After the BBL
How long does transferred fat last?
Fat transfer generally provides long-lasting results, although there is some variability. Fat survival will vary depending on the technique that your surgeon uses to purify the fat cells and how well you follow your doctor’s instructions during recovery. Patients who successfully avoid sitting or putting pressure on their buttocks, or stretching for the first three weeks after their surgery are much more likely to have long-lasting results than patients who fail to follow this advice. When patients follow their doctor’s advice and the fat transfer purification process yields healthy fat cells for transplantation, typically fat transfer to the buttocks lasts a long time.
Lifestyle factors can also affect the longevity of transplanted fat cells. Specifically, smoking can lead to the degradation of new cells because smoking reduces circulation throughout the body. By eating right and avoiding cigarettes, patients can significantly increase the longevity of their Brazilian Butt Lift.
Patients should expect to devote at least 3 weeks to recovery following a Brazilian Butt Lift. It is best not to sit at all during this time because even a short period of sitting can kill some of the fat grafts. Sitting causes a surprising amount of pressure on the newly transplanted fat cells. Even a low level of pressure can crush the delicate new cells and extracellular matrices as they create new blood vessels to feed the area. Your surgeon will recommend resting postures to help you get through the initial 3 weeks of recovery following the procedure. Most patients spend a lot of time lying on their sides in different positions during this first phase of healing.
During the four weeks immediately following the procedure, the extracellular matrix that holds the new fat cells in place is very fragile. This extracellular matrix essential in sustaining transplanted cells. If the matrix is destroyed, the new cells won’t survive. Sitting, squatting, and even stretching can be pressure on these new and essential tissues which can cause deformations that won’t repair themselves.
Your surgeon will provide you with a compression garment that will help keep swelling to a minimum during the initial recovery period. This compression garment puts the ideal amount of pressure on your buttocks to encourage the drainage of fluids and proper healing. It’s best to keep inflammation to a minimum by using the garments because inflammation can put too much pressure on the newly transplanted cells. Low compression that’s provided by the garments helps to promote drainage from the buttocks and the other areas of the body that were treated during the procedure, keeping the swelling to a minimum.
During those first three weeks it is important to take excellent care of yourself in order to encourage your body to build a new blood supply to the transplanted cells. New capillaries and vessels must take shape within the matrix of transplanted fat cells in order for them to survive. By eating right, not smoking, and resisting the urge to sit and to put pressure on your buttocks your body will be able to create an extracellular matrix that will sustain the new cells.
The Brazilian Butt Lift is a surgical procedure and as such, it entails some risk. All surgical procedures involve risk but you can diminish the possibility of adverse outcomes by locating a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon to perform your procedure, communicating clearly with your doctor, and following your doctor’s instructions. Many of the risks associated with the Brazilian Butt Lift are risks associated with surgery in general, but talk with your doctor if you have questions and concerns.
Complications that result from a BBL are rare when a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon performs the surgery. Risks include:
- blood clots
- allergic reactions to anesthesia
- asymmetrical outcomes
- hardening of the injected fat
- overcorrection, or undercorrection of the buttocks
- hyperpigmented scars
Side effects from a BBL procedure are rare, but patients should be aware that they do occur. Side effects are less serious than risks and typically include issues such as aesthetics, but patients should still be aware of all the possible outcomes to keep their expectations realistic. Some of the possible side effects from this procedure include:
- lumpy or bumpy appearance
- deformity, laxity, or loose skin in the areas where liposuction was performed.