What Happens to my BBL After 10 Years?


What does plastic surgery look like years after the operation? How does your body age after a liposculpture or an implant? These are the questions we will answer in this article, focusing on the two main techniques used for butt augmentation, and considering all there is to know to make the most out of the surgery.

What is a Lipofilling BBL?

A Brazilian Butt Lift, also known as BBL, is a surgical procedure that is widely used to convey an hourglass body shape and a desirable butt volume. To do so, fat cells are transferred from undesired accumulation areas (such as the belly), to an area where more volume is desired. In this case, the buttocks. This operation is currently one of the most popular plastic surgeries and it is widely practiced, partly because it can also help reduce cellulitis.

How Long Does a BBL Last For?

BBL results vary from one person to another. Generally, they can last for years or decades in all cases, but always depend on a series of factors. These include:

  • Following post-operatory instructions
  • Taking care of recovery
  • Maintaining healthy habits continuously after

It is important to know that 40% of injected fat cells will be naturally absorbed after surgery. Hence, initial results will decrease by as much as half after the first few days. This is perfectly normal, however. The rest of the fat cells will remain permanently in place if good life habits are maintained and no dramatic weight loss is experienced.

10 Years After a Brazilian Butt Lift

To make sure results last as long as possible, patients should undergo the operation at a relatively young age. This response to the fact that the body is still adaptable and resistant. If the operation is undergone before 40, if good life habits are maintained and all post-operatory instructions are followed, results are expected to remain unchanged 10 years after surgery. This is always given that surgery has been conducted by an experienced and capable surgeon.

Implants for Butt Augmentation

Other than using the patient’s own fat, implants are used for butt-lifting purposes too. This variant of the operation is less widely used, however, as it can lead to a series of complications. These include infections, displacements, hematomas, and seromas, among others.

It must be considered that the butt is an area that is subject to pressure almost every day. This is one of the main reasons leading to complications as years go by. For instance, implants will become more visible due to progressive relaxation of the skin and muscle due to gravity, sitting down, and aging reasons, which results in hanging.

The exact same issue is experienced with breast implants, which must often be changed after a period of approximately 10 years. The other issue is scarring, which can nonetheless be easily hidden beneath clothes and underwear (incisions are also usually operated in discrete areas, such as skin and muscle foldings).

These are all serious considerations that must be taken into account before undergoing an implant butt lifting. Bear in mind, responsible surgeons will take their time to properly inform patients about such issues.

Butt Implants 10 Years After

Dr. Richard Abs, one of the most famous French specialists in butt lifting, comments that long-term results are greatly compared to those of breast augmentation. “If after 10 years, the patient wishes to get her implants removed,” says the doctor, “we usually propose to do a lifting, but results can be less than satisfactory if the breasts or butt were too large.” The surgeon, however, is quick to mention that after 20 years of butt-lifting surgery with implants, he hasn’t removed more than 10 implants. This is due to the fact that most women choose to keep their implants even many years after the operation.

“If skin relaxes too much,” says Dr. Abs, “a lifting can be practiced with the implants in place, too.” The doctor, however, is very clear when stating that he does not “necessarily recommend implants.” He agrees that lipo filling is a better option for butt enhancement. “Results are great, as it uses a product taken from the patient’s own body, the fat injection technique is perfectly safe when it is performed by experts.”

Nowadays, many French and European patients decide to travel to Istanbul, as a BBL Turkey offers similar medical standards for a cheaper cost.

Long Term Results

If you are not satisfied with the shape and size of your buttocks and you are considering undergoing plastic surgery, there’s a series of factors that must be taken into account to make the most out of your results.

First of all, you should absolutely rely on your plastic surgeon to talk about your needs, worries, and wishes concerning your BBL. This way, you will be able to make the best decision.

These are the best practices to keep your buttocks as they look after surgery for all the years to come:

  • Post-operatory instructions: patients should first and foremost take the required medication, drink loads of water, and rest. They should avoid laying on their buttocks as much as possible (sleep on your belly), and use a BBL pillow while sitting down. This device is usually provided by the clinic or hospital behind the operation.
  • Pay attention to your diet: patients should favor nutrient-rich foods, such as proteins, and take vitamin and mineral supplements as indicated by their surgeon (make sure to ask as much as you can and follow all recommendations to maximize results). You should avoid carbs, sugar, and fats at all costs, which will also be greatly beneficial for your overall health.
  • Exercise regularly: you should refrain from exercising for at least 1 month after surgery, as indicated by your surgeon. After this time, however, you can go slowly back to the gym and cardio training. There are specific exercises that will greatly improve your lower body and a personal trainer can go a long way in helping you.
  • Follow-Up: stay in touch with your surgeon after surgery and make sure to ask him/her for more recommendations and keep him/or updated about how things are unfolding.


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