Fear less, hope more; Eat less, chew more; Whine less, breath more; Talk less, say more; Love more, and all good things will be yours! – Swedish Proverb
Remember when you were younger and had full, round buttocks that you could show off in form fitting pants and dresses? Your buttock contour once contributed to the sensual curves of your body. Unfortunately, with aging, weight fluctuations and pregnancy, the shape of your buttocks has changed and it's no longer as firm, curved or perky as before.
You're not happy with the shape and projection of your buttocks. This affects your overall body contour. You don't fill out your pants and the older you get, the worse the appearance of your butt becomes. A Brazilian butt lift can reshape your buttocks and make them larger.
Using your own fat to enhance your butt
Brazilian butt lift surgery is essentially the transfer of fat from one part of your body to your buttocks. The fat can be taken from anywhere on your body, as long as there's enough of it and it is safe to do so. The most common areas are:
- waist and flanks (side of waist between ribs and hips)
- to a lesser extent, the thighs
That means you'll get more an hourglass figure, characterized by a leaner mid-section and better defined waist that will enhance the projection of your buttocks. This is something that the traditional method of butt augmentation with butt implants alone can't do.
Unique point: usually, only one fat transfer session is required
Some surgeons require two or more fat transfer treatments to get the results that their patients want. While this can be done in-office, it still requires your time to come in to get it done, as well as dealing with the recovery period afterward.
Most of my patients can achieve the fuller, curvier buttocks they want in just one fat transfer session. However, I still tell my patients that an additional session may be necessary just in case.
Unique point: applying gentle techniques to preserve fat longevity for longer lasting results
The main problem with fat transfer is its longevity once placed into the buttocks. In most cases, well over half of the transferred fat does not take. As the fat cells disperse, results of surgery become undone. Then, another procedure has to be performed.
For this reason, I do two things: the first thing is that I purify the fat to remove impurities that could damage it. Secondly, I also perform precise injection techniques. I make sure to place the transferred fat into areas that will support its presence and will achieve your desired results. This allows for new blood vessels to naturally form. The vessels deliver the nourishment the fat needs to survive.
Brazilian butt lift is just clever marketing terminology for a fat transfer to the buttocks. The procedure has been performed for years and only recently has it been given a special name. – Dr. Leila Kasrai
What will happen during your Brazilian butt lift
Local anesthesia is administered. General anesthesia is required if higher volumes of fat are removed.
Tiny incisions are made in the donor sites. Through these incisions, liposuction is performed to extract the desired amount of fat. The incisions are closed and dressed.
Next, I carefully purify the fat using advanced technology. The purified fat is then strategically re-injected into the buttock region.
Recovering from your surgery
- Swelling, bruising and discomfort
- Take care of the area by following post-op instructions
- Four to ten days off, or longer if necessary
After your Brazilian butt lift procedure, I'll provide you with antibiotics as well as mild painkillers to keep you comfortable during the recovery process.
You'll need to wear a compression garment around the liposuctioned areas for about a week. The garment will help with swelling.
Brazilian butt lift is a somewhat challenging procedure. This is because it is often difficult to determine how much fat is needed to achieve the desired results. More than 50% of the injected fat dissolves due to lack of blood supply, even though I make sure to take certain precautions to minimize this. For this reason, your butt may look too big at first, because I'll need to over-inject the amount of fat into it. However, as you recover, you'll notice that your buttocks will look more and more as you hoped. The swelling can take a few weeks to subside so please by patient in your recovery and follow your post-surgical care instructions closely.
Any sutures and drainage tubes will be removed within seven to 10 days. You won't be able to sit directly on your butt for a couple of weeks. Placing any pressure on the transferred fat for a long period of time can harm your results, preventing vessels to form.
You can expect to have some bruising for about three to four weeks, after which time all normal activities can be resumed. Most patients who do not have sedentary jobs are able to return to work within a few days. Others may have to be out of work for up to 10 days or longer.
A youthful and sexier body shape
A flat butt can make you look older than you actually are. However, after your surgery, you won't have to worry about that anymore! My patients love showing off their new butt and leaner mid-section in tight jeans and skirts. They report feeling more attractive and sexier, which is how you'll feel, too.
Frequently asked questions about Brazilian butt lifts
What is a Brazilian butt lift?
A Brazilian butt lift is procedure that takes fat from one or more parts of your body so that it can be put into your buttocks. The goal is to give you a leaner countour while at the same time augmenting your buttocks and reshaping them. Brazilian butt lift is a marketing term — the medical term for this procedure is autologous fat grafting or fat transfer to the buttocks.
Where is the fat taken from?
The best part of the body to get fat is the flanks, however the mid-section and thighs are also popular
I don't have much fat on my body. Can I still get a Brazilian butt lift?
It depends on how rounder and fuller you'd like your buttocks to be. If you are slender but want a much larger buttocks, then this might not be possible. During your consultation, I'll assess your body and goals to determine whether your desired expectations can be met.
Is this safe?
Autologous fat transfer has been performed for decades. Even though Brazilian butt lifts have only recently become popular, the treatment has been around for a few years. One study states that it was first presented in 1987.
What does the surgery involve?
The first step of the surgery is liposuction. I perform tumescent liposuction. Then, the fat is purified. Finally, it is injected into the buttocks until the desired shape is achieved.
You may find that at first, your buttocks appear larger than you'd like. This is caused by two factors: swelling and overfilling. Overfilling, in which too much fat is injected, is done because your body tends to reabsorb a high percentage of the transferred fat. Over time, as the swelling goes down and some fat is absorbed, you'll notice that your desired buttock contour gradually becomes more visible. Like a 2015 study that was published in Plastic Reconstructive Surgery, my patients tend to get excellent results with their Brazilian butt lift, and I expect you will as well.
Can I get a tummy tuck at the same time?
While it is possible to have these two procedures done at the same time, I certainly do not advise it. The reason is because you'll have a difficult time during your recovery, considered to be the most important part of the surgical experience. During the first few weeks after a Brazilian butt lift, you won't be able to lie on your back, and if you have a tummy tuck, you won't be able to lie on your front for long periods of time. If liposuction was performed on your sides, you may not even be able to lie on your side. How will you rest or sleep, then? You'll have to switch positions constantly to avoid damaging any of the treated areas.
How long will my results last?
Your results are long lasting, changing only with the effects of aging and weight fluctuations. Smoking may be another factor in the survivability of fat. This is because nicotine can contrict and impair the growth of blood vessels that are essential in supporting transferred fat.
I've developed a number of advanced techniques and sound surgical judgment to minimize any risks related to your surgery. However, you should still know the risks:
- Hematoma and seroma
- Reactions to anesthesia
There is a higher risk in patients who have poor circulation. Make sure to not smoke in the weeks before your surgery, and as you heal afterwards.