Brazilian Butt Lift

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The Brazilian Butt Lift is a surgical procedure designed to enlarge and lift the buttocks. Using the body’s own fatty tissue, a Brazilian Butt Lift can enhance the shape and contour of the bottom, creating a curvaceous, youthful figure. The outpatient procedure will immediately create a perkier, rounder bottom that will continue to enhance the physique for years to come.

Cosmeticium is one of the main clinics who offer Brazilian butt lift surgery in İstanbul, Turkey.


In addition to the results you want to achieve with your Brazilian butt lift, the type of buttocks you currently have is an important consideration. Determining this will allow your surgeon to perform the butt lift in such a way that the end result will be enhanced buttocks that still look natural.

Most people have one of the following four basic buttock types:

A-Type: This shape resembles an upside-down heart, with the widest part of the buttocks at the bottom.

V-Shape: With this type, most of the fullness is in the hips, and narrows out near the bottom of the buttocks.

Square: In this shape, the buttocks are also often flat, and little fat is present in the waist. This type of buttocks can be more difficult to sculpt than the other shapes, and may require more than one fat transfer surgery to achieve optimal results.

Round: This type is basically full all around, with even fat distribution in the upper, middle, and lower parts of the buttocks.

To determine which type of buttocks you have, your plastic surgeon will examine your buttocks in three areas: the upper, middle, and lower sections. From there, your doctor will determine which surgical technique to use in order to give you the results you’re looking for.


A Brazilian butt lift is an outpatient procedure performed under general anesthesia. The duration of the surgery varies based on several factors, including the amount of fat being removed, the technique used, and the size of the area being treated. It can be combined with other procedures, such as a tummy tuck or breast surgery. Liposuction is performed first to harvest the donor fat. Common areas for donor fat include the lower back, abdomen, hips and flanks. The areas around the buttocks are sculpted to make them stand out more. The fat suctioned from these areas is carefully processed and purified for reinjection into the buttocks.

The duration of the surgery is very dependent on how many areas are being treated and the volume of fat removed. Most patients will not exceed 3 hours of liposuction. The average return to routine exercises is usually about 2 months. Post-operative swelling usually persists for several months after liposuction.


The fat transfer involves the excision of excess fatty tissue from a donor area, which is then processed, and reinjected into a different area of the body. A fat transfer can be used to improve the volume of almost any area of the body, including the buttocks, hands, calves, breasts, and face. Liposuction is used to remove unwanted fat from areas such a the abdomen or thighs. Next, using a specialized centrifuge, the tissue is cleaned and separated. Finally, the processed fat cells are then reinjected into the target area.


For ten days after your Brazilian butt lift, you will not be able to sit down. This can be the most difficult part of healing because there will be many activities that you will not be able to do. You will be a bit sore in both your buttocks and the site where the fat was extracted, and you will need to wear a compression garment to help hold the soft tissue in place and ensure proper healing. Lastly, you will need to limit your activities for 6 to 8 weeks.

Your body will need to create new blood vessels to provide nourishment to the transferred fat in your augmented buttocks. This takes a couple of weeks. The transferred fat receives all of its nourishment from the soft tissue that surrounds it. Because of this, it is extremely delicate and cannot be put under the kind of excess pressure that sitting for long periods of time causes. If this sort of stress is placed on the fat during recovery it may not survive, causing potential complications.


During the first 3 months after your Brazilian butt lift, you may see an initial decrease in butt volume, which is due to your body’s absorption of some of the transferred fat. However, once that fat has stabilized and integrated with the pre-existing fat, your butt volume increase will be permanent. To maintain the highest quality results, you should maintain a healthy lifestyle and a stable weight.

What is the Brazilian Butt lift?

A Brazilian butt lift (BBL) is a cosmetic surgery to augment a flat or sagging buttock to provide a fuller and shapelier silhouette. BBL uses liposuction to remove excess fat from the patient’s own body from areas such as the thighs, abdomen or love handles and then injects it into the butt cheeks.

Who is a Prime Candidate for a BBL?

Patients with small and disproportionate buttocks, asymmetrical buttocks and flat or saggy buttocks may be good candidates for the Brazilian butt lift. Patients should be near their ideal body weight with enough fat on portions of the body that can be removed and transferred into the buttocks. The patient should have good skin tone and elasticity as well.

Who is Not a Good Candidate for a BBL?

Patients who are very thin might not be good candidates for the Brazilian butt lift since they may not have enough fat available for a fat graft. Patients who do not have enough fat may be a better candidate for butt implants or a combination of implants and fat grafting. Patients with certain health conditions may not be suitable for the procedure due to the potential increase in risks and complications. Anyone interested in a BBL should check with their doctor to make sure they are in good overall health before having the procedure.

How Much Fat is needed for a BBL?

Harvested fat is measured in cubic centimeters or ccs. The number of ccs needed for the procedure depends on the patient’s desired outcome. The average patient typically gets about 580cc of injectable fat per cheek. Patients with a substantial quantity of fat distribution may be able to get 1000ccs of fat per cheek.

How is a Brazilian butt lift performed?

The surgeon makes small incisions in the predetermined areas and then inserts a 3mm cannula into the incisions. A solution of saline, lidocaine and epinephrine, along with the motion of the cannula, helps to break up the fat cells. The fluid and fat cells will be extracted through the cannula. The fat is carefully processed and purified using decanting and centrifugation. Small amounts of the purified fat are transferred to the buttocks via injections at various depths.

Is There a Scar After A BBL?

To get enough fat, the surgeon may need to liposuction two or three areas of the patient’s body since not all of the extracted fat cells will qualify for re-injection. Scarring differs per patient but will generally be less than 1 cm in length. The scars will fade over time and, with proper care, will become virtually unnoticeable.

How Long Do BBL Results Last?

Although a portion of the fat which is re-injected will naturally be absorbed by the body, the results from a Brazilian butt lift can last up to 20 years. However, natural aging can change the shape of the buttock so the patient needs to sustain a stable and healthy body weight to maintain the results. Significant fluctuations in weight can impact the look and feel of the buttocks since the injected fat behaves like the rest of the fat in the body.

Will I Need Any Sort of Brazilian butt lift Touch-up Procedure?

Patients should not need touch-ups after their Brazilian butt lift. This depends on the skill of the surgeon in harvesting, processing and injecting the fat properly. Surgeons who are not properly skilled may cause asymmetry in the cheeks due to improper technique or fat loss.  These situations may result in a need for further surgeries to correct the issue.

Are there any Risks when having a Brazilian Butt Lift?

BBL is a relatively safe procedure with less risks and downtime than other butt enhancement procedures because the fat comes from the patient’s own body. There is a lower risk of infection and of the body rejecting the transferred fat. There are some common risks including bruising, swelling, numbness, fat embolism, scarring, poor wound healing, stretch marks and a partial loss of the fat graft.

How Long Does It Take To Recover From A BBL?

When it comes to recovering from a Brazilian butt lift, patients need to avoid sitting on the buttocks for at least two weeks. After the two week period, a pillow can be used under the thighs to keep pressure off the buttocks when sitting for short periods of time. Furthermore, patients must not sleep on their back during the recovery period. A compression garment will be worn for up to 6 weeks to help maintain any swelling and bruising and to help drape the skin over the newly shaped buttocks. Patients can generally return to work in about 10-14 days depending on the amount of sitting required by the job. However, swelling can persist for up to 3 months after the procedure. 

Length of procedure: Approximately 2 – 3 hours

Recovery period: 7 – 10 days to go back to work

Exercise: After 2 – 3 weeks

Stay: 1 night in hospital, 4 nights in hotel

Fat transfer: Fat will be removed from abdominal area

Comparison to butt implant: Healing process is easier

Scars: No

Pain: No due to general anaesthesia

Potential candidate: Patients unhappy about the shape and size of their buttocks

Results: Permanent (with 95% success rate)

Combination of surgeries: Mostly liposuction, breast surgeries, tummy tuck and fillers

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