About The Brazilian Butt Lift
The Brazilian butt lift has become one of the most rapidly growing cosmetic surgeries in the U.S. and is currently a popular demand by both men and women. This butt enhancement surgery offers individuals a natural way to achieve rounder and shapelier buttocks without using an implant. Significant weight loss, aging, gravity, as well as genetics can lead to a flat and unshapely buttocks. Today, a rounder, more voluptuous rear end is desired more than ever. Using your own fat, the Brazilian butt lift adds fullness to the patient's buttocks area to create the desired look. The process is accomplished through a uniquely specialized fat grafting and transfer process, which uses liposuction to remove unwanted fat pockets from a targeted place of your body and then transfers it into your backside (rear end). There is an artistic approach to perfecting this body contouring surgery and with many years of training and experience, Upland, CA plastic surgeon Dr. Karen Leong is able to garner natural, gorgeous results.
Candidates for the Brazilian butt lift will be evaluated to confirm they are right for this treatment. The first consideration is to make sure there is adequate fat on the body to remove for the transfer process. If you have a low body weight or have limited fat to remove for the transfer, you unfortunately may not be a good fit for this treatment. Moreover, it is also crucial to have healthy skin laxity. If you have sagging skin, you may benefit better from a surgical butt lift. If you are at a good weight, have the right amount of fat to extract and transfer, and do not want to use an implant, this procedure can be a terrific alternative for you.
"I can't say enough about Dr. Leong! I have struggled with stubborn unwanted fat around my middle section for years. Regardless of diet and exercise, I always seemed to have a muffin top that left me feeling insecure and uncomfortable. It only took one short meeting with Dr. Leong for me to finally feel confident with having her shape by middle through Liposuction and Thermage. I was previously very reluctant, but after meeting with her, I felt excited and ready. Dr. Leong's honest and straightforward, yet kind and pleasant approach put me right at ease. The proceedure itself went very smooth and Dr. Leong and her staff were helpful and available every step of the way. It has now been six months since my procedure and I am totally blown away with my results. They exceeded every possible expectation and I truly could not be happier!!"- S.K. / Yelp / Sep 19, 2018
"Lower face and neck lift - I’ve done every injectable from Botox to Sculptra and I wanted a more permanent fix to my aging face and neck. I had heard about Dr. Leong through a friend and I decided to make a consultation. When I met Dr. Leong I had my doubts about what this seemingly young doc could do for my 70+ year old face. How could she know what a woman my age needed? As we began to discuss my areas of c..."- E. / RealSelf / Mar 28, 2018
"Highly Recomended!! - My experience with my surgery with Dr Leona and her team was exceptional! Beautiful office, very informative, always caring about me, beautiful job on my eyes with great follow up to make sure healing was progressing. I highly recommend Dr Leong for any procedure that you may want or need! You'll be in wonderful hands with Dr Leong and her team!!"- Anonymous / Vitals / Mar 12, 2018
"Five Star Experience! - I have seen Dr. Leong for both medical and cosmetic visits. Her personality is very down to earth but precise which made me feel very comfortable going to her for multiple issues. I first saw Dr. Leong for a few minor skin tags, moles and cherry angiomas that were all over my body which I didn't like esthetically. She removed them with simplicity, quickness and I felt absolutely no pain. She..."- J. / RealSelf / Mar 11, 2018
"What a difference a great physician makes! - A year ago, I had the pleasure of consulting with Dr. Karen Leong for a minor lip asymmetry correction and augmentation. Always the professional, she listened to my concerns and clearly explained my options to get the results I was looking for. Dr. Leong made me feel completely comfortable and injected my lips to my complete satisfaction. Completely natural looking, and symmetrical. ..."- I. / RealSelf / Feb 24, 2018
General anesthesia is used for a fat transfer surgery of this nature. It is qualified as an outpatient procedure and generally takes around 2 – 3 hours (this depends on the quantity of fat that is being liposuctioned and reinstated). Liposuction will be performed first to extract fat from specific locations on the body, such as the hips, abdomen, lower back, and thighs. This method of fat removal is performed at the highest quality and safety. The fat tissue is protected from the air since it is purified in a closed and sterile centrifuge system. Once it is ready, the healthy fat tissue is carefully placed layer by layer followed by a gentle massage to ensure the surface is even and smooth. This step is repeated multiple times until the desired shape has been achieved.
What to Expect
Following a Brazilian butt lift, you will be released home to recover. Keep in mind there are two areas that need to be monitored — where the fat was liposuctioned and your enhanced buttocks. Both areas will have bruising. Patients should try their best to not place a lot of weight on the buttocks for around two weeks following surgery. As soon as the swelling has gone away, results are visible, but usually the full outcome is seen in about 4 – 6 weeks. The buttocks will look curvaceous and shapelier. Even better, the body parts that had liposuction may make your result more dramatic if it was implemented on the hips or lower back/flanks section.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does a Brazilian butt lift cost?
The total cost for your Brazilian butt lift (BBL) will include the cost of both liposuction and fat transfer surgery, facility fees, anesthesia, as well as pre- and post-operative care. As soon as Dr. Leong has created your BBL surgical plan, she will be better able to estimate your costs. So you can concentrate on getting the results you want from a plastic surgeon you trust.
Should I get implants or a fat transfer?
To add volume to your butt, you can choose butt augmentation with either implants or a fat transfer (the Brazilian butt lift). During your consultation, Dr. Leong will talk to you about both options and help you decide which is better based on your body and goals. She will also assess your body to find the best areas with excess fat that would benefit from liposuction (typically the stomach, back, or thighs). Patients with a low body fat percentage may not be candidates for a Brazilian butt lift.
How long will my results last?
While some fat may be reabsorbed by the body after the transfer, most of the fat cells will remain in their new location in the butt for a long time. To maintain your result, you should keep your weight steady since significant weight gain or loss will compromise the results of the surgery. This is why Dr. Leong recommends you be at or near a healthy, stable weight before your Brazilian butt lift so it is easy for you to maintain.
How can I recover faster after a BBL?
To help speed your recovery after a Brazilian butt lift, Dr. Leong or a member of her team will go over post-operative instructions and tips. You will need to avoid sitting on your butt for at least two weeks as the area heals. Dr. Leong recommends patients get a donut-shaped pillow or a Boppy nursing pillow that allows you sit so the pressure is on your thighs instead of your butt. Short walks and light stretching can help to improve your blood circulation and decrease inflammation. Dr. Leong may also recommend a lymphatic drainage massage to speed your healing.
Will a Brazilian butt lift remove loose skin?
The name of the surgery, Brazilian butt lift, is a little deceiving because it is not actually a butt lift (gluteoplasty), which removes loose and sagging skin from the buttocks. However, the new volume added to your butt during a BBL may fill some of the loose skin. If you have moderate to severe sagging skin in your buttocks, you may combine a butt lift with your Brazilian butt lift. Dr. Leong can discuss your options based on your goals during your consultation.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- From $7,500
- Recovery Time
- 1 – 3 Months
- Average Procedure Time
- 2 – 4 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 1 – 3 Months
- Procedure Recovery Location
Shape Your Rear
The Brazilian butt lift procedure is so popular because it allows people the chance to get the round and shapely buttocks they have always wanted. With the world around us focusing in on a healthier, round backside, the Brazilian butt lift has quickly become one of our specialties. If you are looking to attain an enhanced fullness to your buttocks and are looking for an implant alternative, we invite you to contact one of our locations in Upland, CA to make an appointment.