Are you unsatisfied with the size of your bottom? Have you wished for more defined curves? The Brazilian Butt Lift can send you walking down the street with a boost to the size of your behind and self-confidence. You can spend countless hours at the gym squatting and lifting and still only see modest gains in the curvature of your behind. Dieting and eating right also yields limited results as far as improving your figure, especially if your body naturally lacks curves. If you’ve been looking for a way to achieve both a larger butt and sculpted figure in just a single treatment, be sure to ask about the Brazilian Butt Lift.

Dr. Joseph Michaels can answer all your questions about the Brazilian Butt Lift. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation.

What is a Brazilian Butt Lift?

A Brazilian Butt Lift reshapes and improves the fullness of your buttock by using your body’s own excess stores of fat. The Brazilian Butt Lift is a type of buttock augmentation.
Dr. Michaels offers two forms of buttock augmentation:

Brazilian Butt Lift

The Brazilian Butt Lift uses one’s own natural sources of fat to increase both the roundness and projection of the buttock.

Liposuction of autologous fat from areas around the buttocks, which is then transferred to the buttock, a process known as liposculpting. Because the procedure involves the removal and redistribution of your body’s own fat, the buttock maintains a natural feel. Liposculpting additionally diminishes your waist and thighs, which in turn has the effect of increasing the perceived size of your buttock.

Buttock Augmentation with Gluteal implants

This method is an alternative to the Brazilian Butt Lift and is typically recommended for patients who lack excess fat deposits in other areas of the body.

The Brazilian Butt Lift is a significant surgical procedure and requires a great deal of expertise and care to deliver the best results.

Is the Brazilian Butt Lift Right for Me?

Are squats at the gym getting you nowhere? Stacking additional plates on the squat bars can improve muscle tone and definition, but when it comes to sculpting and spot-reducing fat deposits around the flanks, stomach, and buttocks that throw off the proportions of your figure, the results of a Brazilian Butt Lift are unmatched.

When Should I Consider a Brazilian Butt Lift or Buttock Sculpting?

Candidates for a Brazilian Butt Lift:

  • Are in overall good health
  • Are at a stable weight
  • Are capable of taking one to two weeks off work for recovery after the surgery
  • Are open to the results of a body sculpting procedure
  • Have adequate stores of excess fat in your hips and back, and want to see more fullness in your buttocks. If you are skinnier and do not have much excess fat, your options for liposculpting might be limited.

To determine whether a Brazilian Butt Lift or buttock sculpting is appropriate for your body and goals, Dr. Michaels will examine your anatomy and body type to determine where you may have excess stores of fat, and if there is adequate fat for an autologous fat transfer. After identifying potential donor sites, and speaking with you about your specific concerns, Dr. Michaels will prepare an individualized treatment plan for you.

How is the Brazilian Butt Lift Performed?

In this technique, fat is transferred from buttock-adjacent parts of your body to the desired areas in order to accentuate the contours of your buttocks.

The procedure begins with liposuction on specified donor sites (typically your abdomen or flanks). In some cases, great results for your figure can be obtained by sculpting away fat from the abdomen and flanks. Any incisions made are minuscule and in areas where your skin will normally be concealed by underwear or a bathing suit. A thin, hollow tube is placed through the small incision and fat is removed and transferred to sterile syringes. The fat is reintroduced via injection with careful attention paid to your natural figure. After the fat transfer is complete, you’ll immediately notice a curvier, hourglass figure.

Your Brazilian Butt Lift is performed using local anesthesia, meaning you do not have to “go under” and will be able to go home the same day as your procedure.

Alternative Buttock Augmentation Techniques

Another option that some people turn to is a buttock lift or gluteal lift. Due to aging, pregnancy, fluctuations in weight, or genetics, the underlying tissue that supports the buttock may eventually lose elasticity. This can result in sagging in the buttocks, or ptosis.

While a gluteal lift will improve the supportive tissue and may improve dimples on the skin, it is not intended to increase the volume of the buttocks or to remove excess fat.

If you are looking to improve the appearance of your buttock, and are not focused on improving the supportive tissues, then liposculpting, or a gluteal implant, may be the right treatment for you.

How Much Recovery Time is Involved?

Post-procedure, for the first two weeks, you will want to make a point of sitting on your thighs, rather than directly on your butt. Take frequent, short walks, even on the day of your procedure, and when you sleep, lie on your side or stomach. Avoid heavy lifting and wait two weeks before resuming light exercise. Plan to take one to two weeks off work. After three weeks, you can phase in more strenuous activity, but be prepared for it to take eight to twelve weeks before the swelling is completely resolved.

In addition to temporary swelling, side effects can include bruising, tightness, numbness, and some pain. Patients will wear a compression garment for up to four weeks to mitigate any pain.

Prior to your procedure and after, you will be provided a detailed set of aftercare instructions to enable you to heal and enjoy the results of the treatment.

Patients may not experience final results until up to six months after the treatment.

What Do I Need to Know Ahead of Time?

In order to prevent inconvenience, discomfort, and ensure the most successful treatment result, plan ahead so that you can have on-hand what you need to function and recover.

Time off Work

While you will be able to take short, occasional walks, you will not be able to lift anything heavy or sit normally for one to two weeks after your procedure. You do not want to jeopardize the success of the fat transfer by putting too much demand on the area too soon. You will want to take at least a week off from work to recover.


We recommend asking a friend or family member to drive you home from the office and stay overnight with you. You may also want to consider asking someone to help you with cooking, dog care, or other major tasks for the first few days.

The Day of Surgery

Most importantly, relax.

Avoid smoking in the first days after your procedure, as smoking can make complications more likely, but it also may give your body a harder time accepting the transferred fat. Discontinue blood-thinning medications, such as aspirin or ibuprofen at least two weeks before your scheduled surgery. Talk to Dr. Michaels about whether or not you will need to discontinue the use of certain herbal supplements or hormone drugs as well.

Overall, maintain a healthy lifestyle up to the day of surgery.

After Surgery

Make sure that you have a ride home scheduled. Consider preparing your home ahead of time for your recovery needs, so that you don’t have to do much rearranging or excessive motion immediately after your procedure.

Bruising, pain, and swelling are not uncommon but will subside. Immediately after your procedure, you will wear a compression garment to maintain the shape of the augmentation and reduce swelling. If you are experiencing excess discomfort, pain medication may be prescribed.

It is recommended to take short, frequent walks, beginning on the day of your surgery.

What Results Can I Expect from a Brazilian Butt Lift?

After a Brazilian Buttock Lift, you will enjoy a rounder, fuller buttock and an overall improved figure. While the achieved effect will vary from patient to patient, this remains an increasingly popular procedure, with a high success rate.

You can expect these results to last years.


The cost of a Brazilian Buttock Lift can range, depending on the specific needs of your body and the details of your procedure.