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Is Injecting Fat the Best Way for Butt Augmentation?

Posted August 24, 2020 in Brazilian Butt Lift

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Even though they have been around for a while, fat injections are becoming more prevalent in cosmetic settings. Fat grafting is a two-step plastic surgery procedure used to enhance your physical contour by taking fat from one area in the body and repurposing it elsewhere.

plastic surgeon marking woman's buttocks for Brazilian Butt Lift surgery

One of the most common places for fat injection is the buttocks, creating the now-famous Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL).

Why Is the Butt a Perfect Place for Fat Injections?

In the recent decade, the Brazilian Butt Lift has taken the cosmetic world by storm, enticing women from all walks of life to consider adding some “oomph” to their derrière. 

And why not? This single cosmetic procedure allows for almost full-body contouring, as it slims and sculpts the harvesting sites (usually the abdomen, hips, or thighs) and adds volume to the buttocks. 

No other butt augmentation technique can achieve all that. 

Roundness, firmness, and lift are the hallmarks of a youthful-looking butt, and all of these are possible with fat injections. Strategic fat injections allow fat to be spread evenly throughout the buttocks, creating as little or as much definition where needed. Fat fills out the skin without causing unnatural contours, meaning that your BBL results will look as natural as they feel.

Why Should You Choose Fat Injections Over Butt Implants for Augmentation?

Before the Brazilian Butt Lift, buttock augmentation was performed through the insertion of butt implants, in a technique that is not radically different from breast augmentation or any other implant procedure. 

Butt augmentation with implants takes a pre-selected implant (made from solid silicone gel) and inserts it through incisions made on the butt. Incisions are usually placed in the crease between the butt cheeks or below the butt, where the cheeks meet the thigh. From here, the implants are inserted beneath the tissue, and the incisions are closed. 

While a shaped butt implant can add significant volume and definition to the backside, it cannot create the same natural look or feel as fat injections because silicone is not a natural augmenting material. Additionally, the implants’ stable form may look more rigid than their fat counterpart.

Finally, the insertion of butt implants requires large incisions. The Brazilian Butt Lift does not. Small incisions are made in the fat harvesting zones—although these are tiny and do not always even require suturing—and the fat is injected into the butt, leaving behind no scarring.

Need More Reasons to Consider a Brazilian Butt Lift?

With a Brazilian Butt Lift

  • Fat is harvested with liposuction from your own body, making for a more natural process
  • Undesired fat is taken from specific areas from the abdomen, hips, thighs, or other trouble areas
  • Results are immediate but appear more visible as time goes on 

Interested in Learning More?

To learn more about butt augmentation with the Brazilian Butt Lift, contact Careaga Plastic Surgery by calling (305) 574-9262 or filling out our online contact form.

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