Whether you are trying to reach your one-rep max in squats or hip thrust your way into a fuller figure, the lower body has become an increasingly targeted region in the gym. And speaking of the lower body, no area can make or break this area’s appearance quicker than the butt.
Despite all the attention an attractive rear can attract, sometimes it’s just too challenging to find time to work on it at the gym. Even those who have the time to work out often find that their genetics stand in the way of a rounder, fuller butt. Have no fear, however, because two of the most cosmetic surgeries on the market can give you the behind of your dreams: Butt Implants and the Brazilain Butt Lift.
Both of these procedures are invasive operations that entail a minimum of two weeks of recovery. Invasive procedures can be frightening because they typically require the use of general anesthesia, among other associated risks. That being said, as long as you conduct the appropriate research and adequately vet your surgeon, these risky procedures can be made exceptionally safe. Keep reading to learn the differences and similarities between the BBL and butt implants, and learn how you can reduce these procedures’ risks.
The Procedures: Implants vs. the BBL
A Brazilian butt lift uses a fat transfer procedure to augment the size and shape of the glutes without the need for implants. This procedure is very beneficial for those that have pockets of fat that they wish to remove as well. Using liposuction, your surgeon will remove excess fat from those unwanted locations, then strategically inject it into your buttocks. Contouring the butt with the injected fat, your surgeon will meticulously take their time, shaping the fat for a natural look.
What makes you an ideal candidate for a Brazilian butt lift? For this specific procedure, there must be fat that can be transferred to the desired area. If your body does not have adequate fat reserves to harvest, then you may be advised to gain weight prior to your procedure. Otherwise, you can opt for butt implants, which do not require patients to have excess fat in a particular area.
Similar to breast implants, butt implants involve a multi-hour surgery during which silicone implants are inserted into the patient’s buttocks. During treatment, an incision is made within the crease and implants are inserted into or above the gluteal muscle.
Recovery From a BBL vs. Butt Implants
Surgery on your glutes can have a bit of a tricky recovery. Let’s face it, even though standing desks are trending doesn’t mean we never have to sit down. With a Brazilian butt lift, pain during recovery is marginal to moderate and controllable with medication. Your doctor will provide a cushion for you to sit on, which will help the fat settle in place. You will have to avoid sitting directly on your butt for about two to three weeks. Following these steps will help the transferred fat gain the needed blood supply and attach itself in place.
When you go through an implant procedure, the same rule applies: no sitting! Placing any pressure on the operated area can tug at the incisions and injure the healing tissue. Some cases may result in the implants shifting slightly from their original placement. This recovery also takes about 2-3 weeks.
Risks of a Butt Lift vs. Risks of Butt Implants
As with any surgery, there are risks involved. When deciding on the procedure, it’s imperative to have all of the available information at hand. With Brazilian butt lifts, some minor side effects such as bruising and stretch marks can develop. Other more severe risks include the possibility of infection, blood clots, and necrosis of fat or surrounding tissue.
Butt implants also come with minor risks like bruising and swelling. Additional risks not associated with the BBL, like scarring or asymmetries, also exist and can be fixed with a little more cosmetic surgery. However, the more extreme risks that come with this procedure vary. These include skin loss, fatty tissue under the skin dying, and sutures becoming visible through the skin.
The dangers involved with a Brazilian butt lift and butt implants can both be minimized if a certified doctor with the right experience does your procedure. Do not be afraid to ask questions while evaluating different surgeons.
Squats may not be able to cut it on their own, and there is no shame in seeking out a little bit of help. Talk with a doctor to see which procedure you are a better candidate for to reach your hourglass figure goals. For those with more sizeable pockets of fat, a Brazilian butt lift may be the ideal option. Results may take longer to appear after surgery, but the procedure is shorter and provides a more natural look. For immediate results, butt implants may be a better alternative, with just as quick as a recovery period. The choice depends on you and your body, so talk to your surgeon to make the safe and correct decision for you.