Fat Transfer to the Buttocks
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Fat transfer to butt also known as the “Brazilian Butt Lift” is becoming more and more popular. Kim Kardashian and Jennifer Lopez have started a trend that doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon. The look of fuller backsides with a tiny waist appears to be sticking. For some this is natural, but for others that desire this look, fat transfer to the butt is a great option. For a natural look and feel of the larger butt, fat transfer offers amazing results.
Fat injections to the butt are a great alternative to buttocks implants for many reasons. The Brazilian Butt Lift is usually significantly more affordable than buttocks implants. The recovery after fat injection to butt is also easier , yet it could be a little tricky since it’s not recommended to put weight on the area for at least 2 weeks. When you compare buttocks implant before and after photos, the fat transfer is much more natural looking.
What type of butt do you have?
Use this graphic above to determine what type of butt you have. You can also use this to help decide what look you are going for when you get your butt augmented with fat transfer. Since the shape of your butt is a very personal choice, it’s important to give our specialist an idea of what you are looking for. While it may not be possible to give you exactly what you want, if we have an idea, then we can do our best to meet your expectations. Through the use of liposuction and fat transfer, we are able to transform the shape and contour of your butt to redefine your backside.
Who wants Fat Transfer to the Buttocks?
- Issues filling your jeans in the buttocks area.
- Lack of volume in specific areas of the buttocks.
- Interested in improving your proportions in comparison to the rest of your body.
- Don’t want implants of the butt.
- Don’t want general anesthesia.
- Want a natural looking butt enhancement
Fat transfer process
Upon initial evaluation, the specialist will determine your type of butt and make recommendations on how to make improvements to the shape. The specialist will also suggest which areas to harvest the fat from to get optimal results. The amount of areas suggested depends on the amount of change that you are looking to achieve. In many cases, the fat removed from surrounding areas is equally important to the final shape as is the fat transferred to the butt.
Since the shape and size of the butt is a personal preference, each individual will help to determine what the expected goal will be. Once all parties agree on the expected shape, the specialist will put drawings on the area to guide him throughout the procedure. We will also identify the areas for liposuction to harvest fat and mark those areas. Pictures and measurements will be taken prior to the procedure for documentation. The initial part of the procedure is injecting fluid into the area to get it numb. Then we will focus on the liposuction to harvest the fat. The fat is removed using special techniques to increase the amount of viable fat cells. We will also do some liposuction in some of the surrounding areas of the butt to create the new borders of where the butt should start and end. Then the fat cells will be processed and prepared for transfer. The fat will then be placed in a special instrument designed specifically for transferring fat. We will then systematically transfer the fat into the area that was marked. Once the fat has been transferred to our satisfaction, the patient will be cleaned and garments will be applied.
Recovery after Fat Transfer
Recovery from fat transfer can vary widely depending on the extent of the procedure. Swelling will vary, but is expected following the procedure. The extent of swelling is different for each individual and some will have more than others. Initially the area will be swollen and quite large. Over the next few weeks and months the swelling will diminish and some of the fat will not survive. The fat requires adequate blood supply to nourish the fat, so it is recommended to not put pressure on the buttocks for 2 months following the procedure. This means no tight clothes that could be restricting. It also means limited sitting which can be challenging and it’s recommended to avoid direct pressure of sitting for at least 2 weeks and limited sitting for 2 months. We do have some tricks and recommendations which we will discuss with you following the procedure that will allow you to sit, but not put pressure on the buttocks. After 6 months, most studies are showing that the fat that remains at that point will be permanent. In the event that a larger volume is desired, additional transfers may take place as early as 3 months following the initial procedure.
Fat Transfer Expectations
Although there is a component of the fat transfer that is unpredictable with the survival rate of fat, studies show that 50-60% of the volume transferred will survive. With liposuction, we should be able to improve the overall shape and definition of the buttocks and through fat transfer increase the volume. It is reasonable to expect a 25% increase from your current size. Studies have actually shown that trying to inject too much fat will decrease the amount of the fat cells that survive, since there is too much pressure on the area from the excessive filling. In the situation that one is trying to accomplish a larger volume, there is the option of serial fat transfers done every 3 months until the desired volume is achieved.
Diet and Exercise After Fat Transfer
Since we are trying to get the fat cells to flourish in the area of the transfer, it makes sense to create an environment that is more conducive to fat creation for about 2 months following the procedure. What this means is doing the opposite of all the diets that you may have tried in the past. You should eat a diet higher in carbohydrates which will start your body storing fat. While we do want you to put on some weight, excessive weight is not recommended. Regarding exercise, it’s important to avoid “fat burning” exercises that will deplete the fat stores and decrease the amount of fat that may survive following fat transfer. These exercises include heavy cardio like biking, treadmill, elliptical, stair climber or any exercise that causes excessive sweating. If you do choose to work out in the first 2 months following fat transfer, you should focus on strength building rather than fat burning exercises. Meaning, higher weights and less repetitions.