Brazilian Butt Lift | Chicago, IL
A Brazilian Butt Lift Can Give You the Curves You've Always Dreamed of!
Dr. Truong is known for his Brazilian Butt Lift fat-transfer technique that delivers superior Brazilian Butt Lift results without implants!
CHICAGO Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL)
Everything You Need To Know About Brazilian Butt Lift
What is a Brazilian Butt Lift?
Is It The Same as a Buttock Augmentation (Gluteoplasty)?
A Brazilian Butt Lift or “BBL” is a minimally invasive surgical procedure designed to augment and enhance the buttocks to make them look fuller and more voluptuous.
The term “lift” is a misnomer, since the procedure is actually a fat-augmentation or fat-transfer procedure and not an actual lift. A traditional buttock-lift would require cutting and shifting of tissues with long incisions.
A Brazilian Butt Lift on the other hand, requires only tiny stab incisions and works by taking your own fat from one area of the body, purifying it, and injecting back into the buttock and hip area.
Who is a good candidate for a Brazilian Butt Lift procedure?
Do I need a lot of fat?
A good candidate is someone who is in good health, at or near their ideal body weight, and wishes for a more aesthetic buttock shape. Ideally, the patient should have good skin quality with minimal skin laxity and good muscle tone. Although liposuction is part of the BBL procedure, it is not a weight loss procedure. Patients with BMI over 30 will need to lose weight to get under 30 BMI (Calculate your BMI here) to become a candidate for a BBL. Patients who have loose skin or muscle laxity around their abdominal area due to pregnancy or weight loss may need a Tummy Tuck to address those issues. Patients with certain body types (e.g. central obesity or apple shape) may not be ideal candidates for BBL either since those patients carry their fat inside the abdomen (visceral fat) which is not accessible with liposuction. Finally, any patient undergoing a Brazilian Butt Lift must have reasonable expectations. Although the BBL can be an amazing transformative procedure, it is a medical procedure subject to surgical, physical, and safety limitations.
For an accurate assessment of what you can achieve, see your surgeon for a consultation.
Is it possible to get a butt lift without surgery?
Also known as a non-surgical butt lift...
Emsculpt® is the latest technology on the market offering the world’s first non-surgical butt lift.
The FDA-approved Emsculpt machine sends high-intensity, focused electromagnetic waves into the treatment areas and making intense muscle contractions. The treatment is equivalent to doing 20,000 crunches or squats in just one session!
The treatment is approved for the buttocks, abs, arms and legs. You can see how Emsculpt works here.
Certain exercises like lunges and squats can help strengthen and enlarge or lift your gluteus muscles, which may give your buttocks some subtle projection and tone.
If you are wanting more dramatic results, a Brazilian Butt Lift fat transfer or buttock implant augmentation may be a good option for you.
Does a BBL actually lift my buttocks?
Technically, the answer is no.
Since a traditional lift requires cutting and shifting of skin and soft tissues, it is a much more invasive procedure with long scars. With a BBL, there are no scars, and no skin or tissue is removed.
In fact, tissue (fat) is ADDED to the area to increase volume and fill the skin that is there. If the area is fuller and tighter, there is an illusion of a lift, hence the term. The Brazilian Butt Lift should be viewed as a body-transformation procedure and not simply a lift!
Where does the fat come from?
From places you don't want it . . .
The beauty of the BBL is that the fat is harvested from other parts of your body where you have excess fat. In most cases, the fat comes from abdominal or belly fat, flanks or muffin-top fat, and back fat. Fat from the thighs and arms can also be used.
Since harvesting fat from the abdomen, waist, and back area makes those areas thinner, the net effect is even more pronounced when the buttocks and hips are made fuller. So since the procedure uses liposuction to harvest the fat from other areas, in essence, you are getting two procedures in one!
How long does the fat last?
This is the cool part...
This is a very common question. The true wonder of this procedure is that it uses your own live fat cells.
As long as those fat cells are kept alive and are happy in their new home, they will live and thrive there providing you with essentially permanent results.
Since they are your own fat cells, they will continue to grow and shrink if your overall weight fluctuates, but they would change proportionately.
How much fat can be injected?
Enough to achieve an amazing result...
This is a very common question and the answer is not concrete. The amount of fat that can be transferred really depends on your body type and the quality of the fat that can be harvested.
There are safety guidelines Dr. Truong adheres to that limits the amount of fat harvested as well as the amount injected in one procedure, however most Brazilian Butt Lifts will achieve fantastic results while staying within the limits of patient safety.
How long does the procedure take and what is my recovery?
Take about a week of downtime . . .
Depending on how many areas have to be liposuctioned to harvest the fat, the procedure can take anywhere from 2-5 hours.
Once the procedure is done, you will be in recovery for approximately another hour or when you are considered stable to go home.
You may experience some drainage from the small incisions which typically subsides within 24 hours. You will allowed to shower after 48 hours.
You will be placed into a special compression garment which you should wear for at least 2 weeks. You should plan to take approximately 1 week to rest and recover from your BBL.
I’ve heard you can’t sit after a Brazilian Butt Lift, is this true?
This is not entirely true. As you can imagine, it would be very difficult to not sit at all for two to four weeks.
For the fat cells to have the best chance of survival, it’s important to minimize the pressure to the area. This means not sitting DIRECTLY on the area injected directly for long periods of time.
This can be possible by sitting on pillows, using a soft “BBL” cradle- type pillow, or shifting your weight often if you have to sit. However, since most of the fat for a typical BBL is injected into the lateral hip and upper buttock areas, it’s often possible to sit on the lower buttocks and upper thigh without compromising your result.
Another recommendation would be to sleep primarily on your tummy during the first month. At Chicago Breast & Body, we will go over all of the suggested recommendations to optimize your recrovery. This will include post-operative care for your BBL, suggested garments, pillows, as well as exercises and training we recommend for maximum, long-lasting results!
Are "Butt Injections" or "Butt Implants" the same as a Brazilian Butt Lift?
No it is not the same . . .
The term “Butt injections” is a general non-medical term that refers to injection of any substance into the buttocks to make them larger. There are only a few medically approved substances that can be injected into the buttocks which include Hyaluoronic Acid gels, and autologous fat. The Brazilian Butt Lift is an autologous fat transfer procedure whereupon a patient’s own fat is harvested and then re-injected into the buttocks to increase fullness and give the illusion of a lift. There are no artificial substances used in Brazilian Butt Lifts.
Brazilian Butt Lifts should only be performed by properly trained, board-certified Plastic or Cosmetic Surgeons. There are many non-medically approved and dangerous substances being injected by non-licensed individuals at non-licensed facilities which are unsafe and can cause horrible disfigurement or even death. There have been reports of non-medical silicone, cooking oil, rubber cement, and bathroom caulk being injected illegally in hotel rooms. These Butt injections should never confused with a Brazilian Butt Lift. Buttock implants are an entirely different procedure using approved silicone implants surgically placed into the buttocks by a surgeon, but also should not be confused with the Brazilian Butt Lift.
Is a Brazilian Butt Lift safe?
Minimal risks in the hands of an expert . . .
As with any surgery, there are many potential complications that can arise, however they are exceedingly rare. When done correctly and under well-trained and knowledgeable hands, the risks should be very minimal.
Dr. Truong uses only certified anesthesiologists and nurse anesthetists and most procedures don’t require general anesthesia, so the anesthetic risks are minimal.
The common potential complications are skin irregularities or asymmetries in the harvested or injected areas, which may require revision. Bruising and swelling is to be expected and is not considered a complication. More serious complications would include bleeding or hematoma formation and infection which may require immediate surgical intervention. Blood clots can occur during and after any long procedures, but again can be minimized.
Although exceedingly rare, the most serious complication would be fat embolism in which fat can enter the blood vessel and travel to the heart or brain. This potentially fatal complication should be minimized by not injecting too deep or into the muscle layers and by using blunt cannulas.
This is why it is paramount that the surgeon performing your Brazilian Butt Lift is appropriately trained and experienced in performing the procedure. Even when all guidelines are adhered to, complications can and do occur. Thankfully serious complications are very rare and when done by an appropriately trained and skilled surgeon, BBL’s can be done very safely.
How much does a Brazilian Butt Lift cost in Chicago?
At Chicago Breast & Body Aesthetics, we provide our patients with an all inclusive price for the cost of getting a Brazilian Butt Lift procedure – you get liposuction of your tummy, waist, love handles and back so it’s like getting two procedures in one which is an AMAZING VALUE. All Inclusive cost means all fees are included in the estimate you receive.
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Why Choose Dr. Truong for your Brazilian Butt Lift?
Voted one of "America’s Top Surgeons" in the field of Cosmetic Surgery by Consumer’s Research Council of America.
Men and women from all over the country come to Chicago to see Dr. Truong. His amazing results earned him the reputation as the “breast & body specialist,” that’s why he named his Chicago center, Chicago Breast & Body Aesthetics.
Dr. Truong is a triple board certified cosmetic surgeon with a long list of academic awards and professional accolades.
Dr. completed medical school at University of Colorado School of Medicine where he was encouraged to pursue a surgical career by his professors who saw in him the rare combination of intellect and talented hands that are the hallmarks of an excellent surgeon.
Dr. Truong served as Chief Resident at Illinois Masonic Medical Center, Lutheran General Hospital, Mercy Medical Center, and St. Francis Hospital. During his surgical training, Dr. Truong received numerous awards and was published for his research work in skin regeneration and artificial skin.
Dr. Truong pursued his interests in aesthetic surgery by gaining acceptance to a highly competitive American Academy Cosmetic Surgery Fellowship. During his fellowship, Dr. Truong dedicated an entire year exclusively to the art and practice of Cosmetic Surgery. His training included facial rejuvenation techniques, breast and body restorative surgeries, liposuction and body sculpting, as well as minimally invasive aesthetic surgery, and laser surgery.
Verified Patient Reviews
I did a LOT of research to find the perfect surgeon who could deliver natural, yet superior results. I wanted a BBL that didn’t look like I had an obvious surgery done, but that would improve my figure and give me that beautiful hourglass shape along with lifting and filling out my sagging behind. I knew from my first consultation with Dr.Truong & by the looks of his portfolio, that he would be the one to do my surgery! I brought along photos of what I personally wanted to achieve and he told me exactly what he would need to do to achieve those results. I gladly traveled from out of state to have my BBL surgery by Dr. Truong and it was the best decision I’ve ever made!! Everyone at his office and the morning of my surgery were so nice and accommodating. I can not recommend him enough and I think my before and after photos speak volumes! He clearly is highly skilled in lipo sculpting and fat transfer! If you have been thinking about this procedure and are on the fence, you just need to do it! You will be in great hands with Dr. Truong & his staff. Your confidence will undoubtably be boosted after this procedure; Mine sure was, and I’m absolutely thrilled with my results!
Dr. Truong is amazing!! I researched doctors online and chose to have a consultation with him. Just by looking at my body he was able to point out exactly what I was going to tell him that I wanted. His experience with liposuction and bbl surgery really showed up during the consultation. He is very professional and gives off a reassuring energy. So, I didn’t feel self-conscious about sharing my concerns with him. Everyone at the office is extremely supportive and helpful. When I went in to have my surgery, he thoroughly went over details of the body shape I wanted. I was so excited!!! I can’t wait to go back to my one month post op appoinment. I still have some swelling yet this is the smallest waistline I have ever had in my life. Dr. Truong makes the unimaginable possible. Thank you times a million!! I can’t wait for summer to show off my new body. Dr. Truong is a body contouring artist!!!
I have been researching for years and have spoken to many doctors and I was never comfortable with anyone until i met Dr. T. During the consult, everything was answered and I never felt uncomfortable or pressured into anything. What convinced me was not only the doc but the AMAZING nurse Jessica, she was so knowledgeable and knew all the answers to my questions. She responded very quickly to emails as well as texts. I am 6 days post BBL and i could not be happier with the results. Highly recommend for all your body needs. I would love to give 10 stars but I cant!!!!
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