Brazilian Butt Lift By Jim Lowe, MD on May 13, 2016

How do I get started?

It is important prior to surgery for patients to spend some time educating themselves about the pros and cons of fat transfer to the buttock (Brazilian Butt Lift).  The Brazilian butt lift is great for patients with good skin tone who desire a bigger and rounder buttock.  The big risks of surgery are pain, bleeding, contour irregularity, swelling, and under-correction of fat.  Make sure that your surgeon is Board Dr. Lowe is Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS). 

Is a Brazilian Butt Lift right for me?

Patients with localized soft tissue defects, tissue redundancy, or areas of deflation or contour irregularities are usually the best candidates for fat transfer to the buttock.  However, fat transfer can be an excellent addition to any contouring procedures.  Fat grafting to buttock is very popular as a “stand alone” procedure or for patients undergoing other operations.  A large amount of fat is required in these procedures and is usually harvested from the abdomen, flank, and thighs.  Once the fat has been transferred about 75% stays and about 25% is absorbed.  The results of fat grafting do last forever in most cases.

What is the best technique for fat grafting to the buttock?

There are a variety of techniques used to remove, graft, and transfer fat.  Legitimate fat transfer techniques include: harvest, washing, concentration, and re-injection.  We have been performing fat transfer procedures for over 15 years and have found our technique to be quite predictable in most cases.  It is noteworthy that there are isolated fat deposits, in the flank, abdomen, or thighs that may have a higher transfer rate. The best technique depends on the patient’s anatomy, preference, and willingness to compromise.  

What is the recovery like following fat grafting to the buttock?

Fat grafting to the buttock requires the harvest of a large amount of fat using liposuction from another area.  The patients experience a limited amount of pain from the harvest sites and some sites are more painful than others.  The fat is processed and injected to the buttock in large volumes resulting in substantial bruising and swelling for 10-14 days. The buttock will be hard and stiff particularly after the first application for 2-3 months in most cases.  Patients should talk to a board certified plastic surgeon to help determine what to expect before and after fat transfer.   

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James B. Lowe, MD, FACS

Lowe Plastic Surgery

Dr. Lowe is a triple board-certified surgeon with over 20 years of experience providing comprehensive cosmetic and reconstructive care. He is affiliated with several prestigious organizations:

  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons 
  • American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
  • American Board of Plastic Surgery
  • Fellow, American Association of Plastic Surgeons
  • Fellow, American College of Surgeons 
  • American Society for Surgery of the Hand 

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