How long will a bbl last? Months, years?

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How long does a Brazilian butt lift last?

Thank you for your question. With Brazilian butt lift we transfer fat from one area of the body to the other. These fat cells are transferred in microinjections throughout multiple planes in the buttock tissue so that they can gain new blood supply and live in their new home, providing increased volume and shape to the buttocks.  The fat that survives is there permanently. Around 70% of fat that is grafted is typically expected to survive long term. We also put a little extra to account for loss of fat post operative, which is reabsorbed gradually by the body.

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How long will a bbl last? Months, years?

After the initial resorption phase, the result should be stable with a stable weight.

Kenneth Hughes, MD

Los Angeles, CA

Kenneth B. Hughes, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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Does a BBL really last forever?

Very interesting question. The answer is yes! A BBL can actually last for ever. A BBL is when we lipo fat out of undesired areas and then we graft it or relocate it to the buttocks area. About 80-90% of the fat that is grafted will stay and last for ever. This fat actually has memory, which means it will behave like it did when it was in your love handles, for example. This is good, because love handles are stubborn and very difficult to get rid of with diet and exercise! 

Because of swelling and some fat reabsorption, it may take a couple months for a final result. Most fat in a Brazilian Butt Lift never goes away, but it can suffer ( like any part of your body) form weight gain and weight loss. So keeping a steady weight is essential for a long lasting aesthetic result.  

Hop this answer was helpful.

Best wishes,

Dr. Miguel Mota

Miguel Mota, MD
Dominican Republic Plastic Surgeon
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Thank you for your question.

Fat survival after fat grafting depends on a few things such as technique used, anatomy, genetics, post operative care etc. Best case scenario, usually about 70% of the transferred fat will survive. Within the first 6 months, about 30% of the fat cells will not survive and will be reabsorbed and passed through your body. Whatever fat is remaining after 6 months, is what will remain as long as your weight remains stable. Best of luck.

James Fernau, MD, FACS
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James Fernau, MD, FACS
Pittsburgh Plastic Surgeon
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How long will a bbl last? Months, years?

Hello dear, thanks for your question and provided information as well.. it will last as much as you take care of it, when a bbl procedure is performed, the fat that is injected is moldable, which means it can get any form and shape for the first 6 weeks from the procedure, the first thing to do is take action with a bbl boopy pillow and use it 24/7 for the same period. Then it will last as much as you want, everything you eat will go directly to where the fat cells are located, if you lose weight you can lose your bbl shape and size too.. 

Tania Medina de Garcia, MD
Dominican Republic Plastic Surgeon
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BBL Results Can be Permanent

Getting permanent BBL results depends on (1) the surgeon employing the best possible surgical techniques for harvesting, processing, and reinjecting the fat and (2) the patient following the post-op instructions as closely as possible.

Plastic surgeons have all of the tools they need to create a good fat graft on the first try without having to do any touchups or redos at all. Be sure to consult with a board certified plastic surgeon who is willing to discuss the specifics of the fat extraction, fat processing, and fat reinjection techniques with you in great detail. And inquire about the likelihood of revisions and touch ups to help determine if the surgeon is employing all of the tools and techniques needed to produce the best possible results.

Best wishes!

Ricardo L. Rodriguez, MD
Baltimore Plastic Surgeon
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