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Brazilian Buttock Lift Surgery

Brazilian Buttock Lift by Dr. Stevn Williams at Tri Valley Plastic Surgery
Actual Tri Valley Patient
Surgical procedure designed to improve the contour of the abdomen, flanks, back and thighs and augmenting the buttock contour.
Length of Surgery 3 - 5 hours
In/Outpatient Usually outpatient
Anesthesia Usually General
Duration of results Long lasting, however weight loss/gain, pregnancy, and age may reduce surgical results over time.

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Am I a candidate for Brazilian butt lift (liposuction and fat transfer)?

Women that undergo Brazilian buttock lift surgery are looking to improve the contour of their abdomen, flanks and possibly thighs while improving the contour of the buttocks and hips providing more feminine curves. The huge advantage of this surgery is it uses your own fat to permanently improve your shape. Ideal Brazilian butt lift candidates are :

  1. Patients at least 18 years of age
  2. Healthy individuals who are not suffering from a life-threatening illness or any other medical conditions that could impair healing and recovery
  3. Non-Smokers
  4. Candidates who are not pregnant or breast-feeding
  5. It is also recomended that candidates considering Brazilian butt lift surgery be at a stable weight and be reasonably close or just slightly above their ideal body weight

Before undergoing a Brazilian buttock lift (liposuction with fat transfer), it is important that as a patient you understand what a Brazilian butt lift procedure entails. If in doubt ask Dr. Williams and the Tri Valley Plastic Surgery team to discuss specific issues.

What is a Brazilian butt lift procedure?

Brazilian butt lift (liposuction with fat transfer to the buttocks): A cosmetic surgical procedure where Dr. Williams performs liposuction to the abdomen, flanks, thighs, back or other areas, processes the fat, then using special techniques, reinjects the fat into the buttocks and hips to improve the shape and contour.

The Brazilian butt lift is a type of butt augmentation procedure which results in a youthful, prominent, perky buttocks and a more sensual body profile. Dr. Williams removes fat from selected areas of your body, purifies the fat, then reinjects selected donor fat cells into your buttocks. The process of fat reinjection involves scores or hundreds of injections which all take place through just a few small liposuction type incisions. The procedure is designed to fill the upper quadrant and other parts of your buttocks and hips so that the butt appears lifted and perky. The resulting effect is that the woman appears more attractive and sensuous.

Preparing for Brazilian buttock lift surgery

Dr. Williams and the Tri Valley Plastic Surgery team will carefully explain your liposuction and fat transfer operation (Brazilian butt lift) with you at your initial consultation. Prior to surgery you may be asked to:

  1. Get a lab testing or medical evaluation
  2. Take certain medications or adjust you current medications
  3. If you are thin you may be asked to gain some weight
  4. Stop smoking well in advance of surgery (at least 3 months prior to surgery)
  5. Avoid taking anti-inflammatory drugs, aspirin and herbal supplements as they may increase bleeding

You may also receive special instructions prior to surgery which include:

  1. What to do on the day of your Brazilian butt lift surgery
  2. Post-operative care and follow-up instructions

Dr. Williams performs Brazilian lift surgery in an accredited outpatient/ambulatory hospital surgical center

Brazilian butt lift surgery procedure steps

Brazilian butt lift is a highly individualized procedure achieved through a variety of incision patterns and techniques. The appropriate technique for your individual case will be determined by your goals, the amount of fat you have, where that fat is and your skin quality and skin elasticity. Dr. Williams will review your incision options to maximize your cosmetic result.

Brazilian butt lift surgical steps:

Step 1 – Anesthesia

Medications are administered for your comfort during the surgical procedures.

Step 2 – The incision
  1. The incisions for both the liposuction portion of the operation and the fat transfer portion of the operation are small (usually less than 5mm). We position the incisions in places that are hard to see, like inside the belly button.
  2. These incisions allow us to perform liposuction and the fat transfer portion of the operation. Typically there are about 2 incisions per area.
Step 3 - Results
  1. The results of Brazilian buttock lift surgery are immediately visible. However, the shape continues to improve over 3-6 months as the swelling resolves. Our techniques usually result in about 80% of the fat we transfer making a permanent improvement.
  2. Patients wear compression garments for about 4 weeks to decrease swelling and help the skin to tighten in the areas that liposuction has been performed. Typically it takes some time for the final result of the liposuction to take effect and patients see continual improvement over time.

Brazilian butt lift surgery recovery and healing steps

Once your Brazilian buttock lift procedure is completed, the surgical areas will be covered in dressings. You will have to wear a compression garmet for several weeks.

Brazilian butt lift recovery times vary from patient to patient. Initial Brazilian butt lift recovery may include swelling and slight discomfort at the incision sites and the buttocks. It is quite common to experience discomfort which is well controlled with medication.

The Tri Valley Plastic Surgery team will advise you of:

  • How to care for the surgical sites following surgery
  • Medications to apply or to take orally to reduce the risk of infection
  • Specific changes at the surgical site or in overall health
  • Follow up consultation with Dr. Williams and the Tri Valley Plastic Surgery team.
  • Brazilian Butt Lift Post-Op Care - Tri Valley Plastic Surgery has done a large number of these procedures with a solid track record of happy patients. We have a specific post-op regimen that helps to insure good results.

A return to light and normal activity is possible as soon as you feel ready, which is normally a few days after surgery, however initial healing may take between 5 to 10 days. You will be able to return to work and resume normal activity after this time. It is advisable not to engage in any vigorous exercise or activity or heavy lifting within 4 to 6 weeks after your procedure to avoid bleeding complications.

Brazilian butt lift recovery times can take up to several weeks as swelling slowly resolves. Incisions will gradually fade; although permanent they are often inconspicuous.

Brazilian butt lift side effects and surgery risks

The decision to have Brazilian buttock lift surgery is a personal one and you will have to decide if the surgery will achieve your goals and expectations. Risks and potential complications are possible and it is advised that you discuss these in detail with Dr. Williams and the Tri Valley Plastic Surgery team.

We perform Brazilian butt lift procedures frequently (and are one of the few practices in the Bay Area that perform this operation commonly), and we have an exceptional safety and cosmetic track record. However, in order to make an informed decision and give your consent, you need to be aware of the possible side-effects and the risk of complications.

Brazilian butt lift side effects

These are the unwanted, but mostly temporary effects of a successful treatment, for example, feeling sick as a result of the general anesthetic.

For a few weeks after surgery, the surgical sites will feel sore, swollen and hard, and you may feel a burning sensation in surgical sites.

You will have scars (though they are very small and well hidden), they will be pink and noticeable at first, but they should fade gradually.

Brazilian butt lift risks
  • Unfavorable scarring
  • Bleeding (hematoma)
  • Infection
  • Poor healing of incisions
  • Changes in sensation – typically temporary
  • Skin swelling and bruising - typically temporary
  • Asymmetry
  • Profile loss from buttocks (rare)
  • Residual fat in areas liposuctioned
  • Deep vein thrombosis, cardiac and pulmonary complications
  • Pain

It is possible that you still won't be satisfied with your appearance after the operation.

All surgery carries risks associated with anesthesia. These and additional risks will be discussed prior to your consent.

The exact risks are specific to you and will differ for every person. We're happy to take the time to explain how these risks apply to you.


The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) American Board of Plastic Surgery Yale University Plastic Surgery Yale School of Medicine American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Expert Reviewer of California Medical Board
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