The Difference Between Butt Implants vs BBL (Brazilian Butt Lift)

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If you’re interested in changing how you look from behind, you have options.

Two well-known procedures for lifting and shaping the buttocks are the Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL) and butt implants.

Both approaches are a great way to sculpt and lift the buttocks, and people are typically delighted with the results.

However, there are some differences between the two choices. At Arviv Plastic Surgery, every patient should have all the information they need to make the best decision for themselves. To help you decide if one of these procedures is right for you, here are some facts about both of them.

Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL)

This popular approach to buttock augmentation is non-surgical, so it requires less downtime to recover, and it provides a natural-looking result.

To create full, firm contours, fat is extracted from elsewhere in the body through liposuction. Popular areas to remove this fat include the stomach or abdomen, thighs, back, and love handles or flanks.

When the fat has been removed, it’s then purified and processed to prepare it for the next step. Once the fat is ready, the surgeon injects it into the buttocks.

This part of the procedure requires very specific skills because the placement of these injections provides the volume and curves you’re looking for.

In the hands of an experienced plastic surgeon, the results are impressive.

After some recovery time, patients have a more lifted, shapely, and proportional appearance.

Buttock Implants

On the other hand, buttock implants take a surgical approach to improving the appearance of the buttocks. This procedure is also known as gluteal implants, and it uses a silicone material that’s made to look and feel like the natural tissues of the body.

Buttock implants require a longer recovery period compared to Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL) procedures. With implants, there is a need for surgical incisions, which can result in more discomfort, swelling, and pain. On the other hand, BBL involves fat transfer, which requires smaller incisions and has a shorter recovery time.

A BBL provides a more natural-looking result compared to buttock implants. Brazilian Butt Lifts from Arviv Plastic Surgery in Miami and Tampa allows for a more customizable outcome, as the surgeon can sculpt the buttocks according to the patient’s desired shape and proportions. Implants, on the other hand, may not always provide the desired shape, and the results may look less natural.

Are Butt Implants or BBL right for me?

BBL allows for a more comprehensive body contouring approach. This means that not only are the buttocks enhanced, but the entire silhouette can be reshaped. Buttock implants only focus on enhancing the buttocks and do not offer the same level of body contouring.

The BBL is less invasive since it’s a non-surgical procedure. This means that the recovery time is shorter, and you can return to normal activity sooner. It also makes use of stubborn areas of body fat that may not respond to diet and exercise. The results are natural-looking, which is what some people prefer, while others are seeking results with more impact.

On the other hand, a butt implant requires more recovery time, sometimes lasting a minimum of three months. Whereas with BBLs, many patients can actually return to work the same day.

Currently, we have three options for patients looking for BBL procedures near Tampa or Miami:


Renuva is a revolutionary treatment that targets aging-caused volume loss. Renuva stimulates collagen production in a targeted area, by way of using the body’s own fat to create volume.


Sculptra’s main component, Poly L Lactic Acid, stimulates your body to produce collagen. This collagen is gradually built up from injections and offers a smoother, firmer appearance over time. As months go on, the results become more apparent, resulting in more contoured buttocks.


an ideal option for patients with minimal body fat, this filler lifts and augments the buttocks after injection. Radiesse has been known to offer long-term and immediate results for patients looking to enhance their buttocks.

Consult Us for Any Questions About Butt Implants vs BBL

At Arviv Plastic Surgery, we’ve helped many patients get the results they love from buttock augmentation.

Our experienced surgeons combine medical precision with artistic skill to help you feel and look your best.

For more information or to schedule a consultation, please get in touch with us today!

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