What a $9,000 Brazilian Butt Lift Looks Like | The Plastics | Harper’s BAZAAR

What a $9,000 Brazilian Butt Lift Looks Like | The Plastics | Harper’s BAZAAR


I’m Jessica and I’m getting a BBL today. I got my first breast augmentation when I
was 18. And then when the bandages came off and I
got to see them I was just kind of obsessed with getting work done I guess to accentuate
parts of my body that I felt were lacking. I grew up here in Florida a little bit north
of Miami in Clearwater. I was very boob envy when I was younger and I got my first breast augmentation when I was 18 and they were small implants and they
fit my frame and they looked very cute. When I was 21 I got a second breast augmentation
because I had put on some weight and my body just changed so I felt it was a better fit
at that point. And that is what kind of lead me now here
to get a Brazilian Butt Lift to make my midsection a little bit smaller
and my hips a little bit wider to be more congruent with the rest of my body. Even out my figure and get a more hourglass
shape. I chose to have my surgery done with Dr. Mendieta
because I am so impressed with the natural look that he achieves in all of his patients. I’m Dr. Constantino Mendieta a board certified
plastic surgeon in Miami, Florida, the land of the bikinis. My specialty really has focused around the
buttock area. It’s become a sub-specialty within plastic
surgery. So today’s case with Jessica was amazing because
she had incredible anatomy to her. The problem was, is that her fat wasn’t distributed
right. So it’s like having a gorgeous house but you got all these trees in the front and you can’t see it. Well I removed the trees so you could appreciate
the house. It’s not just about the butt, it’s about the
entire body. It’s about looking good when you’re walking
into a room but looking even better when you’re walking out of that room. So it’s a front and back procedure. My mother is Caucasian and my father is Puerto
Rican and on the Puerto Rican side all of the women have round beautiful booties and thick
legs and tiny waists. So I’m hoping that today I’ll be more like
the family. In the old days it was just about removing
fat, there was no artistry to it. And now we’ve found different anatomical styles
that people may like. So here’s what we did with Jessica today in
terms of her case here. We gave her general anesthesia and then we
infiltrated this special fluid called tumescent fluid, which has epinephrine and lidocaine. Lidocaine’s for the pain, epinephrine so that
it constricts the blood vessels and you don’t bleed as much. Then once I extracted and contoured the entire
abdomen I proceeded to reshape the buttock. I used that same vibrating cannula to re-inject
the fat. Once I reshape the butt, now I make the butt
bigger. And that’s when I added fat to the central
part of the muscle to expand it. So look at all the volume that she has here,
very little volume there so it’s totally different. Look at her waistline. I’ve been able to work that waist, so I’ve
really been able to contour look how flat that is there and look how flat it is right
there. So it’s very very different. I then went ahead and started re-contouring
and re-suctioning to accentuate the areas that I wanted to accentuate and then we put
sutures to close the incisions. We put the body garment on her. And away she goes to being first in line at
every discotheque. So I am day 2 after my BBL. I’m feeling pretty good, a little more rough
than yesterday. Yesterday I was just really tired and I didn’t
really wanna do much I didn’t move around too much but I wasn’t in any pain like at
all. I did notice I am so tired I cannot stand
for more than like 5 minutes without getting fatigued. So that’s probably the biggest adjustment. And I got to get my garment off and take pictures
and look at myself and the results are amazing I can’t wait for the swelling to go down but
I can definitely see the shape changing. And that is so exciting and it makes it all
worth it. Doing well how are you? Good sweetheart how are you doing? I’m doing good. It has been 2 months since my Brazilian Butt
Lift and I have been loving every second of it. I’m not shy about my plastic surgery but I
don’t really like to show it off until I’m recovered. Since surgery my whole silhouette has changed
really. My waist has shrunk. None of my clothes fit right anymore because
my waist is so small. so it’s kind of difficult to actually find
clothes right now but I feel like it’s a good problem to have. The whole liposuction just really shaped me
really pretty I think. And it’s very feminine and kind of sexy. I feel ecstatic, I feel happy I feel anxious
to show off my results. I feel like this is the body I was supposed
to have. It fits with the rest of me. It fits with my family and it just fits with
everything I want to do in my life.

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