BBL : benefits, disadvantages and requirements

Fat grafting buttock augmentation has many benefits, which explains why the BBL is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures. Here is a list of these benefits :

  • There is no visible scar : similarly to a liposuction procedure, the BBL uses very small sized incisions (less than a millimeter) to harvest and inject fat. These incisions are closed with extremely thin resorbable threads.
  • Permanent result : once fat cells are engrafted, they survive during the patient’s whole life. Note that the transferred fat cells behave just like other fat cells in the body, therefore their volume can vary with weight fluctuations.
  • Natural appearance and feel : buttocks augmented with fat grafting have a perfectly natural appearance and feel to the touch.
  • Body contouring : the BBL involves fat harvesting in the first stage of the procedure, which allows patients to remove unwanted fat deposits and use them to increase buttocks volume and improve their shape.

There are disadvantages to this procedure. Part of the transferred fat cells do not survive, but surgeons take the average survival rate of fat cells into account by injecting more fat cells. For this procedure to be doable, patients need to have excess fat in certain areas of their body. Since it is impossible to harvest enough fat in certain skinny patients to offer good results, the procedure is not accessible to all.

What is needed before a BBL

Consultations with the surgeon and the anesthesiologist are necessary to ensure the patient is a good candidate to this surgery. Photos are taken before the operation in order to be able to assess the patient’s morphology as well as the changes made after surgery.

These requirements are mandatory : the patient has to stop smoking before the procedure to avoid additional risks of complications and improve fat cells survival rate. The patient has to stop taking oral contraceptives a month before surgery. The patient has to stop taking anticoagulant medication 2 weeks before surgery.