Brazilian Butt Lift June 11th, 2018 Paul M. Parker, MD

Brazilian Butt Lift

In recent years, the buttocks have received an increasing amount of attention. Well-known actresses such as Jennifer Lopez and Kim Kardashian have popularized the appeal of full and curvaceous buttocks.

However, it’s not easy to get a full, accentuated buttock contour through diet and exercise. A buttock augmentation using fat transfer, or “Brazilian Butt Lift” as it is commonly known by patients and surgeons, can help you do this, by augmenting and reshaping the buttocks with your own fat.

A Brazilian Butt Lift can give you curves in the right places

In well-trained hands, a Brazilian Butt Lift is a safe and effective procedure that most often combines liposuction of the abdomen, hips, waist, outer thighs and lower back with the injection of purified fat from these areas into the buttocks. It creates a “win-win” situation for you because fat is reduced from where you don’t want it and put where you do. A Brazilian Butt Lift provides a long lasting enhancement of your buttocks and surrounding areas giving you a younger, firmer, and perkier look.

Good candidates for a Brazilian Butt Lift

If you’re unhappy with the shape of or lack of definition in your hips and buttocks,  Brazilian Butt Lift can help you:

  • Improve the shape of the areas surrounding the buttocks—most commonly the abdomen, hips, waist, outer thighs and lower back
  • Get fuller, larger, rounder and uplifted buttocks
  • Achieve more aesthetically pleasing symmetry of the buttocks
  • Enjoy a more sensual body profile

The best candidates for this procedure have an adequate amount of fat in the surrounding areas such as abdomen, hips, waist, outer thighs and lower back. Reshaping these areas with liposuction will make a significant improvement in their appearance alone. In addition, there will be adequate fat to build out the buttocks as desired by the patient.

Very thin patients can be more difficult to treat, as they will typically not have much fat to transfer. In these cases, patients may consider buttock implants. Dr. Parker is reluctant to utilize buttock implants because of the risks associated with the procedure, including infection, poor positioning of the implants, capsular contraction, and implant extrusion. Instead, the combination of liposuction with fat grafting is a safer technique whereby we consistently achieve excellent aesthetic outcomes resulting in happy patients.

Before & After Brazilian Butt Lift*

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Dr. Parker reduced fat in the abdomen, hip, and inner and outer thighs using Vaser ultrasonic liposuction and injected 300 cc of the purified fat into each buttock, augmenting the shape and contour of the buttock area.

The Surgery

Buttock augmentation surgery with liposuction usually takes 2 to 3 hours, depending on the amount of liposuction performed. The surgery is performed as an outpatient procedure in Surgiplex, LLC, our fully certified ambulatory surgical facility, under either intravenous sedation or general anesthesia. You should be able to go home after spending an hour or two in our recovery suite.

While there is some variation among individual patients, liposuction is most commonly performed on the abdomen, hips, waist, outer thighs, and lower back. This alone creates a better framework around the buttocks and improves their appearance.

Before & After Hip Liposuction Only*

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This patient had 500 cc of fat taken from each hip through VASER liposuction, with no fat injections. Notice the improvement in the shape of the buttocks, even though nothing was done to the buttocks themselves.

Next, Dr. Parker separates out the favorable fat cells for reinjection. Once it is prepared, he meticulously injects this fat into the soft tissues of the buttocks. Dr. Parker will usually inject between 300 cc to 600 cc of fat per buttock. In doing so, Dr. Parker augments the size and shapes the buttocks so they will appear fuller, perkier and more uplifted.

Before & After Brazilian Butt Lift*

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Dr. Parker performed liposuction on the abdomen, hip, and inner and outer thighs. He then injected 350 cc of fat into each buttock. Note the enhanced curvature to the buttocks.

Recovery After Brazilian Butt Lift Surgery

Patients immediately notice their fuller buttocks and the improved shape of the surrounding areas which have undergone liposuction. There is very little, if any, pain from the fat injections to the buttocks. While everyone is a little different, patients typically feel somewhat sore and uncomfortable in the areas which have undergone liposuction. They often describe it feeling like they “over-exercised at the gym.”

You’ll be sent home in a compression garment which can be removed to shower the day following surgery. Depending on  your individual skin tone and areas of the body treated, you can expect to wear this for 1 to 3 weeks. We ask patients to sit on a soft “doughnut” for several weeks after a butt lift to minimize pressure on the buttocks & protect the fat injection sites. Typically, patients return to daily living activities within several days, including a return to work. Exercise usually begins within several weeks.

Our Signature Rapid Recovery Program

Most of our patients lead active lives and are anxious to return to their activities as soon as possible after surgery. With that in mind, we have developed a unique Rapid Recovery peri-operative program designed to accelerate your recovery. Rapid Recovery involves surgical procedures, anesthesia and pain medications tailored to reduce post-operative discomfort, as well as post-operative massage and skincare that further enhance the healing process. During your consultation with Dr. Parker and in your pre-op education visit with our Nurse Educator, your anticipated recovery will be discussed in detail.

Your results will last for years

Our experience in performing many of these procedures over the years has shown us that approximately 70% of the fat injected into the buttocks by Dr. Parker becomes integrated with the original buttocks fat. Once this fat has been incorporated into the existing fat, it seems to survive and live on like the rest of the fat. Therefore, the results are long lasting.

Brazilian Butt Lift Results Over Time*

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After the initial recovery, the fat transferred to the buttocks integrates nicely with the existing fat. As you can see, the above patient has maintained aesthetically pleasing, natural curves years after her procedure.

Our patients have been very happy after undergoing a Brazilian Butt Lift. They like the natural yet prettier and sexier appearance of their figure. In addition, our patients report having an improved body image, are more self-confident and enjoy wearing more revealing or tighter clothes.