Brazilian Butt Lift vs. Butt Augmentation vs. Butt Lift - What's the Difference?

Can Anyone Tell Me Difference Between Bazillian Butt Lift, Butt Augmentation,and Butt Lift? Or is It All the Same Thing?

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Brazilian Butt lift

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You are absolutely right, we use these terms  interchangably.

But lift is a procedure to lift a drooping buttock. It does not necessarly involve augmenting the buttock.

Buttock Augment: means to enhance the size of the buttock with fat, or implant.

Aumenting the Buttock can cause a little lift to a drooping buttock..

Communicating with your Doctor as to what you desire , and want exactly is very important for planning the appropriate surgery that is suitable for you

Baltimore Plastic Surgeon

Brazilian Butt lift

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During a Brazilian butt lift liposuction of the back and flanks is performed shaping the top of your buttock, and then the fat obtained from the liposuction is injected into the buttock to give it more shape and volume. The combination of the liposuction and the fat grafting give a curvaceous outline to the torso emphasizing that classic hourglass shape. Liposuction can additionally be performed anywhere else that you have excess fat to give so that you can obtain the maximum result possible. The final result will depend on how much fat you have available to transfer, your skin elasticity, skin laxity and pelvic bone shape.

I find that many patients, like you, are often confused about what the difference is between a Brazilian butt lift and a traditional butt lift. The traditional butt lift is also called a lower body lift and when combined with a tummy tuck is often called a belt lipectomy. The traditional butt lift is designed to remove extra sagging skin while hiding the scar along the beltline. The Brazilian butt lift is done with only small 5mm incisions that are nearly imperceptible when fully healed such that no one could ever tell if you ever had plastic surgery. They will just see the result. 

Michael J. Frederick, MD
Palm Beach Gardens Physician

Brazilian Butt LIft, Butt implant, Butt lift

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Unfortunately, several terms or buzz words are used to attract patients. There are differences though. A butt implant is where a silicone type of implant(similar to a breast implant) is inserted through a cut(I make mine in the butt crease). The implants come in different sizes and shapes.

    A "Brazilian" butt lift is a fat transfer from another area to fill out the butt. It does not give much of an uplift, just morte fullness and it can be combined with an implant and/or a butt lift. Unfortunately, it may look great initially but then with time, even as little as weeks, the fat may absorb and disappear!

      A Butt lift is where excess tissue is removed at the top of the butt straight across which elevates the butt. This is similar to a tummy tuck but only for the butt! The negative of this is the scar which is usually acceptable but in about 20% of the caes it may not be very good.

Edward J. Domanskis, MD
Newport Beach Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 28 reviews

Brazilian Butt Lift vs. Butt Augmentation vs. Butt Lift - What's the Difference?

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But Augmentation just means making the buttocks larger.  It does not indicate the manner of enlargement.  Brazilian Butt Lift is a term that originated in popular culture, not in the medical community.  It has come to signify the addition of fat to the buttocks by fat grafting techniques and the "lifting" effect that comes from adding fat volume to the buttocks.  It can be thought of the same way that a balloon becomes more full and "lifted" with the addition of more air.  A true butt lift is part of a lower body lift and involves the removal of excess skin from the buttocks and outer thighs when both areas are not only flat but also significantly sagging.  This usually happens in people with s history of massive weight loss.  Consult with an experienced board certified plastic surgeon to determine which procedure is best for you!

Paul Fortes, MD
Houston Plastic Surgeon
4.1 out of 5 stars 17 reviews

What Is a Butt Lift/Aug?

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Brazilian Butt lift:

Is fat transfer to the buttock, this procedure has become so popular because it enables your plastic surgeon to transform your entire shape. Liposuction is performed over several areas depending on the individual patient needs, but typically of the flanks, abdomen, back and thighs.

The fat is then processed and used to augment the buttock. So even though it is called a butt lift, the purpose is to augment the buttock. This fill or enhancement is what allows your surgeon to lift your buttock.

Butt Augmentation:

This is a general term that is used to describe any surgery that increases the size of the buttock. This can be done with fat injections (Brazilian Butt Lfit) or with implants.

Butt Lift:

This is another general term that includes any surgery that lifts the buttock. The lift can be done by augmenting or surgically lifting the butt.

I would recommend that you see a board certified plastic surgeon that performs a significant amount of these procedures so they can help guide you to the surgery that will be best for you.

I hope this helps.

Different Types of Butt Augmentation

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Different Types of  Butt Augmentation

A Butt Augmentation involves two procedures, namely a Brazilian Butt Lift and a Butt Implant.

A Brazilian Butt Lift is also known as a fat graft, fat transfer, or lipo-injection. This procedure involves harvesting fat from an unwanted area and then preparing it for transfer where it is injected into the buttocks as a living transplant.

For an implant, a vertical incision is created between the buttock cheeks in order to insert

the implant under or over the gluteal muscles and under the connective tissue. A Butt Lift does not necessarily include augmentation. If your buttock is dropping or sagging without loss of volume, the butt is lifted by tightening the skin around it and removing excess tissue.

Buttock augmentation, butt lift, brazilian butt lift-are they the same

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Buttock augmentation can be accomplished by several means: either by a fat transfer (Brazilian butt lift) or by gluteal implants.  The preferred method involves fat transfer which uses your own fat to reshape and recontour your entire gluteal/lower back area.  Gluteal (buttock implants) are hard,silicone devices which are not as natural feeling as fat. The "lift" portion refers to the fullness and projection of the buttock from the fat which is injected into this area- there is no surgical incision with skin removal.

Consult with a board certified plastic surgeon to see which approach is best for your specific anatomy.

I prefer fat transfer as it allows me more opportunity for sculpting the entire buttock/lower back/waist/hip area.

Best wishes,

Dr. Bruno

William Bruno, MD
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 410 reviews

Brazilian butt lift versus butt implants

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One of the ways women augment their buttocks is through buttock implants. However, many women prefer a butt lift using their own fat cells. This procedure is called the Brazilian butt lift, or autologous buttock augmentation. Using fat grafting has several benefits over implants. These include:

Avoiding use of implants or foreign material.
Treatment of multiple areas to enhance overall result.
Overall lower complication rates
Patient may benefit from losing fat from the donor sites, such as the abdomen (modified liposuction)

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

Not quite all the same

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Buttock augmentation can be done either with implants or using your own fat (Brazilian Butt Lift).  Both techniques provide a "butt lift" as well.  There are other surgical techniques used to perform buttock lifting, which are usually more for the massive weight loss or loose skin patient.   Have a consultation with a plastic surgeon that can show you some pictures of both and explain the differences if you haven't already learned them here.  Good luck!

Brazilian Butt Lift vs. Butt Lift

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Hi there-

Buttock Augmentation may be performed in two ways:

  1. Buttock Implants
  2. Brazilian Butt Lift (your own fat is used to improve your behind)

A Butt Lift is a totally different procedure in which loose skin and fat is removed in order to lift and reshape (but not necessarily increase the size of) your behind. 

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