Brazilian Butt Lift

If you’ve been dreaming of filling out your favorite booty shorts, you’ve probably found that squats aren’t always enough. A balanced, voluptuous butt is a great way to leave a good impression on the way out, but not everyone is naturally gifted. For that reason, the Brazilian butt lift (BBL) has become an extremely popular option for women looking to transform their figure without implants. For a naturally-perky and round butt, it’s hard to beat this fat transfer technique.

What is the Brazilian Butt Lift?

Although it can evoke images of endless Brazilian beaches and bikinis, the Brazilian butt lift was named after the Brazilian plastic surgeon who made it famous. The Brazilian butt lift is a fat transfer technique, meaning liposuction is performed on a fatty area of your body. Then, the fat is sterilized and injected into the butt to augment it using your own fatty tissue. The result is permanent butt augmentation without the need for implants. Another great benefit is improved body contours and profile where you opt for safe and predictable liposuction techniques to collect fat.

Brazilian Butt Lift Candidates

The most important consideration is that you have enough fat to collect for the augmentation process— this usually means you’re near your ideal weight but still have pockets of fat. If not, Dr. Diktaban can discuss your options for implants. Additionally, you should be in overall good health and able to undergo surgery. It’s important to have realistic expectations for what a Brazilian butt lift can achieve, so Dr. Diktaban can give you the best idea of what your new figure will look like after surgery.

What Happens During a Brazilian Butt Lift?

A Brazilian butt lift can be performed with a local cocktail anesthetic at our certified, in-house facility. It begins with liposuction, which requires a tiny incision at your donor area through which a cannula and surgical vacuum can be inserted. The fat is broken up with gentle techniques and extracted. Then, the fat is prepared. Finally, the fat is carefully and artfully injected into your butt. Dr. Diktaban ensures this process remains safe and effective, taking care to create a proportionate and flattering profile. Once finished, you can return home.

Results and Recovery

Although the recovery from a Brazilian butt lift may not be as long as implant surgery, you should still count on taking at least a few days away from work and extensive activities. It’s extremely important to avoid putting pressure or trauma on the transferred fat, so Dr. Diktaban will supply a special supportive garment to wear to reduce swelling. You should also make sure to sit on a specialized donut pillow to relieve pressure off your butt. You’ll experience some swelling and discomfort, but this can be managed with prescribed medications. In general, you can expect your full results to be ready within 6-12 weeks.

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Schedule a Consultation

The Brazilian butt lift is an excellent way to boost your behind and balance your figure without implants. To learn more about your options, schedule your consultation with Dr. Diktaban by calling our Manhattan office or filling out our online form.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why do my results look bigger than I wanted?

Because of the fat transfer process, it’s a common technique to augment the butt with extra fat. This is because not all the fat cells will survive the transfer process, meaning your results can lose volume over time. Some over-filling of the area can ensure that your results settle into the shape and size you want. Dr. Diktaban can give you the best idea of what to expect after your Brazilian butt lift procedure.

What areas can be used for fat transfer?

Virtually any area that has enough fat can be a good option for collecting fat with liposuction. Some common areas include the stomach, thighs, hips, back, and arms.

Is the Brazilian butt lift safe?

More recently, the Brazilian butt lift has attracted attention because of complications experienced by patients who opt for medical tourism or low-cost procedures from inexperienced providers. The best way to ensure your procedure is safe and effective is by selecting a board certified plastic surgeon who specializes in Brazilian butt lift techniques.

Are buttock injections permanent?

Only liquid silicone injections are permanent but they are assoicated with a high complication rate and please advised to refrain from those injections. There are other more suitable injections that are used as off label FDA fillers in the buttocks.

Can fat transfer be removed?

Fat can be removed from the buttocks with liposuction provided the fat is located just below the skin. Liposuction cannot be performed if the fat was placed into the gluteal muscles.

Can I die from BBL?

The short answer is yes, just like you can die with any other operation. The deaths associated with BBL were overwhelming related to fat that was injected into the gluteal muscles. The recommendation is to ONLY inject fat into the fat just below the skin of the buttocks.

How does fat transfer work?

Fat transfer is just like farming. Fat is harvested from donor areas and think of the fat as seeds that need to be planted. The buttock is the fertile soil where the seeds will be planted. As with all planting, you want to plant the right amount of seeds in the right place. Then follow the postoperative steps to allow those fat cells to grow.

How does Lipo work?

Liposuction entails removing fat from certain bodily areas with the intent to create a more harmonious and proportioned shape. Access incisions placed adjacent to the areas allow entry of the instrumentation to contour the fat.

Is Brazilian buttock lift painful?

The fat placed into the buttock is usually associated with pressure and soreness but not very painful. The pain in the butt component is refraining from lying on your back for 4-6 weeks. Lying on your back will apply too much pressure on the fat which could result in cell death or necrosis.

Is Brazilian buttock lift permanent?

The fat placed in the buttocks that survives will be permanent. However, like other fat cells in our body, it will increase or decrease in size with weight increases or decreases.

What is a fat transfer?

Fat transfer is just like farming. Fat is harvested from donor areas and think of the fat as seeds that need to be planted. The buttock is the fertile soil where the seeds will be planted. As with all planting, you want to plant the right amount of seeds in the right place. Then follow the postoperative steps to allow those fat cells to grow.

How long does Brazilian butt lift last?

The fat placed in the buttocks that survives will be permanent. However, like other fat cells in our body, it will increase or decrease in size with weight increases or decreases.

Does fat transfer last?

The fat placed in the buttocks or other areas that survives will be permanent. However, like other fat cells in our body, it will increase or decrease in size with weight increases or decreases.

How common are buttock implants?

Buttock implants are definitely common because they are associated with a higher complication rate than other buttock enhancement operations.

Does fat grafting leave scars?

The small scars related to fat grafting involve the access incisions located adjacent to the donor and recipient areas to allow the insertion of the instruments.

Can you transfer fat to your breasts?

Fat transfer to the breasts has gained tremendous popularity for both cosmetic and reconstructive purposes.

What are the side effects of BBL?

Side effects of BBL include infection, fat necrosis, scarring asymmetry, bleeding, pain, numbness and death.

What are the side effects of fat transfer?

Side effects of fat transfer include infection, fat necrosis, scarring asymmetry, bleeding, pain, numbness and death.

When can I sit after bbl?

Most surgeons recommend avoiding pressure on the buttocks for 4-6 weeks. That means no lying on your back. Using appropriate cushions and garments as prescribed. Cushions can be used for sitting but you need to confirm that with your surgeon.

Which is the most dangerous site for intramuscular injection?

NO INTRAMUSCULAR INJECTIONS OF FAT TO THE BUTTOCKS!!! There have been documented reports of death with fat injected into the buttock (gluteal muscles). Other muscles of the body can be injected with fat.

What is the recovery time for fat transfer to buttocks?

Recovery time depends on your daily work, sleep and workout routine. The time factor is to allow enough time for the planted fat cells to take. Therefore, activities or bodily positions that apply too much pressure or shearing forces on the buttocks can be damaging to the fat cells in the first 4-6 weeks.

Can you freeze your fat off at home?

I would not recommend this being done at home. There is a device that freezes fat in medical offices, medispas and clinics but not in the home.

What is the BBL?

BBL is an operation to enhance the size and shape of the buttocks primarily with fat injected into the subcutaneous buttock area. The fat to be injected is harvested from other bodily areas, prepared and then injected.

Theodore Diktaban, MD, FACS
Double Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon

For over 35 years, Theodore Diktaban, MD, FACS, has made it his life's work to enhance the natural beauty of his patients in the Upper East Side and surrounding areas of New York City. As a double board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Diktaban provides the ideal blend of realistic, aesthetic, and safe cosmetic treatments and procedures.