Patients often prefer this procedure over implants for a couple of reasons: first, we’re using their own fat, so the chance of infection is very, very low and there are no buttock implant-related problems, such as migration, movement, infection or extrusion. In addition, there is the added bonus of slimming the areas around the buttock, which not only enhances the final results, but is something that is not routinely done with buttock implants.
The ideal patient for this procedure has some extra fat that she wants removed, for example around the waistline, the abdomen or the thighs, and wants the buttocks to be fuller and more lifted in appearance. It’s also important for patients to be in overall good health and to not use nicotine products around the time of the procedure.
We start a Brazilian Butt Lift by removing or harvesting fat carefully from areas of excess, such as the tummy, thighs, and hips. Then we filter and remove any excess fluid from this fat before we transfer it to the buttock- this is a key step to help the fat last or “take”. I will then contour the areas from which we removed the excess fat so we can achieve a nice contour, similar to our regular liposuction procedures. Finally, we carefully transfer the fat evenly into each buttock and shape it, to create fullness and lift. The entire procedure takes about 2-3 hours and patients go home the same day.
Most patients have soreness for a few days but are able to return to work in about a week. We ask patients to be up and walking from the first day of surgery, but no heavy or strenuous exercises for 4-6 weeks. There is also a special garment we ask patients to wear for a few weeks to help with swelling.