What’s a Brazilian Buttock?

A Brazilian buttock is a fuller and plump backside. Brazilian butt lift is a popular cosmetic procedure that involves the transfer of fat to help create more fullness in your backside. Exercise and diet cannot alone help achieve a tight bum. However, a Brazilian Buttock lift helps you get an hourglass-shaped figure, with larger buttocks.

Brazilian Buttock Lift (BBL)

A Brazilian buttock lift, now more recently referred to as SSBA (Safe Subcutaneous Butt Augmentation), involves two procedures: liposuction and augmentation. 

First, excess fat is removed via liposuction from areas such as the abdomen, hips, lower back, or thighs. A surgeon inserts a thin tube called a cannula, which is connected to a vacuum, for the extrication.  

Next, the extracted fat is prepared for transfer, and injected into areas of the buttocks to enhance its shape and size. In some cases, a portion of the transferred fat may not take to the relocation, so surgeons may inject more than necessary to ensure results meet your expectations and goals. If a majority of the cells do not endure, regrafting may be necessary in the future. 

Although described as a so-called “lift,” the procedure doesn’t involve such a technique as those utilized in arm or thigh lifts. The surgery doesn’t address excess sagging or loose skin around the area, either.   

Step by Step – Brazilian Buttock Lift 

  1. The procedure is usually performed under anesthesia, but in procedures where a smaller volume of fat is transferred, it may be done with only local anesthesia (numbing medication). You may ask for an anti-nausea medication beforehand, especially if anesthesia makes you sick.
  2. Your surgeon then uses liposuction to remove fat from other areas of your body, such as your hips, stomach, and thighs. Liposuction itself involves making incisions in the skin, and then using a tube to remove fat from the body.
  3. The fat stores that have just been removed from your body are purified and readied for injection into your buttocks.
  4. Your surgeon finishes by injecting the processed fat into specific areas of the buttocks to create a more rounded, full look. They make three to five incisions around the buttocks for fat transfers.
  5. Both liposuction and fat transfer incisions are closed up with stitches. Your surgeon then applies a compression garment against the affected areas of skin to minimize your risk of bleeding.

Who can get a Brazilian Buttock?

You may be a good candidate for a Brazilian butt lift if you:

  • Are in generally good health.
  • Have extra fat that can be transferred to the buttocks.
  • Want larger or more round appearing buttocks.
  • Can avoid sitting on your butt for 8 weeks after surgery.
  • Can avoid sleeping on your back for 8 weeks after surgery.

Along with diet and exercise, genetics play a role in the size and shape of your body. Some people are genetically predisposed to a flat backside, and surgery is the only option to create larger and rounder buttocks. Unlike butt implants, which are filled with silicone and implanted in the buttocks, a Brazilian butt lift uses your own fat to reshape your buttocks for a more natural look and feel.

After a Brazillian Buttock Lift – Recovery 

  • Your compression garment. For 8 weeks after the surgery, you will likely need to wear a compression garment over the areas you had liposuction. This helps with the healing process. Any garment your surgeon gives you will typically have a cut-out for the buttocks. This prevents pressure on the newly inserted fat cells.
  • No sitting. After getting a BBL, it’s very important to avoid sitting on your butt for at least 8 weeks. Sitting on your butt can kill the fat cells or leave indentations, leading to a less than desirable outcome. 
  • If you do have to sit down, you must use a special pillow. Your doctor may provide one, or recommend one to get. After the first 8 weeks, you should only sit on the pillow. You’ll want to avoid sitting in the same position for long periods of time.
  • Sleep on your side or stomach. You should also sleep on your stomach or side for the first 8 weeks after surgery to avoid killing fat cells.
  • Your activity levels. For the first month after surgery, you shouldn’t do much. You should particularly avoid any activity that involves bouncing. After a month, you can then begin lower-impact activities like walking. 
  • After 2 months, you can usually resume any activities you enjoy, including high-impact ones. Always check in with your doctor before starting to add inactivity.


How long does a Brazillian Buttock Lift last?

A Brazilian butt lift should last forever, but if the transfer doesn’t take hold, your surgeon may need to repeat the procedure after you’ve healed to achieve your desired results. Since fat does not have its own inherent blood supply, placement location is very important to provide the best chance of survival. Weight fluctuation can also change the outcome of this surgery. If you gain weight, your buttocks can become enlarged, and smaller if you lose weight. The fat cells added to your buttock can grow and shrink, so it’s best to maintain a stable weight to preserve results.

What are the potential side effects of Brazillian Buttock lift?

A Brazilian butt lift may carry fewer risks compared to other surgeries, such as silicone buttock implants. Still, as with any surgery, this procedure carries the risk of side effects. These include:

  • infection
  • scarring
  • pain
  • lumps under the skin in the areas suctioned or injected
  • loss of skin in the treated areas due to deep infection
  • fat embolism in the heart or lungs, which can be deadly

Current reports show a fatality rate of 1 in 3000 as a result of Brazilian butt lifts. 

What is the ideal age to undergo a buttock lift?

The ideal time to consider undergoing a BBL is when you are between the ages of 26 to 35. You are most likely healthy enough to undergo the procedure and you probably have enough fat to remove from other parts of your body to augment your buttocks.

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