Buttock Augmentation With Fat Transfer

Over recent years there has been an obvious growing interest among many individuals for shapelier buttocks. For those unhappy with the fullness of their buttocks, our experienced plastic surgeon, Dr. Eric Okamoto, performs buttock augmentation with fat transfer, sometimes referred to as a “Brazilian Butt Lift.” This procedure takes fat that is harvested from other areas of the body – such as the flanks, hips, or abdomen – and then transfers it into the buttocks for a natural-looking augmentation result. By utilizing a patient’s own fat, multiple variations can be flexibly augmented to the individual’s needs and desires. This method provides more options to naturally reshape the buttocks than silicone implants, an operation that Dr. Okamoto does not offer. Brazilian Butt Lift surgery can ultimately provide effective and long-lasting enhancement to the buttocks, producing an appearance that looks more contoured, shapely, and defined.

Who Is a Candidate for a Brazilian Butt Lift?

Ideal candidates for Brazilian Butt Lift surgery are typically those who:

  • Are looking to enhance volume and shape in the buttocks
  • Have an adequate amount of excess fat in another area of the body that can be harvested for transfer to the buttocks
  • Are in reasonably good overall health
  • Have realistic expectations for results

Brazilian Butt Lift surgery can be a very effective procedure for many individuals who want a rounder, firmer, and more shapely appearance in the buttocks. In addition, Brazilian Butt Lift offers patients a double-benefit when it comes to body contouring since the procedure reduces fat in one area in order to enhance another. Dr. Okamoto will talk with you about your goals during the initial consultation and help you determine whether Brazilian Butt Lift treatment is the best option for your needs.

How Is the Brazilian Butt Lift Procedure Performed?

It is important to understand that a buttocks fat transfer is actually a dual operation since it requires (a) fat removal from one part of the body and (b) reinjecting the harvested fat into the buttocks. The most common fat donor sites, in order of decreasing importance, are the hips, flanks, back, and abdomen. Hopefully these areas provide enough fat to recontour the buttocks into the desired shape. As the fat is transferred to the buttocks, it is of paramount importance that the fat can only be injected superficial to the buttocks’ muscles for safety reasons. Since the only appropriate layer of tissues that can receive fat is between the skin and muscle, this necessarily means that there is a limited size for which the buttocks can be augmented. All of this will be carefully explained during the initial consultation with Dr. Okamoto. 

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What Is Recovery from a Brazilian Butt Lift Like?

Some degree of swelling and soreness in the treatment areas—including the buttocks and the regions where the excess fat was harvested via liposuction—can be expected after Brazilian Butt Lift surgery. These effects are common and should fade during the recovery process.

Following the buttock augmentation procedure, patients are advised not to sit or lay on their backs for prolonged periods, as these positions will diminish blood flow to the newly transferred fat and might have an adverse effect on cell survival. In general, approximately 50% of the injected fat survives for the long term. The healing process is monitored by Dr. Okamoto for one year, during which time multiple follow-up visits will be scheduled.

Many patients are able to resume normal daily routines after approximately one week; however, it is important that strenuous exercise or activities that may put strain on the buttocks be avoided for at least three to four weeks. Patients will be provided with detailed post-operative instructions to help them know what to expect during recovery.

How Long Does a Brazilian Butt Lift Last?

The results of a Brazilian Butt Lift can last for many years. While each individual patient is different and the exact duration of results may not be the same for everyone, many patients who undergo this treatment experience long-lasting results without the need for retreatment later in life unless further augmentation is desired.

For more information about buttock augmentation with fat transfer, please contact us to schedule your consultation with Dr. Okamoto.
*Individual results may vary