Butt Augmentation Surgery (Brazilian Butt Lift)

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Butt augmentation surgery, or Brazilian Butt Lift, involves the injection of autologous fat into the buttocks in order to enhance its size and shape. Some people want to undergo a Brazilian Butt Lift to provide greater volume and shape to their flat or poorly defined buttocks, while others wish to build upon their size and shape for a more sensuous appeal. Celebrities, such as reality television star Kim Kardashian and singer/actress Jennifer Lopez, have been an influence among many women who desire "bigger butts."This has contributed to the rise in popularity of Brazilian Butt Lift surgery.

If you're considering butt augmentation via fat transfer, the following information will provide you with a good introduction to the procedure.


* The 2010 national average cost of Butt Augmentation was $4,459.

Butt Augmentation also known as Brazilian Butt Lift is a procedure with Long-lasting results.

Butt Augmentation is considered a cosmetic surgical procedure.









  1. What are some of the most common benefits of the Brazilian Butt Lift?
  2. How is the Brazilian Butt Lift procedure performed?
  3. How long does this surgery take?
  4. Do I have to stay in the hospital?
  5. Is this butt augmentation procedure painful?
  6. What can I expect after surgery?
  7. What is the recovery period like?
  8. Ideal Candidates:
  9. Alternative Procedures
  10. Possible Complications:
  11. Possible Risks:

What are some of the most common benefits of the Brazilian Butt Lift?

Butt augmentation via the fat transfer method can successfully make the buttocks larger, shapelier, and more proportionate with the rest of an individual's body. Not only will the Brazilian Butt Lift help enhance a patient's body, many have also gained a boost in their self-esteem and self-confidence.

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How is the Brazilian Butt Lift procedure performed?

The first part of the process is to perform liposuction on another area of the body that stores excess fat, commonly the abdomen. Once the fat has been extracted, harvested, and prepared, your surgeon will carefully and skillfully inject the buttock area with fat. The doctor will sculpt the buttocks to a curvier appearance with the fat transferred. Additional liposuction around the hips and thighs may be performed to provide a more enhanced appearance.

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How long does this surgery take?

Buttock augmentation surgery via fat transfer usually takes about two to three hours to complete. The length of the procedure varies based on the amount of augmentation performed, the patient's anatomy, type of anesthesia used, and whether other procedures will be performed at the same time.

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Do I have to stay in the hospital?

Most Brazilian Butt Lift procedures are performed in a surgical suite as an outpatient procedure. You should be able to return home within a few hours of the surgery.

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Is this butt augmentation procedure painful?

Brazilian Butt Lift surgery is less painful post-operatively than augmentation with implants. However, butt augmentation still stretches the tissues, so you may feel some discomfort the first 48 hours. This will improve with each day and can be relieved by pain medications. In spite of the initial discomfort, most women report that they are very satisfied with the results of the surgery.
When you wake up you will feel tired, sore, and stiff. It is important to take the medication prescribed to you by your doctor. Your surgeon may prescribe an antibiotic and an anti-inflammatory medication to be taken after your fat transfer surgery. It is a good idea to have these prescriptions filled beforehand.

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What can I expect after surgery?

You will need to wear a compression garment after surgery for about two to three weeks, in order to provide support and minimize swelling, which should not be removed for the next few days following the butt augmentation procedure. It is important to note that the amount of fat that typically "takes" (survives) is approximately 60 to 90 percent of what was injected. Should you desire additional volume at some point, be sure to speak with your surgeon regarding a secondary procedure.
It is important to take the medication prescribed to you by your doctor. Someone will need to drive you home, and you may need assistance at home over the next couple of days. Expect to be in bed for the next 24 hours following surgery.

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What is the recovery period like?

It is critical that you review post-procedure care with your doctor. Following his/her instructions carefully will help ensure you have a speedy, healthy recovery. Also keep in mind that:

  • Rest is important to the healing process, so do it as much as possible following your procedure. As you rest, avoid sitting on your bottom for about four days.
  • Drink plenty of fluids, and be sure to take the doctor's prescribed medications.
  • Most likely, you will be able to resume calm, quiet work within a few days to weeks following Brazilian Butt Lift surgery. You should still avoid physical exertion for several weeks, depending on the advice of your doctor.
  • Swelling will gradually subsiding over several weeks. As the swelling subsides, the results will become more apparent.
  • You should be able to resume exercise and normal physical activities within one or two weeks, when the soreness has subsided. You should refrain from physical activity or exercising until at least six weeks after surgery. Recovery varies from patient to patient and depends on the level of activities in your daily routine. Ask your doctor for more specific information.

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Ideal Candidates:

In general, the best candidates for buttock augmentation are:

  • 18 years of age or older
  • In good physical health
  • Psychologically stable
  • Have sufficient fat to be removed for transfer
  • Realistic in their expectations

The above is only a partial list of the criteria that your surgeon will consider in determining whether or not this procedure is appropriate for you. Be sure to ask your surgeon if he/she considers you an ideal candidate for Brazilian Butt Lift surgery.

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Alternative Procedures:

Patients who do not have sufficient fat for the Brazilian Butt Lift procedure may be better candidates for butt implants. Typically made of a semi-solid silicone, these implants can provide patients with a shapelier backside. Further information can be obtained during a consultation.

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Possible complications:

Complications are highly unlikely to occur. However, because liposuction is performed as well, patients should be aware that there may be some irregularities in the skin in the treated area.

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Possible Risks:

All surgical procedures carry some degree of risk, although risk of infection is eliminated as the fat transferred is the patient's own. The overall risks associated with this type of butt augmentation procedure, however, includes (but are not limited to): unsatisfactory results, excessive bleeding, adverse reaction to anesthesia, and the need for second, or sometimes third, procedure.

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The information on this web site is only intended as an introduction to this procedure and should not be used to determine whether you will have the procedure performed nor as a guarantee of the result. The best method of determining your options is to consult qualified surgeons who are able to answer specific questions related to your situation.

*Disclaimer: Source: According to the  American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), nationally in 2010. Most surgeons offer convenient payments plans for this procedure. Cost does not include anesthesia, operating room facility, hospital stay, and other related expenses. Costs may vary depending the extensiveness of the procedure, location, and other factors. Costs are provided solely for research purposes. For specific estimates, please contact a qualified plastic surgeon. 

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