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Brazilian Butt Lift Surgery

Not every woman is blessed by mother nature with a slim, tone body and a voluptuous derriere. You can achieve that toned and taut body through balanced diet and regular exercise, but for a svelte behind you need to undergo the knife of plastic surgeons.

Women who want to have bigger, rounded derriere or enlarged hips can consider Brazilian butt lift surgery.

BBL patient - 30 year old woman BBL Case 1: Even patients with low fat excess deposits can be fat transfer candidates

What is Brazilian Butt Lift?

The Brazilian butt lift (BBL) is a cosmetic procedure which uses patient's own body fat to add volume to the buttocks. The procedure results in a youthful, perky and rounder rear end and a more contoured body profile. This type of butt lift is not to be confused with a butt lift surgery which is designed to create a fuller, curvier buttocks and hips using buttock implants.

Procedural Overview

This butt enhancement procedure involves taking fat from different parts of your body, purifying it and then transferring it back to your butts in a process called lipo-injection.

For the procedure, your cosmetic surgeon will want to harvest fat typically from any area of the body, usually the stomach, flanks, thighs or hips, where they find enough fat to deal with for the butt augmentation. In fact, only about half of the harvested fat is suitable for reinjection. The fat harvested from donor sites is injected throughout the buttocks evenly to create a more curvaceous lower body profile.

The process of re-injecting the selected donor fat cells into your buttocks involves hundreds of injections. As opposed to conventional butt lift surgery which involves incisions and implants to make the butts appear lifted and perky, this unique procedure is designed to fill the upper quadrant of your buttocks using your own purified fat cells.

Brazilian butt lift is performed under general anesthesia and lasts about two hours.

Who May and May Not Benefit From Brazilian Butt Lift

To be a good candidate for Brazilian butt lift, you must have adequate amount of fat somewhere on your body that can be removed and transferred to your buttocks. Women who are too thin and lack enough donor fat to remove via liposuction for reuse cannot undertake this procedure. Those who take certain drugs or herbal products that increase bleeding time are not reasonable candidates for this type of butt lift. Brazilian butt lift candidates must have realistic goals and expectations. Most importantly, the patients seeking this procedure must be in good health and have good skin tone in the areas that are to have liposuction.


The great thing about the fat transfer butt lift procedure is that it does not require opening a slit into the skin and inserting a foreign object (implant). The only thing being introduced to the body is your own body fat. The threat of infection is minimal, since the procedure is done without actual incisions.

Because it is your own fat cells being transferred from one are of your body to another, it eliminates the possibility of allergic reaction and risk of the injected cells being rejected by your body. Your body will accept its own fat without risks and complications.

Butt Augmentation patient - 27 year old woman BBL Case 2: Female patient (27) - her own fat (extracted with lipo) is placed in the gluteal area

Another benefit of this procedure is that it can be done in conjunction with other liposuction treatments. It provides additional body sculpting. For example, you can get rid of the excess flab you have accumulated on your other parts of the body like thighs and love handles while at the same time enhancing your buttocks.

The Brazilian butt lift Surgery is the hottest cosmetic procedure being done today. Dieting and exercise may not always work depending on your body type to get that round and voluptuous buttock. The Brazilian butt lift surgery will lift up and enhance the roundness of the butt. The Brazilian butt lift surgery differs from a similar procedure known as butt implants, by using the patient's own body fat. The surgery can be seen as a double benefit, as two surgeries are preformed at the same time.

How is the Brazilian Butt Lift surgery performed?

The Brazilian butt lift surgery uses the patient's own body fat, referred to as an autologous fat transfer. The fat is extracted out from other areas of the patient, such as the abdomen, love handles, thighs, and arms. After the patient's donor fat has been collected it will be purified and processed for reinsertion into the buttocks. The fat will be reinserted into different areas and depths of the patient to create the round full look for the Brazilian butt lift. Reinsertion of the fat is the point where the doctor becomes the "artist", because it takes a lot of careful skill and patients to get the correct look and roundness in the buttocks.

Fat transfer - 37 year old woman BBL Case 3: Liposuction performend on a 37 year old mother, with a fat transfer to her butt

What type of results to expect after the surgery

The main issue to worry about with any fat transfer procedure is how much of the re-transplanted fat into the buttocks will survive and how much will dissolve. Not all of the fat injected after the Brazilian butt lift surgery will live. If the doctor did a good job the survival rate will be about 65-85%, and the rest will die off and be reabsorbed by the body. The reason why fat cells die when reinserted into the body is that they initially have no access to blood supply.

The surgeon will try to inject the fat as deep and as close to the muscle tissue as possible so that most of fat will remain. You will need to expect that there will be a great deal of swelling after the surgery. These two combined factors of swelling and fat survival means that results you see the day of the surgery will be different three to six months down the road. Your new Brazilian butt lift will likely get smaller as swelling goes down and some of the injected fat dissolves. The doctor should explain this to you during consultation so you can plan accordingly.

What is the average cost of the surgery?

The most important thing before considering the cost of the surgery, is finding a qualified surgeon that can show you a track record of happy patients and quality work from previous surgeries. With that in mind the average cost of a Brazilian butt surgery is roughly $6,500 - $10,000. This should include everything needed for the surgery. Keep in mind other factors will affect the pricing, like the amount of fat that needs to be liposuctioned and your body type. Make sure you do plenty of research on the doctor and procedure before having the Brazilian butt lift surgery for the best outcome.

As long as the fat is transferred appropriately, your backside appears more lifted and more attractive. If performed by a plastic surgeon who has a great deal of experience with this technique, the procedure may last 20 years or more.