What is a Brazilian Butt Lift?

A Brazilian Butt Lift uses your own fat to enhance the size, shape and contour of the buttocks. This is achieved by performing liposuction to remove fat from various areas of the body, then injecting the fat directly into the buttocks and outer hips where you desire more fullness and size. The Brazilian Butt Lift is a fully customizable procedure that results in a natural looking and feeling rear-end because you use your own fat to enhance the area.


The Brazilian Butt Lift surgery typically takes two hours or more, and is essentially a two part procedure:

The first phase involves removing fat from other areas of the body through liposuction. The areas we generally remove fat from are the stomach, inner thighs, and lower back (or what some refer to as “love handles”), because these areas typically contain the most excess fat. Fat can be removed from other areas of the body as long as it contains enough excess fat to transfer.

After the fat is “harvested” from the liposuction, it goes through a purification process that removes tissues, fluids and impurities. Then the fat is injected back into your buttocks. Dr. Buchanan will inject the fat into specific areas that will give you a more sculpted, rounder and larger buttocks in order to achieve your desired results.

What Does Recovery Look Like?

Immediately after the procedure, it is normal for swelling and bruising to appear and last for several weeks. Pain and soreness will be mitigated with medication prescribed by Dr. Buchanan prior to having the procedure.

We recommend taking at least 1-2 weeks off of work in order to rest and heal. Compression garments are usually worn for up to six weeks post-operation in order to control swelling, heal bruising, and to tighten loose skin. We also ask that you avoid sitting for at least two weeks post-surgery. Sitting for too long can increase the chance of adverse side effects such as indentations and defective shaping as well as loss of grafted fat from compression injury.

Final results are visible approximately three months post-treatment, after the swelling has full abated and the bruises have healed.

Is a Brazilian Butt Lift Right For Me?

You may be a good candidate for a Brazilian Butt Lift if:

– You are between the age of 18 and 60
– You are at a healthy weight and have enough fat stores for the fat transfer
– You desire a more shapely, contoured and full rear end
– You have realistic expectations and goals for the outcome of your procedure
– You are in good health overall and don’t smoke. This is a medical procedure that requires time to recover and heal. If you suffer from a chronic medical condition, it’s best to speak to your primary care physician to see if this procedure is right for you. If you smoke, most plastic surgeons will ask that you stop smoking entirely, or stop smoking six weeks prior to your procedure, as well as six weeks post-operation.

If you believe you are a good candidate for a Brazilian Butt Lift based on the qualifications outlined above, we suggest you schedule a consultation with Dr. Buchanan to discuss the possibility of a butt augmentation and the added benefits it could bring to your life.

How Much Does a Brazilian Butt Lift Cost?

The cost of a Brazilian Butt Lift varies significantly depending on the complexity of your case, the type of implants you choose, and where you live. It’s also important to note that the cost of the procedure may not include additional surgery costs, including:

– Anesthesia fees
– Operating room costs
– Blood or additional medical testing
– Compression garments for post-surgery
– Prescriptions
– Miscellaneous expenses, such as surgeon’s fees

Additionally, the cost of the procedure can be affected by the following circumstances:

– The amount of experience and overall reputation of your surgeon. You’ll find that surgeon’s with many years of experience, or that are highly regarded, will typically cost more.
– The techniques the surgeon uses for the procedure and the complexity of the case.
– Where your surgeon’s practice is located. Typically, larger cities have higher operational costs and are more expensive.

If you’ve considered a Brazilian butt lift, but feel like you are limited financially, speak to Dr. Buchanan or one of the VIVIFY staff members about financing options. We do our best to work with each patient by offering financing plans to help her achieve her surgical goals.

Finding the Right Plastic Surgeon

During your search for a potential plastic surgeon, you should only consider a surgeon who is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS). Board-certified surgeons spend a minimum of 6-8 years in training after medical school to ensure that they are well-trained in both aesthetic and reconstructive plastic surgery.