non surgical bbl treatment

Nonsurgical BBL: Enhance Your Curves Without Surgery

The pursuit of a shapely silhouette often leads to surgical options. But what if you could achieve a fuller, firmer posterior without the need for invasive surgery? Welcome to the era of nonsurgical Brazilian Butt Lifts (BBLs). 

The Gillian Institute, under the expert guidance of Dr. Kimberly Short, is at the forefront of this exciting development, offering a new approach to buttock enhancement that focuses on results, safety and minimal downtime. 

If you’re considering this procedure, you may have questions. Is it right for me? How does it work? What results can I expect? Let’s explore how a nonsurgical BBL could be your ticket to enhanced curves and confidence.

What Is a Brazilian Butt Lift? 

Unlike traditional buttock augmentation methods that rely on implants, a Brazilian Butt Lift uses your body’s own fat to enhance your curves. During the procedure, excess fat is carefully removed from areas such as your abdomen, hips, flanks or thighs through liposuction. The extracted fat is processed and purified, then strategically injected into your buttocks to create a fuller, rounder contour. 

BBL procedures have gained tremendous popularity in recent years, thanks in part to the advancements made over older implant-based augmentation techniques. A BBL not only adds volume to your derriere but also allows for the sculpting and contouring of other areas, creating a more proportionate and harmonious figure. The procedure eliminates the risks that come with implants, while producing more natural-looking and natural-feeling results because it utilizes your own tissues.

What is a Nonsurgical BBL?

While BBLs remain popular, they are not right for everyone. Some patients seek alternatives to surgery due to personal preferences, concerns about the risks or downtime, or being ineligible for surgery.

At the Gillian Institute, we perform nonsurgical BBLs using dermal fillers to volumize and reshape the buttocks. While fillers are most commonly recognized for correcting wrinkles and age-related facial volume loss, in recent years, some have emerged as an option for improving lift, projection, firmness and smoothness in the buttocks without anesthesia, lengthy downtime, significant discomfort or scars. We offer three filler options for these procedures.  


Unlike many other dermal fillers that rely on hyaluronic acid, Sculptra is formulated with poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA), a biodegradable compound. When injected, Sculptra stimulates the skin’s natural collagen production mechanism to produce a gradual volume increase in the treated area. This unique approach makes Sculptra a top choice for achieving long-lasting results.


Bellafill is a long-lasting dermal filler that consists of polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) microspheres suspended in a smooth collagen gel matrix. This combination provides an immediate boost of volume while also stimulating the growth of natural collagen to support and maintain the results over time. 


Radiesse is formulated with calcium hydroxylapatite (CaHA) microspheres suspended in a gel carrier. This unique composition not only provides an immediate volumizing effect but also stimulates natural collagen production. For nonsurgical BBLs, we use hyperdilute Radiesse, which means the product is thinned out with a mixture of saline solution and Lidocaine. This preparation creates an easily spreadable biostimulator that can treat a larger area.

All three of these fillers work by triggering collagen production, producing subtle, natural-looking results that develop over time. The expected duration of results, however, is notably different. Sculptra or Radiesse injections may last as long as two years, while Bellafill may last as long as five.

How Does a Nonsurgical BBL Work? 

Many popular dermal fillers contain hyaluronic acid. These fillers function by simply adding volume underneath the skin. 

Sculptra, Bellafill and Radiesse are different. These innovative injectables work from within, promoting the natural production of collagen to increase volume and strengthen the skin’s inner structure. Over time, as new collagen develops, the treated area gains subtle, natural-looking fullness. The filler is gradually absorbed by the surrounding tissue, but the new collagen remains and continues to provide a volumizing effect that can last for years.

What Are the Benefits of a Nonsurgical BBL?

There are a variety of reasons why you might prefer a BBL with injectables over a surgical BBL:

  • Nonsurgical and minimally invasive — A nonsurgical BBL is a significantly less invasive experience, with no need for incisions or anesthesia.
  • FDA-approved materials — Sculptra, Bellafill and Radiesse utilize FDA-approved ingredients, offering confidence in the safety and reliability of the products.
  • Quick in-office treatments — Nonsurgical BBL treatment sessions can be conveniently completed during a lunch break or between errands.
  • Little to no downtime — Unlike an invasive surgery, a nonsurgical BBL typically involves minimal downtime, allowing you to resume your daily activities soon after treatment.
  • Natural-looking results — Using dermal fillers for your BBL can provide subtle, natural-looking results, enhancing your curves without an artificially inflated appearance.
  • Long-lasting effects — The results of a nonsurgical BBL can provide lasting enhancement without the worries about permanence that can accompany surgery.
  • Suitable for a range of body types — A nonsurgical BBL can be effective for individuals who have very little excess body fat and would, therefore, not be candidates for a surgical BBL.

What Are the Differences Between a Nonsurgical BBL and a Standard BBL?

Both procedures can achieve beautiful results, but surgical BBLs and nonsurgical BBLs differ substantially in terms of transformation, invasiveness and recovery:

Traditional Surgical BBL 

A surgical BBL can give you a more immediate and dramatic transformation in your shape. The trade-off for those results is that it is a more invasive procedure involving more discomfort, a higher risk of complications and a longer recovery time. For many people, the results are worth it!

Nonsurgical BBL

A BBL using Sculptra, Bellafill or Radiesse produces subtle results that appear gradually. The procedure requires no anesthesia or incisions and involves minimal discomfort, side effects and downtime. The trade-off in this case is that the results are temporary; maintenance injections would be required to sustain your new shape.

What Is the Nonsurgical BBL Treatment Like?

Our nonsurgical BBLs are designed to be convenient, efficient and tailored to your specific needs. Your journey begins with a thorough consultation in which we will discuss your goals and create a personalized treatment plan.

On the day of your treatment, we will apply a topical anesthetic to minimize any potential discomfort during the procedure. We will then strategically inject your selected filler into targeted areas of your buttocks using an ultra-fine needle. The injections are performed with precision and care to achieve your desired lift, projection and contour. 

Is There Any Downtime After a Nonsurgical BBL?

With a nonsurgical approach, you can enjoy the benefits of buttock enhancement without the extensive downtime associated with surgery. Patients can typically resume their daily activities soon after a nonsurgical BBL, with little disruption to their normal routine.

Side effects are generally minimal, but you may experience some temporary effects at the injection sites. These can include mild swelling, redness, bruising or tenderness that usually subsides within a few days.

We will provide aftercare instructions to promote proper healing and enhance your results. You may be advised to avoid excessive pressure or prolonged sitting on the treated area temporarily, as well as to avoid strenuous physical activities for a short period of time. Following these guidelines helps to optimize your results.

What Results Can Be Achieved With a Nonsurgical BBL?

Patience is key when it comes to a nonsurgical BBL. Results appear gradually over several months, as new collagen develops and gives your bum a more shapely and lifted appearance. 

Most patients can enjoy the results of a Sculptra BBL or Radiesse BBL for one to two years, with some experiencing benefits that last even longer. With a Bellafill BBL, results can last up to five years. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle with regular exercise and a balanced diet can help support the longevity of your results.

Schedule Your Consultation at the Gillian Institute Today

If you desire a fuller, shapelier behind without the pain and downtime associated with surgery, a nonsurgical BBL using Sculptra, Bellafill or Radiesse may be the perfect solution. Using these advanced dermal fillers, Dr. Short can achieve enhanced curves, lift, projection, firmness and smoothness that looks and feels beautifully natural.

Schedule a consultation at the Gillian Institute to explore your options and discover the benefits of a nonsurgical BBL in Indianapolis. Complete our convenient online contact form or call us to get started. You can reach our Downtown office at 317-787-3260 or our Northside location at 317-913-3260.