Butt Graft Lift
Do you want to achieve a look for your buttocks that ensures your desired areas complement your body and lifestyle from a 360-degree perspective?
Lifting and supporting the buttock with supplemental fat grafting is sometimes called a Brazilian butt lift. I’m not really a fan of that terminology as it usually associated with excessive volumes of injected fat, popularised on reality TV shows but that’s what most people call it, like it or not. I have created my own procedure called the Butt Graft Lift.
New techniques involving smaller volumes have really helped to lower both the side effect profile of your buttocks. Fat grafting is commonly one of the commonest procedures I do, usually in conjunction with breast procedures to really tailor, define and shape the breast. The same principles can be applied to the buttock.
How is this done?
This is achieved with your own fat with or without some skin excision. If only a small amount of lifting is required then fat alone can be a great tool to help you restore your shape through buttock augmentation. About 2/3 of the fat injected will survive in the long term. If you’re going for a curvier look this is also okay but I don’t offer enormous Brazilian butt lift surgeries – you’re going to need to go to someone else if you want this. Why? I have written a blog on the detrimental effects of a Brazilian Butt Lift, please take a look here.
As the fat is a biological structure derived from your body (liposuction of another body part), you may require another round of fat grafting at a later date but the fat that does survive will look, feel and behave your fat normally would.
Resection techniques are usually done as part of a circumferential lift – sometimes called a body lift. Whilst this used to be the domain of the massive weight loss patient, increasing numbers of men and women are requesting the lift at the back to change their buttock shape at the same time as flattening their abdomen. As you can expect – there is always a trade-off. The main issue is the scar. This fades with time and can be hidden in the most revealing underwear or swimwear but it is still there.
The final thing to mention for completeness would be buttock implants. There is a very high complication rate with these implants as they sit in a heavy use area so I don’t offer this procedure.
BGL, BBL, what do these letters mean? Well, a BBL is a Brazilian butt lift, and a BGL is a butt graft lift. So they’re subtly different. Both involve using a little bit of fat. But the BGL is when we’re actually doing a lift procedure as well. So what are some of the problems with BBL? So number one, you’re using just fat alone, so lots and lots of fat into the buttock. It actually has the highest mortality rate of all cosmetic procedures because of a problem called fat emboli, so it’s potentially fatal. And also I think long-term, even though larger bottoms might be having their time in the sun at the moment, long-term, who knows what fashions are gonna be in 10, 20, 30 years? Having an enormous buttock that’s out of balance with your overall shape can be potentially very problematic. And that’s why my preference is to do the BGL, which is the butt graft lift. It’s a great procedure because it lifts the skin, as well as using smaller amounts of fat to sort of help with the volume loss after massive weight loss. And in my mind it makes much more sense to do a BGL versus a BBL because it’s both safer, you get a more athletic-shaped buttock, and a better long-term result.