Brazilian Buttock Augmentation ~ Does It Work?

How is a Brazillian butt lift different from any other type of butt lift?  How many types are there?  Is there some sort of regular butt lift that is different or better? I just want my booty to look rounder and more of the Apple Bottom look... is that Brazillian? 

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Different techniques, different goals

Hi there-

A traditional butt lift involves excision of loose skin from the upper buttock and lower back area, in order to reshape the buttocks in a patient who has experienced a significant weight loss and who has experienced sagging of the butt as a result.

A Brazilian Butt Lift involves removing unwanted fat by liposuction and injection of this fat into the buttocks. This is best for women who have good skin tone, but lack the buttocks volume, shape, and fullness they desire.

Based on your described goals, it sounds like a Brazilian Butt Lift would be more likely to achieve your goals for you. Find a surgeon certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery, and with experience performing these procedures, and discuss your goals with them.

Hope you get the butt you dream of!

Butt lifts

The brazilian butt lift is actually somewhat of a misnomer. During this procedure, the buttocks are re-shaped and augmented with the use of fat. The butt is actually not "lifted." The fat is re-distributed and this gives the butt the appearance of having been lifted. This can also be accomplished with implants.

In a traditional butt lift, the excess or flaccid lower back skin and fat are removed. And once the wound is closed, the buttocks are lifted to a higher position. This procedure is not as popular today, as it involves a large scar in the lower back. It is appropriate for patients with excess or loose skin in the buttocks. 

The brazilian butt lift involves very small scars (less than 1 cm), and is ideal for patients with good skin quality in the buttock region. 

Please call a board-certified plastic surgeon for a consultation.

Moises Salama, MD
Miami Plastic Surgeon
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Brazilian butt lift

Buttock augmentation in the form of fat injection or the Brazilian butt lift is a fat surgery. Fat is the storage compartment. When you take in calories that you do not burn that very second they are stored as fat. What you do with the Brazilian butt lift is to liposuction fat away from places we do not want fat and move it to the buttocks, to lift shape and shade the buttocks.
What you are physically doing is liposuction in the abdomen, back and flank, collecting this fat, removing the blood, fluid and ruptured fat cells and then re-injecting the fat into the buttocks using multiple small volume injections in multiple planes. If you remove 3000 mL of fat with liposuction all of this is not available for injection approximately 1/3 of which liposuction is good enough to be used for injection. This would leave about 1000 mL from the injection. 65% of the fat you inject should survive to give a permanent change in the buttocks.
The hardest part of the Brazilian butt lift is preserving the injected fat. This requires 10 days of not sitting and sleeping on the stomach. Sitting and putting pressure on the buttocks will kill the fat cells and cause an suboptimal result. The pain of the procedure is essentially the pain from liposuction. The patient will have a hard night the first night but then much better by the second of the night. Most patients require pain medicine for only 4 to 5 days. There is no exercise for two weeks, after that, light treadmill level of exercise can be done. Four weeks must pass before heavy exercise can be done. It takes 2 to 3 months before all the swelling resolves and you get the final look. Lymphatic massage is the best way to speed up the resolution of the swelling and ensure the best results.

Wendell Perry, MD
Miami Plastic Surgeon
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Brazilian Butt Lift Works

There are several different ways to change the shape and size of the gluteal region:

1.  Brazilian Butt Lift (performed with liposuction and fat transfer to the buttocks)

2.  Gluteal Augmentation With Implants (placed under the muscle or fibrous covering of the gluteal muscle)

3.  Lower Body Lift (performed through long incisions placed around the back and sometimes waist)

With advances in the Brazilian Butt Lift technique, most plastic surgeons are steering away from gluteal augmentation with implants and performing a Brazilian Butt Lift to improve the appearance of the buttocks.  A lower body lift is generally reserved for patients who have lost a lot of weight, have excess skin of the back and flanks, and need to raise a drooping buttocks.  

For most patients like you who want a rounder, fuller buttocks and a sexy waist-to-hip ratio, a Brazilian Butt Lift is the ideal procedure of choice.   First liposuction of the abdomen, back, flanks, and thighs is performed to obtain fat for later injection injection into the buttocks and to shape a sexy silhouette.  Next, the harvested fat is injected into the buttocks in the upper, medial region.  This added volume improves the shape and projection of the buttocks giving the appearance of a lift.  Depending on the desired gluteal shape/size and available fat, approximately 350 to 1000cc of fat is injected into each buttock.  

A Brazilian Butt Lift, unlike the other procedures listed above, is performed through tiny incisions and avoids the use of prosthetic implants.


Jaime Perez, M.D.

Brazilian Butt Lift Specialist in Tampa, Florida

Plastic Surgery Center of Tampa, Florida

Jaime Perez, MD
Tampa Plastic Surgeon
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Brazilian Butt Lift is Most Natural

The Brazilian buttock enhancement technique uses the bodies own fat cells to add volume and to shape and enhance the buttocks. Regular buttock lift is a vague term that can refer to large incisions that may be required to lift the buttock skin. This is best for patients that have lost massive amounts of weight who need lifting of the loose skin and soft tissue of the buttocks.

Only tiny liposuction type incisins are require dto move the bodies own fat cells from where they are not needed to enhance the buttock shape. Transferring the fat throughout the different layers of the buttocks will add and enhance the shape and volume of the buttock without being very invasive.

While this technique can be combined with implants, it is more often best to perform the procedure by itself. Implants are rarely a natural feel and do not last very long. A lot of complications have been reported with implants.


Ashkan Ghavami, MD
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
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They are very different

A regular butt lift will take sagging buttocks tissue and lift it up by cutting out and tightening loose skin. It typically will not add volume to your bottom end unless an autoaugmentation procedure is used at the same time. An autoaugmentation procedure uses the deep tissues over the gluteus muscles and fold them up to bulk up the newly lifted tissues. The scarring and downtime can be significant. It is a good procedure for patients with loose skin (eg. massive weight loss, etc.) A Brazilian butt lift is actually a procedure that takes fat harvested during liposuction of other areas and after preparation it gets injected into the gluteal area to volumize the buttocks. The scarring is minimal and the so is the down time. Survival of fat is variable so it is possible to need additional touchups down the road.

Brazilian butt lift... blame it on Rio!

There are several ways to improve the appearance of the butt and gluteal regions. In the past, surgeons have used butt implants, which are solid firm silicone pieces. These implants carried the risk of extrusion (coming out of the incision), infection, and displacement. Also, depending on how they were inserted, they could affect the muscles of the butt, as well.

In my practice, a butt augmentation is performed with a "Brazilian butt lift." I perform this as a combination of liposuction and fat grafting.

The first part of the process involves liposuction to the waist, lumbosacral area, thighs, flanks and hips. This fat is then processed and added to the gluteal region a few milliliters at a time.

My patients appreciate their "Brazilan butt lift" because their waist is more narrow, their hips and flanks have been reshaped and they have more prominence in their gluteal region. Many of them call this a "bubble butt," or here in Miami, a "J-Lo butt." They appreciate the way they look in jeans, bikinis, and pants and the way this balances their figure.

From beautiful South Florida...
Dr. Pazmino

Pat Pazmino, MD
Miami Plastic Surgeon
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A very rewarding procedure

Brazilian butt lift definitely works for suitable patients.

It is not just about augmenting the buttocks, it is rather about shaping them, making them firmer and sculpting problem zones "around" them (especially the love handles and unsightly deposits just in the folds).

The Brazilian butt lift procedure is just about to become alive in Europe, in Spain it has been popular for quite some time, but it has been virtually unknown in the UK until very recently.

For my practice, the Body Jet lipocollector system has made this a very pleasant procedure with excellent fat graft take rates and very good patient satisfaction.

The jet technology has also cut down surgery times for Brazilain butt lifts by half.

However, patients will need some fat to spare, without fat the brazilian butt lift doesn't work.

Butt lift information

As others have answered, Brazilian butt lift is called that because in Brazil, it looks like all of the women have had their buttock lifted!  The procedure involves exactly what you're stating, an apple bottom look (if that's what you're looking for).  Typically, one is limited by your shape, muscle and frame.  It depends on how high your pelvis goes up relative to your gluteus and what general shape it's in.  These details will be clarified during your visit with a board certified plastic surgeon.


Best Wishes,


Ricardo A. Meade, MD
Dallas Plastic Surgeon
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Brazilian Butt Lift: What is it and what are the options

A Brazilian Butt lift involves harvesting fat from around the buttock through liposuction and then injecting prepared fat into the deeper tissue in the buttock to help improve shape and projection of the buttock. This is a relatively non-invasive approach to buttock contouring that takes approximately 3 hours and is an outpatient operation. The options for buttock contouring include a standard buttock lift which can involve the creation of fatty flaps which help maintain buttock shape through large upper buttock incisions, as well as buttock implants which have a high revision rate. The advantages to the Brazilian Butt Lift are it includes liposuction around the area to harvest fat, non-invasive with minimal side-effects other than not enough fat  maintained after 6 months. Thin patients usually do not have enough fat to give the 200 to 400 cc of prepared fat for each buttock.

I hope this helps.

Andrew P. Trussler, MD
Austin Plastic Surgeon
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