional operations such as a Lower Body Lift or a Thigh Lift.

Occasionally, a portion of the patient’s own tissue is used to shift volume into the buttocks — this procedure is known as Autologous Augmentation Gluteoplasty.

Liposuction of the surrounding areas — including the flanks, inner thighs and abdomen — is essential in the overall re-contouring of the silhouette and buttocks in many patients. Individuals who choose this procedure must have some areas of excess fat to allow for harvest.

As well, women who are seeking a complete body transformation may wish to consider Breast Lift or Breast Augmentation procedures.

Patient Reviews

“I absolutely LOVE the results of my Brazilian Butt Lift. Dr. Umansky and his staff went above and beyond to take care of me and provide the best results possible!”


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