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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Brazilian Butt Lift Works

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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

Tampa Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 81 reviews

Butt lifts

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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
4.7 out of 5 stars 1,886 reviews

Different techniques, different goals

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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!

Brazilian butt lift... blame it on Rio!

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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

Brazilian Butt Lift is Most Natural

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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
4.1 out of 5 stars 105 reviews

How is a Brazilian Butt lift different from a traditional Butt lift or enlargement

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There has been much talk about the Brazilain Butt lift.

It is different from a traditional butt lift in which skin is removed from the lower back and the sagging buttock skin is lifted.

It is different from Buttock Augmentation which is typically performed with implants that are most commonly fabricated of silicone

This most commonly is referred to as buttock lipoinjection.
In my opinion, it is best to perform this procedure under general anesthesia due to the extensive nature of the injections and the need to inject deep into the buttocks muscle.
Some people ask if this can be performed with fillers to avoid obtaining the fat. However, due to the extesive volumes required, the cost would be prohibitive and the results would tend to be temporary.
The following is a very brief overview of some of the available options. During the consultation we may determine that other procedures are better suited for your optimal outcome. The choice of material is a complex decision process requiring an evaluation of your desires, anatomy, practicality, and medical history. This is usually determined at the time of the initial consultation but may need to be adjusted at a later date.

Subcutaneous augmentation can be performed utilizing several different techniques and in the case of lipoinjection (fat injection) it may require multiple staged procedures.

The fat is aspirated from the abdomen, hips, flanks or thighs using a syringe or suction collection technique. The fat is then transferred to smaller syringes, usually after a process of purification, where it is injected into the desired areas.

The results are difficult to predict because "fat take" (the amount of fat which survives after being transferred) can vary anywhere from 20 to 80%. The success depends on several factors. It is like trying to predict how many seeds will sprout when you plant them in the ground.

Fat must be obtained from a donor site and therefore satisfactory quantity and quality of fat must be available. The procedure requires an anesthestic and may be performed in the office or surgicenter. On average, 50% of the injected fat will be absorbed but the fat which remains is permanent. Several operative sessions may be required to achieve the desired result.

Risks can occur regardless of surgeon or technique. These include but are not limited to: infection, hematoma, discomfort, asymmetry, undesirable effect on an associated muscles, overcorrection, under correction, pain, prolonged swelling, dimpling, fat necrosis, fibrosis, abscess formation, adverse medication reaction, allergic reaction, need for additional "touch up" injections, palpability, visibility, distortion with muscular contraction, need for secondary revisions, and inability to guarantee a specific cosmetic result.

Otto Joseph Placik, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 86 reviews

Brazilian buttock augmentation/does it work?

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A Brazilian Butt Lift is the term given to a procedure intended to resculpt and reshape the buttock region. Historically certain cultures such as the Latin American culture have favored larger and more shapely buttocks as a symbol of beauty. In contrast western norms have historically regarded a smaller buttock as more aesthetically pleasing. Over the last several years pop culture and fashion trends have brought attention to the aesthetic benefits of a more shapely and sculpted buttock. This trend combined with newer refined and dependable surgical techniques have made the Brazilian Butt Lift one of the more requested surgical procedures. In the course of a Brazilian Butt Lift fat is harvested by liposuction from areas of excess. This fat is then processed and purified and then carefully reinjected into areas where the fat is considered deficient. This ability to rearrange the fat allows the surgeon to artistically create a more shapely and sculpted buttock. Newer techniques in fat harvesting, purification and injection result in more dependable survival of the transferred fat. Commonly up to 80% of the transferred fat survives contributing to the final result. Although some results are immediate the final result is usually not realized for 3-4 months. Very often the term "butt lift" (not Brazilian Butt Lift) refers to excision of skin along the upper order of the buttocks. This procedure will remove loose skin and lift the buttocks without increasing the volume. Sometimes gluteal implants are used if there is not enough fat available.

John J. Edney, MD
Omaha Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 133 reviews

A very rewarding procedure

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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.

Alexander Aslani, MD
Spain Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 334 reviews

Butt lift information

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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
4.9 out of 5 stars 125 reviews

Brazilian butt lift

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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
4.8 out of 5 stars 234 reviews

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