Brazilian Butt Lift

Buttock augmentation, also known as the Brazillian Butt Lift, several options to consider when choosing to undergo a Brazilian butt lift and some patients may not be candidates for all variations. Dr. Raj guides his patients along each step, from the initial consultation through the procedure and into recovery. Buttocks augmentation, as with any kind of surgery, has risks and complications, so it’s a good idea to ask questions.

What is Brazilian Butt Lift

The Brazilian Butt Lift is a procedure designed to increase the volume and alter the shape of a person’s buttocks. Body contouring is an added side benefit to this procedure when fat is harvested via liposuction to supply the material for the procedure. This procedure carries a high degree of patient satisfaction with the outcomes and is frequently paired with a breast augmentation as part of a Mommy Makeover.

Who is a candidate for Buttocks Augmentation

Patients that have excess fat but do not have loose skin are good candidates for liposuction and fat grafting to the buttocks. As with all procedures tobacco use and lifestyle choices may impact outcomes and recovery, consult your doctor about potential complications.

Options and Variations

There are two major variants when it comes to buttocks augmentation, and it comes down to a choice of materials. Most successful Brazillian Butt-Lift surgeries are conducted using fat harvested from other areas of the patient’s body via liposuction, including the underarms, stomach, back and thighs. This fat is specially prepared to be injected into the buttock to add shape and volume.

Alternately, in cases where a patient lacks the requisite body fat to be harvested a physician may choose to use a shaped implant for gluteal augmentation. This procedure is becoming more and more uncommon as fat harvesting and grafting techniques become more advanced.

Dr. Raj feels that the best results are achieved using the natural body fat approach. Manufactured gluteal implants can help some patients achieve a desired effect but the risks and potential for bad outcomes is greatly increased with a physical implant.

Your Consultation

During the initial consultation patients will discuss the patient’s goals and ideal outcomes through frank discussion. Patients are always encouraged to bring photos to their consultation to help better communicate their desires. Dr. Raj will measure and do an analysis of the patient’s skin elasticity and body fat to ensure that they are a good candidate for the procedure. He will discuss potential complications and bad outcomes, and make sure that the patient is comfortable with the reality of their situation going forward.

The Procedure

Description of procedure

Generally, Dr. Raj will perform liposuction on the patient and harvest their fat for injection while the patient is under general anesthesia. The prepared fat is then injected into the buttocks according the unique surgical plan that Dr. Raj and the patient developed. This procedure can take anywhere from 2-4 hours depending on the complexity.

Before the procedure

The patient may be required to undergo a complete physician’s examination before undergoing a surgical procedure. Dr. Raj will inform patients who require additional examination as to the steps they should take. Tobacco users are encouraged to abstain from tobacco use during the weeks leading up to their surgery and through recovery.

The day of the procedure

Patients will arrive at the designated surgical center and be oriented by Dr. Raj’s staff. Dr. Raj will meet with the patient to discuss any last-minute questions or concerns, and then he will make markings on the patient to map out the liposuction and injections. Wound care protocols and aftercare protocols will be reviewed, and the patient will then be placed under general anesthesia for the procedure.

After the procedure

With this surgery the swelling and bruising can be present for several weeks. Patients will be taught about incision care, and it is recommended that patients wear a compression garment and take precautions to offload pressure from the buttocks while healing, as pressure on the buttocks can lead to loss of the fat graft. Most patients return to work within one to two weeks, and are comfortable with returning to social engagements after a couple of weeks.

Patients are allowed to resume their normal exercise regimen 6 weeks after the procedure once the wounds have sufficiently healed and swelling has decreased. This allows the fat that is transferred to have the best chance of survival.

Limitations, Risks, and Possible Complications

The risks and limitations of gluteal augmentation are manifold, stemming from the combination of Liposuction with the surgical fat graft or implantation. In addition to the standard risks associated with any surgical procedure such as complications of liposuction, anesthesia, bleeding, and infection patients should be aware that there can be:

  • Bruising
  • Stretch marks
  • Blood clots
  • Excessive blood loss
  • Cardiac and pulmonary complications
  • Deep vein thrombosis
  • Fat embolism (fat is injected into the bloodstream and travels to the lungs)
  • Necrosis of fat or surrounding tissue


Q: How much fat survives after the procedure?
A: It is really hard to say because it depends on each patient but approximately 50-80% survives. It takes about one year to see the final results. Any weight fluctuations can affect the result or amount of take.
Q: I heard I have to sit in a special position after the procedure?
A: A patient should not sit directly on the buttocks after the procedure for 6 weeks. Otherwise there is a risk of loss of fat graft. We recommend patients sleep on their side. In addition, most patients should buy a special pillow to offload pressure from the buttocks while sitting.
Q: When will I see my result?
A: There will be swelling and bruising immediately after the procedure so it takes a minimum of three months to see the final result and contour.
Q: I heard the procedure is dangerous, is that true?
A: The procedure is performed quite commonly in the US and it is a very safe procedure as long as proper techniques are followed. Dr. Raj was involved in many important studies aimed at determining the safest approach for a Brazilian Butt Lift.
Q: What do I do if I do not have enough fat for a butt lift?
A: We recommend patients do not gain weight in order to obtain more fat for a butt lift. It is best to perform the lift with whatever fat is available. And if there is not enough available, one option is placing implants.
Q: How much fat is put into each buttock?
A: This really depends on how much volume is needed. On average, 300-1000cc is injected into each buttock.
Q: Is the procedure only for women?
A: No there are many men who are interested in undergoing augmentation. It is a procedure for both genders.

Why Choose Dr. Raja Mohan?

Dr. Mohan has published peer-reviewed guidance on the subject of Brazillian butt-lifts and has a high-degree of success with his buttock augmentation patients. A leader in the industry, his techniques for delivering patient results and satisfaction set the gold standard for plastic surgeons in the field. Ultimately however, patients choose Dr. Raja Mohan for the results. His patients look and feel their best, and so can you.

SEE ALSO: Understanding Fat Transfer to Buttocks Procedure

Schedule a Dallas BBL Consultation Today

If you want to learn more about whether or not a Brazilian buttock lift is for you please call (469) 301-1725 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Raj Mohan, board certified plastic surgeon serving the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. He serves the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex serving Irving, Arlington, Grapevine, Southlake, Dallas, Plano, Frisco, Irving, and Coppell.

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