Three Things to Know About a Brazilian Butt Lift
The Brazilian Butt Lift is a confusing term for those interested in buttock reshaping. The combination of a country’s name and surgical procedure implies something special or unique to that geographic region. Like the number of words in its name, The Brazilian Butt Lift can be understood by understanding these three things about it.
First, the misleading part of its name is that of the lift. It is absolutely logical to assume that the buttocks are actually moved upward by some type of tissue lifting or relocation. This would usually mean that skin and fat is removed and tightened like that of a tummy tuck or a breast lift. But that is not the case.
Second, the qualifying term is the Brazilian word that precedes butt lift. Understanding the significance of this country descriptor goes a long way towards appreciating the ethnic importance of larger buttocks and what is actually done during this cosmetic procedure. The buttocks has long been associated as an important sexual feature of a woman. The buttocks are anatomically formed by the gluteal muscles of the hips and upper leg. The overlying skin and fat help make its overall shape but the size of the muscle plays the key role. This muscular feature has been given many cultural interpretations but it is largely aligned with the organs of reproduction. Thus when cosmetic surgery is performed on them, it is to increase their sexual attractiveness.
The buttock lift as we know it today comes out of Brazilian plastic surgery. The Brazilian’s downplay breast size but emphasize buttock size and shape … the exact opposite of American or Northern hemisphere emphasis. This is the Brazilian view of the body. Given the large number of cosmetic surgeons in that country, Brazil has become an international center for cosmetic surgery and their techniques have been significantly promoted all over the world.
Firming and tightening the buttocks has been around for over fifty years. But the historic approach of cutting out skin and fat, which leaves noticeable scars, never caught widespread popularity. Increasing the size of the buttocks, by volumetric addition, creates both increased fullness and a bit of a ‘lift’. As a natural alternative to a synthetic implant, fat injections into the buttocks are used which offers a dual benefit. The donor fat removed makes for contour improvement in the harvest site, which is usually around the waistline and stomach. It is essentially a redistribution of a problem into a benefit.
Lastly, the Brazilian butt lift is there buttock enlargement by fat injections. The lift part comes as the buttocks is filled out and it gets a lift by skin expansion. The downside to using fat is that it is not always predictable and all of the fat injected will not survive. For some patients it may be necessary to do a second fat injection session.