Curvy is the new slim, or so the media in recent years has dictated. Celebrities like Sofia Vergara, Nicky Minaj, Jennifer Lopez and Kim Kardashian have embraced their silhouettes (and fuller backsides) with body positive messages that “beautiful” comes in all shapes and sizes.

These ladies have certainly started a trend. The “Size 0” ideal that was aspired to in the ’90s has been forgone for a very different aesthetic: a more pronounced derriere, a smaller waist, and shapelier curves. Larger-than-life personalities like Kim K. have popularized the hourglass figure and their equally famous backsides are fueling the butt augmentation trend, including Brazilian butt lift at the Philadelphia area’s Chapin Aesthetics. According to 2015 statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), between the years of 2014 and 2015, there was a 28% increase in this procedure!

So, what’s the Brazilian butt lift buzz all about?  This cosmetic surgery procedure can improve the appearance of the lower body by transferring fat from other undesirable areas of the body to the buttocks to achieve a firmer, fuller, and perkier look. Whether factors such as age, weight loss, pregnancy, or gravity have contributed to your sagging or deflated derriere or you simply desire additional volume, the BBL works to enhance the size of your posterior while also providing added lift.

Dr. Chapin recently visited with Dr. Matt Schulman, MD, a widely respected board certified plastic surgeon and expert on the Brazilian butt lift, based out of New York City. Dr. Chapin spent the day observing and learning Dr. Schulman’s technique for achieving the most natural looking results by putting the concept of the ‘heart shaped butt’ into practice. This simple, yet safe and effective technique, which has been finessed and fine-tuned with thousands of BBL procedures over the past decade, can deliver instantaneous results and the most aesthetically pleasing derriere.

During the procedure, excess fat is extracted from donor sites using liposuction – think flanks, abdomen, thighs and bra roll. This process will achieve a smoother, shapelier and more contoured silhouette. The fat is then purified and re-injected back into the body to achieve the desired rounder, fuller and more pronounced backside. The procedure offers natural-looking, long-lasting results.

If you’ve been coveting a more lifted, augmented and contoured backside, the Brazilian Butt Lift may be the most effective option for achieving your desired look. Ideal candidates for the procedure must have enough excess fat for re-injection into the buttocks, as well as good skin elasticity.

Post-surgery, BBL patients typically require 10 days of downtime (make sure to factor this into your work or school schedule!), though pain, bruising and swelling can last several weeks. During this time, it is essential to follow the post-op care instructions provided by your Board Certified Plastic Surgeon; these protocols address sitting, sleeping and wearing your compression garment. It is critical to follow your surgeon’s post-operative instructions to achieve the best results possible.

While results will be immediate, it may require several months post-op to see the final shape and size of your backside, as your body moves through the various stages of the healing process. As the swelling subsides, it is normal for your buttocks to decrease slightly in size. Final results should be visible about three months following surgery.

As the Brazilian butt lift involves the re-injection of your own fat (a benefit over butt implants), results will last forever. The transferred fat cells slowly develop their own blood supply and become a permanent part of your backside. Keep in mind however that bodily changes such as weight fluctuations and the natural aging process can affect its appearance over time.

Schedule a consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon that is experienced in the Brazilian butt lift to determine if you are a good candidate for the procedure. Be sure to explore all of your options for a butt augmentation so that you can feel confident that you are making the best decision for your body and that the results will meet your desired outcome.