BBL vs. Buttocks Implants: What’s the Difference?

bbl vs implantsUpdated for 2018

If you’re considering a Brazilian butt lift, you may have also come across the idea of getting buttocks implants during your research. Although the two procedures are sometimes mistaken as the same thing, there is an important difference.

A BBL uses your body’s own fat taken from another area of the body, whereas butt implants use silicone implants. This distinction is what gives a BBL procedure its edge over butt implants, and here’s why.

BBL Results Look and Feel Natural


A Brazilian butt lift uses liposuction to remove unwanted fat from areas like the hips, waist or thighs. This fat is then injected into the butt to achieve a natural-looking outcome. Because your own fat is used in the procedure, you won’t have to worry about any inhibited movement that can sometimes occur with implants.

The results from a BBL look and feel natural because they are natural.

Increased Potential for Complications with Implants

Speaking of movement, buttocks implants can become displaced. If displacement occurs, it can prevent your posterior from appearing to move naturally with the rest of your body.

Additionally, with any implant, there is a slight possibility of capsular contracture, which is characterized by the hardening of the implant due to the formation of scar tissue around it. If complications occur with buttocks implants, revision surgery is necessary.

Women of All Body Types Can Be Candidates for a BBL

It’s a common misconception that slender women can’t be good candidates for a Brazilian butt lift. Finding adequate fat to take from other areas of the body can be much easier than some may think.

Sometimes, areas like the lower back and flanks can have enough fat storage for even very thin women to be able to achieve excellent BBL results.

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