Brazilian Butt Lift

Some women feel that their buttocks is too flat and would like it to be fuller and rounder. These same women often have unwanted extra fat in their lower back, hips, and thighs. Liposuctioning fat from these areas and transferring it to accentuate the buttocks can improve the contours of all of these areas for a very dramatic effect. This procedure is often referred to as a “Brazilian Butt Lift.”
This procedure is performed under general anesthesia and takes one to three hours depending on how many areas are liposuctioned. After a Brazilian Butt Lift, each patient wears a custom garment designed to provide compression to the liposuctioned areas while placing no pressure on the parts of the buttocks that have been enhanced with transferred fat. Patients may return to most activities within a week or two, but must avoid sitting directly on the buttocks for several weeks. A folded blanket, towel, or pillow placed under the thighs while sitting protects the enhanced areas during this time.



Q: Where will the incision be located?

A: The sites of the incisions for obtaining the fat for a BBL will depend on what areas of the body will be suctioned to provide the fat for transfer.  The goal is to place them in natural creases and/or where they will be covered by clothing. Fortunately these incisions are very small, about ¼ of an inch and heal very well so they are barely visible. Fat can be obtained from the abdomen, back, flanks, thighs and occasionally even the arms.

Q: Can this procedure be combined with other procedures?

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A: It is often possible to combine BBL with other procedures.  If multiple procedures are desired, a surgical plan can be developed to fit the needs of each patient. The most important consideration is safety. It is always better to have multiple procedures than risk an extremely long single procedure. 

Q: How long will the fat transfer last?

A: The fat grafting that “takes” will be permanent.  The fat cells that have survived the transfer and have developed a new blood supply will not go away. Usually one will see the final result at about 3 months.

Q: Do I take antibiotics to prevent infection?

A: For most elective, clean surgery patients receive an intravenous dose of antibiotics just before surgery begins. This provides a high circulating antibiotic dose during the procedure. There is no data to show that continuing the antibiotics is helpful and can actually cause problems with the body’s natural collection of necessary bacteria.