Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL)

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Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL)

The Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL) has recently become very popular operation. Women now want to have more voluminous, shaped, and defined buttocks. The shape of the buttocks is highly influenced by genetics. Though exercising can help define them, it often doesn’t perform well enough to reach target. Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL) is a type of plastic surgery treatment that emphasizes the fullness of the buttocks. Procedure aims to bring the overall shape to the desired image. Surgery focuses on achieving straighter, rounder, and tighter buttocks in a short time.


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What is a Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL)?

Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL) is a two-in-one body shaping procedure. It treats both the buttocks and another part of the body at the same time. The results of the procedure are similar to buttock implants. BBL differs by using undesired body fat stored in other parts to improve the buttock shape. The operation gives a more natural appearance as a result. Usage of the patient’s natural fat plays a crucial role on that. For this reason, usually BBLs are preferred over buttock implants.

BBL is also called a fat transfer procedure. It takes fat from parts of the body and purifies it before transfer preparation. Common areas that the fat is exracted, are the abdomen, lower back or thighs. The fat is then strategically injected into specific depths and locations in the buttocks. This results in a desirable shape not just for the buttocks, but for the whole body. A BBL can also help to prevent problems such as sagging and deformity. These problems may occur with aging.

How Long Do Brazilian Butt Lifts Last?

Determining how long a BBL will last depends on patient behaviour after the surgery. Only about 40% to 80% of fat cells survive within the two weeks after injection. Factual information depends on the human nature. Usually extra fat cells are injected during the operation in order to compensate for this loss. Patients have to follow strict postoperative guidelines in order to keep the loss of fat cells to a minimum. Eating nutritious foods and taking extra care of their body is a big part of the guidelines. Patients who are extra careful during their postoperative stage tend to observe the desired buttocks shape for years to come.

Is Brazilian Buttocks Lift Permanent?

The proportion of fat cells in the human body changes over time. Fat tissues fluctuates up and down. This is why BBL cannot be called completely permanent. For most patients, the buttocks will remain in shape for nearly over a decade. However, many factors can affect the body fat percentage, including aging. It may change the fat ratio in the buttocks. Maintaining a healthy diet and weight is the best way to ensure the long-lasting result. Gaining or losing weight frequently may disrupt the fat balance in the body. This will also affect buttocks.

Is Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL) Painful?

During the Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL) operation, patients are sedated with anesthesia. Feeling of the pain is not possible under anesthesia. However, the recovery period after the surgery might be uncomfortable and painful. Patients commonly experience swelling, soreness, bruising and numbness in the affected areas. Patients usually feel pain described as muscle pain in their buttocks for a few months. Painkillers are prescribed to handle the pain. Another method to minimize pain, bruises, and swellings as well as to increase circulation is to take short walks.

How Long is Recovery after BBL?

The first 7 to 10 days after a BBL is the first stage of recovery. A large part of the healing process is done during this stage. Patients have to follow strict guidelines. It helps them to keep te maximum amount of injected fat cells in the area. Patients are advised to sleep on their stomach or their side. It is also forbidden to sit, drive or exercise. Doctors often prescribe painkillers for the soreness that patients may feel. Patients also have to wear a special compression garment in the affected areas in order to minimize swelling and other side effects.

Between weeks 2 to 6 of post-BBL is the second stage of recovery. In most patients, a lot of the pain, swelling, and tenderness disappear during this period. Although the pain is not felt much, it is recommended to continue to avoid sitting. Recommendation aims not to reduce the effects of the operation. During this period, exercise and strenuous physical activities should also be avoided. Strength and pace of walks can be increased, and daily household chores can be done.

After week 6 is the final recovery stage. This is around when “fluffing” happens and patients are well enough to return to exercise. For most patients, pain, swelling, numbness, and aches are almost completely gone. After this stage, the results of the operation become visible. The shape of the buttocks is stabilized. After 3 to 6 months, the patient will reach the desired shape. Feel of the buttocks will become neutral.

When Does Fluffing Happen After BBL?

Fluffing is when the skin on the buttocks begins to expand outward and the buttocks gain softness. This is the final look and feel of the buttocks and the desired outcome of the operation. Patients should be aware that the image immediately after the operation will not remain the same. As the recovery process continues, the fat cells will be absorbed and regenerate, causing the buttocks to change in size until the fluffing period begins.

Fluffing is expected to occur approximately 3-6 weeks after the operation, and the exact time can differ for each patient depending on various factors. The flexibility and expansion capacity of each patient's body varies, depending on the skin structure and skin elasticity. Skin elasticity differs depending on age, ethnicity, weight, genes, and other environmental factors. This is why younger patients may achieve the expected results faster than older patients.

How much Does BBL Cost?

BBL or Brazilian Butt Lift costs an avearage of 8.000-10.000 £ in UK. Prices can go above 12.000 £ according to surgeons’ experience and clinic’s physical attributions. This price may go well above 20.000 $ in U.S and 15.000 € in top clinics of Switzerland. BBL in Turkey is quite price competitive compared to Western Europe. Average Brazilian Butt Lift cost in Turkey lies around 4.500 £. Prices can change according to hospital’s facility quality and the experience of the surgeon.



Dr. Abdullah Etöz

Dr. Abdullah Etöz

Aesthetic, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Prof. Dr. Mehmet Veli Karaaltın

Prof. Dr. Mehmet Veli Karaaltın

Aesthetic, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery


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