What is a Brazilian Butt Lift?

The Brazilian butt lift (BBL) is a buttock augmentation procedure to create a more shapely, feminine figure. This body enhancement procedure uses the patient’s own fat to augment the buttocks rather than buttock implants. Fat can be removed from any area of excess such as the abdomen, hips, thighs, back, and arms, and reinjected into the buttocks for a more proportionate body silhouette.

Who is a Candidate?

Individuals who have a flat, sagging, or asymmetrical buttocks, or those who feel that their buttocks are too small for their body and wish to achieve a more balanced look can often benefit from this procedure. Ideal candidates will be healthy, nonsmokers with realistic expectations for their surgery.  Large weight fluctuations are not recommended after surgery to maintain results.  A consultation with Dr. Sweat or one of his associates is needed to determine candidacy.

The Procedure

The Brazilian butt lift procedure is done under IV sedation and local anesthesia on an outpatient basis.  If extensive liposuction is to be performed including multiple areas, a patient may elect for a general anesthetic. Excess fat will be removed using liposuction from donor areas, commonly the abdomen, back, love handles, hips, or thighs, and then the fat is processed. The processed fat is then reinjected back into the buttocks to create larger, perkier buttocks.


Following a Brazilian butt lift, patients should not sit directly on their buttocks for three weeks. This is imperative to optimal and long-lasting results and allows for maximal fat survival.  On average, only about 50% of the fat volume that is transferred ultimately survives, which means that the increased size of the buttocks seen immediately after surgery due to fat transfer and swelling will slowly dissipate somewhat over the next several weeks to months.  A special compression garment will need to be worn for at least two weeks, which will help to reduce swelling. Patients will need to take one to two weeks off from work, depending on if their job requires them to sit extensively. All normal activities should be able to be resumed after four to six weeks.

If you are interested in learning more about the Brazilian butt lift procedure, contact our office today to schedule a consultation. We serve patients in the Sacramento area.