One plastic surgeon sets the record straight about the five most common BBL myths.
Hundreds of women are traveling across the globe to get smaller waists and bigger butts through the Brazilian butt lift surgery, but just because it’s rising in popularity doesn’t mean there isn’t a lot of misconceptions circulating around about the procedure. RealSelf community members have posted tons of questions regarding the butt-enhancing surgery — but what’s true and what’s false?
Missnewbooty asked if she needed to gain weight before the procedure, “I just need to know how much fat is needed to see the results of a Brazilian butt lift?”
LovelyRose wanted to know how the procedure will affect her skin.
I went straight to BBL expert and plastic surgeon Dr. Wendell Perry so that he could clear up the most common misconceptions about the curve-enhancing procedure.
Liposuction will help you lose weight
“Liposuction is not a weight changing procedure, it’s a shape changing procedure, which is an important concept that many people don’t understand,” Dr. Perry says.
Gaining weight before surgery gives patients better results
“Gaining weight before the surgery is not going to help you have better results from the procedure, and it’s not the healthiest thing to do before an operation. Let’s say you weigh a 130 pounds and then you gain 10 pounds for the surgery. You’re going to transfer the same amount of fat cells the’yre just going to be a little bit bigger and then after the surgery you’ll go back to your normal weight of 130 pounds and your buttocks will shrink back to the size if you never gained that 10 pounds,” he says.
Local anesthesia is safer than general anesthesia
“A lot of times people think that local anesthesia is infinitely safer than having general anesthesia and that’s a misconception because there can be problems when you do liposuction under local anesthesia. There can be toxic levels of lidocaine and you don’t have as good of control over the airway,” he says.
I’m “too small” for a BBL
“People think that if they’re small they can’t benefit from the liposuction and fat injection, and that’s not true. If you equate it to breast augmentation, if you have a person who is 5 feet tall and they want a breast augmentation you can give them a 350cc implant to make them a D cup. But if you have somebody who is 6 feet tall you’d probably have to give them a 550 cc implant to make them a D cup. A patient who is 100 pounds doesn’t need the same amount of fat in the buttocks to see a change as a person who is 200 pounds,” he says.
Liposuction leaves behind loose skin
“Many people are concerned that after they liposuction their skin will be looser because you’re taking away volume from the skin. But the reality is if you do superficial liposuction correctly, the skin will tighten so no matter how loose the skin is it will be tighter after liposuction than it was before if it was done correctly,” he says.