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Getting to the Bottom of the Brazilian Butt Lift

Featured in Beauty Biz Year 15, Issue 6.

The surgical Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL) is one of the most popular aesthetic procedures in the world today, but it is also one of the most dangerous, with 1 in 3,000 surgeries resulting in death, according to the paper titled ‘Report on Mortality from Gluteal Fat Grafting: Recommendations from the ASERF Task Force.’

Fortunately, there are much safer non-surgical alternatives available, that are highly effective, affordable, and also provide a healthy return on investment for the clinic... now that’s what I call a cracking trifecta.

Fat freezing, fat melting, muscle toning, skin tightening, cellulite smoothing, body contouring devices – butt, where do you start to navigate the plethora of aesthetic devices and what modality does what?

Each procedure has distinct mechanisms for stimulating apoptosis (programmed call death), lipolysis (process of breaking down lipids) or necrosis of adipose tissue. So heads down, bums up – here are my top picks for a beautiful booty, just keep in mind that these devices act as a supplement to healthy and active lifestyles, not substitutes.

Fat Cavitation

An oldie, but a goodie! Fat Cavitation is effective on large areas, pain free and permanent, but slow with results since 6 to 10 treatments are required. Treatment can be laborious and physically tiring for the practitioner and there are limits on how much you can perform in one treatment session, due to the immediate release of toxins. Treatments can be performed every 3 days.

Fat Cavitation works by emitting ultrasound waves to the area, whereby the sound waves create a vibration to cause cavities or bubbles in the fat cell, which both liquefies the contents, releasing them into the interstitial and lymphatic systems where they are drained, in addition to causing damage to the fat cell membrane, beyond repair.

Cavitation is also effective in reducing the appearance of cellulite, especially when used in conjunction with RF. More on that next.

Radio Frequency (RF)

High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU)


Electro Muscle/Magnetic Stimulation (EMS)

Bottom line is that BBL requires more than one approach and depth of penetration to lift, smooth and tighten. A multi-modality approach will deliver the best and most effective results to your clients, although HIFU or RF alone can deliver impressive result for that beautiful summer booty!

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