BBL vs Butt Implants: Which is Right for You?

Discover the Differences Between BBL and Butt Implants for Enhanced Curves.

July 20, 2023

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Two women in swimsuits showcasing their enhanced figures after undergoing Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL) procedures for a shapelier silhouette.

So you’ve heard a lot about the BBL but then you’ve also read about butt implants? What’s the difference and which is better? Well, you’ve definitely hit upon the two most popular options for enhancing the appearance of the buttocks. Both procedures aim to provide fuller, more shapely buttocks, but they differ in terms of their approach, recovery time, and potential risks. Let’s get to it. 

The BBL, also known as “fat transfer” to the buttocks, involves harvesting fat from other areas of the body, such as the abdomen, hips, or thighs, and injecting it into the butt. This procedure is very popular because it not only adds volume to the buttocks but also improves the contours of the surrounding areas, resulting in a more hourglass-shaped figure. BBL is a complex procedure that requires the expertise of a board-certified plastic surgeon who has experience in both liposuction and fat transfer. The recovery time for BBL is typically 2-3 weeks, during which you will need to avoid sitting or lying on your back to prevent the newly transferred fat cells from being crushed.

Butt implants, on the other hand, involve surgically placing silicone implants in the buttocks to add volume and enhance the shape. This procedure is associated with higher risks, such as implant displacement or rupture, infection, and scarring. The recovery time for butt implants is also typically longer than BBL, with patients needing to avoid sitting or lying on their back for up to 6 weeks.

So, what are the main differences between BBL and butt implants?

  • Approach: BBL involves fat transfer, while butt implants involve silicone implants.
  • Recovery time: BBL has a shorter recovery time, typically 2-3 weeks, while butt implants require up to 6 weeks of recovery time.
  • Risks: BBL carries a lower risk of complications, while butt implants are associated with higher risks, such as implant displacement or rupture, infection, and scarring.
  • Contouring: BBL not only adds volume to the buttocks but also contours the surrounding areas, while butt implants only add volume to the butt itself.

Some cosmetic surgeries are quite straightforward but buttock surgery is not one of them. The butt is an area where it is absolutely critical that you meet with a board-certified plastic surgeon who can evaluate your individual needs and recommend the best option for you. They will discuss your goals, preferences, medical history, and time frame for recovery. The good news is that, after surgery, thousands of women have been ecstatic with their new, curvy backside. You can be too!

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