What is a Brazilian Butt Lift?

A Brazilian butt lift is more a plumping of the butt cheeks with fat than a direct lifting procedure. Fat is suctioned from the readily-available problem areas of the body, including the waist, back, thighs, hips, flanks, and knees. This fat is then carefully processed and meticulously reintroduced into the buttocks. The fat volume restores the butt shape and provides a visual lift and increased projection. The net effect is a slimmer waist and firmer buttock.

What fat areas can be used for a Brazilian Butt Lift?

Any of your fat areas can be used, including the thighs, hips, flanks, knees, back, neck, arms, and waist. The fat removed during a tummy tuck is particularly well-suited and has become the basis of Dr. Shienbaum’s signature 360 hourglass tummy tuck procedure. This combines a tummy tuck, Liposculpture, and a Brazilian butt lift in one operation.

What are my Butt Lift options?

The other butt-lifting options include placement of a silicone butt implant or a direct surgical skin excision of sagging butt skin. Because of their increased complication rates and visible scarring, these procedures have fallen out of favor. Dr. Shienbaum prefers the Brazilian butt lift fat transfer technique for his central Florida patients as it allows him to artistically mold and shape the butt cheeks to the desired contour.

How will my Brazilian Butt Lift be performed?

A Brazilian butt lift begins with Liposuction of the excessive fat immediately surrounding the buttock area. Back rolls, love handles, saddlebags , muffin tops, abdominal tires, and banana rolls are all terms for the stubborn and disfiguring fat which is commonly removed during butt lift surgery. This initial fat removal defines and highlights the outline of your entire buttock anatomy.

Brazilian Butt Lift Fat Transfer Technique

The fat is carefully separated from the body fluids and then processed before transplant. The fat cells are then transferred in milliliter aliquots to the gluteal region at various depths and tissue planes. Preserving the viability of these fat cells require dedicated post-operative care with avoidance of excessive pressure or undue trauma.

What will be the result of my Brazilian Butt Lift?

Only a certain number of these transplanted fat cells will survive. Your final result depends on your own post-operative diligence and the expertise and experience of your surgeon. If your buttocks have satisfactory skin tone and quality but lack the desired shape, fullness, and contour, then a Brazilian butt lift may well be for you.

Will the transferred fat during my Brazilian Butt Lift survive?

There is an initial period of swelling of several weeks following a butt lift procedure. During this time, many of the transferred fat cells establish a blood supply and survive. The actual percentage of surviving fat cells are dependent on several factors: the skill and technique of your surgeon, the total amount of fat transferred, and management after surgery.

How long will my Brazilian Butt Lift results last?

After several months, the results of your Brazilian butt lift should be permanent. Because these fat cells are truly yours, they will naturally enlarge or shrink with any weight fluctuations or change in your percentage of body fat. The shape of your new buttocks will be long-lasting, and your buttocks should feel as soft and pliable as your normal tissues.

How long is my recovery from a Brazilian Butt Lift?

Although there will be some residual swelling remaining even after 4 to 6 weeks, Dr. Shienbaum typically allows his patients to return to non-stressful work in 5 to 7 days. Low impact exercise is encouraged in the first week and sexual activity should be postponed for 3 to 4 weeks.

In what position do I sleep after my Brazilian Butt Lift?

In the initial recovery period, it is helpful to sleep on your side or abdomen, sit on your thighs rather than your buttocks, and use a soft cut out or bullet-shaped pillow when driving or sitting for long periods. Try to avoid sustained pressure or trauma to the buttocks for several weeks. You will experience some soreness in the Liposuctioned areas, but only minimal discomfort in the buttock area. Wearing a compression garment such as SPANX is important for at least 2 months after your procedure.

Will specific exercises shape my butt size?

Butt exercise will strengthen, define, and thicken the gluteal muscles of the buttocks. This will give you firmer, tighter musculature, especially if you were blessed with a well-defined athletic muscular anatomy. However, most toning exercises will not correct abnormally misplaced and uneven fat deposits, sculpt the surrounding love handles and saddlebags, or smooth out depressions and contour asymmetries.

Can exercise alone correct a saggy, hanging butt?

The layer of fat and skin surrounding the butt muscles is of prime importance. The fat distribution must be even, contoured, and full to give your butt a sexy, plump, and lifted look. For most people, exercise alone simply cannot rejuvenate sagging skin and empty buttocks quite like a well-performed Brazilian butt lift.

How much fat is needed for a Brazilian Butt Lift?

The amount of fat depends on your body size and proportions, well as your individual desires. Your actual cheek dimensions and the available fat will be the limiting factor. Shaping the buttocks can sometimes be accomplished with as little as 200 CCs of fat. Truly dramatic butt augmentation may require 600-800 CCs of fat per cheek, while in larger women, volumes in excess of 1000CCs per cheek are often necessary.

How do I know if I have enough fat for a Brazilian Butt Lift?

Take a careful look at the excess fat in your waist, flanks, hips, and thighs. These are the most frequent sources of fat for a Brazilian butt lift. If your body fat percentage is typical and your BMI is above 23, then you probably have sufficient fat for a butt lift. Even if you are relatively thin and slender, adding a small amount of buttock fat can often make a noticeable difference.

What is the cost of a Brazilian Butt Lift in Florida?

The price of a Brazilian butt lift in the Tampa, Riverview, Lakeland, and Brandon, Florida area can range from $3,500 to over $8,000 dollars. The total amount will depend on the areas to be Liposuctioned, the expertise and reputation of your surgeon, and any additional procedures you may desire. Longer, more extensive procedures will require additional operating room and anesthesia time and expense.

What is the most important factor in choosing my Brazilian Butt Lift surgeon?

The experience and expertise of your surgeon are the most important factors in achieving a safe and satisfactory result. Cost should never be your primary consideration. Board Certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery should be a minimum requirement.

Am I a good candidate for a Brazilian Butt Lift procedure?

Plastic surgeons have recognized various common shapes to the buttock region including round, square, A, and V shapes. Each shape requires a different contouring and sculpting approach. In addition, the degree of buttock skin sag, asymmetry, cellulite, and other contour irregularities require a surgeon with both experience and an artistic sense.


Buttock Cheeks Lacking Definition

Your buttocks may lack definition and seem to blend into the surrounding fatty deposits of the lower back, flanks, and hip rolls. The underlying gluteal musculature may be weak and limp, and the buttock skin may hang over and obscure your lower buttock fold.

The majority of these problems can be corrected by a knowledgeable and experienced plastic surgeon. Only a personal consultation will ultimately tell you if a Brazilian butt lift is for you.

How do I find the best Brazilian Butt Lift surgeon?

There are many well trained and excellent board certified plastic surgeons in the Tampa, Brandon, Riverview, and Lakeland, Florida region. Not all have focused their practice on body contouring and butt enhancement procedures. The field of plastic surgery is vast and encompasses many areas of specialization.

Brazilian Butt Lift Techniques

The particular techniques and nuances of the Brazilian butt lift are acquired through years of experience. People have a variety of buttock deformities and your personal correction may require a highly-specialized approach.

How do I evaluate plastic surgeons for my Brazilian Butt Lift?

Insist on seeing a number of before and after photos showing your surgeon’s results and capabilities. Ask to speak to former patients, read reviews, and check to see if your surgeon is credentialed enough to perform your Brazilian butt lift surgery at a hospital. Florida places strict limits on the amount of fat that can be suctioned in an office operation, and this restriction may prevent you from obtaining sufficient fat for a satisfactory result.

Spend sufficient time to have complete confidence in your surgeon’s abilities and expertise. You want the best Brazilian butt lift surgeon– not the least expensive.

What is the recovery time from a combined Brazilian Butt Lift procedure?

The recovery from this combined procedure is somewhat longer as there is some additional swelling. You are required to sleep on your side or with a large pillow under your abdomen. The post-operative discomfort, which predominately comes from the areas of Liposuction and tummy tuck muscle tightening, is actually quite similar.

While some surgeons are concerned about the associated risks of an increased operating time, Dr. Shienbaum has been performing this combined approach quite successfully for many years.

Will a Brazilian Butt Lift really lift my buttocks?

A traditional surgical body lift requires skin excision and tissue tightening with the resultant placement of scars. The Brazilian butt lift procedure accomplishes this lift by augmenting and reshaping with fat. The result is a firmer, higher, and more projected buttock mound. Much like breast augmentation with implants, the buttocks now have the appearance of being filled and lifted.

Will there be noticeable scars after my Brazilian Butt Lift?

The popularity of the Brazilian butt lift arises from the lack of noticeable scarring, the avoidance of a foreign body implant, a short recovery time, the benefit of removing your unwanted fat, and the remarkably natural results achieved. It is a highly effective procedure for drooping and flaccid buttocks.

Can I have a Mommy Makeover with my Brazilian Butt Lift?

Dr. Shienbaum has a long and extensive experience in performing additional procedures in combination with his Brazilian butt lift in the greater Tampa, Florida area. Having a combination procedure is safe and effective as long as your surgeon is experienced, well trained, and careful in his selection of patients.

Can someone’s fat be donated for my Brazilian Butt Lift?

Unfortunately, unlike blood, fat cannot be transferred from one individual to another. Even fat from family members is not possible. Doing so would cause a severe autoimmune rejection response.

How many operating hours does a combined Butt Lift and Tummy Tuck take?

A Brazilian butt lift can often be performed together with a breast augmentation, tummy tuck, or facial fat rejuvenation procedure. Ultimately, it is the length of your surgery that is important. Keeping the total surgery time below five hours is a suggested guideline. This time may vary with your health, age, and the complexity of your procedure.

Combining multiple procedures avoids the risks of having to undergo additional surgery and anesthesia, along with a second recovery time.

What are the advantages of Brazilian Butt Lift?

The pros of a Brazilian butt lift are as follows:

  • Brief downtime in comparison to silicone butt implants
  • No risk of rejection– this is your own body fat
  • Less risk of infection as there are small skin openings
  • Looks and feels natural–the fat feels real and looks uniform, without edges
  • Little discomfort compared to other surgical procedures
  • Minimal migration or movement because there is no implant
  • Slenderizing effect because of fat removal from donor areas
  • No overly perceptible or visible scars


What are the disadvantages of a Brazilian Butt Lift?

The cons of a Brazilian butt lift are the following:

  • Unpredictable fat survival– between 50-85% of the transferred fat will survive
  • Limited size increase– a reasonable expectation is to have a 30-60% increase in butt size
  • Possible repeated procedures to get the final butt size you desire
  • No insurance coverage, as this is a cosmetic procedure and you have to pay out-of-pocket
  • Must carefully research and select your plastic surgeon

Is the Brazilian Butt Lift Permanent?

Because the absorption of fat varies from person to person, it is difficult to predict the final result. After about three to four months, the fat has a viable blood supply and should remain permanently. Furthermore, this transplanted fat will behave just like your other fat cells and increase in size with weight gain. Adding a few extra pounds will increase your butt size.