Brazilian Butt Lift
It seems as if every magazine, tabloid, and exercise magazine are talking about peoples bottoms… how they got them, are they natural, who has the best one, and what you can do to have one. It started with Jennifer Lopez, Beyonce, and then Kim Kardashian. Kim went so far as to have her booty x-rayed on T.V. to prove that she didn’t have implants. Ethnicity, culture, and personal perception all play a part in what is desirable and aesthetically pleasing, and lately the public has focused in on this area and has made it the most popular body-shaping trend.
Gone are the days of the skinny waif-like girls…now women are embracing their curves and asking for more.
Called the Brazilian Butt Lift, Butt Augmentation or Butt Lift, it is designed to help add volume and shape to the buttocks, which results in a rounder, perkier and feminine shape.
There are two ways to achieve this surgically:
1. Silicone implants: this involves placing a formed silicone implant into the buttocks through an incision. This is usually done for thinner women who do not have sufficient fat to transfer from an area to the buttocks, or personal preference between the patient and surgeon. It is not as common as fat transfer, as sometimes silicone implants run the risk of infection, displacement, and rejection.
2. Fat transfer: this is the most common way in which a fuller bottom is achieved. Fat is taken from the abdomen, thighs, flanks, or hips and is processed, then injected into the desired area. Fat allows the surgeon to create curves and augment the area so that it specifically fits each patient’s body type. The amount of fat a person has is also taken into perspective.Sometimes the surgeon will ask the patient to gain weight, but this is not always considered to be optimal fat.
Although most healthy people have fat that can be harvested, realistic expectations should also be discussed between the patient and the surgeon.
Fat transfer has almost no risk of infection, displacement, or rejection, and 80 to 90 percent of the fat that is transferred remains intact after the initial swelling goes down .Both procedures can be done on an out-patient basis, and is most always done under general anesthesia.
Pain medication is sometimes needed for the first few days, and it is important to follow all post operative instructions. Some surgeons do not want any weight or pressure applied to the freshly transferred fat directly after surgery, and patients are instructed to lie on their side and use a donut when sitting.
What to do if you can’t afford surgery?
There are many booty enhancing exercises that one can do to boost the muscle mass in the gluteus maximus.It is the largest muscle in your body! One of the best exercises are squats, which can be done any time at home. Ballet based classes are also excellent at carving out your butt.
Leading a healthy lifestyle will contribute to the final results of surgery. Eating a healthy diet, exercise, and avoiding weight gain will help you maintain a shapely body that will last for years.
Sylvia Silvestri, R.N.