OverviewThe Brazilian Butt Lift is a type of cosmetic plastic surgery that improves the shape and size of the buttocks. Contrary to what you may think, the procedure is not named the Brazilian Butt Lift because it was developed in Brazil, or by a Brazilian plastic surgeon. Rather, the name is rooted in the reputation Brazilian women have for their perfectly formed buttocks.
Are You a Candidate?
Brazilian Butt Lift differs from some of the other popular aesthetic procedures in that its ideal candidates are drawn from a smaller group. Typically, candidates are women aged 18 – 30. It is not unheard of for men to undergo Brazilian Butt Lift, though instances are considerably fewer and further between.
Patients seeking Brazilian Butt Lift typically have flat, shapeless buttocks and/or loose skin. (If the skin is too loose, a surgical lift may be required.) More often than not, the buttocks do not seem to fit with the surrounding body. Patients seeking treatment wish to have a more fluid, natural appearance.
To determine whether you are a good candidate for Brazilian Butt Lift, it is recommended that you set up a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon for a thorough evaluation. During this consultation – which is typically free – your surgeon can determine your candidacy, in addition to discussing any alternative treatment options.
Butt Lift Procedure: Step-by-Step Guide
A Brazilian butt lift does not involve an implant of any kind. Implants are used with butt augmentation. The “lift” aspect of the treatment is the result of transferring fat from one part of the body and injecting it into another; in this case, the buttocks. This known as fat grafting. Implanting fat into the body for aesthetic purposes may strike you as counter-intuitive given the popularity of fat reduction procedures such as liposuction (lipoplasty), however fat actually has a number of rejuvenating properties that can enhance your appearance.
The following provides an overview of what typically occurs during the procedure:
- First, your surgeon will mark the areas of your body where the fat will be removed.
- You will be given anesthesia.
- Next, your surgeon extracts fat cells from excess deposits located in the thighs, abdomen or lower back.
- Once the fat is removed, it is carefully processed and purified.
- After purification, the fat is then placed or transferred to the buttocks using a special surgical tool called a cannula.
- The final step entails closing the incisions and applying bandages to the treated areas.
In some cases, your surgeon may suggest additional liposuction in the areas surrounding the buttocks to further accentuate the desired result; however this is not always necessary.
What to Expect During Your Recovery Time
Recovering from a Brazilian Butt Lift is a little more demanding that some other liposuction procedures. It is important to avoid sitting directly on your buttocks for at least 10 days after treatment. This is extremely important as it can affect blood circulation to the area and potentially destroy the transferred fat cells. In fact, as much as 40% of the transferred fat may not survive, regardless of whether or not you sit down.
You will experience tenderness in the buttocks and the areas on which liposuction was performed. This tenderness should dissipate in the short term. A compression garment will likely be provided to help limit discomfort. Within six to eight weeks, you can expect a full return to normal activity.
As with any cosmetic procedure, results can vary significantly from patient to patient. It is incredibly important that you thoroughly research the procedure and your surgeon prior to selecting treatment. Given the increased popularity of the procedure, there are a growing number of practitioners offering the service, with wildly varying experience levels and skill. The Brazilian Butt Lift consultation affords the perfect opportunity to evaluate a surgeon and practice facility, in addition to viewing before and after photos of past patients.
What Does a Butt Lift Cost?
The cost of Brazilian Butt Lift depends on a variety of factors, notably the practitioner performing the procedure and the location in which it is performed. In addition, cost is affected by the scope of the procedure. As you would expect, a butt lift requiring less liposuction and fat grafting will cost less than a butt lift requiring significant liposuction and fat grafting.
On average, Brazilian Butt Lift costs between $8,000 and $14,000. An elective procedure, it is not covered by health insurance, leaving you responsible for 100% of the cost. If you are interested in learning more about the procedure, or getting a unique cost estimate, set up a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon.