Brazilian Butt Lift in San Antonio: Here’s What to Expect
Brazilian butt lift surgery has become very popular during the past decade as more people have looked for ways to lift and accentuate the buttocks without resorting to buttock implants and the potential complications they can cause. In a Brazilian butt lift, the patient’s own fat is transferred from one area of the body – to the buttocks. Over time, the fatty tissue “fuses” with the surrounding tissue, creating a more rounded and uplifted profile. Having a Brazilian butt lift in San Antonio can be a good option for women and men who feel their buttocks are too small in proportion with the rest of the body as well as those whose buttocks have become flat or “saggy” as a result of significant weight loss of the effects of aging. Butt lift surgery can also improve the roundness of a butt that looks square or angular.
How can I tell if a Brazilian butt lift is a good choice for me?
The best way to know if a Brazilian butt lift can help you improve your appearance and achieve your goals is to schedule a consultation and evaluation with Dr. Baumholtz. As a board-certified, fellowship-trained plastic surgeon, Dr. Baumholtz is skilled in helping men and women who are considering a Brazilian butt lift in San Antonio area understand their options when it comes to improving the appearance of their buttocks, and he has significant experience in Brazilian butt lift surgery as well as other related body contouring procedures, liposuction surgery and abdominoplasty (tummy tuck surgery), all of which can also be used to enhance the appearance of the buttocks and lower torso. During your initial visit, Dr. Baumholtz will perform a physical exam and evaluation to determine if a butt lift is the best option for helping you get the look you want, and he’ll also determine the best location for grafting the fat that will be used in the procedure. Then, he’ll review your medical history and discuss any concerns or questions you may have.
How should I prepare for a Brazilian butt lift?
Once you’ve decided to move forward with the surgery, you’ll be provided with a list of guidelines to follow in the weeks before surgery to help ensure a speedy recovery and optimal results. If you smoke, you’ll need to quit for four weeks prior to surgery to promote proper healing, and you’ll also need to stop taking aspirin or other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medication to reduce the risk of bleeding. Be sure to tell Dr. Baumholtz about any other medications or supplements you’re taking, as well as any allergies you have and any prior surgeries you’ve had performed. Dr. Baumholtz will take photographs of your buttocks from different angles to help guide the procedure, and he’ll review the surgical procedure and the recovery process so you know what to expect. It’s very important to clearly discuss the results you’re hoping to achieve so your surgery can be planned accordingly.
What happens during a Brazilian butt lift procedure?
A Brazilian butt lift in San Antonio is performed as an outpatient procedure, and you’ll need to have someone ready to drive you home afterward and to stay with you for the first night following your procedure. On the day of your procedure, you’ll meet with Dr. Baumholtz at the hospital or surgery center, and he’ll go over the procedure with you once more, answering any remaining questions you might have. Then the areas to be addressed will be marked. Your vital signs will be taken and you’ll be given medication to help you relax. Most procedures are performed under general anesthesia. Once in surgery, Dr. Baumholtz will begin by removing fat from the donor sites (usually the belly, back, hips or thighs) and then processing it so it’s ready to be transferred to the graft locations in your buttocks. The fat will be removed through small incisions using a special tube-shaped suctioning device called a cannula. Next, incisions will be made in the buttocks area and the processed fat will be re-injected using syringes and cannulas. The fat grafts are placed at different depths to create smooth layers of tissue for a uniform, rounded result. Once all the fat has been grafted into the buttocks areas, the incisions will be closed and covered with surgical dressings and a special compression bandage or garment to help reduce swelling in the area. Small drains also may be inserted to prevent fluid and pressure from building up behind the incisions. Most Brazilian butt lift procedures take two to three hours.
What should I expect during my recovery?
Immediately after surgery, you’ll be moved to a recovery area for observation and monitoring before being discharged. As the anesthesia wears off, you’ll begin to experience discomfort and you’ll be provided with a prescription for pain medication to help you stay comfortable. You’ll be provided with a special compression garment to wear over the surgical sites and buttocks, and it’s very important to wear the garment as directed to minimize swelling and promote healing in the area. You’ll also be provided with instructions on how to care for surgical drains if they were used during your procedure. On the first day, you’ll need to rest in bed, lying on your stomach to prevent pressure on your buttocks. Walking may begin that day or the next. Because the muscles surrounding the buttocks will be sore and bruised, walking and other activities will be uncomfortable, so be sure to follow Dr. Baumholtz’ advice regarding your level of activity and take your pain medication as prescribed. Except for when you use the toilet, you’ll need to avoid sitting for the first 10 days to avoid disrupting the sutures. After 10 days, you may sit with pillows supporting the muscles in your upper thighs, keeping your buttocks elevated to avoid pressure. You’ll need to practice supported sitting for at least two months to help the fat become successfully incorporated into the buttocks area, and you’ll need to continue wearing a supportive compression garment for that time as well. If you have one or more surgical drains, they’ll be removed within a week. The area around your buttocks and the fat donor site will be bruised and tender, but these issues should resolve within a week or two. Swelling in and around the buttocks can last for several months following surgery. Typically, you’ll see your new shape within three to six months, once swelling has subsided and the surviving fat grafts have “settled in.” The incisions used in a Brazilian butt lift procedure are quite small – just large enough to admit the thin cannula to remove and then reinject the fat tissue. Over time, they’ll fade and become less visible. When possible, donor site incisions will be made in areas that are typically covered by clothing. Most patients return to work and resume driving (with pillow supports) after about two weeks.
Will my results be permanent?
The results of a Brazilian butt lift are long-lasting and intended to be permanent. Following care instructions is vitally important for ensuring your fat grafts stay healthy and fuse with the surrounding tissues. If you have questions or concerns about your care, you should call the office right away to make sure your recovery stays on track. The fat that’s implanted into your buttocks will still be subjected to the normal effects of aging as well as weight gain and weight loss, and you should follow a healthy diet and exercise plan to help maintain your new shape.
What risks are associated with Brazilian butt lift?
Many risks are associated. These risks can be devastating. I typically put the fat in the more superficial layers to lessen some of the risks. Additional risks include asymmetry and the inability to achieve the patient’s goals-either because they don’t have enough of their own donor material or they had unrealistic expectations.
How much does Brazilian butt lift cost?
Please contact our office to find out pricing of the brazilian butt lift.
Am I a good candidate for a Brazilian butt lift?
A Brazilian butt lift can be a good solution for men and women in San Antonio who want a more rounded buttocks shape or who want to augment and lift a butt that appears flat, saggy or too small. Candidates should be in good general health and should have ample fat in other areas of the body which can serve as donor sites. People who are very slim might not be good candidates for Brazilian butt lifts, but might do better with buttock implant surgery that uses synthetic implants to achieve a rounded or larger appearance.
Learn more about Brazilian butt lift in San Antonio.
Dr. Baumholtz is a leading board-certified plastic surgeon in the greater San Antonio region, helping men and women achieve their aesthetic goals with thoughtful consultations and state-of-the-art surgical techniques. If you’d like to learn more about Brazilian butt lift surgery and how it can help you look and feel your best, call Baumholtz Plastic Surgery at 210-920-2390 and schedule your personalized consultation and evaluation today.