Brazilian Butt Lift
At Buckhead Plastic Surgery, Atlanta
A Brazilian butt lift uses a combination of liposuction and fat grafting to enlarge the buttocks. Fatty tissue that has been liposuctioned is placed into the buttocks to enhance their size and shape.
How It's Done
First the patient undergoes liposuction. Liposuctioning of the hips, the area below the buttocks, and the lower portion of the back are an essential part of the operation. Other areas may be liposuctioned as well, adding to the pool of fat that can be grafted back into the buttocks.
Liposuctioning the lower back, hips and the area below the buttocks reduces these areas, thus helping to accentuate the buttocks. Placing the liposuctioned fat into the buttocks increases the size of the buttocks, accentuating the definition of the buttocks even more. The combination of the two leads to the most fullness possible with this technique.
Deciding if You Are Right for a Brazilian Butt Lift
The average patient is a female in her late teens to mid-30s. Men also occasionally undergo this procedure. The patient typically complains that their buttocks don't fit the rest of their body – they are too small and too flat. Most patients have at least some accompanying fatty tissue on the lower back, on top of their buttocks, on their hips and thighs and below their buttocks.
The skin is usually in good condition and is not saggy. This procedure wil,l however, fill out some sagging skin. If your skin is exceptionally loose, you may need a surgical butt lift (that tightens the skin and pulls the buttocks up) followed by a Brazilian lift. A patient with minimal or no excessive fatty tissue would not be a candidate because there would not enough fatty tissue from other areas to fill out the buttocks.
The recovery is moderate. The buttocks will be tender and the areas where the liposuction was performed will also be tender. Pain medications control this tenderness. Unlike the recovery for liposuction, you cannot sit on your buttocks for 10 days to two weeks after the procedure. This time is needed in order for the transferred fat to obtain a blood supply and start to live and grow in its new environment. Sitting on your buttocks will keep the blood supply from getting to the new fat cells. They will not survive and you will lose your correction. A compression garment will still be worn just like after liposuction.
What to Expect
The results of the Brazilian butt lift can vary. The amount of fatty tissue that survives and the amount of fatty tissue that is grafted lends to the overall result. Approximately 60 to 80 percent of the fatty tissue that is transferred into the buttocks survives.
Immediately after surgery, you will notice that your buttocks are larger. This enlargement is the result of two components: the fatty component that will live in its new environment producing the permanent change and edema or swelling that occurs in an area of surgery. The edema will resolve over three to six weeks, leaving you with the final result.
Post-operative weight gain will make your buttocks larger and weight loss will make your buttocks smaller after the procedure. Occasionally a patient will need two grafting sessions in order to obtain the fullness they desire.
As with any surgical procedure there are risks associated with butt augmentation. Absolutely following your post operative instructions and returning for post-op care will minimize your risks. Please see informed consent for a complete list of possible risks.
- The first day is moderately uncomfortable.
- On day 2-5, tenderness rapidly resolves. You are able to move around the house more freely without assistance.
- From day 1-14, you must remain off your buttocks to help the transferred fatty tissue survive.
- After 5-7 days, you may be able to return to work. Please consult with Dr. Larsen to discuss your return to work schedule.
- In 2-3 weeks, you may be able to increase activities such as walking, easy exercises on machines such as the stair step and/or treadmill.
- After 6-8 weeks, you may be able to return to full exercise.
- Over your lifetime, continue with diet, exercise and healthy lifestyle changes in order to retain the benefits from your surgery.
Learn More About the Brazilian Butt Lift in Atlanta
Do you need more information about the Brazilian butt lift in Atlanta? Contact the office of double board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Alan N. Larsen. Our plastic surgery office is located in the Buckhead area of North Atlanta. Call (404) 367‐9005 to inquire about a consultation.