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The Complete Brazilian Butt Lift Procedure Overview

For the past decade, no other body part has received more attention than the buttocks. It began with J.Lo and now there's Kim Kardashian. But make no mistake, the popularity of the derriere is not limited to just celebrities.

This rising popularity for large, curvaceous backsides all over the country has led to an increased demand for Brazilian Butt Lifts, too.

The Brazilian Butt Lift, also called fat transfer buttock augmentation, gives you two great benefits: it improves the size and shape of your buttocks while dramatically enhancing the curves of the waist and lower back. As a result, women feel empowered to rock their favorite pair of jeans or leggings with greater confidence.

The Busy Girl's Guide to a Brazilian Butt Lift

If you’ve been considering giving your derriere a boost but can't find the time to learn everything you need to know, you’ve come to the right corner of the Internet. In this brief overview, we’ll take a high-level look at the Brazilian Butt Lift treatment, so you can better determine if it’s a procedure you want to pursue.

In this overview, we cover:

  • The Brazilian Butt Lift and Who Is It For
  • Brazilian Butt Lift vs. Butt Implants
  • The Surgical Procedure
  • The Recovery Timeline
  • What to Consider Before Surgery

Brazilian Butt Lift: Is It For Me?

A Brazilian Butt Lift consists of injecting natural fat from your own body into the buttocks. Fat is harvested via liposuction, normally from the flanks, waist, or hips. The harvested fat is then purified and re-injected into the buttocks for a fuller, perkier look.

An added benefit of the Brazilian butt lift is the liposuction itself. Not only does your derriere get fuller, but your waistline is slimmed-down as well. The curves of the torso (S-curve and hourglass) are also enhanced, which can make the results even more dramatic and beautiful.

The Brazilian Butt Lift can be an excellent procedure for women who desire fuller buttocks and a more shapely torso. Good candidates should be in good overall health with good skin elasticity and at least some fat to donate.

Women who are very thin with little fat to donate may be better suited for buttock augmentation using implants. However, in some cases, even slender women with seemingly limited fat to donate can still get a Brazilian butt lift. These cases require a special skill set that only the best butt augmentation plastic surgeons have. Make sure to consult with your plastic surgeon to determine if you’re a good candidate for a Brazilian butt lift.

Brazilian Butt Lift vs. Butt Implants

A Brazilian Butt Lift is more popular than butt implants for achieving a fuller backside.

Here's why:

  • The Brazilian Butt Lift is completely natural because your it uses your body's own fat. The end result is a natural feel and look.
  • Patients receive the extra benefit of a more curvy lower back (S-curve) and waistline (hourglass), which makes the results even more dramatic.
  • The Brazilian Butt Lift avoids the extra risks associated with butt implants including implant extrusion, wound dehiscence, and seroma (fluid collection).
  • There is minimal scarring. Scars for the Brazilian Butt Lift are typically each about a quarter of an inch long and often imperceptible after surgery.

How a Brazilian Butt Lift is Performed

A Brazilian Butt Lift typically involves these steps:

  1. Anesthesia is given, either general anesthesia or twilight sleep.
  2. Donor fat is carefully removed using tiny, narrow tubes usually from the abdomen, flanks, thighs, and hips through liposuction.
  3. Next, the fat cells are separated from other components through a meticulous purification process.
  4. Finally, the purified fat is grafted and injected into the butt in layers through microinjections. It's important to work with an experienced surgeon who's adept with this fat transfer technique.

The end result is a fuller and more curvy backside with a more shapely waistline and lower back. The body will absorb a portion of the fat that is tranferred (usually 20-50%), but the fat that remains will stay permanently.

Brazilian Butt Lift Recovery Timeline

The duration of recovery from fat transfer to the buttocks depends on your body's healing ability, as well as the number of areas treated.

Most patients can expect a few weeks of swelling, bruising, numbness, tingling, and limited sitting after surgery. The bruising subsides over 2-4 weeks, and swelling usually dissipates over 1-2 months. Minor residual swelling and altered sensation can persist up to one year.

Here is a typical recovery timeline:

  • Return to work: 1-2 weeks
  • Resume normal sitting: 2 weeks
  • Return to exercise: 4-6 weeks
  • Return to full activities: 3 months

Making An Informed Decision

The Brazilian Butt Lift can be a great procedure to enhance your curves, but it's important to understand the potential benefits, risks, and alternatives so that you can make a well-informed decision.

Here a few important factors worth considering before butt augmentation surgery:

  • Be realistic regarding outcomes. Most women will be able to obtain a larger, curvier butt from the procedure. Ask your plastic surgeon to show you before-and-after photos, so you can get an idea of the results you can expect.
  • Seek the opinion of a reputable, board-certified plastic surgeon.
  • Have a well-laid recovery plan. Include the aftercare, who will look after you, and the required time off from work.
  • Prepare for the financial side of plastic surgery. Include recovery expenses and time off work in your total cost.
  • Understand that with a Brazilian Butt Lift, there is always a small risk of fat resorption, which could lead to suboptimal results.

Your Next Steps

With a Brazilian Butt Lift, you not only enhance a flat, sagging derriere but you also attain a curvier, slimmer waist. Plus, today’s modern medical technology has made it a relatively safe and routine surgery.

Now that you’re done reading this overview, your next step is to discover which butt augmentation method is best for you. Find out with this with this free cosmetic self-evaluation. It takes only two minutes, and we deliver the results right to your inbox.



About the Author

Dr. Larry Fan is a Harvard educated, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon in San Francisco, CA. He is a Master Artist who is known for creating beautiful, stunning, and natural results. Dr. Fan has been named One of America's Top Plastic Surgeons for the past 10 years running and has received several national awards for his work in Plastic Surgery. He has successfully performed more than 10,000 cosmetic procedures of the face, breasts, and body over a 20 year period. Dr Fan has been an invited speaker at the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American College of Surgeons, and has been featured in national media outlets such as CNN, NBC, and ABC.

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