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Brazilian Butt Lift

Published on: 9 Sep 2019, 8:49 a.m.

Mr Debashis Ghosh

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Last updated: 15/08/2019

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Brazilian butt lift procedure

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Ever wished you could remove fat from one area of your body and transfer it to another? Well, Brazilian Butt Lifts can provide this two-in-one treatment.  

If you’re looking for that celebrity-esque hourglass figure, a Brazilian Butt Lift could be for you!

Table of Contents:

What is a Brazilian Butt Lift?
- Why have a Brazilian Butt Lift?
Advantages of Brazilian Butt Lift/Fat Transfer surgery
Brazilian Butt Lift vs. Sculptra Butt Lift
-Advantages of Sculptra Butt Lift
Brazilian Butt Lift vs. Sculptra Butt Lift 
- Advantages of Sculptra Butt Lift
Brazilian Butt Lift vs. Silicone Implants
- Disadvantages
Who is a good candidate for a Brazilian Butt Lift?
How Do I Prepare for A Buttock Lift Procedure?
The Brazilian Butt Lift procedure: A step to step guide to what happens.
Brazilian Butt Lift before and after
Brazilian Butt-Lift side effects
Brazilian Butt Lift recovery
Finding a Surgeon/provider
The top questions to ask when getting a consultation for a Brazilian Butt Lift.
Brazilian Butt Lifts (BBL): Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Brazilian Butt Lift?

Butt lift named cosmetically as a Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL), is an invasive surgical procedure augmenting the buttocks size and shape. Brazilian Butt Lifts do not use implants, and instead transfer fat into the buttocks. The procedure is used purely for cosmetic desires and is one of the fastest-growing cosmetic surgeries performed. In 2015, approximately 320,000 buttock augmentation or buttock lift procedures were performed globally (approximately a butt procedure is done every 30 minutes of every day). The International Society of Aesthetic and Cosmetic Surgery stated that since 2015, the surgery has risen by 30%.

Why have a Brazilian Butt Lift?

Nowadays the shape and proportion of your buttocks has become an important factor in achieving an attractive, well-proportional body.

However, the shape and proportion of a person’s buttocks is hugely dependent on their genes. The buttock area of your body stores fat, and your skeletal structure affects the appearance of your lower body. So, in spite of many people maintaining a healthy lifestyle, eating clean and exercising, they cannot achieve their desired bodies due to their genes. Furthermore, the process of building your butt naturally requires a large amount of time and effort.

Brazilian Butt Lift surgeryoffers a fast and permanent way of overcoming your genetics to achieve your dream physique.

Advantages of Brazilian Butt Lift/Fat Transfer surgery

No implants: Fat is transferred to your lower body, instead of using implants. This reduces the risk of rejection and/or allergic reaction as the fat is autologous (from your own body).

Permanent enhancement: No further treatments are required as once the fat is transferred (assuming your weight doesn’t fluctuate hugely) it will remain there for life. In comparison, both implants and Sculptra butt lifts require further treatments (e.g. implant removal/replacement is recommended every 10 years).

Dramatic change: Brazilian Butt Lifts remove fat from the mid-section of your body, making the mid-section a few centimetres smaller, and then re-adding it to the buttocks making them a few centimetres larger. This results in an overall dramatic change.


Limited size increase:Most surgeons will transfer a maximum of 300ml of fat into the buttocks. The body must be able to build new blood supplies to the transferred fat. If too much is administered the fat will simply die and be reabsorbed by the body.

Some re-absorption: Generally, 60-70% of the transferred fat should remain - meaning that the buttocks volume is likely to reduce by 30% post-surgery. For this reason, many surgeons will over inject the fat cells to ensure that the surviving cells achieve the preferred augmentation.

Cost of two procedures: Brazilian Butt Lifts costs approximately £8,000 in the UK. Brazilian Butt Lifts are one of the costliest surgeries due to two procedures being required. Firstly, fat must be harvested from the body using liposuction before the fat transfer procedure itself can occur. However, the total cost can vary depending on a number of factors such as the shape and size, the number of areas being treated with liposuction and location etc.

However, the price should not be the primary factor in choosing your procedure. Cosmetic surgery is not something you should do on the cheap, and there are many finance options to pay for plastic surgery.

Need fat to harvest:You need to have enough fat to make the surgery worthwhile. Patients are often rejected due to their lack of harvestable fat. In general, patients who are slightly overweight will benefit most from the surgery. 

Brazilian Butt Lift vs. Butt Injections

Butt injections involve injecting filler into the buttocks. For example, Sculptra is a dermal filler which actively thickens the skin stimulating collagen growth and increasing the volume of the buttocks. 

Advantages of Butt Injections


Brazilian Butt Lift vs. Silicone Implants

Silicone implants are surgically emplaced into the buttocks through well-hidden incisions in-between the butt cheeks.



Who is a good candidate for a Brazilian Butt Lift?

A Brazilian Butt Lift can be a great option for those looking to add more definition to their buttocks. However, the decision is extremely personal, and patients should consider the advantages and disadvantages of cosmetic procedures, in general, before permanently changing your appearance.

Certain patients are naturally better suited for a Brazilian Butt Lifts than others. Patients must be realistic about the operation, recovery and results.

Typically, if you agree with the following you are likely a good candidate for a Brazilian Butt Lift:

How Do I Prepare for A Buttock Lift Procedure?

1. Stop smoking at least 6 weeks before surgery
2. Avoid taking medications that can cause increased bleeding (aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs and some herbal medications).
3. Hydrate our body and eat a healthy diet (nutrient dense food) to support your body in recovery.
4. Rest up- ensure you get plenty of sleep to prepare your body for surgery.
5. Exercise- finding butt workouts that work for you can help accentuate your results.

The Brazilian Butt Lift procedure: A step to step guide to what happens.

The Brazilian Butt Lift surgery is technically called gluteoplasty. Different clinics can use a variety of techniques and approaches, but generally:

1. Areas for fat transfer are marked.

The surgeon will use a surgical marker to highlight the areas you have chosen to remove fat (known as harvest sites). Common areas include the abdomen, hips, and/or lower back. However, the right spots for liposuction will depend on each individuals needs/desires.

Your surgeon will also mark approx. 3-5 incision sites where the extracted fat will be injected (often just below the waistline). Don’t panic, the incisions are tiny being the length of a single grain of rice (around 2-3 millimetres). Most of these incisions are also hidden in the buttocks crease.

2. Anaesthesia

Anaesthesia is used to make you comfortable during your procedure. Different types of aesthesia can be used during a butt lift. Your surgeon will recommend the best option for you. Typically, general anaesthesia is used to send patients to sleep during the entire operation. However some patients are given local anaesthesia, instead of intravenous sedation. 

3. Incisions

Areas of incisions (harvest sites and the buttocks) are disinfected with antibacterial soap to reduce the chance of infections. The incisions are then made at the marked areas and an infiltration cannula and liposuction cannula are emplaced.

The infiltration cannula contains tumescent fluid. Tumescent fluid contains lidocaine (used to numb the area) and epinephrine (which minimises bruising and bleeding by narrowing your blood vessels). These two medications are diluted and combined into a saline-type solution which is then injected into your fat.

After which the liposuction cannula administers anaesthetic numbing the area, before liposuction takes place.

4. Liposuction

Fat cells are broken up using high-frequency vibrations (using a weak laser pulse or a high-pressure water jet).  After which a small vacuum tube is inserted which loosens the fat using a controlled back and forth motion. Once the fat is dislodged it is suctioned out of the body and any excess blood or fluid is drained. In general, liposuction takes 1-3 hours and your surgeon can take three times the amount of fat that will be re injected into the buttocks.

Once the fat is removed from the body it is placed in a special canister preventing it from contamination. The container also keeps air from interacting with the fat, increasing the fat's viability.

5. The Fat Is Purified

Once the fat has been collected it is separated from the tumescent fluid and purified. The remaining fat is transferred into smaller syringes (this allows for more precise placement of the fat into the buttocks). The syringes are then connected to a special cannula. This cannula allows your surgeon to add the fat into your butt through small injections (reducing scaring).

6. The Fat Is injected into the Buttocks

The fat is injected all over your gluteal region and usually passed multiple times in and out of the augmented area. Thus, a line of fatty tissue bundle is carefully deposited in planes of natural tissue. This procedure is repeated until the desired correction has been achieved.

When injecting fat, the safest technique is to simply inject the fat into the subcutaneous tissue (the area closest to the surface of your skin). Although, at a greater risk, you can inject fat into deeper muscular areas producing more dramatic results. 

7. Incisions Are Closed

Both liposuction and fat transfer incisions are sewed together using sutures (preventing fat from leaking from the buttocks). Dressings or bandages are also applied to the areas, and there may be small tubes temporarily placed under the skin to help drain any excess blood or fluid. 

The procedure usually lasts two to five hours


Brazilian Butt Lift before and after

Here are some examples of what a Brazilian Butt Lift looks like. Make sure you ask your surgeon to show you their portfolio pictures, as each surgeon results can differ.

Before and after BBL

PhotoCredit: Dymtro Flisak/Shutterstock

Brazilian Butt-Lift side effects

As with any invasive surgery, risks are inevitable. Many common side effects of a Brazilian Butt Lifts are minor; however, a few are extreme.

Brazilian Butt Lifts can result in: 

Minor side effects can include:

Brazilian Butt Lift procedures have been known to cause death in some cases, with the current fatality rate being 1 in 3000.

However, in almost all reported fatality cases the surgeon wasn’t professionally trained and incorrectly performed the procedure. Inexperienced surgeons can/have incorrectly injected fat into large veins/muscles in the buttocks. This enables fat to travel up into vital organs (lungs and heart), clogging its vessels and resulting in death.

To avoid any possible risks and complications, seek professional advice and make sure you follow your surgeon’s post-surgical advice carefully.


Brazilian Butt Lift recovery

What to expect after your surgery?

It is important to realise that recovery varies from patient to patient as each individual’s pain tolerance and healing response is different.


1-3 days following surgery: Moderate to severe pain and discomfort is common after surgery. The severity of pain you will feel depends upon your tolerance for pain and the surgical technique used. Intravenous medications are often given to reduce the pain. Furthermore, drains are often installed to remove excess blood. Patients are not allowed to sit, bend over, sleep on their back or take part in exercise (including sexual intercourse). You can shower after 48 hours. Patients are given compressive garments to wear to help the affected areas heal.
1 week following surgery: Pain and swelling, while still present, will be greatly reduced. Patients can start to increase their activity levels and are allowed back to work (if it is not too physically demanding). Although sitting and sleeping on your back is still not recommended. Patients returning to work are encouraged to take the Brazilian Butt Lift pillow (the pillow is a post-operative product designed to relieve pressure from the buttock by moving it towards the thighs).
2 weeks following surgery:Swelling and bruising is often still apparent, but pain is usually subdued. At two weeks, most patients will be cleared by their doctors to sit and sleep on their backs. Activity is further increased, and patients will begin to find walking normal.    
6 weeks following surgery: The area should be fully healed, revealing greater results of the procedure. Patients are usually cleared to remove their supportive garments and return to physical exercise (including strenuous exercise).


Finding a Surgeon/provider

Getting a well-trained experienced surgeon will ensure you get the results you desire. Your surgeon should have years of experience and up to date training in fat grafting/Brazilian Butt Lifts.

Make sure you have a consultation with your surgeon, so you can ask them questions about their education and board certifications. During the consultation make sure to look at their portfolio of pictures to see if their work suits you.

Trust your gut feeling and make sure you are comfortable with your surgeon.

The top questions to ask when getting a consultation for a Brazilian Butt Lift.

1. Are you registered on the General Mdical Council (GMC) online? It is vital to check they are a certified surgeon on the General Medical Council online register (not a cosmetic surgeon). Board certified plastic surgeons will offer the safest most successful procedures. Furthermore, make sure this surgeon will be doing your surgery. Some clinics have pass patients on to an in-experienced doctor.
2. Where will my surgery take place? Brazilian Butt Lifts must take place in a hospital or accredited outpatient surgery.
3. How many Brazilian Butt Lift procedures do you perform a year? Choose a doctor whose level of experience you are confident with.
4. How much will it cost? You will probably get what you pay for, so asking the total price of the surgery can be useful. If one doctor’s rate is significantly lower than the average price, you may be sceptical as to what they are not providing.
5. What results can I expect? Ask to see the doctor’s portfolio of before and after photos. Pay particular attention to patients who have a similar body shape to yours. Make sure your doctor understands what you would like to achieve and ask questions to understand what your butt lift is likely to look like. Look at patient reviews.
6. Has something ever gone wrong? Every experienced doctor is likely to have dealt with some complications. They may have nothing to do with the plastic surgeon’s skills but can be  due to an unknown health issue or the different ways our bodies heal. Knowing the likelihood of complications and learning how your surgeon has dealt with them, may help you to make a decision about your Brazilian Butt Lift.
7. What happens if a complication occurs during or after my surgery? If you’re having surgery in an outpatient surgical centre, make sure you can be admitted to a nearby hospital if something goes wrong.

Brazilian Butt Lifts (BBL): Frequently Asked Questions

1. How long does Brazilian Butt Lift surgery last for?
2. Can you have BBL if you’re thin?
3. Can you have Brazilian Butt Lift if you’re overweight?
4. When Can I Sit After a Brazilian Butt Lift?
5. How Soon Can I Be Active After a Brazilian Butt Lift?
6. How painful is a Brazilian Butt Lift?
7. Can I combine a Brazilian Butt Lift with other procedures?
8. When will I see the results of a Brazilian Butt Lift?
9. Can I reverse the procedure?


Brazilian Butt Lifts are becoming increasingly popular in the UK. You have the best chance of a safe outcome, and a great result, if you use an experienced, certified plastic surgeon. Make sure you ask lots of questions beforehand so you can be prepared. You should fully understand the process, the results you can expect for your body shape, the costs, possible complications and the likely recovery time.

Although Brazilian Butt Lifts are one of the fastest growing cosmetic surgeries, they are not for everyone. Talk to your doctor – they may recommend this procedure or could advise that a different approach may be more suitable for you.