The Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL) is one of the most popular plastic surgery treatments in the country. Patients love the BBL for it’s resourceful “two-for-one” structure, which involves harvesting excess fat from one body part, and then injecting it into one’s buttocks. As a result, patients receive the benefits of two types of plastic surgery: liposuction and a butt lift.
However, there is not just one type of Brazilian Butt Lift. Patients can choose between several techniques to get the outcome they desire. Two of the most popular versions are called the Slope and Shelf BBL, respectively. These two types, named for the intended shape they are each designed to create, will appeal to patients based on their preferred aesthetic.
If you are considering a butt lift, but aren’t sure which version is best for you, we recommend that you get in touch with an experienced plastic surgeon. During your initial consultation, you will be able to share your vision and desired outcome from a procedure. This includes discussing with your doctor what shape you’d like to get from your BBL: slope or shelf.
How to Describe What You Want From a BBL
When you meet with your plastic surgeon, you will be expected to have a general idea of what type of results you are looking for. This information, along with your unique circumstances and medical history, will help to determine which type of butt lift is best for you.
In order to communicate this effectively, it’s crucial to spend some time identifying and articulating what type of results you are after. This can be a bit tricky for some, as it isn’t as straightforward as procedures like breast augmentations, where a patient can simply request a cup size. Instead, most plastic surgeons ask their patients to describe what type of shape they would like to bring to their buttocks.
If you are concerned about properly communicating to your surgeon which type of result you are after, we recommend the following:
- Do Your Research
To understand how to describe your needs in a way that produces the results you want, it helps to learn the differences between types of procedures and results. For instance, a shelf BBL and a slope BBL produce two different types of butt: a shelf BBL is more dramatic than a slope.
- Bring Photos
You’ve likely shown a photo of a celebrity haircut to your stylist before. When it comes to having plastic surgery, the same technique can be really helpful. Show your surgeon some pictures of your “dream butt” — they’ll be able to tell you whether it’s a slope or a shelf, as well as how to achieve it.
- Speak to Your Peers
It’s always a great idea to speak with people who have already had the procedure or surgery you are considering. They’ll be able to give advice on both choosing a style, as well as finding a surgeon. Plus, you’ll be able to see real results in person. It’s also helpful to browse the referrals page of your potential surgeon.
- Ask Questions
Unsure about something? Now is not the time to stay silent — ask your doctor every question you have. That’s what they’re here for. They want you to go into your procedure as well-informed and comfortable as possible. In order to do that, a consultation will be extremely useful.
So What’s The Difference Between a Slope BBL and a Shelf BBL?
As we mentioned, the primary difference between these two types of butt lifts is not in their technique, but rather their result. Let’s discuss the key differences between the two.
What is a Slope BBL?
A slope-shaped bum has plenty of curve, but it is generally more natural and gradual looking in its curve than the “shelf” counterpart. The buttocks are tightened and have added volume for a more pleasing contour.
What is a Shelf BBL?
A shelf-shaped bottom is known for the very defined, protruding shape of buttocks. As you might guess, the shape of the shelf BBL is dramatic, with the enhanced buttocks almost like a shelf you might balance something upon.
What’s Right For Me, a Shelf or Slope BBL?
Everybody is built differently. The type of results you will achieve through a BBL will depend on two important factors: your goals, and your given anatomy and shape. Though both types of BBL will be possible for some, others might find that one works better for their particular physique. Your plastic surgeon will be able to help you determine which of these results will be more feasible for you depending on your own unique circumstances.
In Houston? Schedule a BBL Consultation Today!
Whether you’re hoping for a slope BBL, a shelf BBL, or another procedure altogether, Look Younger is the place to go. Here at our practice, Dr. Leo Lapuerta relies on 20 years of experience to deliver the best plastic surgery results across the greater Houston area — that includes separate clinics in Pearland and Katy! With over 20,000 aesthetic procedures under his belt, Dr. Lapuerta is one of the most experienced and beloved plastic surgeons in the area, and BBL is one of his specialties.
To discuss your own potential Brazilian butt lift surgery — or any other aesthetic procedure — schedule a consultation with us today. Call us at (713) 489-0169, or drop us a line right here for your free, discreet consultation with Dr. Lapuerta.
We can’t wait to help you find your favorite shape!