Looking at modifying or upgrading your backside, buttocks, peach or derriere?
There are plastic surgical procedures for that.
But each is different: They’re suited to different people, they involve different steps, and they have very different outcomes.
Let’s look at the two most popular, the butt lift, and the Brazilian butt lift (BBL).
The Brazilian butt lift is by far the more popular of the two procedures, but it comes with significant safety concerns and so people often wonder if they take the “Brazilian” out of the butt lift, does it get any safer?
And will it still accomplish what they want?
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BBL vs. Butt Lift in summary
The most important difference between a butt lift and a Brazilian butt lift is that one makes the butt larger and lifted, while the other typically makes it smaller and lifted. A BBL involves adding fat to the buttocks while a butt lift does not.
It’s not mandatory that the regular butt lift will make your butt smaller, but it does tend to work out that way since when you remove extra skin and tighten the existing tissue (in order to create the desired lift), the buttocks do usually end up becoming smaller.
For most patients, the fact that the buttocks were lifted makes up for the slight loss of volume.
Which procedure is best for who?
A butt lift is best for patients with extra skin in the buttocks area that they want tightened, lifted, and reshaped.
A Brazilian butt lift is best for patients who want a larger, rounder, and more projecting butt.
So, the regular butt lift is best for patients who want a lifted (and usually smaller) butt, while the Brazilian butt lift is for patients who want more volume and projection added to their butt.
They are actually very different procedures.
Steps involved in each procedure
The first step of a Brazilian butt lift is the removal of fatty tissue from areas of the body where it is a) unwanted, and b) safely removable. These areas usually include the love handles, the flanks, and the inner and outer thighs.
This removal of excess fatty tissue is done through a procedure called liposuction. A large, hollow, flexible needle-like device is inserted through small incisions in the above-mentioned areas of the body, and the fatty tissue is broken up and sucked out (or suctioned out, thus the name, liposuction).
In step two of the BBL, this excess tissue is then purified and injected into the buttocks. That injection process requires certain skill and experience to ensure it is done safely, as well as an artistic eye that determines where on the body the fat is removed from, and where in the buttocks it is added to.
In summary, if you want a nicely curvaceous butt that is larger than the butt you have right now, you need a Brazilian butt lift.
So let’s look at the opposite type of butt-related plastic surgical procedure: The regular butt lift.
In a regular butt lift, a sagging or droopy butt is lifted up so that it looks more youthful and more firm.
That makes the butt lift a good procedure for men and women whose butt is currently causing them discomfort, self-consciousness, and even rashes due to the excess skin and tissue that hangs and rubs or brushes against other areas of the body.
Recovery is also very different
Another big difference between the two procedures is that recovery after a Brazilian butt lift is a lot more complicated and precarious.
This is because after BBL surgery, work needs to be done and caution needs to be exercised to avoid killing off the fat cells that were just injected into the buttocks.
For instance, you’ll need to avoid sitting on your buttocks for a few weeks after BBL surgery, and will need to use special pillows or cushions when you do sit down. You’ll also sleep facing down throughout your recovery period.
In a regular butt lift, since no fat has been added to the buttocks, no caution needs to be taken to prevent the death of added fat cells. However, some basic recovery will be required and the buttock area can be uncomfortable for 3-5, or seven days at most for the majority of patients.
When a Brazilian butt lift is your best option
The Brazilian butt lift is usually a patient’s best option if they:
- Want to increase the size and projection of their buttocks
- Want to lift their buttocks into what’s usually perceived as a more sensual and attractive look
- Want to reduce unwanted stubborn fatty tissue pockets from their love handles, thighs, or abdomen.
- Are willing to spend the time and effort in finding a well-qualified, board-certified plastic surgeon
- Have been unable to reach their ideal/desired image through dieting and butt exercises
When a butt lift is your best option
The butt lift, or gluteal lift, is probably a patient’s best option if they:
- Have lost tone or volume in their buttocks
- Have excess skin or sagging tissue in and around their buttocks
- Have undergone significant weight loss (resulting in excess, sagging skin)
- Are willing to spend the time and effort in finding a well-qualified surgeon
- Haven’t been able to reach their ideal or desired buttock shape through dieting and exercise. (Dieting and exercise will not resolve excess skin).
The biggest difference between a butt lift and a Brazilian butt lift is that a butt lift does not involve injecting extra fat into the buttocks, whereas a Brazilian butt lift is done only for that purpose. That means that during a “regular” butt lift, no additional fat is added to the butt, whereas during a BBL, additional fat is always liposuctioned and added to the butt.
- If you want a larger lifted butt, you need a Brazilian butt lift.
- If you want a smaller lifted butt, you need a regular butt lift.