What Is a Brazilian Butt Lift?

The Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL) is a surgical butt augmentation procedure that enhances the volume and shape of the buttocks through fat transfer. In recent years, the popularity of the Brazilian Butt Lift has grown tremendously. Today, women are seeking a more prominent and perky buttocks that accentuate their curves and femininity.

BBL with fat transfer

With a Brazilian Butt Lift, not only is the size and shape of your buttocks enhanced, but the surrounding areas, like the back, hips and thighs, are contoured with liposuction, so that you truly look your best! At the Firouz Institute, Dr. Firouz, a premier butt lift surgeon is passionate about providing individualized Brazilian Butt Lift treatment plans and is able to deliver results for his many patients interested in this particular procedure. In fact, this is one of the more popular procedures performed by Dr. Firouz.

Who is a Candidate for Brazilian Butt Lift?

If you have ever thought the following, you may be a candidate for Brazilian Butt Lift:

*Provided that you have enough fatty tissue to be harvested via liposuction and then transferred to the buttocks.*

  • Your buttocks are too small for your body frame and you want a more balanced look.
  • Your butt is too flat or square and you want it to have more curves.
  • With age your butt has started to sag and you want more volume so it looks more youthful.
  • Weight loss has left your buttocks looks, sagging or flat.
  • Clothing and swimwear do not fit properly on your buttocks.
  • You desire a larger, curvier buttocks overall.

The ideal candidate for a Brazilian Butt Lift is a patient with enough fatty tissue to be harvested via liposuction and then transferred to the buttocks. If you do not have enough fat, Dr. Firouz may instruct you to gain weight before the surgery so that there is enough fat to give you the results you desire. It is also important that the patient’s buttock skin not be too loose or too tight in order to see the best results possible.

During your Brazilian Butt Lift consultation, Dr. Firouz will listen to your goals and expectations for surgery. Additionally, he will examine you to determine if you have enough fatty tissue to be transferred and give you a better idea of the realistic results you can expect given your body composition. It is Dr. Firouz’s top priority to provide his patients with individualized and compassionate care and encourages all of his patients to ask him as many questions as they would like so they feel completely comfortable with their decision to have a Brazilian Butt Lift.

Fat Transfers are Performed During a Butt Lift Procedure

Brazilian Butt Lift surgery works by transferring fat from other areas of the body to your buttocks in just one procedure. First, Dr. Firouz will perform liposuction in areas with excess fat, most commonly, the abdomen, back, thighs, hips, and flanks (or love handles.) When Dr. Firouz performs liposuction in these areas, he takes his time to not only remove the excess fat, but to also contour the areas to further enhance your results.

After Dr. Firouz completes liposuction, the fat suctioned from these areas is carefully purified and the STEM cells are separated and re-injected into the buttocks. One of the key benefits of a Brazilian Butt Lift is that the fat tissue being added is not foreign to the body; there is virtually no chance of rejection, making this a safe procedure.

Brazilian Butt Lift Expert and Plastic Surgeon

Brazilian Butt Lift surgeon Dr. Firouz shapes and contours the buttocks and liposuctioned areas. During the liposuction phase of the procedure, he uses a very fine cannula, which prevents the skin from denting and from lumps from forming in the skin (which are often seen after using a large cannula for liposuction). Using this smaller, finer cannula for liposuction takes much more time than the larger cannulas, but the results are remarkably better. The small cannula also allows him to be very meticulous and better sculpt the body. In the next phase of the procedure, he transfers the fat in multiple levels – below, within and above the muscle – to see the best results. Dr. Firouz has found that this technique gives patients the most natural looking butt augmentation results.

In addition to his surgical skill, the surgeon will tailor each Brazilian Butt Lift to the patient’s surgical goals. Dr. Firouz takes into consideration the following factors prior to surgery:

  • How many different areas need to be liposuctioned to harvest enough fat?
  • How much fat the patient wants removed/transferred?
  • How dramatic of results is the patient looking for?

If you are considering a Brazilian Butt Lift, it is essential you find a board-certified plastic surgeon to perform the procedure. Furthermore, we recommend choosing a board-certified plastic surgeon with extensive experience in Brazilian Butt Lift procedures, like Dr. Firouz, to ensure your procedure is safe and the results are stunning.

Recovery After Butt Lift Surgery

During your pre-op appointment, we will go over the Brazilian Butt Lift recovery process with you in great detail. Every patient heals differently, but here is a general idea of what you can expect:

  • You should refrain from sitting directly on your buttocks for 7 to 10 days following surgery. Dr. Firouz will let you know exactly when it is ok for you to sit normally again.
  • Expect to wear the compression garments that we provide you with for 3 to 6 weeks.
  • You can resume light exercise 3 weeks after your Brazilian Butt Lift and slowly work your way back up to your normal pre-surgery exercise routine.
  • It takes 3 to 4 months for all of the swelling to go away completely after surgery.

If you have any additional questions about recovery and aftercare, do not hesitate to call our office at 310.274.4321!

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Brazilian Butt Lift FAQs

Beverly Hills Brazilian Butt Lift surgeon, Dr. Jimmy Firouz, frequently answers patient’s questions on the popular site RealSelf.com. Here are some of the answers to Brazilian Butt Lift questions Dr. Firouz has provided that we think you will find useful as well! Some of the most common questions patients ask us about the Brazilian Butt Lift.

  • What’s the difference between Brazilian Butt Lift vs Butt Implants?

    Both Brazilian Butt Lift and Butt Implants enhance the size and shape of your buttocks profile. A Brazilian Butt Lift enlarges the buttocks via fat transfer using your own natural fatty tissue, while Butt Implants are made of silicone and placed in the buttocks. If you do not have enough fat to be transferred, then implants are likely the best option for you. If you do have enough fat to be transferred, then Brazilian Butt Lift is a great option. When possible, Dr Firouz prefers Brazilian Butt Lift over butt implants for several reasons:

    • Less risk of infection because it uses your own fat; the fat won’t be rejected by your body, which could happen to an implant.
    • Can sculpt other areas of your body with lipo, creating very balanced and natural looking results for your entire body.
    • Can shape the fat transferred into the buttocks to look more natural than implants.
  • If I don’t have enough fat now, can I gain weight and then have a Brazilian Butt Lift?

    Yes! If you currently do not have enough fat, we can come up with a plan for how much weight you will need to gain in order to have enough fat for a Brazilian Butt Lift. Once you have gained the weight, we can schedule the liposuction and Brazilian Butt Lift procedure.
  • Is Brazilian Butt Lift safe?

    Overall the Brazilian Butt Lift is a safe procedure. Liposuction is safe with relatively low complication rates. Additionally, fat transfer is safe because it is not a foreign object or substance, meaning that your body will not reject it. With that said, every surgery has risks associated with it, so be sure to discuss these in more detail with Dr. Firouz prior to surgery.
  • How much larger will my butt be after the Brazilian Butt Lift?

    The answer to this question varies from one patient to the next. The amount of enhancement depends on several factors, including:

    • How large the patient wants the buttocks to be after surgery.
    • The amount of fat we are able to harvest via liposuction.
    • The contrast in contouring of the surrounding areas from the liposuction.
    Overall, Dr. Firouz’s goal is to give you the results you desire, as long as your expectations are realistic.
  • How long do the results of the Brazilian Butt Lift last?

    For most patients, the results of the butt lift are long-lasting. The results will last longer if the fat is purified and re-injected properly. Since the fatty tissue being injected is your own, the body will actually provide this tissue with a blood supply. While a portion of the transferred fat will reabsorb prior to receiving this blood supply, approximately 50 to 70 percent of the fat cells injected will stay in place in your buttocks long-term.

Questions Asked by Our Patients.

Dr. Firouz often answers questions from people like you on RealSelf.com. We thought these Brazilian Butt Lift questions and answers might be useful for you as well!

  • What questions should you ask at a BBL consultation?

    What are some important questions you should ask a doctor when getting a consultation for a BBL?

    This is a great question! I always recommend that patients come into their consultation with a list of Brazilian Butt Lift questions written out so they make sure to ask me everything they have been thinking about. Here are some of the questions I recommend you ask your surgeon:

    • Are you a board-certified plastic surgeon? (It is very important you see a board-certified plastic surgeon, not a cosmetic surgeon, to make sure your procedure is not only as successful as possible but as safe as possible.)
    • How many Brazilian Butt Lift procedures do you perform a year?
    • Can I see before and after pictures of your previous Brazilian Butt Lift patients?
    • Do you use a big or a small cannula for the liposuction? (A small cannula is best because it prevents divots and dents in the skin, which are often seen after using a large cannula for lipo. Using this smaller, finer cannula for liposuction takes much more time than the larger cannulas, but the results are remarkably better. The small cannula also allows me to be very meticulous and better sculpt the body.)
    • Is my current weight appropriate for the procedure?
    • How many different areas are you going to need to liposuction?
    • What sort of results can I expect?
    • Are there any of your patients that have had the procedure that I can talk to about their experience?
    • What is recovery like after a Brazilian Butt Lift?
    • Are there any complications I might be at risk for?

    Asking these questions should give you a good idea of the surgeon’s expertise in Brazilian Butt Lift procedures and help you determine if it is the right procedure for you. Good luck!

  • Can I get a small butt for the brazilian butt lift surgery?

    Hi, I noticed that for the Brazilian butt lift surgery you need a good amount of fat so that you can transfer it out to your butt however, what if you only have a small amount of fat and only want a small but round butt? The brazilian butt lift surgeries I have seen the butt is always really big and I want something a little bit smaller. If that is the case would the pricing be the same?

    I would need to examine you in person to determine if you have enough fat for a successful fat transfer to the buttocks. While you are hoping for less dramatic results with your Brazilian Butt Lift, we would still need to make sure there is enough fat to give you these results. The good news is that every Brazilian Butt Lift procedure should be completely customized to the patient. There is no standard formula, and a great surgeon will modify the work from patient to patient. In terms of pricing, at my office, we do have a price range depending on how many different areas need to be liposuctioned to acquire enough fat for the transfer. So in your case, it is possible that the pricing would be on the lower end since you do not want as much fat transferred to your buttocks. However, if we need to liposuction multiple areas to get enough fat (because there is not enough fat in your abdomen alone) then the cost will go up. Hope that helps!

  • How long does it take for the swelling to disappear after Brazilian Butt Lift and Liposuction?

    I am wider across the back and stomach than pre-surgery and I wear my compression garment 24/7, I am currently 2 weeks post-op. Feeling discouraged please help.

    It is common to still be swollen just 2 weeks post-op and you may continue to experience swelling for up to 6 weeks, if not more, after surgery. It may appear that you are wider across your back and stomach because of the swelling and fluid that may still be draining from the liposuction. Most importantly, if this is a huge concern or causing you any unusual pain I would address this with your plastic surgeon. Do not feel discouraged yet because you are still in the first few weeks of your recovery. I always recommend my patients wait to go clothes shopping until 3 months after this kind of procedure because that is around the time patients begin to see their final results.

  • Is it ok to continue to receive Botox injections (in the forehead) prior to having a Brazilian Butt Lift? Thanks!

    I allow my patients to continue Botox injections prior to surgery. The only things I advise my patients to discontinue, starting two weeks before surgery, are: drinking alcohol, smoking, vitamins, herbal supplements, Aspirin, Advil, Motrin or anything containing those, and any other medications that I have not OK’d.

  • Brazilian Butt Lift prices – Why do they vary so much from doctor to doctor?

    I’m researching a BBL and I’ve noticed pricing is all over the board. Is there a reason why some doctors charge more than others? I’m noticing a lot of people are traveling inside the US and outside as well for their surgeries. Is this a good idea? Any risks? Should you have surgery in your area in case their are complications? If I travel, what happens when I get home and need checkups? Thanks.

    First and foremost, you should only have a Brazilian Butt Lift with a board-certified plastic surgeon to ensure a safe procedure, and furthermore, I strongly recommend against traveling to another country for cheaper surgery options. It is normal for surgeons to charge different prices for surgeries, including Brazilian Butt Lifts. Even within my own practice, my price will vary depending on the following factors:

    • How many different areas I have to liposuction to harvest enough fat
    • How much fat the patient wants removed/transferred
    • How dramatic of results is the patient looking for

    Additionally, I use a very fine cannula, which prevents divots and dents in the skin from liposuction, which is often seen after using a large cannula for lipo. Using this smaller, finer cannula for lipo takes much more time than the larger cannulas, but the results are remarkably better. The small cannula also allows me to be very meticulous and better sculpt the body.

    Hope that helps explain the variables in pricing.

  • BBL. Which is better: transferring fat below or above the muscle?

    Which one is better for bbl…..fat injection under the muscles or above the muscles? Thank you.

    To see the best results from a Brazilian Butt Lift the fat should be transferred in multiple levels – below, within and above the muscle. This technique will give you the best-looking results. Make sure you consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon who is well-experienced with Brazilian Butt Lift procedures.

  • How many weeks after a Brazilian Butt Lift can I safely sit for extended periods without compromising optimal results?

    I advise all of my Brazilian Butt Lift patients to keep pressure off of the buttocks for at least 8 weeks. Pressure will destroy the transferred fat. I do not allow my patients to sit AT ALL for the first 10 days. After the initial 10 days, I recommend two different methods so that the patient may sit without putting direct pressure on the buttocks. The first is a “donut pillow” which is placed beneath the posterior hamstrings and does not touch the buttocks. This donut pillow keeps the buttocks in the air and avoids pressure on the newly grafted tissue. With this technique, you can return to work, drive, etc.I do not allow patients to sit without this pillow for two months. You can find these online or at most drug stores.

    The second method is a cane sling seat. When you sit on this seat, the buttocks hangs off of the back of the chair, so no pressure is placed on them. However, if the patient has had fat transferred to the intergluteal crease, the donut pillow should be the only technique used.

    Putting pressure on the buttocks too soon following a Brazilian Butt Lift procedure will affect the results of your surgery, so be sure to discuss all of your post-operative options and instructions with a board-certified plastic surgeon!