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Everything You Need to Know About the Brazilian Butt Lift

Surgical Body / January 8, 2018

Buttock augmentation or enhancement is often referred to as “Brazilian Butt Lift” and involves improving the shape of the buttocks by increasing the buttock volume, projection and contour. This can be accomplished by fat grafting or transfer, taking the patient’s own fat cells from an unwanted area where there is excess, and after processing, then transferring specific amounts to areas of the buttock to improve shape and volume which can actually result in lifting the buttock.

How is Buttock Augmentation Performed?

The options of buttock augmentation with the Brazilian Butt Lift include either using fat grafting or buttock implant, which is similar to a breast implant but a little firmer. In some situations where the buttock tissues are lax or sagging, surgical lifting of the buttock skin is sometimes added to enhance the natural contour and silhouette of the buttocks. The ancillary methods of buttock augmentation may include liposuction because shaping the excess fat around the buttocks such as in the hip or love handle area, as well as in the saddlebag or lateral thigh area, and in the thighs, can help bring out buttock contour and improve shape. This is often combined with the Brazilian Butt Lift or buttock augmentation because the fat needed for grafting is then processed and placed into the buttocks.

Why is Technique Important?

Technique is very important in buttock augmentation because fat grafting must be done carefully and precisely to maintain the viability of the delicate fat cells. Blood and other fluid are removed and the fat cells are concentrated gently. In order to improve the survival of the fat graft, PRP, or platelet-rich plasma, is used and the patient’s own blood is added. PRP contains concentrated growth factors from the blood along with platelets which are very powerful in improving the healing response and the stimulation of the fat grafts, as well as reducing swelling in the donor area of the buttocks.

What is The Recovery Period?

The recovery from buttock augmentation will depend on several factors such as the technique, including fat grafting, buttock implants, or lift of the buttock skin. Buttock augmentation surgery is typically done under general anesthesia and is always on an outpatient basis without the need for hospital admission. At our practice, evolv Plastic Surgery & Medical Aesthetics, the aesthetic surgery is always done at a fully credentialed outpatient surgery center for patient safety and consistency.

How Should I Choose a Surgeon?

Finally, when looking for a physician or a surgeon for buttock augmentation, the training, credentials and experience of the physician are typically the most important factors in obtaining the most optimal and safe result. The patient should always do their research and look at the doctor’s experience and try to find a board-certified or board-eligible aesthetic plastic surgeon, or board-eligible or board-certified plastic surgeon, that has special training in doing cosmetic procedures.

What is the Cost of Buttock Augmentation?

The cost of buttock augmentation will depend on the time of the procedure and the amount of the liposuction or other procedures that are needed to complete the augmentation. Recovery period involves wearing a compression garment for several weeks and avoiding any direct pressure on the buttocks.  Patients can resume most normal activities within several weeks.

When done by a properly trained, board-certified or eligible aesthetic plastic surgeons, buttock augmentation, whether with fat grafting or implant, has been an extremely gratifying and life-changing procedure for many patients to restore or enhance the silhouette of the body and the buttocks.  The results can be natural-appearing, long-lasting and very gratifying.