What's the Difference Between a BBL and Butt Implants?

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When it comes to boosting natural curves — particularly on the backside — the average person often finds it difficult or even impossible to achieve their desired look through traditional diet and exercise alone. For these men and women, cosmetic surgery can be a fantastic solution for getting the fuller, rounder butt they want when other methods fail. Still, there are several approaches for butt augmentation available today, leaving many people wondering which one may be right for them. Here, board-certified cosmetic surgeon Dr. Otto Huertas and the knowledgeable team at Dallas Cosmetic Center compare two popular butt enhancement procedures — the Brazilian butt lift (BBL) vs. butt implants — to help you better understand which choice may be the right one for you.

How is a BBL different from butt implants?

Brazilian butt lift surgery, commonly known as BBL, is a fat transfer procedure that involves harvesting fat from one or more areas of the body using liposuction and reinjecting the fat cells into the buttocks to add volume, enhance the shape of the butt, and accentuate the patient's curves and contours overall. One of the primary differences between BBL vs. glute implants is the more natural approach used in BBL surgery, as the patient's own fat helps to augment the butt rather than synthetic implants.

Does BBL last longer than glute implants?

While the volume of gluteal implants does not technically change, it is important for patients to understand that artificial butt implants are not designed to be lifelong devices and will likely need removal, replacement, or revision at some point in time. A butt fat transfer with BBL, on the other hand, can relocate fat cells to the buttocks, helping patients potentially achieve results that last for decades or longer.

Which has a shorter recovery time: BBL or butt implants?

Generally speaking, the scope and duration of BBL recovery is much milder compared with that of butt augmentation with implants. During an implant-based butt augmentation, lengthy incisions are made — typically in the crease beneath the buttocks — to insert the implant. This involves the manipulation of multiple layers of muscle, fat, and tissue, which can result in fairly significant bruising, swelling, and other postoperative side effects. These, along with restrictions on activity level, can last for several weeks or even months. With a minimally invasive BBL procedure — which involves tiny incisions at the liposuction sites only – patients are often able to return to their normal daily activities within a few days or weeks with only minimal swelling thereafter.

Why should I consider a BBL instead of butt implants?

The choice between a fat transfer to the buttocks with BBL surgery vs. the placement of butt implants is a personal decision, and the most suitable option will vary from patient to patient based on unique individual factors, preferences, and more. Some of the general reasons why many patients ultimately opt for BBL rather than implants include:

  • Less invasive procedure
  • Shorter recovery period
  • No need to replace implants in the future
  • Results can last indefinitely
  • Outcomes look and feel more natural
  • Provides the opportunity to slim down in problem areas while accentuating the buttocks simultaneously
  • Much lower risk of an adverse or allergic reaction
  • No risk of implant displacement, capsular contracture, and other implant-related complications

Get the influencer-worthy butt you've always wanted easier than ever with BBL surgery in Dallas, TX

If you're worn out from constant work in the gym without the results you want but you aren't interested in artificial implants or a lengthy recovery period in getting the butt of your dreams, you may be excited to learn more about the convenience and stunning, natural-looking results that are possible with BBL surgery. Get one step closer to your ultimate body goals today by calling Dallas Cosmetic Center to schedule your Dallas, TX BBL consultation with board-certified cosmetic surgeon Dr. Otto Huertas.

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