Female Model with Jeans Considering a Brazilian Butt Lift

What is the situation with your rear end? Do you have the tight, sculpted butt of your dreams? Or does your buttocks leave something to be desired?

For many men and women in Beverly Hills and West Hollywood, the answer is, unfortunately, the latter. Over time, our butts tend to get a little saggy, and there is only so much that squats and lunges can do to whip the glutes back into shape.

Thankfully, there are a number of surgical solutions available to those who long for a pert, athletic butt. The most popular option of all is the Brazilian butt lift.

If you have been thinking about getting plastic surgery to enhance the look of your hindquarters, we encourage you to learn more about the Brazilian butt lift procedure. And do not worry: In this post, we will cover all the basics.

01. What is a Brazilian butt lift, anyway?

The best place to start is at the very beginning: What exactly is the Brazilian butt lift?

Essentially, it is a process that involves a plastic surgeon taking excess fat from problem areas of your body… think thighs, love handles, or potbelly. Using liposuction, this unwanted fat will be sucked out, then used to fill in your buttocks for a fuller, more sculpted look.

The ultimate goal of the Brazilian butt lift is to improve the proportions of your entire lower body, both by helping you remove fat from those problem areas while also ensuring that your butt has a great shape and contour.

02. Why do they call it the Brazilian butt lift?

While the procedure is technically just known as a Butt Fill, Brazilian butt lift is obviously much catchier. As for where that name originated, though, there is not really a consensus view.

  • Some say that the Brazilian butt lift is so named because it was developed by Dr. Ivo Pitanguy, a famous Brazilian surgeon.
  • Others say that the procedure was invented in America but was first practiced on a Brazilian patient, and for whatever reason, the association just stuck.
  • Still, others contend that full, shapely butts are associated with the women of Brazil, hence the name of this procedure.

No one knows for sure which of these explanations is most valid, but one thing is certain: The Brazilian butt lift has really exploded in popularity and currently stands as the most popular butt enhancement procedure available in the United States.

03. Why consider a Brazilian butt lift?

The short answer to this question: You might consider a Brazilian butt lift to help you get the full, shapely rear end of your dreams.

Another good answer: The Brazilian butt lift actually lets you kill two birds with one stone, getting liposuction and gluteal enhancement in a single procedure.

But it is also worth noting that many genetic factors play a role in how the lower half of our body looks. Your bone structure is part of it, and so is the way in which your body stores fat.

If you are unhappy with the way your butt looks, diet and exercise may help make it more muscular; however, these lifestyle changes may prove insufficient for addressing problems with flat buttocks.

But if lifestyle changes cannot help you overcome the effects of genetics, plastic surgery can! Specifically, a Brazilian butt lift procedure can help you achieve any of the following effects:

  • Improve the contours and curves of your lower body
  • Get rid of fat pockets at your hips, thighs, and belly
  • Bring fullness to a flat booty
  • Help your clothing fit in a more pleasing, attractive way
  • Bring a more proportional appearance to your upper and lower body

If you are looking to accomplish any of these aesthetic goals, then a Brazilian butt lift may be the perfect procedure for you.

04. Are there other options for butt augmentation?

The Brazilian butt lift is not the only way to achieve a fuller rear end or a more proportional lower body.

Another option to think about is getting butt implants.

Also known as gluteal implants, this procedure involves silicone discs being inserted into the buttocks, lending them a fuller appearance. While butt implants can sometimes be effective, they are also rather problematic and come with a high risk of postoperative complications. Some of the most common butt implant complications include infections and excessive swelling.

Indeed, while some patients get butt implants and are very happy with them, others complain about pain. This pain may be due to an infection that has developed, or it may be because the implants have rotated in a harmful way. It may also be worth noting that butt implants will make your butt look bigger, but not always better; sometimes, they leave you with a booty that is a little bit droopy or unnatural.

Given that a Brazilian butt lift offers more consistent results without as much risk and that these two procedures are in the same basic price range, the Brazilian butt lift is almost certainly the way to go. However, if you have any more questions about the pros and cons of butt implants, you can always reach out to consult with a plastic surgeon.

05. Am I a good candidate for a Brazilian butt lift?

If you are interested in this procedure, one of the first steps is meeting with a plastic surgeon who will “qualify” you for a butt lift. This simply means ensuring that you are a good candidate for safe and effective surgery.

For starters, in order to get a Brazilian butt lift, you will need to see if you have enough extra fat that can be sucked out and used to enhance the shape of your buttocks. Generally speaking, this means having a body mass index of at least 22, though there are exceptions.

It is also important that you be in good physical shape overall, as recovery from a Brazilian butt lift can take some time and will require all your strength. If you have adopted a healthy lifestyle, including a sound diet and regular exercise, then you are very likely eligible for a Brazilian butt lift.

Another important consideration is smoking. You will need to abstain from any nicotine use for at least two weeks before the procedure and then for at least two weeks after. Why is this so important? Well, primarily because it causes the blood vessels to constrict. When you get a Brazilian butt lift, however, you need those blood vessels to be as big and as healthy as can be, providing a healthy blood supply to the fat that is taken from problem areas and then injected into the buttocks.

The bottom line: If you are a smoker, you are much more likely to lose fat cells during or just after the procedure, which means your results will not be as good as those of a non-smoker.

If you have any specific questions about your eligibility for a safe, effective Brazilian butt lift, we really do encourage you to speak with a plastic surgeon one-on-one.

06. How else should I prepare for a Brazilian butt lift?

In addition to nicotine cessation, there are a few other steps you can take to prepare for a Brazilian butt lift.

  • Enlist someone to help you. You will need someone there to drive you home following your procedure. In addition, it is recommended that you have someone to stay with you for the first 24 hours or so, monitoring you and providing help should any emergencies or complications arise.
  • Stock up on fluids. After your procedure, you will want to stay hydrated with plenty of water and Gatorade. Not only will this help flush the lingering anesthesia out of your system, but it will also expedite the healing process.
  • Maintain a healthy diet. Both before and after the procedure, make sure you stick with nutritious foods that will give your body the strength it needs to properly heal.
  • Prepare your home. First and foremost, understand that you will not be able to sit on your bottom for at least two weeks. You will also need assistance moving around and getting snacks or drinks, especially for the first week of your recovery. Above all, make sure you have either a couch or a bed where you can rest comfortably on your stomach.
  • Take some PTO. It is highly recommended that patients take one to two full weeks to rest and recover, which will give optimal results from their Brazilian butt lift procedure.
  • Talk with your surgeon about pain management options and aftercare. Before you go in for your surgery, make sure you have all the information you need about compression garments and wound care. And, if your surgeon prescribes a pain management option, fill that prescription in advance.

For any more questions about preparing for a Brazilian butt lift, speak with your surgeon directly.

07. How can I ensure the best possible results from my Brazilian butt lift?

A successful Brazilian butt lift procedure is not necessarily determined by how much fat you have implanted but rather by how much of that fat you retain.

Following the procedure, it is not uncommon for 30 or 40 percent of the transplanted fat to atrophy, which can diminish your results. Thankfully, there are a few practical steps you can take to guarantee as much fat retention as possible.

Some general guidelines for fat retention include:

  • Avoid sitting on your bottom for the first two weeks. Yes, this can be challenging… but when you sit down on your rear end, it puts a lot of stress on that new fat and may do permanent damage. Try to lie on your stomach as much as possible, and if you need to sit, either sit on your side or else place pillows under your thighs to keep the pressure off those new fat grafts.
  • Take a break from the gym. Brazilian butt lift patients are encouraged to take a two-month hiatus from the gym. The reason? Fat-burning cardio workouts can, well, burn fat, including that new fat in your buttocks.
  • Maintain your body weight. Make sure you have a nutrition plan in place to avoid any sudden weight gain (or weight loss), which might inadvertently sabotage those newfound lower body curves.

08. What are the risks associated with a Brazilian butt lift?

As with any surgical intervention, the Brazilian butt lift can be accompanied by some risks. Generally, these are the same risks you would experience from any liposuction procedure.

Specifically, the risks of a Brazilian butt lift include infection, bleeding, contour irregularities, seromas (fluid collections under the skin), and asymmetry of the buttocks. All of these are fairly low risks, but they do exist, and patients should be aware of them.

There is also a possibility that you will develop some blood clots in your legs as the procedure is carried out. This risk can be minimized by the use of compression garments and by getting up and walking as soon as possible after your surgery is completed.

09. Is it possible that I am too thin for a Brazilian butt lift?

Again, it is imperative to understand that a successful Brazilian butt lift requires you to have some excess/unwanted fat somewhere on your body; a good metric here is BMI of 22 or more, though this is just a rule of thumb.

So what about patients who simply do not have enough extra fat? What about those who are simply too thin to have a Brazilian butt lift?

Unfortunately, the only other option is to use silicone butt implants. And like we said before, these implants are not as effective as fat transfers. They require larger incisions, they come with a higher risk of infection, and they can sometimes rotate, causing pain or leading to uneven results.

And before you ask, the answer is no; you cannot use fat from another person in order to have a successful Brazilian butt lift.

10. How does the fat transfer work?

One of the great things about getting a Brazilian butt lift is that it basically lets you have two cosmetic procedures at once: Not only can you get a fuller, more contoured rear end, but you also get to have stubborn fat and flab removed from elsewhere on your body.

So how exactly does this work? Your plastic surgeon can help you identify the places on your body that offer sufficient fat volume for an effective transfer. Ideally, this fat will be taken from your thighs, your hips, or somewhere on your abdomen.

The fat is suctioned from your body using liposuction, then collected and sterilized. Then, your plastic surgeon will inject the fat into your buttocks and shape it, providing you with the contoured butt you hoped for.

11. How will my butt feel?

Naturally, when you get a Brazilian butt lift, your primary goal is to change the appearance of your lower body. It is not enough to ensure that your butt looks a certain way; however, ideally, you also want it to have the right feel.

Those concerned that their augmented butt will feel “fake” or artificial need not worry. Because the Brazilian butt lift involves transplanted fat from your own body, the results will feel completely natural and normal. There will be nothing weird or unusual about the texture or consistency of the skin on your booty.

Another implication of this: If you gain weight, your buttocks will gain it just like the rest of your body. And, the same holds true if you lose weight.

12. What if I want to get pregnant one day?

A number of women show an interest in getting a Brazilian butt lift but also have concerns about future complications; in particular, you may wonder if there is anything unwise about getting a Brazilian butt lift if you also hope to one day get pregnant.

The short answer: Even if you hope to get pregnant one day, it is still safe to get a Brazilian butt lift. There is no need for you to wait until your childbearing days are over for you to pursue the full, shapely buttocks you desire.

Certainly, women gain weight during pregnancy, but for most women, this weight gain is not excessive. And, much of that weight gain is from the baby, the amniotic fluid, and weight gained in the breasts and abdominal region – not necessarily the butt. As such, pregnancy-related weight gain is unlikely to diminish the results of your Brazilian butt lift.

13. Will insurance pay for my Brazilian butt lift?

Sadly, most health insurance companies are not going to see the value in shapely buttocks. Insurers typically only cover procedures that are deemed medically necessary, and a Brazilian butt lift is unlikely to fit that description. If you have questions about the cost of a Brazilian butt lift or about financing options, reach out to your plastic surgeon directly.

14. Will an intense workout impact the results of my Brazilian butt lift?

This is a great question. After all, when you have a strenuous workout, it can burn fat… and the fat on your buttocks is subject to being burned by exercise, just like any other fat on your body.

So, there is reason to be concerned about exercise essentially undoing the results of your Brazilian butt lift. However, you can mitigate this risk by following a few workout guidelines. Here are our recommendations for physical fitness post-butt lift:

  • Spot training, in and of itself, is not necessarily a bad thing. To be sure, it can be highly frustrating that exercising a certain part of the body does not guarantee fat loss in that area. In this instance, however, this might actually be an advantage. You can work your glutes in isolation without worrying that it will diminish the results of your Brazilian butt lift.
  • Be careful about fat burning workouts. Try to avoid short, intense workouts that focus on your major muscle groups, including the chest, back, and legs. These workouts are more likely to burn fat than longer aerobic or cardiovascular workouts. As such, they may compromise the results of your butt augmentation.
  • Remember that your fat loss will be uniform. In other words, you may lose volume in your booty, but it will be proportional to fat loss elsewhere on your body… which means the basic shape and proportionality of your buttocks should be unchanged.

15. What else should I know about exercising following a Brazilian butt lift?

Once you are out of surgery, you will be encouraged to get up and take a short walk as soon as you are able. This is an important precaution against blood clots. However, you will want to hold off on any kind of weight training or aerobic exercise (even the lightest forms of it) for several weeks. And, any kind of strenuous, fat-burning exercise should be put on hold for at least eight weeks, giving your body time to recover.

After eight weeks, once you head back to the gym, the following kinds of workouts can be especially advantageous:

  • Interval training
  • Circuit-style routines
  • Heavy weight training

16. How can I prevent complications from my Brazilian butt lift?

There are a number of potential complications you might experience following a butt lift… and thankfully, all of them can be preventable. The four most common complications are infection at the surgical site, uneven buttocks, anesthesia complications, and loss of transferred fat.

We have already discussed the loss of transferred fat, but as for the other three complications, here are our recommendations:

  • The Brazilian butt lift does require some very small incisions at the buttocks and also at the site of fat removal. There is always a possibility of an incision site becoming infected. The best way to avoid this is to refrain from submerging your bottom in water before your surgeon provides the go-ahead.
  • There is also a risk that actions you take during the recovery process leave you with uneven buttocks. This can be prevented by avoiding direct pressure to both buttocks during your recovery, for however long your surgeon recommends.
  • Finally, though anesthesia complications are exceedingly rare, they can happen. The best way to protect yourself against anesthesia complications is to provide your plastic surgeon with a complete medical history, ensuring you are sedated properly.

Getting the Contours You Have Always Wanted

While the Brazilian butt lift may not be the best option for everyone, it can certainly be a great way to fix your flat booty and to bring some nice, proportional curves to the lower half of your body. If you have any questions about your eligibility for a butt augmentation procedure, reach out to your plastic surgeon directly.