Celebrities like Kim Kardashian have made big bums popular, so it’s no surprise that bum filler treatments and bum lift surgeries are one of the most common procedures in the UK. 

We explain the difference between bum fillers and surgical bum lifts below so you can see which would work best for you. 

What is bum filler and how does it work?

Bum filler is a fast, safe, and minimally invasive way to get your desired buttock shape without undergoing invasive surgery. During the treatment, the buttocks are enhanced and reshaped through contouring and added definition with a range of dermal fillers. 

Hyaluronic Acid Fillers for the bum

Hyaluronic acid is naturally produced in the body and is responsible for the plumpness and firmness of our skin. That’s why hyaluronic acid fillers like Secret Rose are ideal for rejuvenating and enhancing the buttocks during a bum filler treatment.

The results last for up to 24 months and there is very minimal recovery time with these fillers. 

Poly-L-lactic Acid Fillers for bum lifts

An alternative to hyaluronic acid fillers for bum lifts, are poly-L-lactic acid fillers like Lanluma and Sculptra. Unlike traditional fillers, Lanluma and Sculptra get to work in the deeper tissue of the skin to stimulate natural collagen production. Not only does this give a more natural result, it also extends the life of the bum lift so your results last for longer. A Lanluma non-surgical bum lift can last for two to three years, while improving the appearance of cellulite, dimples and skin quality at the same time. 

PRP/ PRF for bum enhancement 

For those who prefer more of a natural approach to a surgical bum lift, PRP or Platelet Rich Plasma treatments are also available. During a PRP or PRF (Platelet Rich Fibrin) treatment, the patient’s own blood is extracted and processed in a centrifuge to separate the platelet rich plasma from the red blood cells. It is this plasma that is then injected back into the buttocks for a subtle lift and rejuvenation of the skin. 

A PRP bum lift helps to reduce scars, stretch marks, and other imperfections while enhancing the shape and definition of the buttocks at the same time. 

Who’s suitable for bum filler

Buttock fillers are best suited to patients who want to improve the shape and size of their bottom without undergoing invasive surgery. The treatment only takes around 60-90 minutes to complete and there is very minimal downtime. 

During your consultation, the aesthetician will be able to give you an idea of the size and shape you’ll achieve through buttock fillers, as well as assessing any risks that come with the treatment. 

How much does bum filler cost?

The cost of bum fillers depends on the type and amount of products used, as well as which aesthetic clinic you visit. On average though, the typical cost ranges between £2500 to £5000.

Bum filler versus surgery

Buttock enhancement surgery, sometimes known as the Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL) is a popular surgery for patients who want larger, more shapely bottoms. This is a full surgical procedure that involves taking fat from other areas of the body such as the thighs and transferring it to the buttocks. 

What are the risks of bum lift surgery?

BBL surgery is an invasive procedure that can take six to eight weeks to recover from, it’s also not without its risks. In recent years, surgeons have been advised not to perform BBL surgery due to the potentially fatal side effects that are associated with it. In fact, the risk of death for BBL surgery is 10 times higher than other cosmetic surgeries, giving it the highest death rate of all cosmetic procedures.

The main concern is that the injected fat can cause a pulmonary embolism – a blockage in the blood vessels of the lungs which can be fatal. Not only that, the BBL can cause cellulitis, a serious skin infection and lumpy scars too. 

How much does bum lift surgery cost?

Surgical bum lifts are also much more costly than their aesthetic counterparts costing around £6000 – £7000. To avoid paying such high prices, some people consider having the surgery abroad in places like Turkey, which costs around 3000 Euros instead.

However, travelling abroad for BBL surgery can be dangerous too as there are no guarantees that the clinics will abide by the same health and safety regulations found in the UK. It’s not uncommon to hear stories of bum lifts and other surgeries gone wrong from those who travel abroad to find cheaper treatments. 

So, if you want a rounder, more pert bottom without the risk there are a range of non-surgical bum lifts available to you. From hyaluronic acid fillers, to PRP injections you can easily achieve your desired shape without worrying about adverse effects and long recovery times. 

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