What Kind of Liposuction is Used in a Brazilian Butt Lift with Fat Transfer to Minimize Pain Post Op?

I'm having a Brazilian butt lift and wanted to know if the lipo usually done is tumesant lipo, and can that type of lipo be done with general anesthesia as well.. I'm terrified of the thought of waking up in severe pain.

Doctor Answers (3)

Pain Management After Brazilian Butt Lift

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Hello. Tumescent liposuction is the most common from of liposuction performed during a Brazilian Butt Lift today. Options such as power assisted or surgeon assisted liposuction are also viable. Any type of liposuction will work for this procedure except for laser liposuciton, also known as SmartLipo, which kills fat cells and does not allow for reinjection.

While it is possible to perform this procedure using local anesthesia, it is not recommended. Most surgeons will use general anesthesia during the procedure and then percocet for a few days and ibuprofen or comparable over the counter drugs to manage pain during recovery.


Jaime Perez, MD
Brazilian Butt Lift Specialist
Plastic Surgery Center of Tampa


Tampa Plastic Surgeon
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There is no difference in pain

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Provided local anesthetic is used in the liposuction solution, there is no difference in the discomfort postoperatively between the different liposuction methods.

Brian K. Brzowski, MD
Ogden Plastic Surgeon
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Brazilian Butt Lift

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For Brazilian Butt Lift the liposuction should be very gentle tumescent liposuction to assure viability of the fat. Can not use any form of energy for liposuction for fat transfer. The pain is simmillar regardless of the method used. Most Brazilian Butt Lift is done under general anesthesia. by a board Certified surgeon, Board Certified Anesthesiologist, in an Accrideted facility.

Samir Shureih, MD
Baltimore Plastic Surgeon

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