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What is a Brazilian Butt Lift?

A “Brazilian butt lift” is a buttock augmentation using fat grafting to increase the size and change the shape of the buttocks. Buttock augmentations can also be performed with implants, but board-certified plastic surgeon Kristen Yee, MD, FACS does not perform these. Fat grafting is performed by harvesting your own fat via liposuction, and it is specially processed to optimize the viability of the fat cells, so that they will survive in the new area of the body where they are inserted. Dr. Yee prefers fat grafting for buttock augmentation, as the liposuction can help enhance the results of buttock augmentation by removing fat around the waist, accentuating the new silhouette of the rear, and creating an hourglass effect. In this area of high mobility and pressure, she prefers not to use implants.

Is a Butt Lift Right for You?

Buttock augmentation is best for someone who wants to improve the shape of their buttocks. As for most body contouring procedures, you will have the best results if you have maximized the results from diet and exercise prior to surgery. If you have more of an “apple” shape, a Brazilian butt lift can help you achieve more of an hourglass silhouette, and balance the appearance of your waist and hips. Liposuction and fat grafting does not treat or change cellulite, or loose skin.

How is Buttock Augmentation with Fat Grafting Performed?

You will see Dr. Yee right before surgery and the areas to be treated will be marked with a surgical marker. Depending on the location and extent of the liposuction, you might have sedation or full general anesthesia. Liposuction is performed through small incisions; diluted local anesthetic (numbing medicine) is infused, to reduce bleeding and trauma, and then a thin hollow instrument is inserted to loosen excess fat. The smaller fat particles are then removed, as the instrument is attached to a surgical vacuum.

The fat removed is then prepared through a special gentle process to keep the intact, viable fat cells. These are then inserted via special thin cannulas (and small incisions) into the areas of your buttocks selected for enhancement.

You will see results right away, however you will not see the final results for a year. Some of the initial volume you see after the procedure will decrease as some of the fat and additional fluid is absorbed by your body. Typically, you retain 60-80% of the transferred fat, but it varies between patients. Also, keep in mind that as you gain or lose weight, your results may change as the transferred fat cells grow or shrink just like the other fat in your body, which is why it’s best to work on diet and exercise prior to surgery.

Recovering From Buttock Augmentation

When possible, compression garments should be worn around the area to help reduce swelling and bruising in the areas treated with liposuction. You should avoid prolonged sitting for 2-4 weeks because the pressure can damage the newly transferred fat cells and decrease retention and viability. When you do sit, use a pillow under the upper thighs to raise the buttocks, avoiding pressure on the fat grafts. Ideally, you would sleep face down or on your side. You should have someone stay with you afterwards, as you might need help the first few times you get out of bed. It may take several months for the initial swelling to resolve. You can slowly start to return to normal activities several weeks after surgery depending on the progress of your recovery.

To find out if buttock augmentation is right for you, please call to schedule a consultation with Dr. Yee.