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Brazilian Butt Lift vs Traditional Butt Lift

The Brazilian butt lift is popular among Montreal patients because it is less invasive than a traditional butt lift. It also helps shape the abdominal area, hips, and waist. The goal of a Brazilian butt lift is to create a curvy figure and a round bottom.

Brazilian Butt Lift

What Is an Excisional Butt Lift?

This is the traditional butt lift, which is more invasive and leaves larger, although strategically hidden, scars. This procedure takes sagging skin and pulls it upwards, much like how a tummy tuck works, except that the skin is stretched in the opposite direction. The excess skin is removed, leaving the bottom less saggy, and as a result, the whole area looks trimmer and smaller.

The Two Stages of the Brazilian Butt Lift

First, fat is harvested from the abdomen to flatten the belly and define the waist. Next, the fat is injected under the skin in the buttocks to fill and reshape the butt.

To ensure a level of quality, the fat that was taken from the abdomen is processed before being injected. Reusing the fat means that the structure of the tissue needs to be disturbed as little as possible. Surgeons do the following:

  • The fat is carefully harvested either by hand or through a medical vacuum
  • The fat is then processed. This stage can vary depending on the method used — some doctors will add antibiotics to prevent infection and some will use a filter to prevent the inclusion of other tissue

Fat grafting is similar to getting an implant without the risk of the body rejecting the implant.

Shaping the Buttocks

Once processed, the fat can be injected using either a cannula that can be large or small, single- or multiple-holed. Ultimately, the goal is to get a rounder, higher, and plumper bottom. Using multiple injection sites not only ensures a better distribution of the fat, it also increases the absorption rate of fat cells into the body. The amount of fat transferred depends, but it usually falls into the range of 500 to 1,000cc.

Brazilian butt lift before-and-after


After the procedure, you will be expected to avoid sitting or lying on your back for a few weeks while your body recovers. You may also be provided with a compression garment to keep things in place as you move around during the day.

10 DIY Tips to Reduce Scars After Surgery

As a Montreal plastic surgeon, I know that surgery is not the easiest medical procedure to undergo, and there is often a recovery period as well as possible after effects to deal with. One of those after effects is scarring. Fortunately, there are things you can do to prevent, minimize, or fade scarring so nobody has to know you went under the knife by looking at your skin.

Reduce Scars

1. Clean the Wounds While They Are Still Fresh

It is advisable to clean fresh surgical wounds regularly so as to prevent bacterial infection. For small wounds, simply placing them under clean and cool running water is the best way to heal. You should actually avoid substances such as alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, and iodine, as these may actually delay the healing process.

2. Ensure That Your Wound Remains Covered and Moist

Wounds should be concealed and kept moist, as this speeds up the healing process. Rather than bandages, you can use antibiotic cream or ointment. This will also help reduce the appearance of scars.

3. Avoid Touching the Scabs

As tempting as it might be to pick at a scab, they were formed for a good reason. Scabs form in order to protect the wound from outside infection. Picking at a scab can cause the wound to reopen resulting in a bigger scar.

4. Avoid Heavy Exercise

The chest, shoulders, and back are areas where scabs are prone to form. If you have wounds in any of these areas, then you should avoid strenuous exercise or lifting heavy objects until the wound fully heals.

5. Use Creams

You can use sunscreen not only for preventing sunburn but also for preventing scarring. Apply sunscreen near the wound to minimize the occurrence of scarring. Alternatively, you can use petroleum jelly or silicone gel. Bleaching creams can be used for dark scars, but consult your doctor before you use it. Finally, there are also inflammation creams that help fade scars.

6. Get Steroid Injections

Injecting steroids may help flatten scars that are swollen but may only be effective if used over the long term.

7. Get Dermabrasion

Dermabrasion is a procedure used to safely remove the surface of the skin using special equipment, which can reduce the appearance of scars.

8. Get Laser Treatments

Laser technology is also useful for removing scars. This treatment can be done in one of two ways – either the skin’s surface is removed, or the lasers are just focused on the collagen in the dermis leaving the upper layer of the skin in tact.

9. Eat Healthy

Eating lots of fruits and vegetables can produce the nutrients your body needs to facilitate a quick healing process and reduce scarring.

10. Apply Aloe Vera

The aloe vera plant is a time tested treatment for wounds. Rich in anti-inflammatory properties, it helps build new cells and facilitates the production of collagen.