Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL) vs. 360 Lipo: Important Differences

Jun 24, 2021 | Body, Body Contouring

The summer season we have all been waiting for is right at our doorstep, and the excitement at the thought of long days of sunshine and relaxation could not be higher. At the same time, the summer season is all about exhibiting the body of your dreams, a body that will mesmerize, hypnotize, and turn many heads around while giving you the self-esteem boost you deserve. Feeling confident in your bathing suit has never been easier, and our Vinyard Institute of Plastic Surgery team is here to accompany you for the entirety of the process, from the first steps to postprocedural care.

Making the right choice towards achieving our summer body goals is not always a walk in the park? “Should I focus on my skin imperfections?” “How about plumper, sexier lips for this summer?” The possibilities are endless. However, if you’ve decided that superior body contouring is your core focus for this summer, that’s fantastic; you’ve already taken the first step towards your stunning summer body. 

Preparing Your Body for the Summer Season

With numerous body-contouring procedures and device names on the market, it’s only natural to feel the need for help from a professional. Often, patients find themselves unable to tell one procedure from another. For that reason, our Board-Certified plastic surgeon, Dr. William J. Vinyard, MD, FACS, strives towards patient education regarding the differences between procedures, allowing you to make the decision that will truly fulfill your aesthetic goals.

Without further ado, today’s blog will be focusing on two of summer’s usual body-contouring hot tickets, Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL) and 360˚  Lipo. By the end of this blog, you will understand the essential differences between them and how each of them can bring your summer body goals to life!

360˚  Lipo – All about Fatty Tissue Removal

Smoother body contour, a more sculpted look, and a comprehensive body-contouring approach – if these key pieces make up your summer body-contouring puzzle, then the 360˚  Lipo is the superior choice for you. Harnessing the traditional liposuction technique, 360˚  Lipo, also known as circumferential liposuction, deals with the stubborn fatty tissue that just won’t budge with exercise and proper diet alone, making superior body contouring come true without the need for extensive surgical treatment.

After the procedure, we recommend that our patients refrain from strenuous physical work and exercise for the first one or two weeks. After approximately a month, depending on the recovery process, your body will be ready to dazzle everyone at the beach with your slimmer, refined summer body!   

However, if this procedure uses the traditional liposuction technique, why don’t the names match? The difference lies in the approach: while traditional liposuction’s goal tilts more towards the amount of fat that’s being removed and less towards final body proportions, 360˚  Lipo targets the entire midsection of the body, giving you all-round results. For example, 360˚  Lipo will deliver astonishing results when performed in the following body areas:

  • Abdominal region
  • Upper back
  • Lower back
  • Middle back
  • “Love handles” (i.e., the sides of the waist)
  • Waist
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BBL – All about Fat Transfer

The most popular cosmetic procedure for the posterior in 2015, BBL completes the circle of your body-contouring journey. Also known as buttock augmentation with fat grafting, BBL employs the fatty tissue that’s been harvested during your 360˚  Lipo. Once it has been extracted, the fatty tissue will go through a comprehensive purification process, after which it will be ready to be injected into specific layers of your buttocks, creating a plumper, curvier, superior-shaped posterior. After 4-8 weeks of recovery time, this procedure provides patients with celebrity-style results. Celebrities such as Kim Kardashian, Kylie Jenner, and Amber Rose are on the list of possible BBL targets due to their more-than-appealing curves. 

However, while this procedure has been raved about for it’s curvy results, it’s best to consult with Dr. Vinyard before seeking a BBL fat transfer. There are various risks associated with large volume fat grafting, meaning that BBL carries a higher fatality risk than 360˚  Lipo. If you practice a healthy lifestyle, avoid unhealthy habits as much as possible, and have enough fatty tissue in your midsection for extraction, BBL may be a good option for your body that provides rocking results.

Choosing between BBL and 360˚  Lipo

We’ve managed to see and understand the main differences between BBL and 360˚  Lipo that set them apart in the body-contouring world:

  • Different targeted body areas: 360˚  Lipo targets the midsection while BBL targets the posterior
  • Different techniques: 360˚  Lipo removes the fat through a small tube called cannula while BBL involves injecting fatty tissue into the buttocks
  • Different results: 360˚  Lipo is all about fatty tissue removal while BBL is all about fat grafting

However, these differences make 360˚  Lipo and BBL a popular matching set of procedures for body-contouring. Instead of discarding the fatty tissue from your 360˚  Lipo, BBL provides the option to take your body-contouring experience to another level. 360˚  Lipo and BBL can be performed together, so if a double-procedure is something you’re considering, discuss this course of action with Dr. Vinyard before committing to one of the two procedures.

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Achieving your body-contouring summer goals has never been easier, and Dr. Vinyard is ready to put his years of experience, superior aesthetic approach, and state-of-the-art technology to your service. Let this summer be all about you and your dream body! Are you ready to meet Dr. Vinyard and begin your body-contouring journey? Contact us to schedule your complimentary consultation with Dr. Vinyard today and check out our blog.

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