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BBL with Fat Transfer

Where does the fat come from for a Brazilian Butt Lift?

BBL with Fat Transfer

Some women, no matter how many squats or lunges they do, can never achieve the round, perky booty of their dreams. Whether it’s due to aging or just bad genetics, this can be frustrating for many women who feel like no matter what they do, they just can’t get the result they want. Luckily, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Traci Temmen is ready to help! Dr. Temmen has extensive knowledge and experience performing the Brazilian Butt Lift (commonly called the BBL) for her patients who want to improve the shape of their derriere without the use of synthetic implants. This blog post will discuss the fundamentals of the BBL procedure, as well as answer a common patient question, “Where does the fat come from for a Brazilian Butt Lift?”

To many patients, the Brazilian Butt Lift may seem like magic – after all, it essentially moves fat from areas you don’t want it, and adds it to the buttocks! Let’s break down the mechanics behind this procedure, and answer the question of where the fat that will be injected into the buttocks comes from. The BBL can be divided into two steps. In the first step, Dr. Temmen performs liposuction of the body. This accomplishes two goals: One, it melts away unwanted fat deposits, and two, it harvests fat for later use in the BBL. To accomplish this, Dr. Temmen utilizes a technique called tumescent liposuction. In this method, a saline solution containing lidocaine and epinephrine is first injected into the areas where fat will be removed. The lidocaine helps to reduce pain, the epinephrine lessens bleeding and bruising, and the saline solution helps break up the fat and separate it from the underlying tissues for easier removal. Liposuction is then performed to gently suction out the solution along with the accompanying fat. Using this safe and reliable method, Dr. Temmen is able to remove fat from the belly, back, sides, and/or thighs. This can also be personalized to fit the patients’ wishes by targeting the “problem areas” that bother the patient the most, such as love handles or back fat. These preferences are all discussed with Dr. Temmen during each patient’s personal consultation to ensure that the best possible result. Once the fat has been removed, Dr. Temmen takes care to equally redistribute the thin layer of fat that remains in order to ensure a smooth, natural-looking result.

Next, it is time to transfer the fat to the buttocks. After the fat was collected during liposuction, it is gently processed and prepared for transfer. Then, it is injected into various aspects of the buttocks to create the desired shape. For example, patients who desire more projection can have more fat injected into the back of the buttocks, whereas patients who prefer a rounder shape can have more fat injected into the sides of the buttocks. Dr. Temmen works closely with each patient to make sure she understands their aesthetic goals, whether it be a bigger “Kardashian butt” or a subtler, more athletic appearance. Once the desired amount of fat has been injected, Dr. Temmen is meticulous in making sure the result is symmetrical and smooth. When everything is complete, she closes the tiny incisions where the injections and liposuction were performed.

The Brazilian Butt Lift is a wonderful surgical option for those for are looking for a safe and effective way to enhance their backside. This procedure can be life-changing for many, adding a boost of confidence and helping women feel radiant and beautiful. As a woman herself, Dr. Temmen understands the embarrassment and shame many women feel, and how a fresh new look can change your whole outlook on life! For those who are tired of feeling unhappy with their body, she is ready to offer her surgical expertise to make lasting positive change. To learn more about if you may be interested in the Brazilian Butt Lift or any other procedure you’re interested in, simply call 813-877-2277 to book your one-on-one consultation with Traci Temmen, MD today!

Can a BBL fix my hip dips?

Can a BBL Fix my Hip Dips?

Can a BBL fix my hip dips?

If you’re looking in the mirror wishing you had a full, round booty, you’re not alone! In fact, in recent years the number of people choosing to enhance their butt through plastic surgery has skyrocketed, making the Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL) one of the fastest growing procedures in America. Contrary to popular belief, most people are interested in getting a BBL not so much to get a bigger butt (although that is true for some!) but more to improve the overall shape of their derriere. Some women have naturally flat or rectangular butts, and wish they had a curvier physique. Others are bothered by stubborn hip dips, or indentations on the outside of the hips that won’t fill in despite special workout that target the butt and hips. No matter the reason, sometimes all the sumo squats in the world still can’t produce the best booty, leaving many patients feeling frustrated. Fortunately, the Brazilian Butt Lift offers a highly effective and safe surgical solution for women looking to finally get the butt of their dreams! This blog post will briefly explain how this procedure is performed as well as answer one common question women have who are considering this procedure, “Can a BBL fix my hip dips?”

Part of the reason the BBL has become so popular that it performs double duty, using a magical combination of liposuction and fat transfer to literally take fat from where you don’t want it and put it where you do! First, precisely targeted liposuction is used to gently remove unwanted fat. When Dr. Temmen meets with her patients, she goes over with them in detail the problem areas they want her to target, such as fat on the belly, thighs, or love handles. She can then pay extra attention to these areas on the OR to ensure these fat deposits are melted away. The power and precision of liposuction allows Dr. Temmen to gently accentuate the patient’s natural curves, sculpting the body into an attractive hourglass. After the body has been slimmed and shaped using liposuction, the fat that was removed is purified and prepared for transfer. Special cannulas are then used to inject the fat into the desired aspects of the buttocks. This process is precisely tailored to the patient’s desires to add fat wherever she wants it. Some patients are satisfied with their overall shape but want to increase their volume. Others are bothered by a flat butt, and desire fat injection to increase projection in the back. Many others simply want an all-around smoother, rounder shape that will look great in their favorite pair of jeans or bikini bottoms. No matter the goal, the beauty of the BBL is it can be perfectly customized to meet the patient’s needs by a skilled plastic surgeon like Dr. Traci Temmen.

Finally, let’s return to the question raised at the beginning of this post: What about hip dips? Can those be corrected during a BBL too? The answer to this question is yes, even those stubborn hip dips that can be corrected during a BBL! This is accomplished by injecting some of the fat taken during liposuction into the depressions on the sides of the hips to create a smooth, natural-looking contour from hip to leg. Even though this is a relatively small part of the procedure, it has a big effect on overall appearance because it is the silhouette people see when they look in the mirror. It means a lot to patients to finally see those indentations filled in, helping them feel beautiful and confident.

Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Traci Temmen is an expert at skillfully injecting different volumes of fat into different areas of the buttocks in order to create that perfect shape, and patients are thrilled with the results! In the hands of an experienced board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Temmen, the BBL is a very safe and effective way to slim the tummy, perk up the booty, and create beautiful curves – all using your own natural supply of fat! To view real examples of stunning patient transformations including correction of hip dips, please navigate to the Gallery tab of this website and click on Brazilian Butt Lift. If you are ready to take the next step towards learning more about this life-changing procedure, simply call 813-877-2277 to book your one-on-one consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Traci Temmen, MD, today.

What are the risks of a BBL

Will my butt look natural after a Brazilian Butt Lift?

What are the risks of a BBL

When considering plastic surgery, one of the most common concerns patients have is wanting the result to look natural. For example, while there are certainly some patients who desire a big “Kardashian butt”, most people want a rounder, shapelier butt that has just a little extra oomph. For this reason, many patients have concerns about going under the knife and coming out on the other side looking like a cartoon character. This post will explain the steps of the Brazilian Butt Lift procedure (also known as BBL), and show how partnering with a highly qualified and experienced plastic surgeon like Dr. Traci Temmen can ensure that you leave with a beautiful, natural-looking result.

So, what exactly is a BBL?

Popularized by the media, this procedure is actually built on a simple idea – removing fat from your problem areas (where you don’t want it) and moving it to the buttocks (where you DO want it!) First, fat removal is accomplished through the use of powerful and precise liposuction to target the belly, back, and sides. This can remove stubborn fat deposits like love handles and back fat that have bothered patients for years. At the same time, this also helps bring out the body’s natural contour, sculpting it into a curvy, attractive hourglass. Once the fat is removed, it is gently purified and prepared for injection into the buttocks. Finally, the fat is carefully injected into the buttocks to add beautiful shape and volume. At the end of the procedure, the small incisions through which the liposuction and fat transfer were performed are closed. Dr. Temmen always takes care to place scars in the least noticeable locations possible, so that one year after surgery many patients are not even able to find their old scars.

For those who have concerns about getting an unnatural or artificial-looking result from a BBL, rest assured that with the proper plastic surgeon, your result can appear very natural. No one except you may even be able to tell you had surgery! This is because the BBL is by no means a “one size fits all” surgery – on the contrary, it’s a carefully calibrated procedure that takes into account the patient’s anatomy and aesthetic goals to create a personalized surgical plan that’s perfect for you. This means that liposuction can be performed in the areas you need it most, and then the fat can be injected precisely where you want it – whether it’s to fill in stubborn “hip dips” on the sides of the butt or add more projection. For patients with asymmetrical features, Dr. Temmen can also inject different volumes of fat into different aspects of the butt to restore symmetry and balance. Unlike an implant that comes in a certain size, the BBL can be fully customized to the patient’s needs. Patients who want a dramatic, bold look may desire larger volume of fat to be injected, while those looking for a subtler change may be happy with just a little boost to help round out their shape. No matter the goal, Dr. Temmen is ready and excited to work with each patient to make their dreams a reality.

What Can You Expect?

The goal of cosmetic plastic surgery is to help you look and feel your best without losing what makes you YOU. The Brazilian Butt Lift is a perfect example of a surgical procedure that can be completely customized to suit your anatomy and aesthetic goals. To view real examples of the diverse array of stunning patient results, simply explore the Gallery section of this website. In the hands of a highly trained and experienced board-certified plastic surgeon, the BBL is a powerful tool that can help you regain your self-esteem and feel confident taking on the world each day. If you’d like to learn more about this life-changing procedure, please call 813-877-2277 to book your one-on-one consultation with Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon Traci Temmen, MD, today!

Sculptra Butt Injections

What Are Sculptra Butt Injections, and Who Should Get Them?

Sculptra Butt Injections

Have you always been unhappy with your flat butt and wished it was more round and curvy? If so, you’re not alone! It is very common for women to be dissatisfied with the shape of their buttocks, causing them to feel less confident or attractive. Although some women are able to change the shape of their glutes through vigorous exercise, others unfortunately just don’t have the genetic foundation to change their shape. Luckily, there are a few options available to enhance the appearance of your booty without doing a single squat! From a surgical standpoint, butt implants and Brazilian butt lifts are offered by many plastic surgeons to sculpt the buttocks into a rounder, fuller shape. For those wishing to explore nonsurgical choices, Sculptra butt injections are another great option for many patients. This post will go into detail about how Sculptra butt injections work and who may be an ideal candidate for this safe and effective procedure.

When considering injections to enhance the appearance of the buttocks, it is important to remember that not all injections are created equal! In fact, while injections like Sculptra are very safe when performed by an experienced board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Traci Temmen, others that are not FDA approved can have potentially dangerous consequences. Sculptra injections have a well-established safety profile, and actually have been used for years to fill in wrinkles and creases in the face. This poly-L-lactic acid filler has recently been cleared by the FDA for use in the buttocks as well. During the procedure, Sculptra is precisely injected into targeted regions of the butt where the added volume is desired. Once injected, the Sculptra starts to work on the surrounding tissues to stimulate collagen production. Thus, while patients may notice some difference after injection, the bulk of the change will happen gradually over a few months as the body slowly generates collagen in the areas that were injected. This helps ensure a gradual and natural-looking progression in the size and shape of the buttocks.

There are many benefits to Sculptra injections that make it a popular choice for many patients. For one, the procedure itself is not a surgery, eliminating the need for anesthesia, reducing pain, and virtually eliminating the recovery period. In fact, the injections themselves typically only take about thirty minutes. However, it should be noted that many patients benefit most from multiple injection sessions, so this is not typically a “one and done” procedure. In addition, the effects of the injections typically last 2-3 years, leading many patients to return for “maintenance injections” at the end of this time period. Sculptra may be an especially good fit for patients who are very thin with little fat available for harvest with a Brazilian butt lift, since it uses a filler instead of autologous fat. That being said, Dr. Temmen is also highly skilled in performing so-called “skinny BBLs” on slender patients as they typically don’t desire a large volume fat transfer to get the result they desire. For these patients, both Scrulptra injections and skinny BBL may be good options to consider. To pick the best choice for each patient, Dr. Temmen offers one-on-one consultations where she considers the patient’s lifestyle, anatomy, and aesthetic preferences to choose the best option for them. Overall, patients who are thin and like the idea of not having to undergo a full surgery to get results are probably the best candidates for Sculptra butt injections.

Lastly, it is important to share a quick word of caution on butt injections. While having Sculptra injected by a board-certified plastic surgeon is very safe, there are unfortunately plenty of providers in the world who are not licensed or trained in these procedures and try to lure patients in with low prices and promising patient anecdotes. Not only are these providers not qualified to perform butt injections or manage the potential complications, but they may also be injecting a substance that is not FDA approved to cut costs, such as industrial-grade silicone (or heaven forbid, cement!) These substances are not approved for butt injection and can have serious, potentially even fatal consequences such as deadly embolism or abscess. A famous example of this is the rapper Cardi B who experienced a horror story of butt injections gone wrong when she went to someone who was not board-certified for a low price and ended up with a botched result and costly complications. While the cheap price tag on these procedures can be alluring, do not be deceived! It is not worth risking your health (or your life) to save money on a cosmetic procedure.

People today have many options to choose from when it comes to butt augmentation including both surgical and non-surgical options. In the right patient, Sculptra butt injections can be a great choice for those hoping to stay out of the the operating room without sacrificing results. Dr. Traci Temmen is highly skilled in performing Sculptra but injections for her patients with beautiful results. If you would like to learn more about if you may be a good candidate for this procedure, simply call 813-877-2277 to book your one-on-one consultation with Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon Traci Temmen, MD, today!

What are the risks of a BBL

What are the risks of a BBL?

What are the risks of a BBL

Throughout American history, the ideal image of beauty has continuously evolved – ranging from the thin and boyish figures of the 1920’s flappers to the voluptuous hourglass shape of Marylyn Monroe. Most would agree that the perfect figure of today’s modern woman lies somewhere in between, embodying an overall athletic shape with generous curves. This image that has been accentuated by celebrities like Jennifer Lopez and Kim Kardashian who have worked hard to stay fit and strong while also embracing their killer curves. Unfortunately, while many women work hard to achieve this look, many are not able to achieve it with lifestyle changes alone. Fortunately, the power of plastic surgery has opened doors for many women to finally achieve the look they have been dreaming of. One procedure that is one of the fastest-growing cosmetic plastic surgeries in the US is the Brazilian Butt Lift (or BBL, for short). This procedure does what nearly every woman has exclaimed in frustration at one point or another – “If only I could just take some of the fat from my stomach and move it to my butt!”. With the BBL, this is actually possible! However, while few can deny the amazing results of this procedure, this procedure has some associated risks that should be appropriately addressed. This post will discuss some of the safety concerns associated with this procedure and how they can be mitigated to ensure the highest level of patient safety without compromising on quality results.

The Brazilian Butt Lift is a surgical procedure that uses the power of liposuction to gently remove unwanted fat from the abdomen, back, and sides, which is then precisely injected into the buttocks to create a fuller, rounder shape. Through this method, the plastic surgeon is able to simultaneously slim the tummy, bring in the waistline, and enhance the buttocks – all without the use of synthetic implants or fillers. However, as the BBL has gained popularity, studies have showed its association with an elevated risk of intraoperative lethal fat embolism. Once this information came out, additional research was performed to figure out exactly why this risk was elevated, and what could be done to decrease it as much as possible. These studies looked at autopsies of patients who had suffered lethal fat emboli during a BBL, and examined what factors these cases had in common. The results showed that this fatal complication occurred in cases where there was injury to the deep pelvic veins, large blood vessels that lie deep to the gluteal muscle fascia and subcutaneous fat. When these deep veins were lacerated, fat could inadvertently reach the blood vessel and get stuck in the cardiovascular system, causing the cessation of blood flow and death. These results were supported by post-mortem examinations that showed the presence of fat deep in the muscle and laceration of a nearby deep vein.

It is important to note that in these studies, thus far no cases resulting in death have been found to be associated with fat injected purely into the subcutaneous plane. All fatal fat emboli have occurred during fat injection into the muscle. (It should also be noted that fat injected into the subcutaneous plane is separated from the deeper muscle layer by a layer of fascia, preventing it from migrating into the muscle.) Due to these findings, plastic surgeons should never attempt intramuscular fat injection during a BBL, taking care to only inject fat into the subcutaneous tissue. In order to ensure this, it is essential that surgeons are acutely aware of the location of the cannula tip at every moment, and are vigilant about confirming its trajectory by feeling the cannula tip through the skin. Furthermore, using large-bore cannulas that will not bend during injection allows surgeons to more accurately place fat in the subcutaneous plane. Dr. Traci Temmen has trained extensively in proper BBL fat injection technique, and always injects fat into the subcutaneous plane using large-bore cannulas while monitoring the location of the cannula tip at all times. Taking these essential safety precautions greatly lowers the risk of fat embolism and maximizes patient safety.

The final factor to consider when thinking about BBL safety is choosing the right surgeon. First and foremost, it is extremely important to choose a board-certified plastic surgeon. This ensures that they have been extensively trained in both the procedures themselves as well as how to prevent and handle emergencies that may arise in the operating room, and requires both completion of a plastic surgery residency and passage of all required examinations. Finally, board-certified plastic surgeons are required to practice in fully accredited surgical facilities that are certified to have all of the necessary equipment to handle an emergency should one arise. In addition to being board-certified, it is also important to choose a surgeon who you feel like you can trust, and who understands your values and preferences. In addition, they should have numerous examples of real patient Before and After pictures for you to view, showcasing their results and providing evidence of their surgical skill and positive results. Dr. Traci Temmen is a board-certified plastic surgeon who practices in a state-of-the-art surgical suite at the Plastic Surgery Center of Tampa. She is fully trained in numerous plastic surgery procedures including the BBL, and has complete knowledge of potential complications and how to manage them. Furthermore, Dr. Traci Temmen’ patients love her kind and calm demeanor and are consistently impressed with their beautiful results, many of which are showcased in the Before and After section of this website.

As with all surgical procedures, the Brazilian Butt Lift is associated with complications that should be discussed with your plastic surgeon. That being said, when performed by an experienced and highly trained board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Traci Temmen, these risks can be substantially lowered. Dr. Temmen fully understands the anatomy of this region and practices only the safest injection techniques, making this procedure a safe and effective option for slimming the tummy and creating beautiful curves – all from your natural supply of fat! If you are interested in learning more about this procedure, please call 813-877-2277 to book your one-on-one consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Traci Temmen, MD, today.

Butt Implants or a Skinny BBL

Should I Get Butt Implants or a Skinny BBL?

Butt Implants or a Skinny BBL

If there was one thing you could change about your body, what would it be? For most women, a specific area jumps to mind almost immediately. It’s what you notice each time you look in the mirror, and what feature you envy the most when flipping through a magazine. The answer to this question is different for everyone, but some of the most common areas women which they could change or enhance are the tummy, breasts, and buttocks. While it is always a good idea to try to target these areas with diet and exercise, sometimes no amount of cross-fit or soul cycle can get you the result you want. In these cases, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Traci Temmen is ready to use her surgical expertise and experience to help transform your body into the one you’ve been dreaming of! This post will focus on the cosmetic surgical options available to enhance the buttocks to help every woman feel confident and empowered to rock her favorite pair of blue jeans or yoga pants, namely through the use of gluteal (butt) implants or a Skinny Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL).

Butt implants are just what they sound like – similar to breast implants, they are solid silicone implants that are inserted into the buttocks to add volume and projection. These implants are normally inserted through an incision made in the midline of the buttocks, just above the gluteal cleft. Dr. Temmen meets extensively with every patient to discuss the desired appearance, and works with the patient to choose an implant size and shape that is the right fit for each patient’s anatomy, lifestyle, and aesthetic preferences. It should be noted that unlike a BBL or skinny BBL, gluteal implants do not have any impact on the appearance of the sides of the butt, thighs, or lower back. Furthermore, once the desired implant is chosen, there is not as much personalization that can be achieved during implantation, compared to a BBL which can be sculpted and shaped to more precisely match the patient’s body and goals. In addition, butt implants are unfortunately associated with a higher degree of complications, including problems with wound healing, implant malposition, fluid collection. Dr. Traci Temmen takes every precaution to lower the risk of these complications as much as possible for her patients, but unfortunately the risks of this procedure are still elevated compared to a BBL or Skinny BBL.

For many of the reasons outlined above, the majority of patients are better suited for a BBL or Skinny BBL than butt implants. Patients who may be good candidates for gluteal implants are typically very thin, with virtually no fat available for harvest to perform a successful BBL. For these patients, a significant increase in gluteal projection may not be feasible with a BBL, and thus they may consider butt implants as an option. However, the majority of patients, (even slim ones!), still have enough fat available to get a great result from a BBL.

In the BBL procedure, the first step is to gently harvest unwanted fat from the abdomen, back and sides using precisely targeted liposuction. Dr. Traci Temmen is highly skilled and experienced at using liposuction to sculpt the body into a beautiful shape by slimming the midsection and enhancing the patient’s natural curves. After the fat has been collected, it is prepared for injection to the buttocks. Next, precise amounts of fat are transferred to different aspects of the butt to create a beautiful shape that suits the individual patient. Fat can be transferred to increase projection in the back as well as the sides of the butt to create a rounder shape and fill in “hip dips”. Dr. Traci Temmen works one-on-one with her patients to ensure that each BBL creates a beautiful, seamless shape that is tailored perfectly for their anatomy and aesthetic desires. Compared to gluteal implants, the BBL is more customizable, allows simultaneous 3D-sculpting of the body, and has lower complication rates. In addition to these benefits, many patients appreciate that the BBL takes advantage of fat harvested from your own body, creating a result that looks and feels very natural.

Oftentimes, thin patients are concerned that they may not be able to get the result they want with a BBL due to having low body fat. Dr. Traci Temmen is one of the few board-certified plastic surgeons who specializes in performing “Skinny BBLs” for her thinner patients, all while maintaining the highest standards of safety and creating beautiful results! When working with a slim patient, a small amount of expertly transferred fat – even just a few hundred cc’s – can make a huge difference! In addition, these patients typically do not desire a very large butt, but are more interested in creating a rounder, more voluptuous shape by adding a little bit of volume in just the right places. The Skinny BBL procedure is ideal for enhancing gluteal shape by decreasing sagginess, filling in “hip dips”, and increasing projection through precisely targeted fat transfer, whereas butt implants can only increase projection. As mentioned above, on the occasions that a very thin woman desires a very large butt, a BBL alone may not be able to provide this result, and other options like butt implants with or without a BBL may be explored. However, the vast majority of the time, the round and attractive shape that slim women are looking for does not require a high volume of fat to create, and is very achievable at their normal weight.

Dr. Traci Temmen frequently performs BBLs, Skinny BBLs, and butt implantation to help her patients get the beautiful derriere they are hoping for! To view real examples of patient transformations performed by Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Traci Temmen, explore the Before and After section of website. If you are interested in seeing if you are a candidate for one of these procedures or any other cosmetic procedure, call 813-877-2277 to book your one-on-one consultation with Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon Traci Temmen, MD, today!

 

Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL) Safe

Is the Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL) Safe?

Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL) Safe

With summer just around the corner, many women are starting to think more about how they can look and feel their best in a cute swimsuit, jean cut-offs, or new tank top this summer. For many women, a key problem area that continues to bother them despite diet and exercise efforts is the shape of their behind. No matter how many squats you do, sometimes it’s just not possible to get that perfect lift and full shape through lifestyle changes alone! The Brazilian Butt Lift Procedure performed by board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Traci Temmen is a great option to consider for finally achieving that flawless derriere you’ve been dreaming of. This ingenious procedure utilizes the powerful precision of liposuction to remove unwanted fat from problem areas like the tummy, back, and sides and then transfer it to the buttocks to create a fuller, rounder shape. The concept of transferring one’s own fat to a different region of the body may be unfamiliar to many patients, and raise questions about the safety of this procedure. In this post, I will address these concerns and explain how this procedure is very safe when performed by a highly experienced board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Traci Temmen.

At first glance, the idea of moving fat from one region of the body to another may sound pretty simple. However, there are a few key factors to keep in mind that affect the safety of this procedure. First is the amount of fat that is harvested via liposuction. This varies significantly depending on the patient, as a patient with more excess fat will have more accessible fat for removal, while a slim patient will have less. It is possible to remove too much fat during this procedure, and as such, your plastic surgeon should not have a “one size fits all” approach but instead customize the quantity of fat and areas that it is harvested from depending on the shape, size, and aesthetic preferences of the patient. Although slender patients have less fat available for transfer, it is important to remember that a small volume of fat can make a big impact for these patients, so it is perfectly okay that less is able to be harvested. Dr. Traci Temmen works extensively with each patient to ensure that she fully understands their goals before forming a personalized plan to create a result they are happy with. In addition to her extensive training in the Brazilian Butt Lift procedure, Dr. Temmen also has additional training in how to safely perform this procedure on thinner patients (called the “Skinny BBL”) to ensure that these patients can achieve an equally safe and beautiful result.

The second piece of information that is integral to ensuring the safety of the Brazilian Butt Lift procedure is the manner in which the fat is injected into the buttocks. After the fat is harvested, it should be transferred subcutaneously using large bore, side port, blunt cannulas while withdrawing. This method ensures that the fat injection process is as safe as possible, and minimizes the risk of complications. While the buttocks may feel mostly composed of fat, there are important neurovascular structures and muscle groups underneath the superficial tissue layers that should not be disturbed during the BBL procedure. That is why it is crucial to remain in the subcutaneous plane (just under the skin) while injecting to avoid impacting these deeper structures. In fact, in the state of Florida, it is illegal for surgeons to inject fat deep into the muscle because of the increased risk of serious complications such as fat embolization (when some fat accidently gets into the bloodstream and causes a clot somewhere in the body, such as in the heart or lungs.) By always staying in the shallow subcutaneous plane, this risk is much, much lower, as the fat is being injected into the layer where preexisting fat already naturally exists just beneath the surface.

Finally, an important factor to consider regarding the safety of the BBL procedure is the setting in which it is performed. This procedure should be performed in an accredited surgical facility, meaning that it has been verified to be clean, up to code, and be fully equipped with everything needed to respond in a life-threatening situation. The Plastic Surgery Center of Tampa meets hospital standards and has been approved by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities. Furthermore, every detail has been designed with patient safety, comfort, and privacy in mind in order to ensure that every patient has the best experience possible. One additional feature that pertains to the BBL specifically is this facility’s ability to utilize ultrasound guidance if needed during fat transfer to avoid improperly placed fat – just another feature that maximizes patient safety.

As you can see, there are many different factors that play into the safety and efficacy of the Brazilian Butt Lift Procedure. Hopefully, this article shed some light on a few aspects to keep in mind. Of course, first and foremost, it is important to choose an experienced, highly trained board-certified plastic surgeon who will work alongside you from initial consultation to post-op. Dr. Traci Temmen is a highly skilled and experienced plastic surgeon who consistently achieves safe and stunning BBL results for her patients. If you’re ready to take the first step and learn more about this life-changing procedure or any other cosmetic procedure you may be interested in call 813-877-2277 today to book your one-on-one consultation with Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon Traci Temmen, MD, today!

 

Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL)

Should I gain weight for a BBL?

Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL)

The Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL) is a cosmetic procedure that has become very popular with patients because it does what many women have always dreamed about – moves some of your very own fat from your tummy to your rear! In this post, I will explain this procedure in greater detail before delving into a common question many patients have when considering this procedure, which is: “Should I gain weight for a BBL?”

Put simply, the BBL is a two-part surgery that utilizes liposuction to add precise volumes of natural fat to the buttocks in order to create a rounder, more attractive shape. In the first part of this surgery, areas of unwanted fat are gently removed from the stomach and sides using liposuction. This step serves two goals: One, to provide a supply of natural fat for later transfer. Two, to make those stubborn fat deposits you have never been able to get rid of finally disappear, smoothing and flattening the abdomen. In the second step of the BBL procedure, the fat that was harvested during liposuction is precisely transferred to the buttocks and sculpted into the desired shape. One great aspect of this procedure is that very precise volumes of fat can be transferred to different aspects of the butt, creating the perfect shape for you. Dr. Traci Temmen meets extensively one-on-one with her patients to ensure that each BBL is personalized for each unique patient to create a beautiful result that is tailored seamlessly to your body and aesthetic goals.

Many patients who are interested in learning more about this procedure are curious if it would be to their benefit to gain weight beforehand in order to make more fat available for liposuction and fat transfer. While this is a good thought, in reality it is typically best for patients to just maintain their normal weight before the procedure. The reason for this is that patients who gain weight specifically for a BBL may be disappointed that their result changes when they lose the extra weight again once the surgery is over. This is because this post-surgery weight loss will cut down on the volume gained through the BBL, changing the size and shape of the buttocks achieved in the operating room. Instead of gaining weight, it is recommended that patients try to be close to their ideal, stable weight before the procedure. This maximizes the chance that the result achieved during surgery will not change substantially afterwards due to weight fluctuations, but remain the full, beautiful shape the patient desires.

In addition to the reasons discussed above, gaining weight before a BBL is also typically not recommended because it’s just not necessary! When working with a thin patient, a small amount of precisely transferred fat can make a big difference. In addition, generally slim women do not desire a really large butt, but are mainly interested in creating a rounder, fuller shape by adding a little bit of volume in just the right places. Dr. Traci Temmen is highly skilled and experienced in performing BBLs on slim patients, and consistently achieves stunning results. To see some real examples of patients before and after their BBL transformation, please check out the “Before and After” section of this website, and select the “Skinny Brazilian Butt Lift” tab.

Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Traci Temmen is a safe, highly skilled, and attentive physician who is committed to helping patients get the appearance they’ve always dreamed of. If you would like to see if you are a candidate for the Brazilian Butt Lift or any other cosmetic surgery procedure you are interested in, call 813-877-2277 to book your one-on-one consultation today!

Am I Too Skinny for a BBL?

As everyone celebrates the beginning of the new year, many people may feel like now is the perfect time to take a step towards getting the body of their dreams! And while living a healthy lifestyle can certainly go a long way, sometimes you need a little bit of extra help to overcome genetics or aging, and finally get the appearance you want. One option that many people are interested in learning more about is the Brazilian Butt Lift, a procedure that sculpts a rounder, more attractive butt using fat transfer performed by a highly skilled board-certified plastic surgeon.

A substantial subset of this population has concerns about being “too skinny” to undergo this procedure, and are worried that they might not have enough body fat available to transfer to the buttocks. In this blog post, I will answer the question “Am I too skinny for a BBL?” and put this worry to rest. The short answer to this question is: Probably not! Generally, even women who are very slim can achieve a safe and stunning result from the Brazilian Butt Lift procedure when performed by a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon like Dr. Traci Temmen. Read on for more information!

The first step of the BBL procedure is to gently remove unwanted fat from the midsection via liposuction. This step serves two purposes: One, to provide a supply of fat for later fat transfer. Two, to eliminate stubborn fat from problem areas, smoothing and slimming the midsection. In the second step of the BBL, the fat that was harvested during liposuction is transferred to the butt and sculpted into the desired shape. Dr. Traci Temmen meets extensively one-on-one with her patients to ensure that each BBL is personalized for each unique patient, resulting in a beautiful, seamless shape that is tailored perfectly for your body.

An advantage of the BBL procedure is that since it uses fat harvested from your own body, the results look and feel very natural – no foreign material is inserted, just your own fat in a different place! Furthermore, very precise volumes of fat can be transferred to different aspects of the buttocks to create the most attractive shape. When working with a thin patient, a small amount – even just a few hundred cc’s – of properly transferred fat can go a long way! Generally, slender women do not desire a really large butt, but are mainly interested in creating a rounder and more voluptuous shape by adding a little bit of volume in just the right places. The BBL procedure is ideal for enhancing gluteal shape by decreasing sagginess, filling in stubborn “hip dips”, and increasing projection through precisely targeted fat transfer. In the rare instance that an extremely thin woman desires a very large butt, this may not be a realistic goal for a BBL due to there simply not being enough fat available to create the desired volume. In these cases, gluteal implants, or combined gluteal implants with a BBL, may be better suited to realizing the patient’s aesthetic desires. However, the vast majority of the time, the round and attractive shape that slim women are looking for does not require a high volume of fat to create, and is very achievable at their normal weight.

Dr. Traci Temmen frequently performs BBLs on thin patients with beautiful results! To see some real examples of patients who chose to have their BBL performed by Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Traci Temmen, please explore the “Before and After” section of this website, and select the “Skinny Brazilian Butt Lift” tab.

If you are interested in seeing if you are a candidate for a Brazilian Butt Lift, or any other cosmetic surgery procedure you are interested in, book a one-on-one consultation with Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon Traci Temmen, MD: 813-877-2277.

Brazilian Butt Lift Safety

If you follow many plastic surgeons on social media or listen to the news, you will have heard recent safety concerns about the Brazilian butt lift surgery, also known as the BBL.  A Brazilian butt lift generally refers to liposuction of the trunk with transfer of the harvested fat to the buttocks and hips to create a curvier, more voluminous buttocks.  Unfortunately, if not performed correctly by an experienced, board certified plastic surgeon, the fat transfer portion of the Brazilian butt lift can be deadly.  Fat injected deep into the gluteal muscle can inadvertently enter the deep veins of the pelvis.  Once in this large vasculature system, fat globules can cause fat emboli in the lungs and even death.

Many surgeons and patients are now asking then, “Is the BBL safe?”  The answer is yes.  the Brazilian butt lift is a safe surgery if performed by a safe plastic surgeon.    So, what do plastic surgeons do to make the BBL a safe surgery and take the best care of their patients?  Most importantly, fat should not be injected deep into the buttocks and is only transferred into the subcutaneous layer above the gluteus muscles.  Additionally, the fat should be injected with blunt cannulas with constant attention paid to exactly where the injecting instrument is located.  Finally, proper patient positioning, tactile control of the instruments, and transferring the fat under low pressure all ensure optimal patient safety.

Because of this concern over the safety of the Brazilian butt lift surgery (and the fact that the BBL neither originated in Brazil nor actually “lifts” the buttocks), some plastic surgeons have started to refer to this procedure as Safe Subcutaneous Buttock Augmentation, or SSBA.  This name highlights the fact that when performed correctly, with fat transferred only in the subcutaneous layer, this surgery can safely and efficiently augment the buttocks and hips.

Dr. Traci Temmen in Tampa, Florida is just as concerned about her patients’ safety as they are.  She performs each Brazilian butt lift with meticulous attention to detail, safety, and aesthetics.  She monitors everything in the operating room, right down to the thermostat setting, to guarantee her patients the safest, most beautiful result possible.  Dr. Temmen routinely attends plastic surgery conferences where BBL safety is a core topic and stays up to date on the most recent BBL literature to ensure she is at the forefront of this evolving surgery.  If you are interested in a safe Brazilian butt lift, call Dr. Traci Temmen today at 813-877-2277.