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Buttock Fat Transfer
Considered the most natural approach to buttock augmentation, a buttock fat transfer (or ‘Brazillian butt lift’) could augment, lift, and shape the buttocks through transferring fat cells from unwanted areas of the body to the buttocks. This method of liposuction and transference of fat allows the surgeon to sculpt your figure and redistribute fat more desirably. For example, fat can be removed from the ‘muffin top’ (excess fat that sits on hips) and redistributed into the ‘hip dip’ (the depression at underwear line on hips) to create an hourglass shape.*
An expert technique will help create a uniform appearance to the buttocks. While some of the fat may be reabsorbed, around 70-80% of the fat will remain, helping you to enlarge your buttocks and create a shapelier silhouette.
*Please note, that results vary from patient to patient and depend on your existing shape and the amount of fat you have.
Who is the procedure suitable for?
• Those who are struggling to or wish to enlarge the size of their buttocks
• Those who are looking to achieve an hourglass silhouette
• Those who lack volume in their buttocks
• Those who desire more volume in the upper quadrant of their buttocks
• Those who have asymmetry of buttocks
• Those who do not have enough fat for liposuction associated with BBL
111 Harley St. has performed hundreds of these procedures. Our surgical coordinators have collated past patients questions and they have answered them for you to read below. The consultation is with your surgeon and costs £200, this cost is non-refundable but is redeemable against the cost of surgery. The price quoted to you after your consultation is an all-inclusive price that includes all the pre and post operative appointments.
What does the procedure involve?
Your buttock augmentation journey with a consultation with esteemed surgeon Dr Yannis Alexandrides who will advise and discuss with you the best technique to reshape, resize, or lift the buttocks to meet your aesthetic goals. The size of the buttocks will be limited by the amount of fat you have to transfer to your buttocks.
The BBL procedure is usually performed under general anaesthetic, though can also be performed in-clinic under local anaesthetic. If you agree to proceed with the buttock fat transfer, we will discuss the donor sites, and the surgeon will draw temporary lines on your body to indicate the surgical areas. These markings will indicate where the fat will be extracted from (commonly includes the stomach, hips, thighs, knees and back) which will be removed via the Liposuction method via a cannula.
The surgeon will make small incisions will be made to insert the hand-held Liposuction tool, which leaves little to no scarring.
The harvested fat is spun in a centrifuge to separate the fat and blood and purify it and is then re-injected into the buttocks to enhance the desired shape, size, and volume. Enlisting a highly-skilled surgeon is essential for this operation as it involves 'hundreds' of micro-fat injections to achieve a uniform, smooth and natural appearance to the buttocks where possible.
The surgeon will close the incision site with sutures, and they will be removed several days after the operation during your follow-up appointment.
In some cases where the patient has skin laxity then excess skin may also be removed (which is a technique adopted in a buttock lift procedure), and the skin on the buttocks is tightened and lifted.
When can results be seen and are they permanent?
Patients will be able to see instant results, however, in the initial recovery phase, approximately 20-30% of the fat will be reabsorbed by the body, and so the results will continue to improve, with the final results visible from around three months to a year. The results will be long-lasting, and once the fat has grafted accordingly at around the one-year mark, any weight fluctuations will grow or minimise with weight loss and weight gain accordingly.
Small amounts of fat are injected into different areas of the buttocks and at various depths so that the patient will benefit from the optimal absorption rate.
How long is recovery?
AYou may be advised to initially avoid sitting or lying on the buttocks for the first 48 hours to three weeks, depending on the surgeon's recommendations. You may also be advised to use a pressure-relieving cushion for several weeks after surgery. You may experience swelling and bruising and a tender sensation following the procedure.
Patients should avoid strenuous activities for 2-3 weeks following the surgery but can generally return to work within two weeks and may be able to drive at this point (though should avoid driving/sitting as much as possible in the initial recovery phase). Your sutures will be removed within 7-10 days, depending on your rate of recovery.
The speed of recovery varies from patient to patient, but swelling should subside within six weeks, and you should be able to resume normal activities after four weeks. Your surgeon will advise and explain steps to ensure a smooth recovery and to encourage the healing process. You will usually be required to wear a compression garment for six weeks to help with swelling reduction and support of the skin. You will be encouraged to walk around throughout the day to boost your circulation and reduce the risk of blood clots forming.
How long does the procedure take?
The procedure takes approximately two to three hours, depending on the technique and approach adopted.
Side effects and risks
Swelling, bruising, discomfort, mild bleeding and fluid drainage from the incisions are common side effects.
The fat cells are extracted from your own body, so there is minimal risk of an allergic reaction.
Other side effects you may experience include (but are not limited to):
• fat embolism,
• reabsorption of more fat than anticipated,
• uneven or lumpy appearance,
• loss or changes of sensation in buttocks,
• anaesthesia risks
• seromas and hematomas
• cyst formation, etc.
Buttock Fat Transfer Before and After
Buttock Fat Transfer Disclaimer
BEFORE & AFTER photos are NOT guarantees that your results will be the same or even similar: your results will likely vary to some degree — because you are a unique person. Our experts take great pride in their patient care ethics, precise surgical measurements, custom planning & their advanced surgical techniques.