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.

The Procedure

First liposuction is performed, typically of the hips, abdomen, below the buttocks, and lower portion of the back. Other areas may be liposuctioned as well, adding to the 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.

Is The Brazilian Butt Lift Right For You?

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 doesn’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 will 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 buttocks and liposuctioned areas will be tender. Dr. Wright will provide pain medications to 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 is 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. Following all of your post operative instructions and returning for post-op visits will minimize your risks.

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If you have further questions about the Brazilian Butt Lift procedure please call our office or fill out our online contact form to submit your questions to Dr. Wright.