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The Brazilian Butt Lift Surgery (Fat Transfer): Pros and Cons and Is it Worth it?

If you’ve been researching ways to get a bigger butt, you’ve probably heard of the Brazilian Butt Lift Surgery here and there. The name has been absolutely everywhere. There’s a very popular workout program by this name, but what we want to talk about here is the Brazilian Butt Lift surgical procedure.

There are generally two types of butt augmentation surgery.

 

The first is butt implants. This is simply when a certified surgeon inserts solid or semi-solid silicone implants in your buttocks – pretty much butt implants for the butt. Find out more about butt implants!

The second types of butt enhancement surgery is the Brazilian Butt Lift. This is also known as a fat transfer because it simply transfers the fat from other areas of your body and injects it into your butt.

How does the Brazilian Butt Lift work?

In a nutshell, the surgeon performing the Brazilian Butt Lift will liposuction fat from your back, stomach, or thighs and then purify it. Whatever is left of the purified fat is then re-injected back into the buttocks (where it belongs!).

Brazilian Butt Lift Surgery

 

The fat for the transfer is taken from the more fatty areas of your body like the stomach, the “love handles,” hips, lower back, or thighs. The fat is then removed with a gentle liposuction device designed to protect live fat cells. Once these fat particles are purified, they’re injected back into the muscle layers of the buttocks through a very small incision.

Who can get the Brazilian Butt Lift?

Well, as you already know – the Brazilian Butt Lift surgery involves transferring fat from other areas of your body to your butt. Which means, you actually need to have some spare fat on your body.

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a before shot

Every Brazilian Butt Lift case is different, but the average amount of fat needed for each buttock is around 250 to 350 cubic centimeters (cc) of pure fat. So, for both sides, you’re going to need about 700 cc – or around half a pound of fat.

Women without much body fat – say, size 2 or size 4 women – are more suited to butt implants since they won’t be able to spare that much fat. Especially since some doctors say you should be around 20 pounds over your ideal weight to get enough fat for your booty.

So if you have extra fat lying around on other parts of your body – the Brazilian Butt Lift is ideal since it both removes fat off parts you don’t want fat on and puts more fat where you want fat.

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an after shot

Women who are overweight or wear above a size 8 dress size is the ideal candidate for the Brazilian But Lift. In fact, this is a great procedure if you have extra fat on your body since it functions as a two-in-one liposuction plus butt enhancement surgery.

Is the Brazilian Butt Lift permanent?

This is one of the most important questions for any sort of butt enhancement – if you’re going to spend the time, effort, and money, you want to know “Does it last?

Well, to answer this question, we want to get into a little background. Fat has some interesting properties. If fat is injected into muscles or bones, it’ll feel just like muscle or bone once it’s under the skin. If fat is injected into a fatty area, it’ll feel just like..well, fat.

The downside of transferring fat to the butt, breasts, face, or any other part of the body is that some of it will be reabsorbed by the body. Because the re-absorption varies from person-to-person, surgeon can’t really predict how much will be reabsorbed.

What is for sure is that whatever fat you have remaining after three months of surgery is yours permanently.

What are the PROS of a Brazilian Butt Lift?

Apart from getting a plump, round butt pretty much instantly – there are some other advantages of getting a fat transfer to your buttocks.

In short, the PROS are:

  • Relatively short downtime: Considering this is a surgical procedure, there’s little downtime. You can go back to work in around 2 weeks.
  • Less risk of infection: The fat being injected into your butt is your own fat so there is less risk of infection.
  • Zero change of rejection: Unlike implants, fat is an ideal substance for butt enhancement because fat is your own body’s substance.
  • Feels like muscle: As mentioned above, injected fat will take on the characteristics of the place where it’s injected. It it’s injected near bone, it’ll feel like bone. If it’s injected into muscle, it’ll feel like muscle. None of that lumpy, bumpy look that people mistakenly think injected fat might look like – it looks like it’s a part of your butt muscle.
  • Little discomfort: The recovery time from the Brazilian Butt Lift comes mostly from the liposuction procedure used to remove the fat. The actual injection comes with very little discomfort.
  • Uniform and natural look: Both the liposuction and the fat injection is made through very small incisions so you won’t be left with scars. The fat is also inserted carefully in different fat layers so you’ll end up with a uniform and natural look – exactly like it’s your own butt fat (since it is!). The last huge benefit of the Brazilian Butt Lift is that because they’re not implants, there’s no risk of it migrating or moving.
  • Slimming effect: The fat removed from the fatty areas of your body like the waist and thighs will make your newly-plumped butt stick out even more.

The CONS of a Brazilian Butt Lift

Everything has a set of downsides. Before you starting looking into getting a Brazilian Butt Lift, here are some of the downsides you should know about.

In short, the CONS are:

  • Careful handling of the butt: The newly injected fat need blood supply to nourish the fat so it’s recommended that you not put pressure on the buttocks for at least 2 months after the procedure. This means no tight clothes and limited sitting, which can be quite an inconvenience.
  • Not very high yield: The biggest downside of the Brazilian Butt Lift is that the fat survival rate is pretty unpredictable. Studies show that only about 50-80% of the fat transferred will survive and remain on the buttocks. The rest will be reabsorbed by the body. A reasonable expectation would be around 25-50% increase from your current size.
  • Repeated procedures: Studies have also shown that injecting too much fat at once decreases the retention rate, so if you want a significant increase in your buttocks fat, you’ll have to opt for the option of several fat transfer done every 3 months until you get the booty you want.
  • It will cost you: A Brazilian Butt Lift will cost you anywhere between $7,000 to $12,000 if you get it done in North America. It’s not covered by health insurance at all so you’d have to foot the bill yourself. It’s, of course, cheaper in other countries – it can be as low as $3,000 in South America – and that might be an option to consider if you really want it but do not want to pay too much. Thailand is also a great option.

Other things you should know about the Brazilian Butt Lift

Make sure you get a qualified surgeon

And not just qualified – but a surgeon who has lots of experience in performing fat transfers. Fat can be tricky for doctors to work with so it’s essential you work with someone who knows what he or she is doing.

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50 comments
Gwendolyn - January 17, 2014

I need my butt lift

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Ms Tebogo - March 2, 2014

Hi. I am a South African citizen and im interested in doing the Brazilian butt-lift surgery. Is it available in South Africa?

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    Janet Kay - April 9, 2014

    Hello, I don’t see why it wouldn’t be. Ask your doctor for a recommendation if you are not sure. Good luck!

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Gladys - April 5, 2014

I would like to trasfer my fat to my booty ?
How much would exactly coast me?
Does your webside have a number?

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    Janet Kay - April 9, 2014

    The fat transfer is probably the costliest option – but like most surgical procedures, the cost really depends on where you get it done. In the US (or Canada), it seems to range between $7,000 to $12,000. It’s not covered by health insurance at all so you’d have to foot the bill yourself. It’s, of course, cheaper in other countries – it can be as low as $3,000 in South America.
    Hope that helps!

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      Lysa - October 10, 2014

      In Las Vegas, NV it is about $9000 for lipo to the stomach, flanks, inner and outer thighs and the fat transfer to the butt.

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        Benita - January 20, 2015

        Where is doctor located

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Keeley - April 16, 2014

I just had a Brazilian but lift and a tummy tuck at the same time and it was only 4500 here in georgia in the United states. It went great. Go f or it

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    Janet Kay - April 16, 2014

    That is surprisingly cheap! Care to share your doctor’s name for anyone else who’d be interested (and in your area)? Thanks! :)

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    pam - June 2, 2014

    Where did you get yours done?

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    daisy - June 25, 2014

    please give me contacts of your doctor

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    janae - July 5, 2014

    Where at in GA?

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    Ty - July 19, 2014

    I am interested in having a butt lift surgery done but i want to stay under 4500 dollars. Do they have payment options like some of the other facilties.

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      Janet Kay - September 5, 2014

      This is something you’ll have to ask around for as each individual clinic is probably different. Good luck!

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    Latoya - September 6, 2014

    Hi. What doctor did you use? And where in Georgia did you get the surgery?

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    Kay - September 7, 2014

    Where in GA, who’s the doctor? And what’s the website?

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    connie - October 4, 2014

    Hi Keeley. Can you share pictures? How did everything work out for you now that its roughly 6months later?

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    marquita - October 14, 2014

    I want more information about where you went a number to call to have it done, etc.

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    REBECCA - January 2, 2015

    Were at in ga i need that phone number asap call me at 229-462-2537 thanks for

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Keeley - April 16, 2014

Now that was my price but if you have mir or less fat or different size I know the price varies. But still they are so reasonable

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Ruby - June 23, 2014

Hi! I’m from London and going for holidays to india in August do u think it’s safe to get it done there? As I’m sure it will be cheaper there.
Thanks

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    Janet Kay - July 1, 2014

    Hi Ruby,
    We’re honestly not sure – we’re really not in the position to give medical advice. That being said, there are several Asian destinations that are well-known for medical tourism. Places like Thailand, for example, are known to be both more affordable and as skilled as doctors in the West. Hope that helps :)

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Nichole Boyd - July 6, 2014

Can’t wait to have mines done

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Sasha Smith - July 12, 2014

Hi, this article was very informative. My question is, 2 weeks recovery, and 2 months of minimal sitting/pressure. So for me working in an office setting will it interfere with the process of recovery? Also do you know of a great doctor in NY, specializing in Brazilian butt lifts?

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Marie River - July 15, 2014

I am getting my lipo/fat transfer on Weds 7/16/14, I am so excited! my procedure will be done in Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania and the price was around $6,500. I will post comments after my surgery.

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    Janet Kay - September 5, 2014

    Hi Marie! That’s so exciting! We wish you a speedy recovery! Keep us updated on the status of your new bubble butt :)

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    connie - October 4, 2014

    Hi, how was your surgery?

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Latrice - July 20, 2014

Just had one done on 7/16/14..horrible recovery.. Please consider all other options before doing this surgery.. I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone… The Lipo yes.. The fat grafting to butt surgery.. No… It’s tedious recovery

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    Janet Kay - September 5, 2014

    Hi Latrice, thanks for the heads up! Hope you’re feeling better now :)
    Now that the surgery is over…are you satisfied with the results and was it worth the recovery?

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    connie - October 4, 2014

    Can you share details Lattice? Hope you’re better now!

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daphne - July 25, 2014

Hi I want to get a bblt but I only weigh 125 mthe last thing I would want to do is implants since it spent look or feel natural. So I’m very confused on what would be the best option. Any advice?

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Kirk - September 26, 2014

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moon - October 24, 2014

Is no fair! First is no to many women at USA with a natural breasts, you can see in the music videos and tv that womens didn’t have thisnbig breasts right? Now what will happen with the butt? Everybody will have this fake butt, what will happen with a real big butts of a natural women? I always be skinny and have a nice amount of butt and is natural, now with all new fake fat transfer, I will just look normal, because this womens will have now more or the same like me. Just No fair

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    Janet Kay - October 26, 2014

    As much as I sympathize, I have to say…can you blame the less well naturally endowed (like me) wanting to have a bigger bubble butt? It’s awesome that you were born with one – and you’ll always have the satisfaction of known you don’t have to go through surgery or spend a lot of time and effort to have what you’ve got. Plus, everyone has a slightly different body – even amongst the big butts and big breasts set – you’ll always have a unique build and that’s totally your own :)

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Michelle - October 28, 2014

Please call soon as possible. 404-28-5339.

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Michelle - October 28, 2014

Call correct number 404-287-5339

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Unity - November 9, 2014

I was wondering..during the surgery will I feel them oprating??

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Keela - November 30, 2014

I’ve had mine done. I feel like a different woman – type in bbl or brazilian butt lift in realself.com & speak to patients & doctors direct

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kiki - December 11, 2014

Hi I would like to get a Brazilian butt lift but I Don’t know where should I get it out side the US or in the US?? I have family members that got it in different places.?? And shOuld I save money?

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Irene Cantu - January 2, 2015

Monterrey mexico is a very good option and their charging me 1,800 for far transfer to buttocks

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Eve87 - January 14, 2015

The best prices are in south Florida. Just do some research on which you prefer. I already have mine picked out. Good luck! Realself.com has lots of women with before and after pictures and they tell their stories.

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    Janet Kay - February 11, 2015

    Hi Eve, thanks for that info :) Yea, the pics on realself looks amaaaazing…

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Crystal - February 16, 2015

Spectrum in Miami is really good only 4000$ for BBL you can check out the site and they gave a lot of YouTube videos Spectrum aesthetics !

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Sonya Romo - February 17, 2015

same problem was with me when i heard about booty wow after that i m also using this product i wear this before excersice now i got bigger and sexy butt

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    liz - March 10, 2015

    What product? Care to share

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Mary Nawab - February 24, 2015

These posts are great! I just had breast lift, gel implants, lipo in the flanks, lower back and thighs for the BBL and a tummy tuck on 2/2/15. Had a fantastic surgeon in Washington, DC. Had very little bruising, just numbness and swelling from the lipo. It is sore to sit. Still have to lay sideways at all times and can sit for short amounts of time on a pillow or soft cushion. Still need to wear compression garment 24/7 for one more week and then 12 hr/day for the next 4 weeks. Everything is looking great!! This is the first week I’m feeling close to normal. The two month mark will be the best, since that will show mostly final result. I recommend that anyone considering these surgeries, make sure the cost is not the deciding factor, This Is Your Body, make sure the surgeon is the best and that the reviews are great for previous patients. Good luck!

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Renee - March 2, 2015

Im from St. Louis and i want to go to Miami to get the procedure. How is it possible to travel by plane if you are unable to sit on your buttocks?

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liz - March 10, 2015

I’m from L.A and I got mine done in Encino California with an awesome surgeon who always showed my safety was primary. I got liposuction (flanks, lower back, upper and lower abdomen) and fat transfer to butt for 3,900 +medication+garment. I got a Groupon and it helped a lot. Email me if you want information. Lovely_lizzy_22@hotmail.com. I loved the whole experience. I was back in school in less than a week. Awesome staff.

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    Janet Kay - March 11, 2015

    Hi Liz, thanks for the info – that’s a great price! How much was the Groupon deal?

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