1. Are You considering Brazilian Butt Lift Surgery?
In the current climate of Kylie Jenner’s and instagram baddies, a visually pleasing body shape is at the top of many of our goals list - and has become easier to attain then ever. As once a taboo and very much still, subjective subject, cosmetic surgery has quickly become a common topic of conversation in our everyday lives. With social media bombarding us with these "body goals' images, it's unsurprising to feel that a little nip and tuck may possibly be the answer to your own body insecurities. The procedure has been made popular in the recent years due to the incredible influencing power of celebrities/influencers on social media. In addition, due to the popularity, the cost of this procedure has become progressively cheaper over the years. It's probably fair to say the only question to ask now is why the hell not!
We at TheCurveCulture are advocates for "living your best life". We love to empower woman (and men) and believe that feeling good about yourself is truly priceless. However it would be improper & irresponsible of us to not mention the risks that are associated with such life changing procedure.
Take some time to carefully consider your reasons before undergoing cosmetic surgery. Remember that perfection is unattainable and it’s natural to feel self conscious about parts of our body that we don’t like. Cosmetic surgery should be done to enhance your confidence and self esteem. Expecting surgery to transform your social or love life is unrealistic and may only set yourself up for major disappointment. Cosmetic surgery will not cure mental disorders such as body dysmorphia. Think surgery as a compliment and not a transformation. Once you are certain it's the right decision for you, it's time to arm yourself with as much information as possible to ensure you get your dream body the first time and mentally prepare yourself for what your BBL journey will entail.
What is Brazilian Butt Lift Surgery?
First things first, the only logical place to start is with answering the questions, "What is Brazilian Butt Lift Surgery? How much is Brazilian butt lift surgery cost and how long does Brazilian butt lift surgery last? Brazilian Butt lift (BBL) is a fat transfer procedure to create a more fuller derriere. Fat is obtained by liposuction from targeted areas, such as the stomach and thighs, purified and reinserted back into the buttocks and hips. During the recovery stages, new blood vessels will develop to nurture this fat. Eventually 65-85% of the fat will be retained by the body whilst some will be broken down and absorbed over the course of a year. After this time your results will be permanent. This new method of surgery of surpassed "butt implants" for its more natural results. The cost of a BBL widely varies, but may cost you anywhere between $3,000 - $34,000.
As with other surgeries, BBL's do present their fair share of risks. In fact, BBL surgeries have an alarming mortality rate compared to other surgeries. As many as 1 in 3000 people die from BBL surgery every year according to BAAPS (British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons). This is due to the risk of injecting fat into large veins traveling to the heart or brain. Read more here.
It's important to ask yourself if the risks outweigh the benefits before deciding to make a decision. Make sure you research all you need to know about the risks involving the surgery itself, as well as the ones that may be experienced during recovery. Next, learn how to prepare yourself in order to prevent as many of these things from happening as possible.
Be realistic with your results! Celebrity wish pics and body goals are great but expecting your body to go from A to Z after one surgery is highly unlikely. There are many factors that come into play when it comes to attaining a particular body shape and maintaining it. How much body fat are you starting with and how is it naturally distributed?, how much elasticity is in your skin? How healthy is your lifestyle and what is your diet like? What's your current BMI and will you have to loose weight beforehand? Many may require a few surgeries to attain desirable results. Be honest with yourself by choosing a goal and deciding where you’ll draw the line.
Are you financially prepared for the true costs of cosmetic surgery? Most people seem to think of only the costs of the surgery itself. Don’t forget to factor in costs for your recovery house/hotel, flights if going over seas (plus insurance , food and travel) lymphatic massages, and money that you may have lost from taking time off work. In addition, some surgeon’s may have an extra charge if patients require a blood transfusion during surgery. These expenses quickly add up, ensuring you are well prepared for all planned and unplanned bills will relieve much of the stress.
The average surgery requires 2 - 3 weeks time off before resuming your normal activities. What responsibilities will you not be able to attend to during your down time? This may involve scheduling time off work for most people or organising childcare for those with your children. Factor these in and make sure you have a back up incase things don't quite go as planned.
Lastly, have you thought about life after surgery? Be mentally prepared for the changes you'll have to go through. Will your new look effect any existing relationships? Are you prepared for the attention that your new body may attract? Will you have to buy a whole new wardrobe and make changes to your diet to support your new body? Thinking ahead and trying to envision the bigger picture can reduce any unexpected surprises and ensure you are well prepared for the outcome.
2. How To Find The Right Surgeon
Now that your sure your ready for cosmetic surgery, it’s time to do the work! The single most important aspect of your journey will be conducting relevant and sufficient research! DO NOT RUSH. We cannot stress this enough, A lack of proper research will end up costing you time, money, disappointment and maybe even more. Although there's no right length of time, It’s not unusual for this part to take up to a year. Do not allow yourself to feel pressured by friends or quick bargain deals by surgery clinics.
We suggest you consider the following when choosing your doctor.
- - Check that they are registered Plastic Surgeon. Use British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) for UK based surgeons and The American Board Of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) and www.certificationmatters.org for the USA. Check qualifications, years of practice, number of procedures and any malpractice suits filed against them.
- Check the hospital the doctor may be affiliated with. Check that it’s registered.
- Check care quality commission reports (CQC reports) of the hospital
- Check the doctors area of expertise. Do they have experience on your body type? Look at before and after on woman with a similar body shape, are they able to achieve the look that you want
- Read review’s online (but take everything with a grain of salt!)
- Contact people who have had surgery with the surgeon and ask about their experience. most people would be happy to share.
- Reach out to staff and co-ordinators associated with the surgeon.
- Prepare a list of questions to ask the surgeon. Take note of their helpfulness and politeness.
- Ask the surgeon about the procedure itself (how long will it take, how will be done, what type of aesthetic will you need)
- Ask about aftercare, your surgeon should be able able to provide lots of information and be just as enthusiastic!
- Ensure you know the complete price (including any surgery house recommendations if need be)
Finding your perfect surgeon can indeed be a tasking job! Don’t overwhelm yourself with too much information at once. Plan your research strategy and spread the search over the course a few weeks/months. Lastly trust your gut feeling! Any feels of uncertainty means it’s probably isn’t right for you.
3. Finding A Recovery House
What is a recovery house?
A recovery house is an establishment used to host individuals who are partaking in cosmetic surgery. Recovery houses are popular with out of town patients who may be travelling alone and may want the assistance of a nurse. They aim to aid the recovery process by providing a safe and comfortable environment with round the clock support. Most recovery houses operate on an "only female" policy to maintain privacy. Many provide shared rooms but some may offer private rooms at a premium price. Recovery houses are designed to feel more homely than the conventional hotel, this can really maximise comfort and relaxation.
Where to find recovery houses?
The most logical way of finding a recovery house is by asking your surgeon. They should be able to provide a list of approved companies used by their patients with close proximity to the hospital. You’ll need to do your background checks on these too. Read reviews and contact individuals who have stayed for their honest opinion. Prepare a list of questions and ensure there are no grey areas.
What are the benefits of a recovery house?
One of main benefits of staying at a recovery house is the luxury of receiving 24 hour support by qualified nurses and great security. Many patients do not have family or friends that are able to assist them and so find this support very beneficial. They are able to provide emotional support as well as physical, advice, administer painkillers and even just a lending ear. They are well experienced in their field and offer a non judgmental stance. They can really help to create a positive environment. Recovery houses are able to take care of all food arrangements and provide freshly prepared meals throughout the day on demand, although sometimes at an extra cost. Nurses and care assistants are also able to take care of laundry and general cleaning needs. Recovery houses are often well situated close to hospitals or your surgeons office. In addition to this they may provide transport for the duration of your stay including pick up from airports. Many recovery houses now also provide lymphatic massages as part of their package, this may be useful for those who opt for a longer stay.
One of the few disadvantages of staying at a recovery house is the lack of privacy if sharing rooms. Individuals may be uncomfortable with being exposed to strangers at such a vulnerable time. There is also a possibility of not getting along with house mates and unsettling living habits. Recovery houses don’t come cheap and may sent you back a couple of thousand pounds/dollars. Ensure the money is well spent by doing your home work beforehand.
4. Booking your date off work and securing your date.
Once you’ve finally decided on your doctor and considered accommodation options, it’s time to secure your date! Following your consultations and discussions with your co-ordinator, they will provide you with information on how to confirm a date. You’ll be required to pay a deposit to secure a date and then be given a deadline to complete the outstanding balance. Deposits usually lock in your quote price for a year, this should be verified before hand. It’s also a good idea to find out if there’s an additional charge for any date changes, how many times you are able to do this and what the notice period is. Booking sufficient time off is imperative to ensuring a quick and smooth recovery. Depending on the procedure and nature of your job, you’ll want to book between 2 and 6 weeks off. Your general health and aftercare also play a big role in determining how quickly you’ll be back on your feet. Your surgeon may be able to help advise your recovery time period if unsure. Individuals with manual labour jobs especially will need avoid activities that may exert pressure on the body for as long as possible. Pain and discomfort may last for up to 2 weeks whilst visible bruising may be apparent for up to 3. The healing stage greatly varies from person to person therefore there is no correct timeframe.
5. Buying You Supplies
When it comes to buying your supplies you'll want to take your time and purchase them gradually. It can be tempting to get a bit over excited and rush, only to realise that they didn’t need the majority of the items purchased in the first place. Even though some of these items may be low in costs, you’ll soon find that the prices quickly adds up, and certainly will make an impact on the weight of your luggage if travelling. Before you begin any shopping, find out everything that will already be provided by the hospital/recovery house. Secondly, if travelling, find out what items can be purchased abroad. You’ll find that this could reduce your carry on weight dramatically and make even be cheaper than sourcing the item from your home country. Most recovery houses are well prepared and already stock most of what you’ll need. They may also be able to provide you with a list of items to bring along with you. Your supply list should only include the absolute essential products, carrying light as possible will benefit you greatly.
You’ll also need to purchase items that will facilitate the recovery process after your surgery. Ask yourself beforehand what you think could help you maintain the maximum level of comfort whilst helping you maintain your results. For those that may be having Brazilian butt lift surgery, a BBL pillow will be your best friend for the next few weeks. In addition, the BBL mattress provides imperative support to those who like sleeping on their back. Read our full blog post about the Brazilian Butt Lift Inflatable mattress here.
Here at TheCurveCulture we’ve put together a free in depth checklist of essential items to you’ll want to purchase. We’ve done all the research and contacted several surgeons/recovery houses to be sure each item has rightfully earned it’s spot! Our checklist is conveniently categorised and colour coded to make it as simple as possible. Our extended version includes why each item is essential and when/how to use them. Our items are also approved by the top surgeons and many items were suggested by them! Read it now What To Pack For Your Brazilian Butt Lift Surgery
6. Choosing your faja
A faja is probably the single most important item you’ll need to purchase when it comes to surgeries concerning the torso. Mostly popularly these include liposuction, tummy tucks and brazilian butt lifts. The “Faja”, a spanish term meaning belt or wrap, is a compression garment made to support recovery by minimising swelling and promoting an hourglass figure. The girdle originates from Columbia and is popularly worn as an everyday body shaper. The faja comes in a range of designs and shapes, ranging from full bodysuits to the more classic waist cincher. It’s effectiveness depends on the material of the garment, these vary from lycra, cotton, nylon and latex.
Faja’s can be categorised into 3 stages, stage 1, stage 2 & stage 3. A stage 1 faja is the first garment you should be wearing immediately after surgery. These are made with flexible material and will often be recommended by your surgeon or sometimes included with your price. The stage 1 faja is designed to aid with fluid drainage following a surgical procedure/The compression allows just enough pressure to help keep swelling down and the re-adhering of the tissue. Stage 1 faja’s should be worn for 1 - 2 weeks. Following this, a stage 2 should be worn for 2 - 8 weeks. These are made to provide more compression and are made with a thicker material. Their role is to further lessen swelling and reduce any pain. This stage is often referred to as the “moulding stage”, and will ultimately determine the lasting effects. Finally a stage 3 faja can be worn after 8 weeks to up to a year. This stage is often skipped and is more or less an everyday shape wear undergarment. Permanent results following your procedure may take up to a year, therefore wearing a faja until then can still make a significant difference to your overall results in the long term.
Choosing the right faja
With so many variations on the market, shopping for faja’s can easily feel stressful. The bulk of the stress is perhaps trying to determine which sizes to purchase your faja’s in. It’s easy to misjudge the sizing if purchasing beforehand then ending up with your garment being too large. We primarily suggest that you seek advice from your surgeon when it comes to your stage 1 faja. If they are not providing this, they should be able to recommend a few brands for you to choose from. In terms of sizing, we suggest our customers to measure their waist size and seek the manufacturer’s sizing chart. You can expect to purchase a size or 2 up to make room for swelling. When coming the faja’s themselves, opt for the option that will provide you with the most support and comfort. Read reviews and contact people that may have already purchased from the company. When shopping for a stage 2, go for something with adjustable hooks. This will ensure that you able to continually adapt as your body gets smaller over time. Choosing a faja with a open crotch will save you the time and hassle when using the bathroom. A female PZ urinal system can be used in conjunction to help facilitate the process. If you are UK resident, complete a quick survey to receive yours completely free - shipping paid! Click here to find out more.
7. Maintaining a Healthy Body Weight
Part of standard practice when applying for surgery is completing a health assessment to ensure you are a suitable candidate for your procedure. You’ll be asked to complete forms concerning your current health, mention any past surgeries and inform them of any health issues. You may also be asked to submit or have images taken as part of the assessment. Aside from not Most surgeons will strictly require that your BMI is within a health range of 18 - 24 before your surgery date.
What is a BMI and why is it important?
A BMI (Body Mass Index) is the relationship between your weight and your height in number form. This is calculated by dividing your weight in Kg by height in meter squared. Alternatively you can use the NHS BMI calculator by clicking here https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-weight/bmi-calculator/ A BMI of over 25 is deemed as overweight and one over 30 is termed as being obese. A high BMI can increase the risk of surgical and anaesthetic complications. These may include breathing problems, deep being thrombosis (blood clots in veins), poor wound healing and complications with pain relief. It’s important to mention that your BMI cannot tell you if you are carrying too much fat. It cannot tell the difference between muscle, fat and or bone. This means muscular adults may be classed as overweight or obese even though their body fat is low. Alternatively, older individuals who may have lost muscle may still be deemed as “normal” even though they may carry excess fat.
If your BMI is too high or low, it will be imperative that you gain or lose weight in a healthy manner in time for your surgery date. When loosing weight refrain from crash course diets that may cause you more harm than good. A slow and steady approach will be a more beneficial way to shifting those unwanted extra pounds. Without going into depth (we have another blog post for this!) here are some small changes you can make that’ll make a big different in just a few weeks;
- Get more active and exercise regularly
- Avoid snacking
- cut our sugary foods
- cut out processed foods
- Watch our for portion sizes
- Add more veggies and water
- DONT skip breakfast.
For more in depth information to help you evaluate your weight loss options read our blog post titled How To Lose Weight Quickly For Surgery now. If you need to gain weight it’s important that you do it the right way. You do not get to binge eat unfortunately - healthy fats and protein rich foods will be your best friends. Small but frequent meals work best, and added shakes and supplements may give you the extra boost that you need.
It is not usual for individuals to have to take extra supplements to compliment their everyday diet. Many find that they are anaemic and may take iron tablets to support this. We STRONGLY recommend consulting your GP before taking any supplements. Please only take what has been prescribed or recommended by a qualified practitioner or surgeon.
The next few months following your surgery are crucial for those results. Your surgeon has done their job and now the rest will be up to you. What you do and how you do it will determine how great your body will look in the long term future. Please keep in mind that the recovery process is different for everyone. Follow the instructions of your doctor and listen to your body is paramount to supporting your healing period.
Your initial body may look bigger then you expected post op. Don’t worry, this is mostly due to swelling and excess fluids. Over the next few weeks this should gradually decrease with the help of a few tips and tricks we’ll mention.
Avoid Sitting & Laying on your Butt
Perhaps the most well known rule after your surgery is to avoid sitting and laying down on your new derriere. Keeping the pressure off for as long as possible will allow the new blood vessels to form and minimise how much fat is reabsorbed by your body. We suggest strictly no sitting for the first week at least and then sitting for short periods of time (no longer than 20 minutes) with a BBL pillow for a further 7 weeks.
Pain & Bruising
You may be still in discomfort for a few weeks after your surgery. This is likely to be aches from bruising as oppose to any extreme pain. Over the counter pain killers will be suitable to get you through this early stage, although you should not take more than necessary. Although rest will be important try to refrain from laying in bed all day. Short walks will help to boost blood circulation and speed up the healing period. Most people find swelling begins to subsides after 2 - 3 weeks. Staying in your faja and lymphatic massages will help to speed this up.
Lymphatic drainage massages are a form of massage that helps encourage the movement of lymph fluids around the body. The fluid in the lymphatic system helps to remove waste and fluids from the bodily tissues. Post surgical lymphedema may be caused by inflammation from the cannula moving under the skin. This may cause hardness and lumpiness in those areas. These lymphatic massages work by gently guided these fluids back to the lymph vessel. Untreated lumps may develop into permanent fibrosis. The most asked question regarding lymphatic massages is “how many will I need”? Again, as recovery varies from person to person, there is no right amount. We recommend that you book 2-3 initially then see how your body feels as time goes on. Most individuals will complete an average of 6 treatments all together. It's best to wait at least a week before completing your first massage, this is to allow your body to adjust and minimise discomfort.
Feed the Fat
Maintaining your body weight is key during the recovery process. Stick to small portions and clean foods high in protein to help provide all the nutrients as your body begins to repair itself.
consuming large amounts of Salt and consuming alcohol. This will almost certainly cause your body to swell. Make sure you also stay hydrated. To find our more, read our full article on how to feed the fat here! We cover everything you need to know about fats cells and provide a high protein diet plan to help grow your derriere over the next 7 days.
The Fluff Fairy
By month 3 you should have experienced the much anticipated “fluffing stage” This is when your body finally begins to really softens up and becomes more rounded. Most inflammation would have disappeared by now and any tightness would have diminished. It may well appear that you have become more fuller or larger.
Scars are an inevitable part of cosmetic surgery. The good news is that scarring from a Brazilian Butt Lift is minimal compared to other cosmetic procedures. You’ll be left with a small scar at the site of the incision where the cannula was inserted. The amount and degree of scarring will depend on your surgeon’s techniques and genetic tendencies. Your scar will most likely heal and fade on it’s own over the course of a year when left alone. To ensure faster heal always use a sunblock and shield these areas from harsh UV rays. This is especially important with those with deeper skin tones who may experience darkening due to hyper-pigmentation. There are a vast amount of scar treatments available on the market to speed and wound healing. It’s best to wait 7-10 before commencing any type of intervention.
Scar removal creams such as mederma and bio oil will require consistent use over a long period of time. These creams work to hydrate the skin whilst evening out hyperpigmentation. Products containing silicon and vitamin E soften and flattens raised scars.
Silicon Scar Sheets
Silicon scar sheets have been proven to be one of the best treatments for scar healing. Silicon gel works by modifying scar production. By keeping the site hydrated the body forms less scar tissues whilst maximising oxygen transfer enhancing would healing. Silicon scar sheets also absorb much of the tension from the edge of the wound, reducing the size of the scar. Silicon sheets should be work for 12 hours a day for at least three months.
Laser resurfacing uses a laser that send out high energy pulses of light that are absorbed by the skin. Thin removes the top layers and stimulated collagen production in the deeper layers. This method is the most invasive of the three and will cause skin to peel 12-72 hours after the procedure. A good quality sun screen is paramount with laser treatments as it causes skin to become very sensitive.
It’ll be 6 months before you’ll be able to see your permanent results. With patience, planning and the advice of this blog, the finishing result should be worth every bit of the pain and penny. Didn’t get the results you hoped for? A revision can be considered at the 6 month mark. A BBL revision can address any concerns including any irregular contours, healing concerns and asymmetry. Depending on your concerns and goal a revision may require additional liposuction or a 2nd round Brazilian butt lift. In order to get the rest results from a second BBL, it will be best to wait 12 months to allow the healing of scar tissues and the replacement of fat if harvesting from the same area. Second rounds may increase the chance of bleeding and bruising. They also carry an increased risk of contour deformity and skin damage. It is crucial that the surgeon performing your revision BBL has extensive in the procedure as well as in fat transfer, scar release. As with before, carefully consider your reasons before committing - make sure you are doing this for the right reason and not "butt greed".
This concludes the end of our complete guide to a Brazilian Butt Lift Surgery. Hopefully you'll have a better understanding of the BBL procedure and a great recourse to assist you on this life changing.
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