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Difference Between Lipo 360 and BBL

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If you’re researching surgical ways to slim down and improve your figure, you must have come across the terms Lipo 360 and BBL. Do you know what they mean, and what’s the difference between Lipo 360 and BBL? All you need to know about these procedures is in this text – keep reading to figure out which option is better suited for you. 

Why Is It Important to Know the Difference Between Lipo 360 and BBL?

So, what is the difference between BBL and Lipo 360 in Miami, and why is this distinction important? The answer can be applied to any medical situation – it’s essential to know what is going on with your body and what the surgeons will do. Taking a look at these two procedures will help you understand what they include and how you will benefit from them, which in turn helps in making an informed decision. 

What Is Lipo 360?

Before we answer the “what is the difference between Lipo 360 and BBL?” question, let us first explain what Lipo 360 means. This is a type of liposuction that refers to the removal of fat tissue all around the midsection – this includes the abdomen, waist, hips, and lower back. Lipo 360 can be performed using various regular liposuction techniques. It’s important to note that this liposuction treatment doesn’t include removing fat from the arms, thighs, calves, or upper part of the back (as opposed to full-body liposuction).

Lipo 360 Procedure

This is a pretty straightforward surgical procedure – simple and with little possibility for complications. The patient doesn’t need to be put under general anesthesia – all it takes is intravenous sedation. Then, the surgeon will perform a few small incisions in the areas where the excess fat is localized and suction the fat with a vacuum. After that, all that’s left is to suture the skin and apply surgical garments to help control the swelling. 

Benefits of Lipo 360

Lipo 360 can address more than one area of your body in a single procedure. As a result of that, you will get the natural-looking, smooth, curvy figure that you have always wanted. The individual approach to every patient ensures the best results possible, and a short recovery time allows you to get back to your everyday life as soon as possible. The chances of liposuction scars are minimal. 

Drawbacks of Lipo 360

Lipo 360 is undoubtedly brilliant, but every procedure has some downsides. The most important thing to remember is that the results you get from Lipo 360 might not be permanent – it all depends on your lifestyle choices after the liposuction. If you gain weight, the fat cells will return to the treated areas, so maintaining a healthy lifestyle is necessary if you want to keep your new figure. 

Another issue that must be mentioned is excess skin. If you want to get bigger amounts of fat tissue suctioned, you should expect some loose skin in the treated area. Lipo 360 does not include skin removal, so if this happens to be a problem, it would have to be addressed with a tummy tuck procedure. 

Woman in white underwear with labeled areas for liposuction 

What Is BBL?

BBL is short for Brazilian Butt Lift. This is an extremely popular procedure that combines Lipo 360 with a butt augmentation fat transfer. What does this mean? BBL essentially allows you to use your own undesired fat from the areas that are addressed with Lipo 360 and place it into your rear area, giving you a more curvy appearance and an hourglass figure. 

BBL Procedure

BBL is an outpatient procedure done under general anesthesia. After the Lipo 360 is completed, the extracted fat is refined and injected into the buttocks. A skillful surgeon will make sure that the fat is appropriately placed in order to give the patient the shape and size they want. After the surgery, the pain is minimal, but you should expect some soreness. 

Benefits of BBL

The most obvious benefit is the amazing body shape you will get – thanks to the Lipo 360 aspect of the procedure, you will have a slimmer waist and curvier behind. As a result, your confidence will skyrocket, thus improving your quality of life. Also, we mustn’t forget an excellent advantage of BBL over butt implants – with a BBL, surgeons use your own fat and not a foreign body, which means that your immune system cannot reject it. 

Drawbacks of BBL

This is a surgery like any other, which means it has some risks. If the surgery is performed correctly, the complication rates are minimal, but a few of them are still worth mentioning. Infection on the surgical site, scarring, fat necrosis, and lumps can occur. There will be some pain, of course – it’s an unavoidable part of any postoperative period. Fat embolisms in the heart or lungs are rare but possibly deadly complications. 

Studies show us that only 50-80% of the transferred fat will remain in its place – the rest will be absorbed. Repeated BBL procedures can help with that, but the retention rates for each individual won’t change.

Three women with labeled areas for liposuction drawn on their bodies

How to Know Which One Is Better for You?

Both Lipo 360 and BBL are very effective and simple surgeries that can help you get the natural yet flawless look everyone wants. The decision should be based on your goals and preferences – what is it that you’re looking for? If you’re not sure yet, book a consultation with one of our plastic surgery specialists at Moon Plastic Surgery – they will be happy to answer your questions and address all concerns. 

Can You Do Both BBL and Lipo 360 at the Same Time?

If you want to make changes in both your abdominal and rear area, the combination of Lipo 360 and BBL is the perfect choice for you. You can address all the issues at once, which helps you get the desired results quickly and with less time on the surgical table. It’s wise to take time and think about what suits you best. Either way, you can rest assured that you will be in safe hands if you entrust your care to Moon Plastic Surgery specialists. 

A Lipo and BBL Specialist Can Help You Make a Decision

Moon Plastic Surgery center is home to several excellent professionals with plenty of years of expertise in this surgical area – they can make your dreams come true and offer you the best care possible. If you need assistance or advice on what to do with your body, our surgeons are here to help. We’re open Monday to Friday, from 9:30 AM to 6:00 PM, so don’t hesitate to contact our clinic and schedule an appointment.

Dr. John E. Nees, MD

Dr. John E. Nees, MD

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Dr. John E. Nees, MD specializes in aesthetic plastic surgery in Miami, FL


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