A Brazilian butt lift refers to the autologous transfer of one’s excess fat from areas like the lower back or waist to the buttocks to enhance buttock size and shape. The surgery aims to create more of a slope of the lower back as it approaches the buttock, called “lordosis”, and improve projection and size of the buttocks with additional volume.
This is a very good question. To see changes in buttock size and shape after Brazilian butt lift surgery, one will need either significant removal of fat from the lower back and/or significant transfer of fat to the buttock. The most powerful combinations is when the lower back can be sculpted with liposuction and fat from the lower back, waist, love handles, and abdomen can be transferred to the buttock.
Very thin women with little fat are not good candidates for this surgery, since the limiting factor to the Brazilian butt lift is donor site availability and sufficient fat to transfer. Transfers of under 100 cc of fat per buttock is often not a large enough volume to see significant differences without aggressive sculpting of the lower back.
The ideal amount of fat varies from person to person, since each patient has different ideas about what the ideal backside will look like and how much augmentation is desired.
In men and women who desire a larger butt but do not have adequate fat, one cold consider having an implant placed or proceed with a series of Sculptra ® injections to produce similar results.
It is impossible to give very accurate figures because survival depends on the volume of the transfer, technique, and the patient’s own ability to integrate the fat. One may read anywhere between 30 percent and 65 percent of fat survives on average during a fat transfer to the buttock. These are reasonable numbers. When the volume of the transfer exceeds the available space, the survival rate drops off. Because not all fat will survive, it is important to over-correct the area in anticipation that the final result will shrink somewhat from the size of the initial transfer.
This question should really read, “How much fat can SAFELY be transferred into the buttock?”. When there is a surplus of donor tissue, the real limitation relates to safety. A Brazilian butt lift remains a safe operation for the most part when transfers are performed within reason. Risks of fat necrosis, infection, and fat emboli increase as volumes increase. While it is difficult to put precise numbers on the volume amount that creates an unsafe procedure, transfers greater than 500 cc per buttock will remain on the more aggressive side of the scale. However, even these larger amounts can be reasonable in the right, healthy patient.
The most common areas of fat harvesting for the Brazilian butt lift include the lower back, waist, love handles, abdomen, and thighs. The largest volumes of fat can be taken safely from these sites. Upper back and arms are also areas that can provide fat in smaller quantities. In thinner women, it is not uncommon to perform liposuction on multiple areas to collect adequate fat for transfer.
No. It is only safe to use your own fat for any type of fat transfer.
Upon the transfer of fat to the buttocks, some fat will inevitably not survive. The fat cells that do live will provide long-lasting results.
After surgery, swelling will persist for weeks to months in both the areas where fat was harvested and transferred. In the ensuing weeks following transfer, some of the fat cells will not survive. The body will essentially absorb the cells that could not integrate over the course of weeks. With all of these post-operative elements in motion, final results will not be visible for at least three months after surgery.
Maybe. Fat cells in every part of the body expand with weight gain related to fat. Thus, when body fat increases, the buttock will get bigger. Weight gain may also be unrelated to fat. Muscle actually weights more than fat per volume. Thus, buttock growth will depend on the type of weight that is added.
Fat will preferentially deposit in areas that were not harvested for transfer.
Yes. Fat can be transferred to any area of the buttocks. In most cases, the goal is to improve size in projection and width.
One should avoid sitting on their backside for two weeks following Brazilian butt lift. This is because pressure can interfere with fat cell survival. There are specific pillows that can be purchased online to assist with sitting properly during the recovery period.
Fat transfer into the buttock should be deep. With deep fat injections, the fat should not become lumpy. Results should become smooth but may be hard or firm at first. However, it is rare for the fat to remain hard for a prolonged period of time.
Yes. After the swelling subsides and the fat that didn’t survive is flushed out by the body, the buttock should take on a very natural feel.
One can expect firmness from the surgery to last for up to three months. Firmness is related to swelling and fat necrosis (cells not surviving the process of transfer). Once swelling subsides and the body clears the dead cells, the buttock should resume a softer, more natural feel.
Surgical scars will be found in areas where liposuction is performed, and possibly on the buttock itself, depending on the access site of the injection and one’s propensity to scar.
Incisions from liposuction are small, about one centimeter in length, and usually placed in areas where they can be hidden with clothes or camouflaged within the natural folds of the body. The scars, while small, are most visible for the first six months following surgery. They will fade over time, and depending on one’s skin tone, become almost invisible in some patients. Any dark and raised scar can be revised, but usually not before six months post-op.
It is probably unwise to place fat into the buttock if there is any other foreign body there, such as an implant or permanent injection (oil, silicone, etc.) The procedure can introduce bacteria into the tissues and cause an infection of the implant or foreign body.
It is difficult, but not impossible to reduce the fullness of the buttock. Liposuction can be performed to the buttock, but it may result in irregularities or sagginess if significant amounts of fat is removed in one session. It would be safer to remove fat from the buttock in stages if one was adamant about having a smaller butt.
The cost of surgery will depend on surgeon qualifications, experience and reputation, geography, and length and complexity of the procedure. If multiple areas of liposuction are required or the volume of transfer is very large, the cost of surgery will be reflected in the additional time required for anesthesia, operating room time, and surgeon time. A Brazilian butt lift will cost approximately $8,000 and up.
Achieving a fuller, more voluptuous backside is easier today, thanks to the introduction of the fat transfer technique. To find out if you are a candidate for a Brazilian butt lift, contact Artisan of Beauty today at 310‑858‑8811.
No. It is only safe to use your own fat for any type of fat transfer. However, in cases where there is inadequate fat for transfer, Sculptra (®) may be used instead. For more on non-surgical butt lifts, click here.