Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL) in Rockford, IL
Many people wish they had larger buttocks, especially those who were not gifted this trait genetically. Weight gain can add volume to the body, but fat typically spreads throughout the body rather than going specifically to the butt. Brazilian butt lift (BBL) is the most effective plastic surgery procedure for augmenting the size and shape of a patient’s backside. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Pedro Rodriguez performs BBL for his patients in Rockford, Illinois.
The Pedro Rodriguez Difference
Dr. Pedro Rodriguez is an elite plastic surgeon who performs cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. He specializes in breast, body and face procedures. Merging advanced techniques with his keen eye, he produces transformative results for his patients that are both attractive and natural-looking.
Patients in Rockford choose Dr. Rodriguez because of his outstanding surgical skills and attentive care. Through decades of experience, he understands precisely how to rejuvenate the face and achieve appealing breast and body contours. He takes pleasure in helping his patients build confidence by reaching their aesthetic goals.
Candidates for Brazilian Butt Lift
Ideal candidates for Brazilian butt lift are non-smokers in good overall health who wish to augment the size of their buttocks. BBL works best on patients who still have elasticity in the skin surrounding the buttocks — contours may not look as appealing in patients with droopy skin.
In recent years, Brazilian butt lift has overtaken butt implants as the preferred surgery for larger buttocks. Dr. Rodriguez and his peers have seen firsthand that using real fat in the buttocks provides better and more natural-looking results than implants can. However, butt implants may still be the best approach for patients with a low body fat percentage who do not have excess fat cells to transfer.
Brazilian Butt Lift Procedure
BBL is a fat transfer surgery that harvests fat from a separate part of the body to reimplant into the buttocks. Before the surgery, Dr. Rodriguez and the patient will agree on a donor site, generally where fat is in excess on the body like the abdomen or thighs. Dr. Rodriguez will devise a surgical plan that best achieves the patient’s desired size and shape for the buttocks.
On the day of the surgery, patients receive general anesthesia to keep them comfortable during the procedure. First, Dr. Rodriguez performs liposuction to remove the fat that will be transferred. This fat is then purified before being injected into the upper portion of the butt cheeks to create the appearance of a full and perky butt. This fat can be molded to produce round, appealing contours.
Brazilian Butt Lift Recovery and Results
Although full recovery from BBL takes approximately six weeks, patients typically feel well enough to resume work and light activity after one to two weeks. For the first few weeks especially, Dr. Rodriguez encourages BBL patients to sleep on their stomachs during recovery and to purchase a BBL pillow that allows them to sit without putting pressure on the buttocks. Applying weight on the buttocks can slow the healing process and diminish the quality of the results.
Because the body recognizes its own fat cells, most of it is absorbed in its new location in the buttocks, though a modest percentage of fat will be rejected. Patients can expect to see their full results and final shape once the swelling has subsided in the months following surgery.
Benefits of BBL Surgery
Genetics, aging, weight loss, and other factors can affect your buttock appearance. Whether you struggle with a flat, saggy, or small backside, Brazilian butt lift surgery can add volume to mold your buttocks to the desired shape and size. The fat transfer procedure offers several aesthetic benefits, including:
- Corrects uneven buttocks
- Fills in and smooth divots
- Elevates buttock position
- Adds volume to sagging tissues
- Enhances the curvatures of your buttocks and overall body shape
- Addresses changes from weight gain and loss
- Restores self-confidence in silhouette
Brazilian Butt Lift vs. Buttock Implants
Silicone buttock implants are another way to enhance the size and shape of the buttocks. However, these pre-filled implants have additional risks because there is a foreign object in the body. These risks include implant malposition and allergic reactions to the materials. Brazilian butt lift increases buttock size using the patient’s fat from a donor location elsewhere on the body, removing the risk of allergic reaction because the body recognizes these tissues as its own. BBL improves the appearance of the buttocks with a soft, natural feel and no chance of rejection like buttock implants.
Buttock augmentation with gluteal implants requires incisions, stitches, and more extensive recovery. In contrast, BBL surgery injects purified fat cells with a syringe and requires no incisions in the buttocks. (Liposuction to harvest the fat does require small incisions in the donor site.)
Brazilian butt lift is a less invasive way to achieve shapelier, fuller buttocks without placing a foreign object in the body.
Brazilian Butt Lift FAQs
How Much Does Brazilian Butt Lift Cost?
BBL costs vary widely because the price includes several expenses, including fees for the anesthesiologist, plastic surgeon, surgical facility, recovery garments, and prescription medications. Patients often need to buy a BBL pillow to help them avoid sitting on their buttocks while they heal and may have other associated expenses. Brazilian butt lift ranges from $2,500 to $10,000 in the United States, but patients should be wary of a low-cost surgeon with a “too good to be true” price tag for Brazilian butt lift. You need a skilled, experienced, and board-certified plastic surgeon, such as Dr. Rodriguez, to perform your procedure and avoid unnecessary safety risks.
Dr. Rodriguez understands many patients need to finance their BBL surgery and offers a range of payment options. He partners with PatientFi, Alphaeon Credit, CareCredit, and LendingUSA so patients can reach their body goals with affordable monthly payments.
Will I have scars after BBL surgery?
BBL surgery leaves minimal scarring behind after recovery. The buttocks will have no markings because the fat is injected with a syringe. Our plastic surgeon harvests the fat for BBL from a donor location with liposuction. Liposuction requires small, two- to three-millimeter incisions to insert the cannula under the skin and suction out the unwanted fat. These tiny incisions will leave minor scars that heal over time and may be concealed under clothing or in natural body contours.
Where is the fat taken from for Brazilian butt lift?
Fat cells are removed from an area of your body with enough stubborn fat pockets to enhance your buttocks to your desired size. The most common body areas include the abdomen, “love handles” (flanks), thighs, hips, and back. The upper arms and other locations could be an option, depending on how much volume is needed to reach your cosmetic goals.
Is BBL surgery painful?
BBL recovery is unique because the donor location and buttocks are both healing and may involve soreness, swelling, sensation changes, and discomfort. Patients must wear a compression garment around the liposuction surgical site to reduce bruising and swelling.
Brazilian butt lift surgery is not painful because you are under general anesthesia. However, some patients may only need local anesthesia if the fat transfer is for minor enhancement.
How long do BBL results last?
Your body may reabsorb up to 30% of the transferred fat, but the fat cells that survive are there permanently. Dr. Rodriguez may initially overfill the buttocks to accommodate reabsorption. While the surviving transferred fat will remain in place, your buttock tissues change with natural aging and weight fluctuations. You can enjoy your BBL results for up to a decade or longer with a healthy diet and regular exercise.
Meet Dr. Rodriguez to Discuss BBL
Dr. Rodriguez’s education and training have prepared him well to achieve great BBL results for his patients. He excels at achieving attractive contours with both liposuction and the fat he transfers to the buttocks. If you would like to add volume and fullness to your backside, please call Dr. Rodriguez’s office at 815.977.4403 to arrange a consultation.
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