Brazilian Butt Lift: A RealSelf Glossary

Brazilian butt lifts, or BBLs, continue to be one of the most researched topics on RealSelf. This procedure, which uses a person's own body fat to enlarge the buttocks, is also filled with specific jargon describing what to expect before, during, and after the surgery.

Don't know the difference between "bish" and "poppin'?" Do you think "donk" describes a sound? Don't worry, we're here to help. Below is a glossary of the top terms used when talking about Brazilian butt lifts, so you can navigate this world with ease. 


The curvy shape of a Barbie doll.


Short for Brazilian butt lift, not to be confused with the common acronym for “be back later.”


A person who is considering or has had BBL surgery.


Slang for bitch. Often used to refer to a friend in an affectionate way, like “gurrrl.”

Blue pill 

Slang for the anti-anxiety pill(s) midazolam and/or anxiolytic. Sometimes a surgeon will give this to a patient before surgery.


What you put under your compression garment to help shape the buttocks.

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Bottom cheekage

When your butt cheeks protrude out of your shorts.

Bubble butt

A perfectly round butt that looks like a bubble, but not a huge booty (see shelf butt).

Bubble Butt


An abbreviation for cubic centimeters, the measurement plastic surgeons use for fat taken out of the body and injected into the butt. One cc is equal to 1 milliliter (mL).

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Coke bottle

Slang for describing a woman’s body that looks like a Coca-Cola bottle, indicating a straight and narrow torso, with wide and curvy hips.

Coke Bottle

Compression garment

After a Brazilian butt lift, a plastic surgeon may require the patient to wear a compression garment for two weeks to three months. It may decrease bruising and swelling, and help loose skin retract. The garment looks like a medical version of Spanx.


Derived from donkey. The wild ancestor of the donkey is the African wild ass.


Dominican Republic, where many BBLers travel for the procedure.


Some surgeons will insert a drain into one or more incision areas and require you to wear drains for up to 10 days after surgery. This keeps blood and liquid from staining clothes and sheets.


A silicone-based foam that you put inside your compression garment to ease discomfort in sensitive areas, for example, the area right above your butt crack.


compression garment that BBLers use after surgery. It differs from a regular compression garment because it includes a waist cincher. Fajas come in different styles: A simple waist cincher, a body suit including a waist cincher and half leg/shorts, or a body suit including a waist cincher and three-quarter length legs. The two latter styles sometimes have cutouts for the buttock areas.

Fat transfer

A procedure in which fat is removed from your body through ordinary liposuction, laser liposuction, or ultrasonic liposuction, and injected into a different area of the body.


An expression to describe when a post-op BBLer begins to see results. This means the butt is soft and has expanded. This happens when the "magical fluffing god or fairy" visits.

Gonna hook you up

When someone, usually a doctor or fellow BBLer, is going to take care of you, help you, or make you look good. 

Heart-shaped butt

One of the most desired butt shapes, a heart-shaped butt looks like an upside-down heart with a small waist and big hips.

Heart Shape


Describes a popular body shape in the BBL community, which includes a large chest, small waist, wide hips, and a big butt.


(((hugs))) or **hugs**

What many BBLers write to each other to express love and support. It means “big hugs,” and its meaning is amplified with asterisks and/or parentheses.


Consuming various liquid meals before surgery to gain weight. Some plastic surgeons encourage weight gain if you don’t have enough fat to extract for the transfer to your new butt.


The pre-op blood work before a BBL. Either your surgeon will administer these tests, or you'll be asked to have them done by a another doctor before surgery. Sometimes it’s better to have labs done at your discretion or, in the case of traveling for surgery, the doctor needs them before you arrive for your BBL. Labs help determine if you’re healthy, anemic, or if your blood clots easily.

Lymphatic massages

A massage performed by a licensed therapist to help reduce liquid swelling after liposuction. Some surgeons will include a couple sessions as part of the surgery cost. Check if your surgeon does and, if not, set up an appointment with an independent licensed therapist.

Pillows: Boppy, body, neck, roll

These pillows are essential for comfort after your surgery because you won’t be able to sit for at least a week. The pillows ease the pressure on your behind.


“Hot” or “awesome.” Ladies of the BBL community also refer to their new butts as “booty poppin.'"


Slang for “post-operation.” A term used to describe the part of the BBL journey after surgery.


Slang for “pre-operation.” A term used to describe the first half of the BBL journey leading up to the surgery.


How far the butt sticks out.

Recovery house (Also known as "RH")

A facility where BBLers go after the procedure to recover in privacy for a few days. Typically these facilities, which are staffed with nurses and trained caretakers who offer 24-hour care, are for people who have traveled to a different state or country for their surgery.


Abbreviation for “prescription.”

Shelf butt

A butt so big it can simulate a shelf or table. A shelf butt isn’t a fat booty, it’s when a woman has a flat stomach, small waist, and very big behind. Think Kim Kardashian.

Shelf Butt

Staged garments

From the first day of surgery through to the last day of recovery, you will need a garment, and those garments come in stages. Your doctor should be able to tell you what stage you need at any particular time.


Abbreviation for “surgery."


RealSelf members will sometimes form a network comprised solely of their doctors’ patients. You may see Team/Doll/Barbie attached to any doctor's name to describe this group.


An acronym for another popular BBL destination, Tijuana, Mexico.

Travel buddy or surgery sister

When traveling abroad, BBLers tend to be wary of going solo so they search for a travel mate. This person is known as a travel buddy or surgery sister.


A type of compression garment popular with the BBL sisterhood.

Wish pic

Finding the perfect wish pic is a milestone during the BBL journey. The wish pic is a photograph of someone who has your dream booty. In addition to inspiration, it’s also a great way of letting your doctor know what you’re looking for.

Wound vac

Slang for wound vacuum-assisted closure, this vacuum decreases healing time and the need for dressing changes. A doctor will administer a wound vac if your incisions are having a difficult time healing.

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