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Houston Brazilian Butt Lift

With the popularity of Jennifer Lopez, and Kim Kardashian’s shapely buttock curvature, buttock augmentation has been reported to be one of the top cosmetic procedures predicted to increase in 2011, according to the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.  Recently, there has been an increasing demand for having a youthful, prominent and perky buttock to obtain a more sensual body profile. The classic hourglass shape (full buttocks, narrow waist) of the female body has been thought to be aesthetically pleasing, and is what men universally find most attractive according to one study.  Several types of augmentation, such as the breast and that of the buttock, have sprouted demand to help create this hourglass figure.


Figure 1: Before and After Photos of Brazilian Butt Lift performed by Dr. Emmanuel De La Cruz

The buttock has been an important element of sexual attraction in essentially all cultures throughout recorded history.  Buttock augmentation can be performed by using several methods such as the insertion of silicone buttock implants; by rearranging muscle and fat from you

r buttock; and by injection using fat grafts.  The so-called “Brazilian Butt Lift” has been increasingly popular in the United States, especially since this buttock augmentation procedure does not involve placement of a buttock implant.  This particular procedure involves the harvest of fat from areas with excessive fat (such as the lower abdomen, flank and hips) by performing liposuction.  These fat grafts are then subsequently injected in areas of the buttock desired to be augmented in order to produce a more attractive and sensuous body profile


Who are Candidates for Buttock Augmentation?

Buttock augmentation can enhance the natural curves for patients who are unhappy with the shape of their rear ends. It can also add volume and roundness to a flat or small butt for patients seeking a more balanced body profile. Body-builders may seek buttock augmentation if they are unable to develop gluteal muscles in proportion with the rest of their bodies. Generally, if you are looking for a fuller, curvier butt, buttock augmentation may be for you.

Buttock Implants vs. Fat Transfer

The preferred method for performing buttock augmentation is fat transfer, the use of the patient’s own body fat to reshape the butt. Fat injection achieves a more natural result, has a lower risk of infection, and also contours the areas around the buttocks to enhance the overall effect. However, implants may be recommended for patients who have very little body fat to harvest,

such as body-builders and naturally thin patients.

Buttock Augmentation with Fat Transfer (“Brazilian Butt Lift”)

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ith fat transfer, also known as the Brazilian Butt Lift in honor of the country in which it was developed, involves two steps. First, the patient’s own fat is collected through liposuction. The most popular areas for liposuction before buttock augmentation are the lower back, waist, flanks (love handles), thighs and stomach. This not only provides the raw material for buttock enhancement, it also contours the areas around the butt for a more dramatic result. The liposuctioned fat is then purified in a special process so that the best fat is ready to be reintroduced to the body.


In the second step, the donor fat is added to the buttocks with hundreds of tiny injections at different depths to ensure an even, attractive augmentation. This method of fat injection lends a shapely contour to the buttocks that lasts a long time. Special attention is given to the upper buttocks so the entire rear looks youthfully and naturally lifted.

Buttock Augmentation with Silicone Implants

Buttock implants come in a variety of shapes and sizes to best fit each patient’s body type and desired goal. They are made of soft silicone, which provides a firm, smooth and natural feel. They are placed away from important nerves as well as the bony area on which you sit. The upper and outer regions of the butt become rounder and firmer once the implants are in place. The procedure takes about two hours and is performed under general anesthesia. Incisions are made inconspicuously in the depression between the buttocks.

Recovery from Buttock Augmentation

After buttock augmentation with fat transfer or silicone implants, patients should avoid sitting directly on the buttocks or lying on their backs for two to three weeks to maximize results. During this time, compression garments may be worn to reduce swelling. Patients may experience some pain or discomfort, bruising and swelling after the procedure. Most patients return to work two weeks after their buttock augmentation and are able to resume all normal activities within four weeks. Swelling typically dissipates by the sixth week.

Potential Complications of the Brazilian Butt Lift

  • Wound infection/Cellulitis (<2%)
  • Seromas/hematomas
  • Asymmetry
  • Fat necrosis
  • Fat embolism (rare)
  • Partial reabsorption of grafted fat
  • Transient sciatic paresthesias (numbness)

Plastic surgery is a rapidly evolving field.  It is imperative to have a plastic surgeon who has solid mastery of clinically relevant anatomy in aesthetic gluteal body contouring surgery to perform these emerging procedures of aesthetic plastic surgery.  Buttock augmentation using fat grafts may seem to be a simple procedure, but like any procedure, potential complications and adverse events may occur.  I recommend seeing a plastic surgeon in your community if you are interested in getting the “Brazilian Butt Lift.”

Emmanuel De La Cruz MD, PLLC

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