Brazilian Butt Lift in Pittsburgh PA
Fat Transfer and Buttocks Sculpting
The Brazilian Butt Lift is one of our fat transfer procedures. Dr. Giraldo removes fat from selected areas of your body, purifies the fat in a sterile environment, then re-injects selected high quality fat cells into the buttocks. The procedure is designed to fill the upper quadrant of the buttocks, lower quadrant and/or preferred sculpting so that the buttocks appear lifted and perky. The resulting effect is much smoother, some due to major reduction of cellulite dimples, that the woman and men feel and appear more voluptuous and sensuous.
There are 2 different ways to enlarge your buttocks:
- Brazilian Butt Lift: Fat grafting or fat transfer to the buttocks
- Buttocks Implants: Insertion of silicone implants
Dr. Giraldo will recommend buttocks implants over the brazilian butt lift only if the patient is very petite and has no body fat stored. If the patient has enough donor fat, Dr. Giraldo prefers to augment the buttocks using fat grafting. He believes that this method results in the most natural and sensual look for the buttocks area. The fat transfer method has a lower risk of infection compared to the butt implant procedure. An additional benefit of this fat transfer method is that you not only get a more shapely buttock, but the area liposuctioned is now much leaner, giving your profile a more sensuous look. Dr. Giraldo prefers the Brazilian Buttlift as the combination of liposuction and fat grafting produces to create and sculpt the most attractive and natural profile.
Dr. Giraldo has performed many high volume, in-office liposuction (4 liters) cases and high volume fat transfers to the buttocks (more than 2 liters), which allows for an improvement in the buttocks plumpness and volume to maximize results.
Most cosmetic surgeons have not performed as many fat transfers as Dr. Giraldo. We have found that more than one liter per buttock is safe and the patients enjoy the dramatic changes in their appearance. Approximately 50-75% of the fat typically survives the transfer, meaning the results will be permanent.
Dr. Giraldo sees every body type imaginable, from short buttocks to long, wide, skinny, muscular, sagging, flat, etc. He is confident that he can improve anyone’s body shape with his technique and experience. The fat transfer procedure has extremely low risk of complications and has a high satisfaction rate from patients.
Dr. Giraldo uses mild conscious sedation with local anesthesia throughout the entire fat transfer procedure. We use a cannula (small surgical tool) to remove the fat. The cannula is connected to a vacuum, producing a gentle suction mechanism to remove the targeted fat. Modern liposuction advancements target the fat cells and leave a natural collagen shape. Dr. Giraldo introduced the Body-Jet Liposuction procedure. This modernized technique combines pressurized water to access the fat tissue, while sparing the remaining area and stem cells. Using this technique is key because there we do not have to enhance the area with platelet rich plasma (PRP), or stem cell isolation. The fat is emulsified while also being extracted. Then, after the fat is processed through the LipoCollector-3 Device, it is ready to be transplanted if desired.
Gentle Harvesting is the Key
During a liposuction, patients can choose to harvest the fat during the procedure, which means the fat is gently removed from the liposuction area (usually the abdomen, buttocks, thighs or love handles) with a small tool so the fat cell will not become damaged. Then, the fat is placed into a centrifuge which eliminates excess fluids and the dead fat cells are removed. From here, the fat is injected into the desired area (common areas include breasts, cheeks, forehead, neck, buttocks) with a small tool, either slightly under the wrinkle or, in some cases where there is a high vascularity inside of the muscle, the fat is placed in the deep layers of the muscle. The patient’s body will feel tight for a few days and he or she should rest and limit physical activity.
- Patients must arrange a family member or friend to drive them home after surgery. We recommend this person stays with the patient for 12 days postsurgery.
- Wear the compression garment for 2 days without removal. After 3 days, the garment can be removed and placed back on. Patients must wear the garment for 3 weeks.
- Patients may shower when they are comfortable. Baths should be avoided for 2 weeks. Hot tubs should be avoided until the incisions have closed.
- Keep treatment area as clean as possible to prevent infection.
- Patients should rest for the first 12 hours after surgery. Walking is encouraged immediately but strenuous exercise (lifting weights, aerobics, running) should be avoided for 23 weeks.
- Patients may be discolored and swollen, so it’s recommended to rest for at least 24 hours. Swelling can last up to 24 weeks.
- If patients experience nausea, stick to dry crackers and carbonated sodas. If not, patients may start slowly with bland food and liquids. Drink plenty of water.
- Alcohol combined with medication is dangerous, so carefully follow instructions with your medication.
- Patients should not smoke for at least 14 days after surgery.
- In order to ensure best results, follow all instructions from the doctor and his staff and visit us for your postoperative appointment(s).
Brazilian Butt Lift is performed at our Cranberry Township surgical suite with local anesthesia and mild sedation as an outpatient procedure (patients can go home that day). The procedure typically takes several hours in the office
Who should get a Brazilian Butt Lift?
The ideal candidate for the Brazilian Butt Lift is anyone who is in good overall health but has excess fat to donate to their buttocks for the transfer. The fat is needed to create a round, perky buttocks. Very thin patients are not good candidates for fat transfer to their buttocks and they might be advised to go another route to ensure successful outcomes for their goals.
Which areas of my body will be used for my donor fat for fat transfer?
The most common donor areas are the abdomen, thighs, lower back and waist.
Can I get implants in my buttocks?
Buttocks implants are very limited meaning they can only produce volume to one target area, therefore contouring and sculpting cannot be performed to shape the buttocks. Additionally, butt implants feel less natural than fat transfers because it is technically a “foreign invader.” Implants also have a higher risk of complications such as infection, sagging, implant displacement, wound healing problems and capsular contracture or scar tissue issues.
How much fat can be injected into each buttock?
There is no exact amount of fat that should be transferred per side. The amount depends on the volume of quality fat obtained during the transfer. People who have more fat can generally have more fat injected (between 200 cc 1000 cc each side). The technique is more important than the amount of fat transferred. Dr. Giraldo’s technique ensures the fat is injected properly so its survival rate is elongated.
How much fat will I keep?
When can I exercise after my treatment?
Patients should begin walking as soon as possible. We recommend patients avoid lifting weights and aerobic exercise for approximately 2-3 weeks post surgery. This allows for the fat cells to nest in the target areas in order to permanently survive.
If I lose weight after surgery, what will happen to my buttocks?
The size of the buttocks can decrease or increase, depending on the amount of fluctuations; the fat acts like all other fat on the body. If you gain weight post surgery, you might notice an increase size of buttocks in addition to your increased body fat. If you lose weight post-surgery, you buttocks may reduce a little as well as the rest of your body.
How long is the Brazilian Butt Lift recovery?
We recommend most patients take 7-10 days off of work to fully recover from the Brazilian Butt Lift surgery. Some patients add pillows to their chairs for the first 1-2 weeks to ensure permanent results.
When can I sit down after my Brazilian Butt Lift procedure?
Can I have another procedure done at the same time as my Brazilian Butt Lift?
We can perform other procedures such as a breast augmentation or liposuction during the Brazilian Butt Lift procedure. Some patients choose to do this to reshape their bodies.
Call or schedule a consultation to discuss which treatment options is best for you 724-683-7581