To create perky buttocks I performed a Brazilian Butt Lift on a 5'10" , 160 pound female with 600 cc into each buttock cheek. - Dr. Ricardo L RodriguezView Patient Details
Brazilian Butt Lift (Butt Augmentation)
What is the Brazilian Butt Lift?
by Dr. Ricardo L Rodriguez
My butt is too flat! I want round, prominent, and perky buttocks.
The brazilian butt lift is a type of butt augmentation procedure which results in youthful, prominent, perky buttocks and a more sensual body profile.
The procedure uses your own fat, so it is the most natural way to augment your buttocks. Over the last few years, the buttocks and abdomen have received more press coverage than ever before. People of all ages are having the Brazilian Butt Lift procedure.
What Exactly does the Brazilian Butt Lift Involve?
The Brazilian Butt Lift technique varies dramatically among surgeons. The technique that your surgeon uses will affect not only your surgical result, but will also influence how long your results last. I have been using the same technique for 10 years, but I have refined my processing so that you get the purest fat possible reinjected into your buttocks. This helps ensure the longest lasting result.
My technique involves fat extraction, processing, and micro reinjection of fat droplets. I first remove fat from selected areas of your body, purify the fat, then reinject selected donor fat cells into your buttocks. The process of fat reinjection involves hundreds of injections. The procedure is designed to fill the upper quadrant of your buttocks so that the butt appears lifted and perky. The resulting effect is that your profile appears more attractive and sensuous.
Fat Extraction and Processing
The buttock is first contoured by performing liposuction in the areas around the buttocks to make them stand out more. Common areas liposuctioned include the back (directly above the buttocks), the stomach, and the thighs. Note that even the liposuction alone will give your lower body a more attractive look.
After liposuction, the fat suctioned from these areas is carefully processed and purified by decanting and centrifugation. Only a fraction of the donor fat removed will qualify for re-injection to the buttocks. In most cases , not more than 25% of the fat cells extracted will be qualified for re-injection. Only the best donor fat cells are re-injected back into your buttocks for augmentation. In order to get enough qualified fat, I must liposuction at least two areas of your body, and preferably three areas.
Re-Injection of Fat into the Buttocks
The fat is placed or transferred to the buttocks in hundreds of injections with special cannulas. I inject small amounts of purified fat into different areas of the buttocks and at various depths so that the patient will get the highest permanent absorption rate. Thus, the procedure usually involves hundreds of micro fat injections. Correct injection methods are essential to achieve a uniform, smooth, natural appearance to the buttocks.
Before and After Butt Augmentation Photos
Take a look at our before and after Brazilian butt lift gallery to see how my extensive experience and fat grafting techniques work to give my patients the look they are after. From subtle changes to dramatic results, the Brazilian butt lift really is a resculpting of the entire profile. Please note that all of the patients in our gallery have given written consent for us to feature their photos here on our site. We are very grateful for their participation in patient education!
How popular is this surgery?
I perform Brazilian Butt lifts several times each month and have been doing so for over a decade. I have years of experience with various butt lifting and fat transfer techniques and am uniquely qualified in this area of expertise.
You can watch as I explain the details of my technique and the complex series of steps involved in this YouTube video right here (or click here to see the same video in our plastic surgery videos section).
Other Techniques for Butt Augmentation
The buttocks can also be augmented with butt implants (instead of using your own fat). However, I believe the Brazilian Butt Lift technique is far superior to butt implants. In fact, I use only natural fat grafting and no longer use butt implants because they have a higher complication rate and the results are not as good as the Fat Injection technique involved in the Brazilian butt lift.
The Brazilian butt lift method results in the most natural and sensual look for the buttock area. You not only get a more shapely buttock, but the area liposuctioned is now much leaner, giving your profile a more sensuous look. The combination of liposuction and fat injections produces the most attractive and natural profile.
How long do the fat injections last?
If the fat is harvested, processed, and injected correctly, the result should be long lasting. The procedure should not require touch ups or a second round of fat injections. Please read Dr. Rodriguez's personal blog about why fat injections are permanent when done correctly. The brazilian butt lift result is highly dependent upon the experience of the surgeon. Surgeons who are not using correct purification or injection methods will not obtain long lasting results. Be sure that your surgeon is experienced in this procedure!
What happens to my new derriere if I lose weight?
Patients often ask if they will lose the affect of the Brazilian butt lift if they lose weight. In this video, I discuss a specific patient case where a 5'2", 135-lb woman lost 12 pounds (nearly 10% of her body weight) following her Brazilian butt lift procedure.
If the procedure is performed correctly -- the fat grafts should be unaffected. During both the loss and gain of her weight, the case patient kept her new figure.
All about big butts?
While a prominent butt is usually the goal in the patient's mind, it's really not just about getting the biggest butt possible. I wrote this blog post more than 7 years ago and I believe it still holds true: The Brazilian Butt is not Just about Big Butts!
Brazilian Butt Lift Recovery Time
When can I go back to work after the Brazilian Butt Lift procedure? Following a Brazilian Butt Lift procedure, you must not sit directly on your buttocks for up to three weeks. This allows the best take of the fat graft in your buttocks and ensures the most long lasting result. You must wear a special garment (to control swelling) for two weeks. There may be a small amount of swelling for up to 6 weeks. However, you should be able to resume all normal activities at 4 weeks post op.
If you live out of town, you'll need to plan to stay in Baltimore a minimum of 7 days. My staff will provide courtesy transportation to and from our office throughout your stay. Our office will also provide courtesy transport from the BWI airport to your hotel. To read more about accommodations for out of town patients, please read our out of town patient section.
How Much Does the Brazilian Butt Lift Cost?
We are currently running a special promotion on the Brazilian Butt Lift. Total cost is $15,000. Please call the office ASAP for details! This fee includes three areas of liposuction. The total cost includes the physician's fee, anesthesia, hospital costs, post operative nursing care, and all post operative office visits. Also worth noting, because of my very special fat injection technique that ensures long-lasting results, you should not have to return for any additional injections!
Many patients finance all or part of their procedure. Please see our financing section for more information or call the office.
Can the procedure be done quicker or cheaper?
There are other surgeons performing "fat injection to the buttocks" for a lower cost, but be sure to ask them if their results are permanent or what percentage of their patients require a second 'touch up' procedure. When the technique is done too quickly (with too much fat injected at one time) or incorrectly, the fat grafts do not get the adequate blood supply required for a permanent 'take'. In this case, chances are that some of the fat grafting will NOT last. Be sure to compare apples to apples.
Because the success of this procedure is so highly dependent on the surgical techniques, I recently wrote a post about asking the right questions during consults. Use the information you can get from asking these six questions to help pick the best surgeon for your brazilian butt lift procedure.
Feel free to Contact Us to discuss your individual needs so that we can answer any additional questions you may have about the brazilian butt lift. Or you may simply call our office at 410-494-8100 and ask for Kelly.
Virtual Consultation with Dr. Ricardo Rodriguez
You may also schedule a Virtual Consult which is conducted either by phone or by Skype. You'll need to send photographs of yourself and tell us about your general health history. I'll review the photos and discuss the surgery with you to help determine if you're a good candidate for the Brazilian butt lift procedure. The phone consult does not substitute for the regular consult, but it will pre-qualify you for the surgery, which is especially helpful for our out-of-town patients. Learn more about preparing for and scheduling a virtual consult here.
Famous Buttocks on Pinterest
It is said that Jennifer Lopez has done for the rear end what Pamela Anderson has done for the front end. Just for fun, we have pinned some well known buttocks on our Famous Buttocks Pinterest Board. Check it out, and repin if you like!
Updated September 5, 2013
by Dr. Ricardo L Rodriguez
Board Certified Plastic Surgery