Brazilian Butt Lifts: It’s Not Just About Adding Volume
Posted August 30, 2022
Plastic surgery, as always, evolves with cultural norms, and we see, yet again, this phenomenon as surgeons begin to discuss removing excess fatty tissue to the buttocks. As Dr. Antimarino likes to say, “Shape trumps volume.” The BBL, typically used to enhance the volume of a patient’s buttocks, has always been a much talked about procedure. However, in many cases, BBLs are used it to add as much volume as possible, resulting in a large, wide buttock without any true shape. If you look at a natural, well-rounded buttock, the volume is localized to the middle of the bottom. This results in more projection than width. A well-planned, well-executed BBL is when the fat, even in lesser volumes, is placed centrally to create a projected, smooth, well-contoured result. Smaller volumes of fat are then used to contour along the sides of the buttocks to add balance rather than dumping a large amount of volume across the area. In Dr. Antimarino’s opinion, both the breast and the buttocks share his belief that “Shape trumps volume.”
A BBL performed by Dr. Antimarino addresses the contour and shape of the buttocks and combines liposuction with fat transfers to give an aesthetically pleasing result. Fat is first removed from areas with extra fatty tissue, usually in the hips and abdomen, using a liposuction technique. It is then transferred to the buttocks to enhance the projection and shape of the patient for a beautiful result. The procedure is well tolerated but has a 4–6-week downtime that requires no exercise and no sitting or lying on the buttocks. During the patient consultation, the BBL procedure is discussed at length to answer any questions a patient may have. This procedure is done in an accredited surgical center as an outpatient procedure.