Buttock Contouring Procedures in Chicago
Also commonly referred to as “Buttock Lift”, Buttock enlargement, or fat transfer to the butt, AKA Brazilian Buttock Lift. In medical terminology it is known as Gluteal Autologous Fat Grafting or Augmentation.
What exactly gets done during the procedure?
In the first phase the patient undergoes thorough liposuction of the areas where unwanted fat resides. This may be unwanted fat around the abdomen, waist, hips, inner thighs, inner knees, and arms. The selection of the areas to be liposuctioned is made by the patient. This phase is very important because the surgeon’s liposuction skills are crucial. Here at the Liposuction and Cosmetic Surgery Institute Dr Tcheupdjian and other members of the medical staff have performed thousands of liposuction procedures. They are able to meticulously extract the fat to be used for transfer, leaving behind a new, improved body contour. To ensure the viability of the fat cells, the fat extraction by liposuction is performed using liposuction instruments that are capable of extracting the fat under low-pressure. The fat is captured in a specialized sterile and disposable containers. The entire procedure is done using a closed sterile system to ensure that the extracted fat remains sterile throughout the entire procedure.
The second phase is equally crucial because during this part of the procedure the actual enhancement of the buttocks occurs. The liposuctioned fat is symmetrically and precisely injected into the buttocks to increase the size and improve the shape, accentuating the curves and contours of the buttocks even more. The combination of the two leads to fullness and beautification of the buttock form, along with improvement in overall body image.
“Dr. Leon Tcheupdjian MD wrote the book on Liposuction and body contouring. He performed my Brazilian butt lift long before it was popular and it changed my life. I have referred many of my friends to the Liposuction and Cosmetic Surgery Institute and they are all very satisfied with the results” J.C. Aurora, Illinois.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is good candidate for a Brazilian Butt Lift?
At our Chicago location, the typical patient undergoing Brazilian Butt Lift is a female in her early 20s to mid 30s. Men occasionally request this procedure as well. The patient usually states that their buttocks don’t match the rest of their body – they are too small or not shapely or curvy enough. A mandatory requirement of this procedure is the presence of unwanted fat and most patients usually have enough in various parts of their body to be obtained for transfer. If the patient is too thin and the desired amount of fat cannot be harvested, the only remaining option in a silicone formed buttock implant.
The skin must be fairly elastic and not too saggy, even though mild skin sagging may benefit from the fat transfer. If the skin of your buttocks is extremely loose, you may need a separate surgical procedure called a buttock lift, that removes excess skin leading thus lifting the buttocks upwards. It may be combined with the Brazilian Buttock Lift if restoration of buttock volume is desired.
Recovery and immediate results.
The recovery is quick. The liposuctioned body parts and the buttocks may be tender for few days. Pain medications is prescribed in order to ease the discomfort.You cannot sit on your buttocks for 10 days to two weeks following the procedure. This time is needed in order for the transferred fat to obtain a blood supply and become viable in its new environment. Sitting on your buttocks will keep the blood supply from reaching the newly acquired fat cells. As a result, they will not survive and you may lose your correction. A low-pressure compression garment must still be worn for a period of two weeks, just like after traditional liposuction procedure.
Results are long term.
The results of the Brazilian butt lift vary slightly from one patient to another . Like with all other fat transfer procedures, the final outcome and results depend on the local blood supply of the buttocks, since the number of fat cells that survive depends on nourishment and oxygenation which is supplied by the tiny deep capillaries of the buttocks. Our experience has been that about 50 to 75% of the fat cells will eventually survive
Immediately after surgery, you will notice that your buttocks are larger. This enlargement is the result of two components: the fatty component that will live in its new environment and post operative swelling that occurs in the area as a result of surgery. The edema will resolve over three to six weeks, leaving you with the final result.
Do I have to repeat this procedure?
It depends on the final size of the buttocks that will make you happy. Occasionally a patient will need more than one fat transfer session in order to obtain the optimum fullness they desire.
Does it hurt?
Initial discomfort lasts a few short days. Pain control medications are prescribed for you to take them at your discretion.
Do you place drains, and if so, for how long?
No,there are no drains placed in you.
Do you need to take medications before or after the procedure?
Yes, aside from the pain medication, you need to take antibiotics for up to 2 weeks following the procedure.
Are there special garments to be worn after surgery?
Yes, this will be provided to you and you must wear them for at least 2 to 3 weeks or longer according to your physician’s directions.
Is the procedure safe? Are there risks?
As with any surgical procedure there are risks associated with brazilian butt augmentation. It is imperative that all post operative instructions and follow-up visits followed carefully to minimize all risks. Please read for the instructions given to you and follow them. The usual risks of all cosmetic surgeries are infection, bleeding, scarring and temporary loss of sensation.
Is there downtime?
Yes, just like with any other surgical procedure, but it is less than a week.
Timeline of your recovery period
- The first 24 hours mild to moderately discomfort or pain. Bruising may develop.
- On day 2-5, tenderness rapidly diminishes. Please move around the house more freely without help.
- First two weeks you must remain off your buttocks to help the vitality and survival of the transferred fatty tissue.
- After 5-7 days, you may return to work. Please consult with the staff to discuss your return to work.
- In 2 weeks, bruises subside and you may be able to increase activities such as walking and low-impact cardiovascular exercise.
- After four weeks, you may be able to return to full exercise. All bruises should have disappeared.
- Over your lifetime, continue with proper nutrition, exercise, and healthy lifestyle changes in order to retain the lifetime benefits from your cosmetic surgery.
Who does not qualify?
Smokers, patients on blood thinners, those with recent history of blood clots, skin infection, and presence of immunocompromising diseases; women who are pregnant.
We have performed thousands of liposuctions and fat transfer cosmetic procedures in the past three and a half decades and even though results vary, we have thousands of very happy clients.
Dr. Leon Forrester Tcheupdjian MD has published a book on the subject matter. You may freely view his book by visiting any of our four Chicagoland offices and consulting with the doctors at the Liposuction and Cosmetic Surgery Institute