How to Make the Right Clothing Choices after Your Butt Lift Surgery

As any curvy woman will tell you, finding flattering clothes for a shapely body presents both challenges and opportunities. Butt augmentation can give you the full, round derriere that you’ve always wanted, but it may also completely change the way you dress, especially if you’re used to using clothes to make your butt look larger. During recovery from butt lift surgery, you’ll also need to modify the way you dress to ensure both your comfort and outstanding results. Here’s how to make the right clothing choices after having a butt lift:

What to Wear While Recovering from a Butt Lift

After you have a Brazilian butt lift, also known as a BBL, you’ll be wearing a compression garment to reduce swelling and protect the area while you heal. Most people have liposuction performed on their abdomen to provide fat for their buttock injections, so your garment will probably cover this area as well. To hide your compression garment (and disguise any postoperative swelling), you’ll probably want to wear loose tops and sweaters for several weeks after you have surgery. It is important to follow your post-operative care instructions carefully to minimize the risk of complications and swelling and give yourself the best possible results.

For at least two months following your butt lift, you’ll need to avoid wearing very tight pants, like fitted jeans or leggings. Wearing tight pants can damage the recently-placed fat cells, causing your body to excrete them rather than allowing them to establish and grow properly. Should this fat loss occur, it will make the results of your butt lift less noticeable.

Choosing Clothes After You’ve Recovered from Your Procedure

A shapely butt looks great in almost anything – that’s why butt lifts are so popular. Still, you’ll want to avoid wearing clothes that add too much bulk to your backside after having this procedure, especially if you’re smaller on top. Pants that have large or numerous pockets, for example, can obscure the shape of your butt and legs. We generally recommend choosing pants that have no pockets (or ones that have very slim-fitting pockets). You should also try wearing seamless underwear underneath tight pants, dresses, and skirts to keep your silhouette smooth.

To make the most of your new figure, look for clothes that hug your body and highlight your waist. Pencil skirts, midi skirts, bodycon dresses, high-waisted pants, and crop tops are all great choices for most women post-BBL. Not only will these styles accentuate your enhanced derriere, but if you’ve had fat removed from your abdomen or hips as part of your procedure, they’ll also show off your trim tummy. 

Loose clothing with visible folds and creases can take attention away from your best assets. You might therefore consider getting your new clothes altered at a tailor for a precise fit (once your postoperative swelling has completely subsided) that best flatters your new figure.

Considering a Butt Lift? Talk to Our Team of Doctors in Vernon Hills

The hourglass figure, like the little black dress, is a classic. If you’re ready to achieve more balanced proportions with butt lift surgery, our team can help you take the next step. Contact us today to arrange your one-on-one consultation.

Myths and Facts about Gluteal Implants (Butt Lift Procedures)

Have you ever wanted more junk in your trunk, so to speak? Or maybe every time you look in the mirror you wish your backside just had a little more lift to it. Everyone knows that age causes our bodies to sag but gluteal implants can help reverse the impact that passing time has on your rear. Let’s address some of the myths around this type of elective surgery so you can get the straight story before going under the knife.

There are two types of surgery you can undergo to make your body look better. It is likely you have heard of one or the other. However, because there are two options for you to choose from, you can select the one that best suits your health and desires.

The type of gluteal implant that is most common is often referred to as Brazilian butt lift. Despite the name, don’t be fooled into thinking there is anything culturally or traditionally Brazilian about it. The more technical term for this procedure is fat grafting, a title that also correctly describes the procedure. The first step is to remove fat via liposuction, a simple undergoing that is usually used to help people lose weight. In this case the fat extracted is saved so it can be added to your butt to give it better size and shape.

One thing to keep in mind is that the process isn’t as simple and clumsy as moving fat from one place to the other. The fat extracted from your body is processed and purified before being added to your backside. This helps the added fat look more natural and less lumpy once it is put into your body again.

Another myth you may have heard about getting a butt lift is that anyone can do it. Because of the nature of this process, it is only possible for women who have a certain amount of spare body fat. Of course, most women can name one part of their body that they think could be skinnier, but this doesn’t mean it will serve as a successful fat grafting spot. The fat used in a butt lift is usually extracted from either the abdomen area or the butt itself.

You can also improve both the size and the shape of your backside with a surgical procedure not unlike the ones to implement breast implants. The surgeon will insert an implant specifically made for the procedure through an incision near your tail bone. The aim is to place the implant directly under the gluteus maximus muscle to give your butt the bigger, higher or firmer appearance you desire.

Buttock Implants vs. Fat Transfer: Which is Better?

Buttock augmentation is becoming increasingly popular for men and women. This may be because achieving the ideal shape through diet or exercise is difficult. If you want fuller, rounder buttocks, you have two augmentation options: fat transfer or implants. Each type of cosmetic surgery has benefits and disadvantages, so choosing one ultimately comes down to your personal needs.

Fat Transfer

During a fat transfer, the physician uses liposuction to remove fat from the abdomen, back, hips or thighs. These collected fat cells are injected into the desired area on the buttocks. Because your own fat cells will be used, your body won’t reject them. The transferred fat mimics the natural feel and look of the buttocks, but the downside is that it’s difficult to predict an outcome.


Buttock implants are placed beneath the muscles of the buttocks through a small incision. The advantage to this is that it’s easier to predict a precise shape. A major difference between the two procedures is the recovery time. Implant patients typically require at least one month to heal, while those getting fat transfers can resume normal activities within a couple weeks.

Both procedures require general anesthesia and take approximately two hours to complete. Before choosing an option, consider if you have enough fat cells to draw from, how long of a recovery period you can handle, and how natural you want your buttocks to appear. Your physician can help you select the procedure that will provide the most benefits.

Buttock Augmentation: Top Rising Cosmetic Surgery in 2014

Have you ever looked in the mirror and dreamed of a larger, well-shapen butt? Then maybe you’ve been contemplating one of most popular plastic surgeries of 2014: buttock augmentation. It seems the media has made having the perfect butt the desire of the decade. Read on to learn why this surgery has become so common and what your options are regarding buttock augmentation.

Whether you were born with a genetically small or flat butt, or if you’ve exercised for months but still can’t achieve the desired result for your booty, you may be a candidate for buttock augmentation. Many women who have lost a lot of weight also want this type of augmentation because their skin is left sagging more than usual and they don’t fit properly into their clothing.

There are two main types of buttock augmentation: fat injection or implants. The fat injection method is also called the Brazilian Butt Lift, where plastic surgeons remove fat from areas around your butt to enhance your profile.The surgeon then injects it into your buttocks to create a nice, round rear-end. Implants create the same end result, but they are surgically implanted into your buttocks.

Recovery time is usually 3-4 weeks. During this time, you cannot sit directly on your buttocks. You may also be instructed to wear a compression garment around the clock for two weeks.

So, if your gluteal area could use some work due to a flat, square, or sagging butt, maybe you should consider a buttock augmentation. Make an appointment today to discuss your options with your plastic surgeon.


Is a Buttock Augmentation Right for You?

A recent report from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons confirms that there has been a dramatic increase in buttock augmentations over the past year. With an explosive growth of 98% in 12 months, buttock implants and buttock fat-fillers have become one of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures available, second only to breast augmentation.

Buttock augmentation can enhance the natural curves for patients who are unhappy with their body profile. It can also add volume and roundness to a flat or small butt for patients seeking a more balanced appearance. Generally, if you are looking for a fuller, curvier butt, a buttock augmentation may be the right procedure for you.

There are three options available for buttock enhancement. Traditional buttock implants, which have lost popularity in recent years due to their required healing time and possible risk of complications. The Brazilian butt lift, which remains moderately in favor, but can result in significant scarring and the far more popular buttock fat-filler procedure, which requires less down time, and more natural results.

If you or someone you know would like more information on Buttock Augmentation please call Ritacca Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa to schedule your free consultation at 847-367-8815 or you can learn more by visiting our website:

Are you planning a wedding this summer? Be prepared and follow these bridal beauty tips!

Wedding Skincare Solutions

Preparing for your wedding day can feel like training for a marathon – hours
and hours of work for just one day. But as any bride (or marathoner) would
attest preparation is key to a successful day or run – and every minute is
worth it! One of the key items on your wedding to-do list should be beauty
prep. Implementing a skincare routine several months ahead of time will ensure
you get that gorgeous bridal glow. Here are some key tips:
Be Gentle:
Stick with a gentle, non-drying, sulfate-free cleanser with an alcohol-free
toner and moisturizer as part of your daily regimen. Anything too abrasive will
actually have the opposite effect on your skin. Start your cleansing program
approximately 6 months ahead of the big day and your skin will thank you.
Up the
Antioxidants: Beautiful
skin starts deep on the inside. Adding foods high in antioxidants into your
diet can help you achieve that great complexion. Citrus fruits such as
cantaloupe, berries, and dark grapes are all loaded with vitamins, minerals and
age-defying antioxidants and are perfect additions to your daily routine.

Plan Ahead: If
you are considering an aesthetic procedure to address wrinkles and fine lines
you will need to start the process a few months ahead of time. Injectables like
BOTOX® and
have little to no downtime. But if you are considering a more invasive
procedure such as an IPL (intense pulsed light) or microdermabrasion treatment
to address discolored skin, you will need to factor in both prep, procedure and
recovery time. Make sure you ask your aesthetic practitioner about special post
procedure creams that can shorten the healing time.
Don’t Be Adventurous: Not
all skin is the same
Different products and treatments impact people differently. We
recommend you start testing new skincare products well ahead of time. For
aesthetic procedures it’s important that you see a trained professional who can
guide you through the benefits, side-effects and recovery time for each


How does the buttocks augmentation with fat injection that you offer differ from implants? Will I get the same results?

Fat Transfer is the most commonly preferred way to enhance the buttocks, rather than implants, mainly because it is a less invasive procedure. A buttocks augmentation with fat typically provides a more natural look because it is the patient’s own tissue; provides less scarring and minimal down-time. Another added benefit is that patients get some additional body sculpting from the area of the body where the fat was removed. One of the biggest risks with implants is that your body may reject the implant, which can lead to many other complications. The results of both procedures are very similar; however, a fat transfer is a much more gradual, natural feeling and looking result.

-Lindsay Gerber, Patient Coordinator