Buttocks Lift (Brazilian Butt Lift)

Fat transfer to the buttocks, otherwise known as Brazilian Butt Lifts, are becoming increasingly common. The Brazilian butt lift involves utilizing a person’s own fat to naturally augment the buttocks. Excess fat is removed from the hips, abdomen, lower back, or thighs with liposuction, and a portion of this fat is then injected into the buttocks. This can help to add volume in deflated areas of the buttocks, creating a rounder, more full or ‘lifted’ bottom, and improve overall body contour by removing fat in abdomen, love handles, lower back or other areas where there is excess.

Is A Brazilian Butt Lift Right for Me?

During your consultation, Dr. Dawes will perform a thorough evaluation of the proposed treatment area, and discuss your questions and concerns. Your body shape, size, and proportions will then be assessed to determine optimal donor sites for liposuction. Dr. Dawes will determine if you are a candidate for fat grafting, and will make a recommendation tailored to your specific goals. Based on your consultation other treatments may be recommended recommend to deliver optimal results.

A Brazilian butt lift may be right for you if:

  • You have flattened ill-defined bottom
  • Have excess fat in love handles, abdomen, back and/or hips
  • Are generally healthy and non-diabetic
  • Have a BMI less than 35
  • Are under 50 years of age
  • Have realistic expectations for buttock re-shaping and volume enhancement
  • You are willing and able to avoid sitting directly on your buttocks for several weeks

How a Brazilian Butt Lift is Performed

The Brazilian butt lift procedure is performed in two parts. The first part involves liposuction, where fat is removed through small incisions from areas of the body where it is in excess. These areas are usually the love handles, abdomen, lower back and hIps. The fat is then processed in the operating room and prepared for injection. During the second stage, fat is carefully and strategically injected back into the buttocks, creating a larger and rounder bottom.

Recovery Expectations

Recovery is generally about three to four weeks, the first 10 days or so of which is the most difficult as the buttocks may be quite sensitive. While the buttocks are often very large initially, this will decrease over weeks as swelling subsides and volume decreases. Overall, the volume of fat remaining will be roughly 50% of that injected after 3 months or more. Patients are seen shortly after surgery and at specified increments to ensure adequate healing. Bruising will likely be very extensive. It will be worst at 5-7 days post-op and may persist for up to 4 weeks. Patients undergoing this surgery should be prepared to keep all weight off their buttocks during the first 2 weeks after surgery. Standing or lying on your belly is ok, but sitting should be avoided during this period because even a short period of sitting can kill some of the fat grafts.

Brazilian Butt Lift FAQs

What is better – a Brazilian butt lift or silicone implants?
Brazilian butt lift surgery has several advantages over silicone buttock implants. These include:

  • More natural appearance
  • Minimal scarring
  • Less painful recovery
  • No implant related complications
  • Rounder, fuller buttocks
What complications are associated with Brazilian butt lift surgery?
As with all cosmetic surgeries, that are risks involved. These may include (but are not limited to) bleeding, infection, swelling, excess fluid build up or blood clots. Dr. Dawes will discuss these with you during your consultation.
What is the difference between a Brazilian butt lift and a traditional butt lift?
During a traditional butt lift, excess skin and fat are removed from patients and the buttock skin is lifted and tightened. This is most commonly done in the context of significant weight loss and results in a large waist-line scar.

Are there any drains with this procedure?
Is Dr. Dawes willing to over-expand my bottom for a more dramatic result?
Generally, no. Patients’ results will be over-volumized initially as we know that up to 50% of the volume may eventually be lost. However, despite the recent popularity of very large buttocks, Dr. Dawes feels that more natural results will be ultimately more satisfying and have less long-term complications.
Can other procedures be performed at the same time as a Brazilian butt lift?
The recovery for this procedure can be substantial. Dr. Dawes would prefer not to perform concomitant procedures.

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