A Brazilian butt lift is the term most people would hear in the media to refer to improvement of the fullness and contour of the buttocks. Specifically, this procedure involves transferring a patient’s own fat from other areas to the buttocks to allow for fullness in anatomically appropriate areas of the buttocks and give the appearance of a lift in the upper buttocks.
What is involved with a Brazilian butt lift?
Most often patients present with the complaint of flattened buttocks. Oftentimes feeling that their buttocks has developed a saggy appearance and has lost fullness in the upper aspect. The best treatment option available for this is fat injections. For this procedure, liposuction is performed in other areas of the body, typically the body, waistline, and sometimes the thighs to be utilized to augment the buttocks. A variation of typical liposuction is used for this procedure in order to remove the fat in a non-traumatic way and protect the viability of the fat cells that will be injected into the buttocks. This fat is then specially processed in the operating room to achieve optimal viability of the injected fat. It is then transferred into the buttocks into specific anatomic areas to give fullness as desired by the patient. In this procedure, the patient gets the obvious direct result of fullness and improved shape to the buttocks, but there is a secondary improvement in the buttocks by the relative improvement of the surrounding area—specifically the waistline and the thighs.
An obvious note of importance would be that in order to have this procedure, a patient needs excess fatty tissue in other areas of their body in order to donate to their buttocks. Therefore, Dr. Coscia will talk with each patient during the consultation as to the appropriateness of this procedure for each individual patient.
What procedures can be combined with a Brazilian butt lift?
On occasion, other patients may elect to combine other procedures with the Brazilian butt lift. Sometimes this can be liposuction to other areas of the body or a procedure such as an abdominoplasty. Regardless, this will be discussed with each individual patient as to the appropriateness in each type of combination.
What type of anesthesia is used for this procedure?
General anesthesia is essentially always used for a Brazilian butt lift due to the need for multiple types of positioning of each patient throughout the surgery to achieve the most optimal result. This allows for the best level of comfort for the patient and the optimal setting to carry out the surgery well.
*What should I expect after surgery?
The surgery itself takes anywhere from two to four hours depending on each patient. You will then spend a couple of hours in our recovery room prior to being discharged home. For this surgery, there are some very specific postoperative instructions and restrictions all aimed at allowing for an optimal result and protecting the viability of the injected fat cells. Therefore, patients are typically instructed to avoid sitting or lying on the buttocks for one week followed by an additional week of a modified sitting and lying protocol. This will be discussed very specifically with each patient so that they can plan accordingly.
I am interested. What do I do next?
If you are interested in discussing a Brazilian butt lift or want to see if you are a possible candidate, feel free to contact The Plastic Surgery Center and set up a consultation to speak with Dr. Coscia.
*Individual results may vary