Surprising Facts About Brazilian Butt Lift


A growing number of US plastic surgeons prefer Brazilian butt lift to buttock implants when augmenting and reshaping the “backside.” First and foremost, the technique allows us to use the patient’s own “unwanted” fats collected from two or more donor sites.

Furthermore, Brazilian butt lift, which in essence is buttock enhancement via fat graft or fat injection, is perceived to be safer because no synthetic implants are used.

The list below explains some of the most surprising facts about Brazilian butt lift, which in the hands of a qualified surgeon can serve as a powerful tool in body contouring plastic surgery.

• The lower back is almost always considered as a donor site.

The donor site is where we get the “unwanted” fats through liposuction in which a flexible hollowed tube is used. By “carving out” the lower back and possibly the flanks as well, we create a more defined backside and ensure a smooth transition between the buttocks and the torso.

• Some patients might be asked to gain a bit of weight prior to surgery.

While any body contouring surgery entails one to be near her ideal weight, some thin patients might be asked to gain just a bit of weight so we can collect more fats. However, the weight gain must only be minimal to achieve proportionate results from Brazilian butt lift.

• Brazilian butt lift is not just about augmentation.

Contrary to popular belief, Brazilian butt lift focuses more on the profile and shape of the backside. It is important to discuss the tiniest details of the surgery, particularly relating to the contour (bubble vs. heart shape) and hip width.

One of the most notable benefits of Brazilian butt lift is the amount of control in terms of final contour because the fats can be injected anywhere. Butt implants, meanwhile, have no or very little effect on the appearance of the hips and the lower aspect of the butt cheeks.

• Patient cooperation will also have a large effect on the final results.

Prolonged sitting for at least three weeks is discouraged to prevent inadvertent shifting of fats and low survival rate. One week postop, patients may sit provided that they use a boppy pillow or any other types of cushion that will let them sit on their posterior thighs and not on their actual buttocks.

To further ensure high survival rate of fat grafts (at least 70 percent will survive long term), patients must achieve their optimal health well in advance of the surgery. For this reason, they must avoid aspirin and other blood thinners, poor diet, and tobacco products at least three weeks before and after the operation.

• Only the healthiest fats are used.

The goal of purification is to remove any biomaterials aside from fat cells before they are re-injected into the patient’s backside. Simply put, the collected fats from liposuction must be handled properly to achieve a high survival rate.

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