For women seeking a perfectly formed, full voluptuous butt the BBL has been the goto procedure for some years now. But along with the increased number of women choosing this surgery, there has been a significant number of women getting unwelcome side effects.
In a standard surgical BBL, fat is harvested with gentle liposuction from another area of your body with excess, such as love handles, thighs, waist, or back. Once harvested, it is purified, and the fat cells carefully injected at various levels into your buttocks to create a rounder, more voluptuous bottom.
Unfortunately, Injecting fat into the buttock can easily lead to serious problems if done incorrectly. These include a fat embolism when fat enters the bloodstream and blocks a blood vessel. In the lungs, for example, it blocks oxygen from entering the bloodstream, while in the brain it can cause a stroke – both can be fatal.
The volume of fat is also important. Most surgeons consider 300ml – slightly less than a can of Coke – to be a safe amount. However, some more experienced surgeons use a much larger volume of fat that may be measured in litres. If it is performed correctly and all goes fine with the patient then the results can be quite spectacular and add a sexy sway to your body.
But with the risks inherent in the traditional procedures clinics have been promoting other options.
In a surgical butt lift, silicone implants are placed in the buttocks to create more volume. Some slimmer, fit patients do not have sufficient excess fat to harvest and will require implants to create a more attractive butt.
A non-surgical butt lift is another option available in the market place. Basically, It involves adding volume and lift to the buttocks with dermal fillers.
The main providers of these fillers are Sculptra, which is a poly L-lactic acid that boosts your rear by stimulating your body’s own collagen production. Other fillers can also be used for this procedure, but Sculptra is usually best suited for buttock augmentation because you can get a fairly significant augmentation without actually using much of the product. This treatment involves the use of Sculptra injections at targeted areas under the skin. This thickens the skin and stimulates deep collagen growth, resulting in a firmer feeling and more voluptuous buttocks. Sculptra started its therapeutic life at the other end of the body to plump out the face. As far as I know, the FDA has yet to approve Sculptra for regions other than the face but surgeons are certainly using it for non-surgical BBL.
So how much does a Scultra-style BBL cost?
A minor butt lift will take four vials of Sculptra. To see more dramatic results, you'll need more of the ingredient. That puts the average range for this procedure between $4,000 and $7,000. This is way cheaper than a traditional BBL and removes many of the accompanying risks. On the other hand it is not a permanent fix. Most patients enjoy the results of a Sculptra non-surgical BBL for up to two years, though some have reported benefits that last much longer. Touch-up injections will most likely be required to prolong the effects of your treatment.
And unlike any surgical procedure, the non-surgical butt lift doesn’t really have downtime. You might get a little sore but that’s it. Apart from heavy Gym workouts, you can return to normal active life pretty much immediately. This is a ‘trending procedure' this autumn.