Brazilian Butt Lift


Everyone wants a high, round, full, and sexy behind. However, because of age, genetics, pregnancy, weight loss, or weight gain, many women and men are left with a flat, square, or saggy derrière. Fortunately, there is a way to correct this… Originating in South America, the“Brazilian Butt Lift,” is one of the newest and most popular aesthetic surgery procedures now being performed in the United States.

The “Brazilian Butt Lift,” or gluteal lift/augmentation is a procedure designed to improve the shape and appearance of the gluteal region. This surgery uses a combination of liposuction and fat grafting (i.e. fat injections with the patient’s own fat) to produce a fuller, firmer, more youthful-appearing buttocks. For those surgeons who have a special interest in this procedure will  sculpting sensuous, sweeping curves.

Surgical Procedure
First, excess, unwanted fat is harvested from the patient’s flank, lumbar region, and occasionally the upper thighs using liposuction techniques. This part of the procedure not only provides the fat necessary for later injection, but also allows the plastic surgeon to sculpt and contour a beautiful silhouette around the buttocks. Before the actual surgery, it is important to  determine the optimal site from which to harvest fat, taking into consideration the patient’s stature, current shape, and desires.

Next, the collected, processed fat is placed in special cannulas and injected through two small incisions (less than 1-cm) into the superior-medial buttocks, just above the gluteal muscle. Studies utilizing magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to investigate fat survival following gluteal augmentation have shown that proper handling and placement of the fat in a supramuscular plane (i.e. above the muscle) is important to avoid cellular damage and ensure long-term, predictable graft survival. This part of the procedure allows the plastic surgeon to precisely place volume where it is needed to give the illusion of a “lift” while forming a sexy, well-proportioned buttocks without the scars and extra surgery traditionally needed. It is at this part of the procedure that provides  three dimensional contours ensuring  the final result  beautiful and well-proportioned from all angles.

Finally, the small incisions used to perform the entire surgery are closed and special, compressive garments are placed on the patient. The entire procedure takes approximately two hours and is performed on an outpatient basis, meaning the patient goes home the same day.

Postoperative Care
Postoperatively, patients should avoid sitting for prolonged periods of time for the first two weeks. Recovery times vary, but patients are usually back to work by one to two weeks, and must wear compressive garments for six weeks.

Jaime Perez.. M.D


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Tampa Plastic Surgeon