Fat grafting to the body has been most popular in gluteal (buttock) augmentation. This procedure is commonly known as the Brazilian Butt Lift. This is a safe and effective way to improve the aesthetic contour of the buttock region.
For the right patient, the Brazilian Butt Lift can be an extremely gratifying operation. The advantages are natural-looking results, long-term enhancement, quick recovery period, and minimal scarring.
Aging, hormonal changes, or genetics can lead to loss of volume or lack of volume in the buttock region. This condition can be very disconcerting for patients because it prohibits them from wearing many of the clothing styles that they desire. It can also negatively affect their body image.
We believe that fat grafting is a very important tool in the cosmetic rejuvenation of the buttock region. Fat is abundant, is easily molded, has a natural feel and look, can be permanent, and does not cause any allergic reactions.
The infection rate is also negligible. There are no concerns about mobility and capsular contracture associated with buttock implants. The only downside to fat grafting is that it is not 100 percent predictable. While most of the fat injected will be permanent, it is difficult to predict the exact amount. Everybody’s fat behaves differently, and a compounding variable is the location in which the fat is injected.
Recently, fat grafting has been shown to have the added benefits of stem cells, found in the injected fat, which not only provides volume, but also creates skin improvement, wrinkle improvement, and other positive changes that are not explainable by volume alone. On average, at least 500cc of fat needs to be injected into each gluteal region to achieve a noticeable and lasting result.
The Brazilian butt lift procedure can increase volume, improve contour, asymmetries, and shape of the buttocks area.
We believe a well-prepared patient leads to a successful surgery and recovery. Whether you are flying in internationally or a local, our staff strives to give you a great experience. During your initial call to our office, one of our patient care coordinators will discuss the different options available to improve the areas of your concern. A consultation is scheduled with the doctor who best fits your personal situation. The doctor will review your medical history, spend the appropriate time to review all surgical and non-surgical options, and discuss whether surgery can be performed in-office under local sedation or at the hospital under general anesthesia. In sharing our before and after photos, you get a better sense in the quality of surgery our doctors offer and what outcome you can expect to achieve. We will review pre- and post-operative care so you can be prepared for what your role is in surgery. You will be asked to stop smoking two weeks prior to and post-surgery. Safety is our top priority, so we will ask you to see your primary care physician to perform a physical exam, lab work and, in some patients, an EKG or Mammogram 30 days prior to surgery. Next, we see you for a pre-op appointment two weeks prior to surgery to discuss any questions you may have and review surgery details, ensuring everyone is on the same page. You will then receive a courtesy call the evening before surgery to review instructions and any questions you may have.
The Brazilian Butt Lift Procedure
This procedure takes about one to three hours, depending on how much liposuction is performed and the volume of fat grafting that is going to occur.
It is important to clarify that “fat grafting” has been named fat transfer, fat transplant, fat injections, lipo-transfer, lipo-structure, etc. It is essentially the same procedure. The concept is simple: take fat from areas in the body where it is abundant, and place it in areas where it is needed.
The procedure is relatively simple and straightforward. A patient, who is deemed a good candidate for this procedure, is given antibiotics and anesthetized in the operating room. The body is injected with a tumescent solution to the abdominal area, thigh, flank, or back region.
Fat is usually removed using a special technique, to keep as much of the fat cells alive as possible. After the fat is harvested, it is processed and then injected with special cannulas to the areas where it is needed, most commonly including the buttocks region and the lateral thighs.
Our office will provide a comprehensive post-operative plan to ensure the best possible outcome. The plan will include what to expect postoperatively, such as estimated recovery time, pain management, garments or dressings, and anticipated activity level.
For your safety, we require that an adult stay with you at least the first 24 hours after surgery and drives you to your next day follow-up visit. With most body procedures, you will be instructed to limit activity for the first week or two, which could include restrictions on driving, prolonged travel, and flying.
In addition, we ask you to refrain from exercise until cleared by the physician, usually around four weeks post-op. You are asked to refrain from smoking for a minimum of two weeks.
To optimize healing, we recommend that you eat a high protein diet. You should anticipate a variable degree of bruising and swelling, as with any surgical procedure. We also offer scar creams at an additional cost to optimize results.
To promote healing and minimize complications, you will be seen in a series of post-op appointments, including the day after surgery. These appointments will continue throughout the first year after the procedure to make sure you are healing as planned.
For your added convenience, you also have direct access to Dr. Bitar’s and Dr. Lickstein’s cell phone numbers if you need to reach your physician after hours.
The final post-op visit, one year after surgery, is one of our favorites since the results are fully apparent and we love seeing our patients happy. You are always welcome to come back and see us, even years after your surgery.
Maximizing Positive Outcomes
At the Bitar Cosmetic Surgery Institute, we take pride in providing our patients with the best surgical experience possible, emphasizing patient safety while trying to optimize surgical results. This is a process that includes comprehensive pre-operative preparation and patient education, the development of a personalized operative plan, and a thoughtful post-operative care regimen emphasizing patient comfort and promoting recovery.
There are a number of strategies that we’ve adapted to further ensure patient safety. We are selective and only offer surgery to patients whose general health and lifestyle choices permit healing and facilitate recovery. To minimize risk, we require a preoperative assessment that includes a thoughtful history and physical exam, as well as targeted laboratory tests.
We operate at accredited hospitals and surgicenters that have demonstrated a commitment to the highest standards of care, employing board-certified anesthesiologists and nurses. We adhere to well established surgical principles designed to ensure patient safety and have developed policies and protocols to minimize the risk of infection. Our surgeons are committed to continuing education, honing their skills and introducing new techniques always with the aim of improving safety and surgical results.
We emphasize patient safety in our peri-operative care plan, advocating early mobilization, optimizing nutrition, and providing detailed care instructions. After surgery, patients are seen in our office frequently and early, starting the day after their procedure, and a staff member is available around the clock for any questions or concerns. Our entire team is committed to our patients’ well being and every measure is designed to minimize potential complications, promote comfortable and rapid recovery, and optimize surgical results.
Why Should You Choose the Bitar Cosmetic Surgery Institute?
Our commitment to excellence and exceptional patient care is in every step of your doctor-patient experience. Dr. George Bitar and Dr. Larry Lickstein are distinguished board-certified plastic surgeons, with over 30 years of combined experience, who exclusively perform cosmetic surgery. Our doctors stay on the cutting edge of advancements in cosmetic surgery and technology to offer the best possible results. With a blend of artistry and meticulous surgical technique, they are able to achieve beautiful and natural results for our patients. We provide a high level of patient safety and our experienced and caring staff will be with you every step of the way. Our institute offers a wide variety of surgical and non-surgical options, from skincare, injectables, and lasers to in-office or hospital options, to provide a versatile approach to fit individual patient needs. Your aesthetic goals are our priority and each procedure is customized to ensure you receive the best possible outcome.
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