Updated August 6, 2019
Brazilian Butt Lift
Buttock Augmentation in Fort Worth, TX
Getting a nicely shaped, round buttocks isn’t as simple as sticking to the right diet or exercise program. The way your body naturally deposits fat, your waist-to-hip ratio, and your tendency to build muscle in the buttock region all work together to give you the buttock shape you have now. If you have a naturally “apple” shaped frame, or if you tend to deposit fat in the lower back and belly, your butt may appear flat in comparison.
By both removing excess fat from the areas around the buttocks—the hips, belly, lower back, and thighs—with liposuction and then injecting a portion of this fat back into the buttock region, a Brazilian butt lift can effectively change the shape of your lower body, giving you a curvier, more defined buttocks.
What is the difference between a Brazilian butt lift and buttock augmentation?
The term “Brazilian butt lift” can be a little confusing. Unlike other body “lifting” procedures, no skin is removed during a Brazilian butt lift. Since your own fat is added to the buttocks, a Brazilian butt lift is technically a buttock augmentation procedure. However, as fat is removed from the areas surrounding the buttocks and transferred to the buttocks, this can give a more lifted appearance to the buttocks.
Sometimes, a buttock augmentation refers to buttock implant surgery. Because of the risks involved and the tendency for less natural results, buttock implants have generally fallen out of favor with board certified plastic surgeons in the U.S., including Dr. Kirby.
Am I a good candidate for a Brazilian butt lift?
The best candidates are at a healthy body weight, but are bothered by a flat or shapeless appearance to their buttocks and would like to add volume to the buttocks. Good skin elasticity is key, and you must have the necessary amount of fat in the lower back, hips, thighs and/or belly to remove with liposuction and inject into the buttocks.
If you are happy with the size of your buttocks, but would like better definition in the area, Dr. Kirby may recommend liposuction alone to achieve your desired improvements. If you have significant sagging in the buttocks or thighs, another body procedure such as lower body lift or thigh lift may be necessary to address excess skin and help improve the shape of the buttocks.
Will Brazilian Butt Lift results last?
Brazilian butt lift surgery results should last for many years, as long as you maintain a stable weight. Because liposuction permanently removes fat cells from an area, new fat cells will not grow back to take their place. Likewise, as the injected fat cells integrate into the existing fat in the buttock area, your enhanced buttock shape will last. Remember, though, that nothing can stop the normal aging process or the natural loss of skin elasticity that occurs—in the buttocks or anywhere else.
What does Brazilian butt lift surgery involve?
Although a Brazilian butt lift is a two-part procedure, Dr. Kirby completes both the liposuction and fat injections during the same operation. Surgery is typically performed using general anesthesia, depending on the extent of the procedure.
Dr. Kirby begins with liposuction in the specific areas that will offer the most aesthetically pleasing buttock and lower body contour. For most patients, this includes the lower back, hips, abdomen, and/or the inner or outer thighs. Immediately following liposuction, Dr. Kirby prepares healthy fat cells for injection. Only a portion of the total fat removed is used. Finally, Dr. Kirby injects the prepared fat into precise points of the buttocks to achieve a rounder, fuller contour. The entire procedure typically takes about 2 to 3 hours.
What is recovery like after a Brazilian butt lift?
Despite the dramatic results possible with a Brazilian butt lift, the procedure is often less invasive than many other body contouring options. Pain and discomfort after surgery are generally tolerable and comparable to the feelings of soreness that are typical after liposuction surgery.
You will go home after surgery wearing a compression garment for support and to help minimize post-surgical swelling. This will be worn for several weeks to assist the healing process. While you will have to avoid strenuous exercise for several weeks after surgery, light daily activities, including work at a sedentary job, can typically be resumed within a few days.
One unique modification required during Brazilian butt lift recovery involves how you sit. You will not be allowed to sit directly on the buttocks for about 10 days after surgery, except to use the toilet, while the fat injections are in the processing of integrating with your existing tissue. After this, sleeping on your belly and using a “donut” pillow when you need to sit will help ensure that your results take an optimal shape.
How do I prepare for Brazilian butt lift surgery?
Prior to any surgery, you will need to review with Dr. Kirby any medications or supplements you are taking, as certain substances can affect your procedure and outcome. You may be asked to stop or to adjust some medications or supplements you take in the weeks surrounding your surgery. Aspirin and aspirin products (Alka-Seltzer, Carisoprodol, Excedrin, Goody’s, Midol), anti-inflammatory medications (i.e., Advil, Aleve, ibuprofen), and herbal supplements including green tea must be avoided for 10 days prior to your surgery. You can download a list of drugs and supplements to avoid by clicking here. Dr. Kirby will discuss your medications with you at your consultation, but many patients find it helpful to create a list to bring with them to review.
Depending on your current health and any existing medical conditions, you may be asked to get lab testing or a medical checkup prior to your surgery.
Tobacco use increases the risks involved with any surgery and also inhibits your body’s ability to heal. You will be asked to stop smoking for 6 weeks prior to any surgery. Products designed to help you quit smoking continue to provide your body with tobacco and must be stopped as well. Please ask Dr. Kirby if you need help with quitting.
Be sure to arrange for a responsible adult to drive you to and from your surgery. You will need someone to stay with you the first 24 hours after your surgery as well. Dr. Kirby’s office will provide you with detailed instructions on how to prepare for your procedure at your consultation.
Learn more about Brazilian butt lift surgery in Fort Worth
If you are interested in Brazilian butt lift surgery, please contact us for a personal consultation with Dr. Kirby. She will listen to your questions and discuss your goals and concerns to help you decide if buttock augmentation is the right procedure for you.