Brazilian Butt Lift Los Angeles, CA
- BEFORE & AFTER PHOTOS
- BUTT AUGMENTATION WITH BUTT IMPLANTS
- BRAZILIAN BUTT LIFT SAFETY
- WHAT IS THE COST OF THE BRAZILIAN BUTT LIFT?
- GOOD CANDIDATES FOR THE BRAZILIAN BUTT LIFT
- BBL RESULTS FOR THINNER PATIENTS
- A CUSTOMIZED PROCEDURE
- LARGE VOLUME TRANSFERS
- BRAZILIAN BUTT LIFT REVISIONS
- THE BRAZILIAN BUTT LIFT PROCEDURE
- AFTER THE BBL OPERATION
- BBL RESULTS ARE PERMANENT
- ADDITIONAL READING
- PRE-OP INSTRUCTIONS
- POST-OP INSTRUCTIONS
- SCHEDULE YOUR CONSULTATION
WHAT IS THE LOS ANGELES BRAZILIAN BUTT LIFT (BBL)?
Dr. Kenneth Hughes, a Harvard-trained board-certified plastic surgeon, performs hundreds of Brazilian butt lifts every year, and he is one of the best surgeons for Brazilian butt lifts in Los Angeles.
The Brazilian butt lift, or BBL, involves two separate procedures:
- Liposuction of stubborn excess fat from your abdomen, sides, back, arms, legs, or other locations
- And then transfer of that liposuctioned fat to your butt and/or your hips.
The demand for these procedures is extraordinarily high, and Dr. Hughes sees patients from almost every state in the U.S., along with Canada, Europe, Asia, Australia, and Africa. About 50% of Dr. Kenneth Hughes’s patients come from out of state for his expert services.
Dr. Kenneth Hughes Selected as Best Brazilian Buttlift Surgeon in Los Angeles
Dr. Kenneth Hughes Selected as Best Brazilian Buttlift Surgeon in Los Angeles by Yelp
WHAT MAKES DR. HUGHES’S BRAZILIAN BUTT LIFT BETTER?
Two factors put Dr. Kenneth Hughes’s Brazilian butt lift above the competition: Results and personal attention.
1) Results: Dr. Kenneth Hughes has performed thousands of Brazilian buttlifts, and his consistency and quality of result is unmatched. Dr. Hughes showcases not a few examples but HUNDREDS of Brazilian buttlift before and after pictures on his site depicting a wide variety of patient shapes and anatomies. Patients may be very large or very thin, very square or very hourglass. No matter what your starting point, Dr. Kenneth Hughes has the intrinsic intellect and technical skill to effect to greatest possible change for an individual while leaving behind a natural skin envelope without dents, divots, or irregularities.
2) Personal Attention: Dr. Kenneth Hughes is perhaps the only plastic surgeon who answers his patients’ questions personally by email or phone. Dr. Hughes is available not only during the pre-operative period but also the post-operative period as well. Many doctors or plastic surgeons are available before surgery, and many are great salesmen who can be very charming and tell you exactly what you want to hear. Dr. Kenneth Hughes will give you the facts and will be HONEST with you, because transparency and integrity should come first.
Dr. Kenneth Hughes answers all of his own emails (even on weekends and holidays), and the after-hours urgent line rings to Dr. Hughes’s personal cell phone, so there is ABSOLUTELY NO excuse that patients can have for not reaching Dr. Hughes. There are no middlemen or answering services.
Dr. Kenneth Hughes Plastic Surgery Results Video in Los Angeles
Brazilian Butt Lift
BEFORE & AFTER GALLERY
The Brazilian butt lift involves transferring your own fat from your abdomen, sides, back, arms, legs or other locations to your BUTTOCKS and/or HIPS.
BUTT AUGMENTATION WITH BUTT IMPLANTS
Dr. Kenneth Hughes also performs many butt augmentation surgeries using solid silicone implants (called butt implant surgery or gluteal implant surgery). Butt implant surgery produces significant and long-lasting improvement and the results are predictable. The procedure has an extremely low rate of complications in Dr. Hughes’s experience and a high patient satisfaction rate.
This procedure is ideal for patients who are thin and lack the required fat to produce a significant volumetric improvement with the Brazilian butt lift, or BBL. Dr. Kenneth Hughes also performs many butt implant surgeries for patients who are disinclined to get a Brazilian butt lift or who want to have buttocks-implant surgery.
Though the complication rate is low, patients should understand that every surgery has complications and some are unavoidable. Potential buttocks-implant complications include bleeding, infection, extrusion or incision opening, poor healing, fluid collection, need for removal or replacement of implants, capsular contracture, visibility of the implants, and palpability of the implants.
It is absolutely imperative that patients follow Dr. Hughes’s very strict post-operative regimen and nutritional recommendations to avoid as many of these complications as possible. The rate of complications in Dr. Hughes’s practice and need for reoperation after butt-implant surgery is about 5%. Most of these complications are secondary to fluid collection or poor wound healing.
BRAZILIAN BUTTLIFT SAFETY
For over 20 years, the Brazilian butt lift was taught to young surgeons as a method to improve the body contours and to augment hip and buttocks projection by liposuctioning unwanted areas of fat and transferring that fat to the buttocks and hips. The transfer of fat to the muscle layer was preferred, as the vascularity of the muscle was better and allowed for better fat graft viability, or take.
There is truth to this. However, there was an unknown danger of performing the surgery in this way. The fat, even though it was injected through a blunt cannula, was somehow able to get into the venous system and cause fat emboli, which could lead to death.
Although doctors knew about fat emboli as a cause of death in the Brazilian butt lift and other procedures as well, including liposuction and orthopedic procedures, and this was certainly not considered malpractice or negligence, no one realized the extent to which these fat emboli were occurring.
In 2017, a survey was taken of board-certified plastic surgeons to ask about experience with the Brazilian butt lift and the rate of fat emboli. Although only a small percentage responded, there were over 130 fat emboli reported. This number indicated that this occurs about 1:1,000 procedures.
As a result, some recommendations were provided to improve the safety of this procedure. Larger cannulae and more superficial injection into the fat and under the skin were recommended. Injecting into any portion of the muscle may cause the fat emboli to get into the venous system and result in emboli and death.
Dr. Hughes recognized the need to shift the paradigm in 2015, when he shifted to a totally subcutaneous (under the skin) procedure, which you can see in his YouTube videos. For almost 6 years and 1800 BBLs, Dr. Hughes has had NO cases of fat embolus.
These figures are much better statistically than average. Since 2015, there have been dozens of deaths in the U.S. alone by extremely qualified board-certified surgeons in Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, and across the country. In addition, though only time, numbers, and statistics will tell, the subcutaneous method may wholly eliminate the risk.
Dr. Hughes has still been able to transfer volumes of fat as high as 2,000 cc or more per buttock, but this is never deeper than the skin level. Just in July of 2018, the global task force recommended performing the procedure at the subcutaneous level or NOT AT ALL.
Safety is always number one for patients, but there are admittedly times when science gets ahead of itself. Dr. Hughes recognized the problem with injecting fat into the muscle several years ago and altered his technique accordingly.
Brazilian Buttlift Los Angeles Video with Dr. Kenneth Hughes
What Is the Cost of the Brazilian Butt Lift in Los Angeles? (liposuction of the abdomen, sides, and lower back with fat transfer to buttocks)
- $12,500 to $15,000
Please note that pricing for Brazilian Buttlift (liposuction of the abdomen, sides, and lower back with fat transfer to buttocks) may vary based on the individual needs of the patient. Additional areas of liposuction will be added to the price at a discount.
GOOD CANDIDATES FOR THE BRAZILIAN BUTT LIFT
BBL Results for Thinner Patients
A CUSTOMIZED PROCEDURE
Dr. Hughes encounters every kind of anatomy you could imagine, including short butts and long butts and skinny butts and wide butts. He sees butts that are muscular and butts that are flabby. Dr. Kenneth Hughes can improve anyone’s physique with this buttocks enhancement technique.
Dr. Kenneth Hughes has adopted the BBL technique for buttocks augmentation and prefers this method over butt augmentation using semisolid implants. The procedure has an extremely low rate of complications in Dr. Hughes’s experience and a high patient satisfaction rate.
LARGE VOLUME TRANSFERS FOR MAXIMUM RESULTS
Dr. Kenneth Hughes has performed many high-volume outpatient liposuction (5 liters) cases and high-volume fat transfers to the buttocks (over 2 liters). This allows for an improvement in buttocks volume to the maximum extent possible.
Few plastic surgeons have performed as many of these large-volume transfers as has Dr. Hughes. Dr. Kenneth Hughes finds that fat augmentation with over 1 liter per buttock is not only safe, but the patients appreciate the dramatic change in buttocks appearance. About 50% to 75% of the fat survives, as the literature has demonstrated. Thus, results are PERMANENT after the first few months.
BRAZILIAN BUTT LIFT REVISION SURGERY
The two main reasons for revision after a Brazilian butt lift are too little liposuctioned or too little transferred. About 80% of Dr. Hughes’s patients have had a previous Brazilian butt lift. Thus, it is important from a financial standpoint, a safety standpoint, and a frustration standpoint to have the surgery performed well the first time.
Dr. Hughes specializes in difficult liposuction revision and Brazilian butt lift revision cases. Revision cases (cases in which the first surgeries were performed elsewhere by another surgeon or surgeons) require much more skill and awareness to improve upon those existing anatomies and underlying issues.
Frequently, Dr. Hughes is tasked with dramatically improving the result of another surgeon who thought they did a good or reasonable procedure. Precision and expertise in these procedures is rare, and make no mistake that these procedures are much more difficult than primary (first-time) liposuction and Brazilian butt lift procedures.
YOUR SURGERY DAY : BRAZILIAN BUTT LIFT Los Angeles
The Brazilian butt lift procedure takes about 2 hours to perform in most cases. The operation is performed in our fully accredited outpatient surgery center under general anesthesia with a board-certified anesthesiologist. Your safety is our number-one priority.
The operation is a straightforward outpatient procedure in which up to 5 liters is liposuctioned through only a few tiny incisions in discrete locations. All of the harvested fat is purified in the operating room by gravity sedimentation and then transferred to syringes.
Some or all of the fat is injected above the gluteus muscles and superficially under the skin into the fat and surrounding tissue of the buttocks and hips. Dr. Hughes DOES NOT inject fat into the muscle in order to all but eliminate the risk for fat embolus and death (although this rate is most probably not zero). Precise placement of the fat is necessary to help reduce the risk for fat pooling and resulting fat necrosis and/or infection.
Frequently, Dr. Kenneth Hughes transfers 1200 cc to 2000 cc or more per buttock to give the most dramatic transformation possible. Dr. Hughes also performs fat transfers to the hips in excess of 400 cc per side. These significant results are sought by local patients in the Los Angeles and Beverly Hills areas to be sure, but Dr. Hughes has also become one of the world’s most popular butt-augmentation surgeons.
BRAZILIAN BUTTLIFT SURGERY RECOVERY
Patients return home from the operation the same day. Patients can usually return to work within 1 week. The swelling and bruising reduce a great amount over the first two to three weeks.
The patient is encouraged to wear the abdominal compression garment that Dr. Kenneth Hughes provides for the first six weeks to improve shape, increase the rate of healing, and decrease the rate of seroma formation (fluid collection formation). The garment should be worn low and snug on the abdomen with the lower strap of the garment at the level of the pubic bone.
All patients are required to come to the followup appointment and follow all postoperative instructions. No pressure should be applied to areas of fat transfer. Sitting and pressure on the buttocks and hips should be avoided for 6 weeks. However, the patient may use a BBL pillow or similar after surgery when sitting on a plane or when sitting is required as when driving.
Patients should consume 100 g of protein per day and should not be dieting during the recovery period. The calories are needed after surgery to help retain the fat grafts and create tissue to promote blood supply to the free fat grafts.
No showering for at least 2 to 3 weeks. The incisions do not heal immediately, and they are portals to the inside of the body. Any water or sweat in any of the incisions can take the bacterial flora residing on the skin of the patient into the transferred fat, which is the perfect culture medium for infection. You may clean around all incisions with sponge bath technique.
Swelling in the areas that are liposuctioned will take up to 6 months to resolve. Thus, the final results will not be observed for approximately 6 months. Patients are often concerned with lumps and bumps or hardness during the recovery, but the truth is that the surgical results are perfectly smooth on the table (verifiable by intra-operative videos taken by Dr. Hughes for EVERY SINGLE SURGERY).
Thus, if the patient follows the post-operative instructions to the letter and does not develop any fluid collection, the result of this butt enhancement procedure should be as smooth as the results that Dr. Hughes achieves on the surgical table.
Many patients, despite Dr. Hughes explaining what is necessary in the pre-operative and post-operative period to achieve success, simply disregard or simply choose not to acknowledge his thorough discussion of complications and instructions for post-operative care.
The truth is that ANY surgical result can be sabotaged by a non-compliant patient and that same irresponsible patient is far more likely to complain about Dr. Hughes or write a negative review than are the 95% of patients who follow instructions and receive amazing outcomes.
Dr. Kenneth Hughes wants patients to get the best possible results by preserving the surgical results created on the operating-room table. The key is to follow all of the post-operative instructions and stay in close contact with Dr. Hughes after surgery.
BRAZILIAN BUTTLIFT RESULTS ARE PERMANENT
Dr. Hughes has performed more of these surgeries than almost anyone in the country. Therefore, he can tell you from watching thousands of patients throughout recovery that the results are permanent. The issue is that some of the fat does dissipate (up to 50%). Therefore, Dr. Hughes transfers about twice as much as is desired.
The buttocks tends to shrink during the first 4 weeks. After 4 weeks, the fat that is going to live has connected to the blood supply, and that fat that does not acquire blood supply is sequestered and excreted from the body. This process is governed by known scientific principles and data and is not something that can be disputed by vehement rhetoric.
Dr. Kenneth Hughes is very familiar with surgeons who consistently articulate that the Brazilian butt lift is ineffective, as these surgeons only perform butt augmentation with implants or these surgeons perform no buttocks-augmentation surgeries.
Dr. Hughes has not only performed thousands of Brazilian butt lift and buttock augmentation surgeries, but he performs butt implant surgeries as often as anyone (particularly butt implant revision surgeries of other surgeons’ work). BOTH methods of gluteal augmentation are effective, and Dr. Kenneth Hughes will not force you into one or another (just because he only does one or the other).
ALL in ALL, the results of the Brazilian butt lift can be tailored to almost any specification within reason. It is ultimately the anatomy of the patient and the skill of the surgeon that determine the result. Dr. Hughes pays attention to patient requests and endeavors to get the results as close as possible to the patient’s goals.
The result can be conservative. The result can be dramatic.
You Decide. Dr. Kenneth Hughes Will Deliver.
Live in Los Angeles? Beverly Hills? East Coast? Canada? Europe? Asia? Australia? Dr. Hughes sees people from your locale every day and performs Brazilian butt lift procedures and liposuction procedures for thousands of patients just like YOU.
View Los Angeles and Beverly Hills Liposuction articles from Dr. Kenneth Hughes
Overview of Liposuction
History and Physical for the Liposuction Patient
Types of Liposuction Available
Complications of Liposuction
Complications of Liposuction 2
Postoperative Management in Liposuction
ADDITIONAL READING ON THE BRAZILIAN BUTT LIFT LOS ANGELES
All articles are written by Dr. Kenneth Hughes, MD
Harvard-educated and Harvard-trained board-certified plastic surgeon in Los Angeles
- Buttocks Implants or Brazilian Butt Lift for Buttock Augmentation or Hip Augmentation?
- Why Liposuction of Foreign Material Injections of the Buttocks Does Not Work
- Sometimes the Best Liposuction Revision Involves Neither Liposuction Nor Fat Grafting
- What to Do with the Leftover Skin at the Bottom of the Buttock?
- Other Options for Buttock Augmentation?
- Hughes’s New Technique and Success in the Brazilian Butt Lift
- The Importance of Surgical Technique in the Brazilian Butt Lift in Reducing Fat Emboli and Death
- Plastic Surgery Task Force Recommendations to Avoid Fat Emboli and Death in Brazilian Butt Lift
Brazilian Buttlift Preoperative and Postoperative Instructions
SCHEDULE YOUR CONSULTATION FOR BRAZILIAN BUTTLIFT IN LOS ANGELES
Contact the office of Dr. Kenneth Hughes to schedule your consultation for a Brazilian butt lift in Los Angeles. We will be happy to help you achieve your aesthetic goals.