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Brazilian Butt Lift Cost

The cost of a butt surgery is an important consideration among most patients planning cosmetic surgery to enhance their contour and acquire a fuller, rounder, sexier derriere. However, unlike other plastic surgery procedures, a butt augmentation is the most surgeon-dependent one. Of course, it goes without saying that you do need to find elite plastic surgeons with stellar credentials and a wealth of experience in the particular cosmetic surgery procedure so that you can ensure optimal results. This is one of the most distinct cases when cheap and quality do not go hand-in-hand. It is important to understand that your budget can indeed affect the outcome so it is strongly advised to balance a lower price tag with other factors, such as the doctor's training and experience, before making a final decision.

On average, the majority of butt lifts cost between $2000 and $12,000, with an average cost of around $6,500. However, these vary by surgeon, the complexity of the procedure, and region. Let us go through the numbers to give you a better idea.

We have researched the Top 30 US cities. Below we give you the lowest, highest, and average cost for a butt lift per state.

 

State

Lowest Price

Highest Price

Average Cost

1

New York

4,124

11,731

7,171

2

Los Angeles

5,410

11,921

8,505

3

Chicago

4,127

11,004

7,382

4

Houston

5,503

11,557

8,805

5

Philadelphia

3,665

7,788

5,635

6

Phoenix

4,398

9,346

6,895

7

San Antonio

5,045

7,521

6,214

8

San Diego

3,048

10,084

6,302

9

Dallas

4,494

11,007

7,544

10

San Jose

3,208

11,000

6,715

11

Austin

4,445

9,897

6,965

12

Jacksonville

4,121

8,249

6,095

13

San Francisco

3,208

11,000

6,715

14

Indianapolis

6,415

9,164

7,881

15

Columbus

4,582

10,081

7,813

16

Fort Worth

4,494

11,007

7,544

17

Charlotte

4,491

8,524

6,164

18

Detroit

4,124

9,623

6,530

19

El Paso

5,000

10,548

7,063

20

Seattle

4,581

10,995

7,010

21

Denver

6,690

10,906

9,027

22

Washington

4,124

10,998

7,332

23

Memphis

4,583

7,240

5,476

24

Boston

5,225

9,624

7,791

25

Nashville-Davidson

3,665

8,636

5,887

26

Baltimore

4,125

15,215

10,174

27

Oklahoma City

4,765

9,163

7,330

28

Portland

5,000

7,788

6,434

29

Las Vegas

5,499

11,777

8,340

30

Louisville-Jefferson Coun

7,332

9,165

8,203

Table: Butt Augmentation Prices in the Top 30 US Cities

Price Variations

As you can see, the average bbl cost variations are significant and range from $5,476 to $10,174. The cost of a Butt augmentation differs from one place to another due to a number of factors that influence the cost, which are highlighted below:

1. Location of the Practice

The cost of living is different among different geographical locations. In general, the cost of cosmetic surgery tends to be higher in areas of the country where the cost of living is high. For example, a practice located in Los Angeles will change more for a buttocks lift than a practice situated in San Francisco due to the higher cost of living index, which affects all kinds of services and goods in that area, including plastic surgery services and related costs (see cost of anaesthesia and operating room below). Likewise, a practice in, say, India or Turkey, will perform a butt augmentation at a lower cost than in Paris (from $2,400 vs. $7,300 respectively), while a patient opting to have a butt lift in Switzerland will be called to pay, at least, $6,600 for the liposuction alone.

Having said that, the patients that choose to travel to a different plastic surgeon, perhaps located in a different country, should also weigh travel expenses into the overall bbl cost.

2. Plastic Surgeon's Fee

A more experienced and esteemed plastic surgeon that specializes in Brazilian butt lift and receives a high demand from patients will probably charge a higher fee. This is why the particular procedure is overwhelmingly surgeon-dependent. That being said, though, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons recommends that patients should select the most appropriate surgeon for the cosmetic procedure they need to undergo, rather than make a decision based on the surgeon's fee. This is because working with the most qualified surgeons, who usually cost more up-front, will indeed save you expense in the long-term, considering that they tend to provide exceptional outcomes with a much lower risk of complications.

3. Cost of Anaesthesia

Depending on the case, a Brazilian butt lift can be performed either under IV sedation or general anaesthesia. Since this is a critical component of the overall procedure, the cost of an experienced anaesthesiologist and their team should be taken into consideration. It is vital for a practice to have experienced and well-trained anaesthesia team.

In general, the cost of anaesthesia in the USA can range from around $500 (for local anaesthesia administered in an office setting) to more than $3,500 for general anaesthesia administered by a certified registered nurse anaesthetist or an anesthesiologist in a hospital operating room. The total anaesthesia costs typically include the:

  • anaesthesiologist's fee,
  • cost of medications,
  • equipment, supplies, and
  • staff used for anaesthesia.

The costs of general anaesthesia are usually calculated on a base unit value that is assigned to the specific procedure depending on its complexity, added to the number of 15-minute time units the anaesthesiologist spends and multiplied by how much they charge per unit.

On average, a US anaesthesiologist charges between $60 and $64 per unit, according to a 2010 survey. In other words, the more time a procedure lasts (hence, the more complex the procedure), the more money an anesthesiologist bills.

Also note that a nurse anaesthetist charges less than a board certified anaesthesiologist. Doctors advise to be very careful when selecting a plastic surgeon to perform any type of cosmetic surgery. They need to team with a board certified anaesthesiolgist to prevent crucial safety issues.

To get a better idea, anaesthesia costs for a hysterectomy in the USA, which lasts up to 2 hours, are around $1,243, according to www.HealthcareBlueBook.com. A BBL will take anywhere between 5 and 8 hours, depending on the amount of liposuction performed and the amount of fat that will be injected back to the buttocks.

4. Cost of Operation Room

Clinical studies have shown that the average cost per minute of operating room time is around $60. However, the true cost of an operating room depends on the particulars of the operating facility. Some doctors say that they do the Brazilian butt lift surgery in office operating rooms that run at cost, and make the money off the surgery. Others charge less for surgery to make up the difference in the charges of their office operating room while there is a small portion of plastic surgeons that operate in office operating rooms for which they are charged hourly, with no control over the hourly charge.

That being said, the regulations per US state, if considering to undergo a BBL there, impose different costs on the surgical facility that needs to be charged to patients. However, in densely populated areas with many plastic surgeons, whose surgical facilities are in particularly close proximity, the operating room charges don't vary that much within these areas. Therefore, if the majority of local operating rooms charge $500/hour and a surgeon is charging half that much, it should raise concerns that something is not being done at the facility; something that might compromise the safety of the procedure.

Of course, if a plastic surgeon has invested more money in advanced technology and equipment, and a state-of-the-art surgical facility, operating rooms costs may be higher than another facility with basic necessities.

5. Complexity of the Case

The more complex the procedure, the more it will last; hence, the more expensive it is going to be. If, for example, a patient requests for a 6-inch increase in their measurement, they should be prepared for a lengthier and more difficult procedure. In this case, it might be necessary to combine various procedures to achieve the desired outcome. These might include the combined use of liposuction and autologous fat transfer. For this procedure, the average brazilian butt lift cost for most cases is around $10,000 in the US and about $8,500 in Canada.

The most commonly asked combined procedure is that of the tummy tuck (or abdominoplasty) and Brazilian butt lift, which is particularly favored by women that have just become mothers and want to get into a sexier version of themselves after giving birth. On average, a tummy tuck ranges from $7,500 to $9,500 and you may negotiate a discount with your plastic surgeon if you decide to have both procedures performed at the same time.

At this point, opinions vary. Some doctors seem to agree that having a tummy tuck and a Brazilian butt lift simultaneously is the recommended way so that the patient does not have to undergo a second surgery and second-time anaesthesia. Also, costs are less if those two surgeries are performed in one go. Other surgeons suggest the butt lift and tummy tuck are done separately. This is because the recovery after a tummy tuck involves the patient remains in any flexed or bent position at the hips while the recovery after a butt augmentation requires that the patient reduces the pressure applied to the butt region, as much as possible. So, for a patient that has had both procedures at the same time, it will be difficult to find a position that makes them feel comfortable. The rest of the plastic surgeons recommend the patient has the butt lift first, where fat is aggressively being removed from the waist and abdomen, and then schedules to have a tummy tuck to address the loose skin in the trunk and the abdomen after they have recovered from the butt lift.

Additional BBL Fees

Apart from the plastic surgery itself, the patient would also need to consider extra costs that are not included in the price quote they receive. These can comprise of the cost of prescription drugs the patient may need to take, the surgical garments required for after the surgery, and the costs of medical tests if necessary, among others. It should be noted, though, that some plastic doctors exclude the anaesthesiologist's fee and operating room charges from their quote, so it is always recommended to read the small letters or ask what's included in the offered package so you can have the right overall cost estimate for the Brazilian buttock augmentation.

Below is a list of the charges that can add up to the cost of the procedure (besides the surgeon's fees):

  • Surgical facility
  • Anaesthesia
  • Use of special technology and/or equipment
  • Wound dressings
  • Pre- and/or post-surgery garments
  • Lab tests
  • Medications
  • Aftercare costs

Other Factors that Increase the brazilian butt lift cost

The patient's medical history and overall health can elevate the level of difficulty of the surgery. For example, if you are suffering from an immune deficiency or a chronic condition, such as uncontrolled diabetes, you instantly increase the complexity of the surgery. This also affects your recovery. You may need more time to relapse and get back to your everyday routine, which might mean you will need to take more medications after the surgery (for a longer time than usual), and potentially more time off work. All that equals more money spent on your behalf.

Another factor that plays a role in the overall cost of the butt lift is the type of anaesthesia used (IV-sedation or general anaesthesia). This varies per kind of the surgery you require, your personal preferences, and, of course, your medical needs.

Except for diabetes, some other health problems that increase the risk for complications from the surgery include:

  • Anaemia
  • High cholesterol
  • High blood pressure
  • Depression
  • Arthritis

Finally, patients that cannot quit smoking, which is a critical necessity that can have an impact on the final outcome, for the pre-op period, as well as the recovery phase, are not considered not good candidates for any cosmetic procedure, including Brazilian butt lift. The same goes for binge drinkers. Now, if a patient insists on undergoing the surgery, despite the doctor's recommendations, then they should expect significantly increased costs if the plastic surgeon is willing to take the risk and operate on that patient.

When deciding where to have a Brazilian butt lift surgery, it is crucial to find a plastic surgeon you can trust. For that reason, make sure the one you are considering is board-accredited and certified, has many years of experience in the particular type of surgery, performs many butt lifts every year, runs a stellar practice and operating room, has 5-star reviews, and works with the best medical staff. Also, go to their website and look for before and after photo galleries to get a good sense of who can indeed deliver the results you desire.