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Are you unhappy with the appearance of your backside? Do you wish for a shapelier buttock instead a flat or shapeless behind? One option to consider is a ‘Brazilian Butt lift’. A Brazilian butt lift is a procedure that aims to increase the size and improve the shape of the buttock by taking unwanted fat from one location on your body, and transferring it to the deficient area(s) in the buttocks.

The Aesthetically Ideal Buttock

There are differing aesthetic ideals that reflect ethnic and cultural preferences. In general, the ideal buttock region should be smooth and gently rounded with maximal projection at the midpoint of the buttock. There should be no sagging. The width should be in proportion with the hips and waistline. Where the buttock joins the thigh, there should a gentle transition, not a deep crease.

What it does a Brazilian Butt Lift accomplish?

The Brazilian Butt Lift enhances buttock projection and improves the shape of your buttocks. It is accomplished by removing fat from unwanted areas on your body (for example the love handles), and placing it in the areas of the buttock requiring enhancement. The name Brazilian Butt Lift is somewhat of a misnomer because the lift is indirect, mostly as a result of increasing the buttock volume.

In undergoing the procedure, you actually have the benefit of two procedures;

  • An area of Liposuction
  • An enhancement of the Buttocks

The transferred fat behaves just like your natural fat; if you gain weight, the buttock will become fuller, and if you lose weight, your buttocks may become smaller.

Who is a candidate for a Brazilian Butt Lift?

Patients should be healthy and relatively fit. Younger patients tend to seek this procedure. Patients who are very thin, or significantly obese, are not good candidates. Thin patients must have enough fat to be harvested and transferred to make a meaningful improvement. Conversely, obese patients may not see a noticeable difference due to the limitations of the technique despite an abundance of available fat. Dr. Tong will make an accurate assessment to determine if you are a suitable candidate.

What about Buttock Implants or Silicone Injections?

Silicone Buttock Implants

A frequently mentioned alternative for autolgous fat buttock augmentation is the use of Buttock Implants. Due to the invasive nature and high frequency of complications, Dr. Tong does not currently perform buttock implant surgery.

Silicone Injections

Dr. Tong has seen a number of patients who have had free silicone injections to the Buttocks, mostly performed by unlicensed individuals. The complications he has seen include buttock shape distortion, skin ulceration, hardness, and pain. Unfortunately, it is virtually impossible to remove silicone once it is injected. Dr. Tong does not recommend free silicone buttock injections.

Important considerations about Brazilian Butt Lift (Buttock Augmentation)

Best Sites for Fat Harvest

Dr. Tong recommends a harvest from the flanks as a primary donor site. This allows creation of a better contrast between the waist and buttock, thus enhancing the overall look. Any other sites on the body may be used for harvest. It is important to obtain enough fat to obtain the best result, so more than one area may need harvest.

Limits on Degree of Improvement

The Brazilian Butt Lift has some intrinsic limitations in terms of how much augmentation can be achieved. Dr. Tong counsels patients that a typical buttock augmentation typically achieves a moderate degree of improvement.

The factors that limit the degree of improvement are:

  • how much fat is available to be transferred
  • the amount of fat the buttock tissues can receive
  • how much of the transferred fat survives

The variability in how much of the fat survives is what accounts for some inconsistency of the result.

Minimize Sitting During Healing

During your recovery at home, you are not permitted to sit or lie directly on the areas of augmentation. Sitting on hard surfaces is also not permitted. Dr. Tong will give you instructions on specific activity restrictions.

Incisions for Brazilian Butt Lift (Buttock Augmentation)

Harvest Site:

The incisions are typical Liposuction stab incisions. Each measures 2-3 mm in size, and there is one incision per side. The location depends on the area of harvest. In the flanks, there will be two incisions, one located just below the bikini line on the left and right side of the posterior love handles.

Injection Site:

There generally 1-2 puncture incisions per buttock side. The number and location depends on which areas need augmentation.

Details of the Brazilian Butt Lift Procedure

The Brazilian Butt Lift is an outpatient procedure. Dr. Tong performs your procedure within the CAAASF private operating suites at 199 Avenue Road, where Dr. Tong’s offices are located. You will be under general anesthesia and completely unaware of your surroundings during the surgery.

The procedure starts with Liposuction of the harvest area(s). Fat is Liposuctioned and collected in a sterile fashion. Once the fat has been taken, it is processed (washed and strained), and placed into smaller syringes. A special blunt tipped fat transfer canula is used to re-inject the purified fat into the area(s) of concern. The process follows the same principles of micro fat grafting; very small amounts are placed in multiple layers and planes to ensure maximum survival of the fat cells. An average buttock side may take between 200- 600 cc’s of fat transfer for augmentation.

Recovery from Brazilian Butt Lift (Buttock Augmentation)

Once the Brazilian Butt Lift procedure is complete, our staff takes you to the post-anesthetic recovery area. There, our nurses monitor you as the effects of anesthetic wear off. After that, Dr. Tong allows you to go home accompanied with a family member or friend.

Recovery from Butt Augmentation at Home

At home, we advise you to take it easy. You should not sit directly on the augmented areas. Fortunately, most patients are able to sit leaning forward slightly, without harming the grafted areas. When sleeping, you should lie on your sides or stomach. Do not sit on hard surfaces such as a wooden bench, or other firm surfaces. The buttocks will be swollen, bruised, and firm following surgery. Over the first 6 weeks, the swelling gradually goes away.

Post-op Visits after Butt Augmentation

You will see Dr. Tong at one week, 6 weeks, and 6 months after surgery for follow-up after your Brazilian Butt Lift. Photographs are taken at these visits to document your progress. They are not used for any other purpose without you written consent.

Get Educated about Brazilian Butt Lift

During your buttock augmentation consultation, Dr. Tong will provide the information needed to make an educated decision. He will make certain that you are informed about your options, and that all your questions are answered. You will have the opportunity to view photographs of many examples of his work. It is our goal to make you an educated patient. We feel that a better-educated patient will make better decisions about their surgery, and their surgeon.

To learn more about how Toronto Buttock Augmentation surgeon, Dr. Lawrence Tong can help you, set up a Brazilian Butt Lift consultation with Dr. Tong by giving us a call at (416) 972-0999. No physician’s referral is needed. You can also let us give you a call; just fill out our contact form and we will call you on the same or the next business day.

Brazilian Butt Lift (Fat grafting to Buttocks) at a Glance

What the procedure does
Improves the volume and shape of the buttocks by transferring fat from one area of the body to the buttock region
Duration of the result
Years to permanent
Length of time to perform the procedure
3 hours
Type of anesthetic most commonly used
IV sedation or general anesthesia
Length of time off of work
7-10 days
Time to get back to exercise
2 weeks heavy exercise
Pitfalls your Plastic Surgeon should avoid
  • Insufficient fat harvest for augmentation
  • Augmentation placed too low on buttocks