Brazilian Butt Lift vs. Sculptra® Butt Lift

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With so many options for butt augmentation, it is easy to feel overwhelmed. You know you want to enhance your backside, but what is the best option? How can you achieve dramatic curves? Should you choose a Sculptra butt lift or a Brazilian butt lift…or neither?

As LA’s “Butt King,” Dr. Ryan Stanton is a genuine expert in buttock augmentation and has performed countless successful procedures. He has also helped patients to correct complications brought on by procedures gone wrong that they received at other plastic surgery practices. He knows how to create beautiful curves, and he knows which butt augmentation methods work and which do not for each individual patient

Let’s explore two of the trendiest, although not necessarily the most effective or reliable, methods for butt enhancement, the Sculptra® butt lift and the Brazilian butt lift (BBL).

Contact us to schedule a personalized consultation to discover the best butt augmentation method for you.

Sculptra Butt Lift

Sculptra is a long-lasting dermal filler that some doctors have been using for butt augmentation. In this procedure, large quantities of filler are injected into the buttocks. Some surgeons call this procedure a “lunchtime butt lift” or a “non-surgical butt lift” because it requires minimal recovery and is less invasive than many other options.

Dr. Stanton does not use Sculptra for butt augmentation. He believes the downsides of this treatment far outweigh the potential benefits:

  • Too Expensive – Sculptra is expensive. To achieve dramatic results, the product cost alone for an adequate Sculptra butt augmentation is thousands and thousands of dollars. Surgeons offering the procedure for less are either cutting their Sculptra with saline or not using anywhere near enough product for a good result.
  • Not Permanent – Patients will need retreatment every one to two years to maintain the results of a Sculptra butt lift. Note, beware if a doctor tells you it will grow on its own or stimulate your body to produce enough collagen to be grossly visible. It will not, period.
  • High Infection Rate – Fillers are very safe when used in small quantities to smooth facial wrinkles (Dr. Stanton uses them at our medical spa for facial rejuvenation). However , in more significant or large amounts, infection rates are much higher as are serious deadly complications such as embolism
  • Filler Migration – Filler tends to migrate and shift in the buttocks due to the large quantities of product needed and the mobility of the product.
  • Scar Tissue Formation – Large quantities of Sculptra can create scar tissue and inflammation in the buttocks. This scarring may distort the appearance of the butt, causing severe dimpling/cellulite and unevenness, even after the Sculptra has melted away.
  • Not FDA-Approved – Sculptra is not FDA-approved for use in the buttocks and has not received the necessary testing to determine safety and efficacy in this area. Dr. Stanton has serious concerns about the safety and efficacy of the Sculptra butt lift and does not recommend it to his patients.

Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL)

A Brazilian butt lift uses fat to add shape and volume to the buttocks. Fat is extracted from an area like the hips or waist and transplanted into the butt area. Similar to the Sculptra butt lift, there are some serious issues to consider with BBL:

  • Many Patients Simply Don’t Have Enough Fat – Fat grafting requires a significant amount of Many of our buttock augmentation patients are average to lean body mass and just do not have enough fat for a Brazilian butt lift.
  • Long Recovery – Recovery after a BBL takes several weeks. Notably, Patients are to completely refrain from sitting down during this time, often for 6+ weeks.
  • Fat Loss – While the results of a BBL often look great initially, fat cell die-off (often > 50%) can lead to major disappointment after only 6-12 months. Most patients will not have permanent results and often lack projection in the central and/or lower portion of the buttocks. Fat loss also frequently leads to unevenness, cellulite-like dimpling, and hard painful fatty necrotic oil cysts palpable under the skin.
  • Relatively Deadly – It is unfortunate, but a BBL surgeon must be blunt when explaining the relatively high potential risk of fat pulmonary embolism and death when undergoing BBL surgery. A cautious, safe, and skilled surgeon can minimize this risk if s/he avoids grafting the fat into the buttock muscles, however in doing so, fat survival becomes even more problematic (i.e. higher rate of fat cell die-off).

While the Brazilian butt lift is one of the most popular options for butt augmentation, results are often disappointing. Thus, Dr. Stanton does not recommend a BBL for most patients.

Is There a Better Choice for Los Angeles Butt Augmentation?

Fat grafting and Sculptra aren’t ideal options for butt augmentation, but there is a way to achieve your desired curves. Butt implants are one of the most reliable and effective options for shaping and volumizing the buttocks area. Butt implants are durable and add dramatic shape to the buttocks.

As one of the top butt augmentation surgeons in the U.S., Dr. Stanton has unparalleled experience using butt and hip implants. Dr. Stanton uses patented anatomic buttock implants for most of our buttock augmentation procedures. This implant, called the Stanton Anatomic™ Buttock Implant, was created by our own Dr. Stanton after years of careful research and study.

The results he can achieve with butt implants far surpass the butt augmentation results that are achievable with a BBL or Sculptra. Learn more about butt augmentation in Los Angeles by scheduling a consultation with Dr. Stanton today.