Brazilian Butt Lift
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Learn everything about your treatment
2.5 to 3 hours
General anaesthetic or local anaesthetic with sedation
3 to 12 months
Brazilian butt lift overview
What is a Brazilian butt lift?
A Brazilian butt lift is one of the fastest growing cosmetic procedures in the UK. It is a procedure that aims to enhance the volume and shape of the buttocks by using fat that is taken from other parts of your body. This Brazilian butt lift overview page will be able to give you an idea of what the procedure involves.
What can a Brazilian butt lift achieve?
The medical terms for a Brazilian butt lift are:
- Buttock augmentation with fat transfer
- Gluteal augmentation with fat transfer
The treatment involves removing fat from one area of the body and then transferring that fat into the buttocks. A Brazilian butt lift may be a good option for you if you are not happy with the shape of your buttocks. It aims to:
- Increase the fullness and roundness of the buttocks
- Enhance the projection of the buttocks
- Remove unwanted fat from different parts of the body
- Improve the proportion of the body
- Increase your self-esteem.
Your surgeon can perform a buttock augmentation using two different techniques.
1. Buttock augmentation with implants
This method involves your surgeon inserting implants into your buttocks. It is most appropriate for those struggling with a sagging or poorly defined buttocks. It may also be a better option for patients with a small amount of excess fat.
2. Buttock augmentation with fat transfer (Brazilian butt lift)
A buttock augmentation with fat transfer is the medical name for a Brazilian butt lift. The surgeon uses fat taken from other parts of the body, such as the tummy, back or thighs to reshape your buttocks. This technique creates a much more natural result as it uses your own body fat instead of implants. It also gives the added benefit of slimming down body parts with lots of excess fat. It is also a less complicated procedure that carries fewer risks.
Our Medbelle surgeons only offer the Brazilian butt lift, however, it is important to have a good understanding of all your options.
Who are BAAPS & BAPRAS?
The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) and The British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS) are the two leading plastic surgery colleges in the UK.
Surgeons who are members of either society have to attend regular training to update their skills and knowledge. They are amongst the most highly qualified and experienced plastic surgeons in the UK. At Medbelle, we want to ensure all our patients receive the highest quality of care, we therefore only work with surgeons who are members of either BAAPS or BAPRAS.
Brazilian butt lift candidates
Who are the ideal candidates for a Brazilian butt lift?
A Brazilian butt lift is becoming an increasingly popular cosmetic treatment in the UK. Many men and women are unhappy with the size and shape of their buttocks. Therefore, the ideal Brazilian butt lift candidates are individuals who wish to enhance the shape and size of their buttocks.
You may wish to consider a Brazilian butt lift if you:
- Are unhappy with the size of your buttocks
- Are bothered by the roundness or the general shape of your buttocks
- Have a bottom that is asymmetrical
- Are experiencing sagging buttocks after major weight loss, aging or illness
- Have realistic expectations of what surgery can do for you
- Are mentally and emotionally ready for surgery
- Are a healthy with a stable weight.
When you speak to your surgeon about what you are unhappy with, they will be able to adjust the procedure to suit your individual needs. Furthermore, you can combine this technique with other treatments such as a thigh lift or a tummy tuck.
Why have a Brazilian butt lift?
A Brazilian butt lift can create a more shapely contour of the lower body and increase your self-esteem. Some people may find that they have an unshapely behind after a large amount of weight loss, aging or because of their genes. Therefore, if you are unhappy with the shape or fullness of your buttocks, then a Brazilian butt lift may be able to help you.
Consequently, a Brazilian butt lift can:
- Increase the roundness of your buttocks
- Create a firmer and more toned behind
- Redefine your lower body shape
- Smooth the buttock surface.
Finally, it is important that you tell your BAAPS/BAPRAS surgeon your reasons for wanting a Brazilian butt lift. To make sure you are fully content with the results, you should also discuss your desired outcomes from the surgery.
Brazilian butt lift procedure
How is a Brazilian butt lift procedure performed?
A Brazilian butt lift procedure can take anywhere between two and a half to three hours. The surgery is often a day case operation, but sometimes you may need to stay overnight. Before your procedure, you will meet with your BAAPS/BAPRAS surgeon. In this consultation, they will give you advice on what to eat and drink the night before surgery. Furthermore, your surgeon will give you instructions regarding how to take your normal medication.
1. Consent form
You will meet with your surgeon and anesthetist before the operation. This is often either on the day of the surgery or at your preoperative assessment a week before. Here, they will discuss the procedure with you and inform you of any risks and complications. It is important you are aware of these to be able to make a fully informed decision. You will then need to sign the consent form. Your surgeon will discuss your expectations from the surgery and draw lines on your buttocks to mark the treatment area.
Once you are in the operating theatre, your anaesthetist will either numb the treatment area or put you to sleep. A Brazilian butt lift procedure can be done using either local or general anaesthesia. Your surgeon will discuss which anesthesia type you prefer when you are booking your treatment.
Your surgeon can achieve the effect of increasing the size and shape of your buttocks in two ways:
- Buttock implants
- Fat grafting (which is commonly known as a Brazilian butt lift)
In your consultation, your surgeon will recommend the best procedure for you. Their choice is dependent upon a number of factors including:
- The size and shape of your buttocks
- The amount of fat in your body which is available for use in liposuction
- Your own goals for the surgery
- Skin quality and laxity
- The amount of excess skin you have.
At Medbelle, our surgeons prefer to use fat grafting (Brazilian butt lift) over buttock implants.
Once you are in theatre, your surgeon will clean and drape the treatment area to keep the procedure sterile.
This procedure is mostly for those individuals who do not have enough fat to transfer or want a guaranteed increase in size.
Your surgeon will make an incision inside the natural buttock crease or on the outer corners of the upper or lower buttocks. Depending on the degree of enlargement and the type of implant, your surgeon will insert silicone implants either in or above the gluteal muscle on both sides.
Fat grafting (Brazilian butt lift)
This procedure is best for those individuals who want to enlarge their buttocks and remove unwanted fat from another part of the body.
Firstly, your surgeon will remove excess fat from an area of your body, such as the thighs, abdomen or back using liposuction. A narrow tube is inserted through very small incisions in the skin and a powerful vacuum is then used to suction out the excess fat. The fat is purified before being carefully injected into your buttocks.
4. Closing of incisions
Once the surgeon has successfully transferred the fat into the buttock, he will close the incision with either absorbable or non-absorbable stitches.
5. Return to the ward
Finally, once the operation is complete, you will return to the ward. Before returning home, you will need to wait for a few hours. This is because you need to recover properly from the anaesthetic.
Brazilian butt lift consultation
What should I expect during my Brazilian butt lift consultation?
Firstly you will meet with your Medbelle BAAPS/BAPRAS surgeon for your initial consultation. This will usually last between fifteen minutes to one hour. During your Brazilian butt lift consultation you will discuss a number of things with your surgeon including:
- Why you wish to have a Brazilian butt lift
- What you hope to achieve from surgery
- If you have any current medical conditions, drug allergies, or previous medical treatments
- If you have had any past surgeries to the buttocks or legs
- Which medications you are currently taking
- Any herbal remedies and vitamins you are taking
- If you currently drink alcohol, smoke tobacco or use recreational drugs.
It is important that you share all the above information with your surgeon as he or she will then be able to recommend the best option for you. Your surgeon will then examine your buttocks and the amount of excess fat you have in other areas of your body. Furthermore, they will take confidential photos of your buttocks for your medical records.
Your surgeon will suggest the best option for you. They will base their decision upon:
- The amount of excess skin and fat you have
- Your general health status
- The best surgical approach for your expectations.
Questions to ask during your Brazilian butt lift consultation
You may feel slightly nervous when you meet your surgeon for the first time. This is completely normal and our surgeons will make you feel at ease during this consultation. To help with this, we suggest you ask your surgeon the following questions:
- What can I do to help achieve the best results?
- Have you got any photos of any similar procedures that you have done in the past?
- Where will my final scars be?
- How long will it take to recover?
- Is there anything I can do to speed up the recovery process?
- What are the potential risks and complications of a Brazilian butt lift?
- Do you think my wishes of what the surgery can do are realistic?
Brazilian butt lift risks & complications
What are the main Brazilian butt lift risks and complications?
Before you decide to go ahead with the procedure, it is important that you know the benefits, but also the Brazilian butt lift risks and complications. After your initial consultation with your surgeon, they will give you a two week ‘cooling off’ period. This is your time to really have a think if this procedure is the right one for you.
Before you consent to surgery, it is important that you educate yourself on the risks and complications. This is because if a complication does occur, you will need to know when to inform your surgeon.
The potential Brazilian butt lift risks and complications include the following:
The incisions your surgeon makes during liposuction will result in very minimal scarring. However, the amount of scarring you may experience depends on your skin’s ability to heal. Some patients may experience keloid or hypertrophic scars, which are more severe forms of scarring. Most patients are aware if they are at risk of developing these as they have had them before.
This is a risk that comes with all surgeries. If one of your wounds gets infected, you should notify your surgeon as soon as possible. Most of these infections are only mild infections that develop around the wound and delay the healing time. These minor infections often settle down with a short course of antibiotics.
Bleeding & bruising
You should expect to see some small amounts of bleeding around the incision after the operation. If bleeding occurs, it is usually either during or immediately after the operation. Sometimes, it may occur up to two weeks after the procedure. If this is the case, you will need to return to the operating theatre where your surgeon will stop the bleeding. Following this, you may need to spend an extra night in the hospital. However, it should not affect the final results of your surgery.
During the transfer of fat in a Brazilian butt lift there is a chance that some of the injected fat may die. This may form a layer of dead or damaged tissue. The medical name for the death of fat cells is ‘fat necrosis’. If you develop fat necrosis, you may feel this as a firmness under the skin or an appearance of unevenness. This may require you to have additional surgery to remove these areas. If you smoke the risk of fat necrosis will increase. Therefore, we recommend that you are tobacco and nicotine-free for at least 6 weeks before and after the procedure.
It is common that fluid can build up around the treatment site after liposuction. This can take months to completely settle. Some of this fluid can leak out from the incision site, this too is nothing to worry about. However, occasionally fluid can build up on your lungs after the surgery. This is known as pulmonary oedema. If this were to occur you may experience symptoms such as extreme shortness of breath, a wheezy chest and a new cough with frothy sputum. It is important that if you experience any of these symptoms you seek medical help immediately.
General surgical complications
All surgical procedures come with some common risks. These include:
- Blood clot formation
- Nausea and vomiting
- Blood loss
- Reaction to the anesthesia.
Every effort will be made by your surgeon to try and prevent any complications occurring. Your surgeon will go through all potential risks in detail during your consultation. In your initial meeting with your surgeon, they will give you advice for pre- and post-operative care. It is important that you follow this as it will further reduce any risks and complications.
There is always a risk that you may be unhappy with the result of your Brazilian butt lift. Therefore, we advise that you choose your surgeon carefully and make sure you spend as much time as you need discussing your desired outcomes. It is important that you chose a highly qualified and well experienced surgeon. At Medbelle all our surgeons are BAAPS/ BAPRAS approved and dedicated to helping you reach your goals.
After fat grafting, the body may absorb some of the fat that was injected. As a result, the volume of your butt lift may seem to fade over time. Your body may absorb anywhere between 30% to 40% of the grafted fat. This may, in turn, lead to asymmetry of the buttocks. You may, therefore, find that you need further treatment to get the outcome that you desire.
Brazilian butt lift preparation
How can I prepare for a Brazilian butt lift?
Before going in for your surgery, there are a few things that we recommend you do. These tips will allow you to have a more peaceful recovery. Our Brazilian butt lift preparation advice includes:
Preparation around the house
- Shopping & cooking
Before you come in for your Brazilian butt lift, it is a good idea to do a big grocery shop. This is so you do not strain yourself when carrying the heavy shopping bags. It may even be a good idea to cook some meals for the freezer so you do not have to worry about cooking.
- Household & cleaning
It may be a good idea to clean the house and do jobs such as laundry before your surgery. It is good to get jobs such as these out of the way so you do not need to worry about them while you are at home recovering.
To prevent straining yourself after your treatment, it is handy to remove mugs, crockery and food items from cupboards onto the kitchen counter.
What should you organise before surgery?
- Children and pets
You will need plenty of time to rest and recover after your treatment. It may therefore be useful to ask your friends and family to look after young children and pets for the first few days after your operation.
As you will not be able to drive at all after your treatment, it is a good idea to organise for someone to take you home. We also recommend that you have an adult with you for the first 24 hours after the operation. This is in case you were to feel dizzy or react to any of the anaesthetic or pain relief drugs your surgeon gives you.
What can you do after surgery?
To help your body heal and recover, try to eat a well-balanced diet after surgery. This should contain lots of vegetables and fruits, be high in protein and low in sodium. You should also drink plenty of water and caffeine free fluids. Avoid foods with high amounts of sugars and salt.
Many people find that after surgery they are more comfortable sleeping propped up on pillows. Therefore, we recommend that you prepare for this by getting plenty of extra pillows. Sleeping propped up can also help you reduce swelling and bruising.
After your surgery, you may experience some bruising and swelling of the treatment site. Because of this, many people find it more comfortable to wear loose clothing for a couple of weeks after the operation.
Brazilian butt lift aftercare
What can I expect after a Brazilian butt lift?
During your consultation, your Medbelle BAAPS/BAPRAS surgeon will give you specific instructions for your Brazilian butt lift aftercare. Your surgeon’s tips regarding aftercare are important to follow as they will help you during your recovery. They will give you specific time frames regarding driving, going back to work and resuming exercise. Furthermore, they will give you instructions regarding any medication you may need to apply or take to help your body heal. You can find general guidelines for the Brazilian butt lift aftercare below.
After your procedure, you will be taken into the recovery area where you will be closely monitored. You will stay in here for a few hours before being discharged home to check you are recovering well. Before you leave, a follow-up appointment with your surgeon will be arranged. This will usually take place one to two weeks after your surgery. During this appointment, your surgeon will check the treatment area is healing and check that you are recovering well. They will also check that no complications have arisen, and treat any that have.
Returning to work
You will need to take some time off work to help you with your recovery. Generally, you will be able to return to work after two weeks. During this time, it is important to sit on a pillow to avoid putting pressure on the treatment area. You will be able to return to all normal daily activities after around four weeks.
Returning to sport and exercise
For the first four weeks after your surgery, you will need to avoid all sport and strenuous exercise. This is because aerobic activity can increase the swelling of the treatment area and increase your recovery time.
After week four, you will be able to start doing some light exercise. This includes fast-paced walking. However, you should still avoid strenuous activity and contact sports.
After six to eight weeks you should be able to resume all sports and exercise. This includes contact sports and weightlifting.
It is important that for at least two weeks after your surgery that you avoid prolonged sitting. Furthermore, you should avoid direct pressure on the fat grafts as much as possible after your surgery. You can do this by using a pillow to raise your buttocks when you sit down.
In addition, you will be encouraged to sleep on your front or sides after surgery. You should avoid sleeping on your back as this applies pressure on the buttocks.
You will also be given a compression garment to wear after your surgery. Your surgeon will tell you specifically how long you should wear this for, but usually, you will have to wear the garment for around 8 weeks. This is to support the areas of liposuction and ensure they heal properly.
After your treatment, your surgeon will ask you to wear a compression garment around your buttocks and the areas you have had liposuction from. You must follow the instructions that your surgeon gives you regarding how long you must wear this garment for. They may ask you to wear the garment for a period of 2 to 8 weeks depending on your individual needs. This garment will reduce swelling and help towards achieving the best final result.
To help the results of your surgery last as long as possible, you should continue to eat a healthy well-balanced diet that contains lots of fruit and vegetables. You should try and eat foods that are high in protein and low in sodium and fats. You should try and drink lots of water and caffeine-free fluids.
Although you will be able to see the results of your buttock lift immediately, it can take three to twelve months to fully appreciate the final cosmetic results. The results of your buttock lift will be long-lasting, however, the transferred fat will act like all of the other fat in your body. This means that gaining lots of weight can increase the amount of fat in your buttocks and change the result of your butt lift. But also losing lots of weight may decrease the size of your bottom. Therefore, you should try and maintain a stable weight to gain the full benefits of your buttock lift. Remember that following your surgeon’s specific Brazilian butt lift aftercare advice will also help you prolong the results of your procedure.
Finally, although you will have an appointment with your surgeon for two weeks after your surgery, you must seek medical attention immediately if you experience the following symptoms:
- A temperature greater than 38.0°C
- Excessive bleeding from the incision sites
- Sudden severe pain that is not responding to painkillers
- A sudden increase in redness and swelling around the treatment site
Brazilian butt lift FAQs
Are the results of Brazilian butt lift permanent?
The results of a Brazilian butt lift with fat grafting will be long-lasting. However, over time your buttocks may change in size and shape with the rest of your body as part of natural aging. For the best results, you should try and maintain a stable weight through healthy eating and exercise.
Should I undergo buttock augmentation with implants or fat grafting?
This depends on a number of different factors. These include your desired outcomes, body shape and whether you are a good candidate for liposuction. For example, if you are slim and have very little fat for grafting, then implants may be the most appropriate option for you. Whereas, if you have sagging buttocks and/or have other problem areas where liposuction would be of benefit, then fat grafting may be the best option. Sometimes your surgeon can use a combination of both. You can discuss the options with your surgeon during consultation.
What effect will weight loss or gain have on the results of a Brazilian butt lift?
Once the fat is transferred into your buttocks it acts the same as fat anywhere else in your body. Therefore drastic weight loss after your surgery will reduce the size of your buttocks. Similarly, major weight gain may result in an increase in the size of your buttocks. This can, therefore, distort the contour and firmness of your buttocks and you may no longer be happy with the results.
The amount that your buttocks change depends on the amount gained or lost. Small fluctuations in weight will not have a dramatic effect on the shape and size of your buttocks. Therefore, we recommend that you try and maintain a stable weight after surgery.
Do I need a GP referral for cosmetic surgery?
Our surgeons will be happy to see you for a consultation without a referral from your GP. However, your surgeon will ask for your GP details so that they can obtain a record of your medical history.
What are the effects of drugs on surgery?
If you smoke, drink alcohol, are overweight or take prescription or recreational drugs, then you will be at an increased risk of developing complications during and after your procedure. Smoking, in particular, has quite a negative impact on the healing process. You should, therefore, stop smoking and using nicotine for at least six weeks before and after your treatment. This will help you during your recovery.