Brazilian Butt Lift, or BBL, is a popular procedure that involves harnessing your own fat from a donor site elsewhere on your body, such as your abdomen or thighs. The fat grafts are then carefully re-injected into your butt area (also called fat transfer) to enhance its shape, fullness, roundness and overall youthful appearance.
The Brazilian Butt Lift combines two body contouring techniques in one: It removes unwanted fat from areas such as your waist, abdomen or thighs, and re-injects it into the buttocks to create an attractive and shapely silhouette. The biggest advantage of the procedure is that it uses your own fat tissue instead of foreign implants to augment and reshape your bottom.
At Cosmos Clinic, we specialise in BBL surgery and have performed over 4,000 procedures. We offer our patients the most advanced buttock augmentation and contouring techniques for enhanced, natural-looking results. In fact, our VASER liposuction and EVL (Expansion Vibration Lipofilling) have increased our fat transfer success rates from 50 to 80 percent.
Why choose Brazilian Butt Lift, Melbourne?
If you’re looking to restore more youthful curves, better proportions or a more balanced physique, buttock augmentation can help you achieve natural-looking results. Here are some additional benefits of the Brazilian Butt Lift:
Minimally-invasive: Both liposuction and fat grafting don’t require large incisions or cutting. Scarring is minimal, and the recovery is considerably faster than other procedures such as buttock implants.
Little risk of tissue rejection: Autologous fat transfer means your own fat cells are being used instead of foreign materials. This greatly reduces the risk of allergic reaction or rejection of the implanted material.
Total body enhancement: Since liposuction is used to collect the fat during the procedure, it can be performed as an additional contouring tool to slim areas such as the abs and love handles, helping to showcase the buttocks by making them stand out even more.
Customisable to your aesthetic goals: Once we have removed your fat through liposuction, it is purified and injected into the buttocks. We can customise the amount of fat injected in order to achieve just the right amount of fullness you desire.
Results are long-lasting: Within six months, the fat will have settled into your buttock. You can expect to enjoy these results for years to come, with the knowledge that your new bottom is made entirely of your own natural fat.
Our Brazilian Butt Lift Shapes
At Cosmos Clinic, our Brazilian Buttock Lift patients typically desire one of three butt shapes, which we refer to as the Sports Illustrated, the Beyoncé and the Kim Kardashian. Whether you are seeking a more athletic shape or a round and voluptuous booty, our surgeons can contour your bottom to create your desired appearance.
Small – Sports Illustrated
Our Sports Illustrated BBL is ideal for women who are reasonably fit and slim. This shape only requires a minimal amount of fat to be transferred and can provide patients with a perkier, rounded booty that fills out any visible hip dips.
Medium – Beyoncé
Our Beyoncé BBL takes things up a notch by creating a rounder, more voluminous behind. This shape is best suited for women with naturally wide hips, a “heart-shaped” bottom and enough fat to transfer.
Large – Kim Kardashian
Our largest BBL shape is the Kim Kardashian, which can be described as having lots of volume and a large degree of projection. This procedure focuses on fat transfer in the upper and middle areas of the buttocks. Final results for this shape often depend on the ratio of buttock size to waist measurements.
Not sure which shape is best for you? Your BBL surgeon will discuss which option may best suit your body shape during your initial consultation.
How is Brazilian Butt Lift performed?
Buttock augmentation surgery at Cosmos Clinic Melbourne is typically performed under local anaesthesia, although you can request a general anaesthetic if you’d prefer. Once sedated, your BBL surgeon will complete your procedure in four steps:
Harvesting fat: Liposuction removes fat cells from a donor site such as the tummy, love handles, lower back or thighs. A small incision will be made in the donor area, after which your surgeon will use a cannula to suction out the fat.
Purifying fat: Only the most viable fat cells are selected and prepared to be re-injected into the buttocks.
Expanding tissue: Cosmos Clinic uses a technique known as EVL, which involves expanding the tissue before re-injecting the fat. This ensures a more successful graft over the long term.
Fat grafting: The surgeon then transfers the fat into the buttocks using a cannula to augment its shape and volume. Once complete, your surgeon will close your liposuction and fat transfer incisions with sutures and apply a compression garment to the operated skin.
What to expect after the procedure
When you get out of surgery, your butt will be pretty swollen and may look considerably bigger than what you expected. This is normal as more fat is injected than needed because only 80 percent of the fat cells survive. Over the weeks and even months, you will more accurately see the true shape and size of your enhanced butt.
You may experience some pain and discomfort in the days after surgery, however, you can manage this with prescribed pain medication. You may find that fluid seeps from your incision points – this is completely normal and will cease within a few days.
Expect to take around 10 to 14 days off from work after your Brazilian Buttock Lift. To avoid disrupting blood circulation in the treated area, you will need to avoid sitting directly on your butt for at least two weeks. If you must sit, be sure to use a doughnut-shaped or inflatable pillow to minimise pressure on the buttocks.
After your Brazilian Buttock Lift, you will also need to wear a compression garment for several weeks at the liposuction sites to minimise swelling and help the skin retract. For the first month after the procedure, you should avoid any strenuous exercise, particularly any type of bouncing.
How much does a Brazilian Butt Lift cost in Melbourne?
We understand that cost usually plays a huge factor in your decision to undergo cosmetic surgery, however, buttock augmentation does not fit a one price fits all strategy. The cost of this procedure varies from patient to patient, depending on factors such as:
Surgeon’s fee: This is the fee charged by your surgeon to perform the procedure, which can vary depending on the patient’s body type, the areas of the body liposuctioned and the amount of time spent in surgery.
Anaesthetist’s fee: This is the fee charged by your anaesthetist to administer your anaesthetic and is determined by their qualifications and experience. If you opt for general anaesthesia instead of local, expect your costs to increase.
Hospital fees: Your hospital fees will comprise of the time spent in the operating theatre and the time needed to recover from anaesthesia.
At Cosmos Clinic Melbourne, our Brazilian Buttock Lift procedures usually start at $7,700, however, the final cost will be determined by the above factors. To receive the most accurate BBL surgery quote, please organise a consultation with one of our surgeons.
*Results may vary from patient to patient. **All photos are of patients from Cosmos Clinic, and all ‘after’ images are taken 6 weeks post operation.
Who is the best candidate for Brazilian Butt Lift?
A Brazilian Buttock Lift is a great option for women and men who want a shapelier bottom without implants. You may be a suitable candidate for buttock augmentation if you fit the following criteria:
You are in good physical and mental health
You have realistic expectations regarding what BBL surgery can achieve
You are at a stable, healthy weight
You have good skin tone around the buttocks
You have enough fat stores to harvest and transfer
You do not smoke or are willing to quit before and after surgery
Ultimately, the best way to determine whether you are a buttock augmentation candidate is to meet with our surgeons for a consultation at Cosmos Clinic Melbourne.
What is the difference between Brazilian Butt Lift and buttock implants?
Brazilian Butt Lift surgery involves using your own fat to achieve augmentation. On the other hand, buttock implants rely on materials such as silicone to be implanted into the buttock area to improve size and shape. BBL has gained popularity because it’s generally safer and produces more natural-looking results, especially in the hands of a specially trained cosmetic surgeon.
Buttock implants do have a place in aesthetic medicine, particularly if you’re thin and don’t have enough autologous fat. However, if you are considering buttock implants, some of the risks to consider include capsular contracture, implants moving, and a higher risk for infection.
What kind of liposuction is used to remove the fat?
At Cosmos Clinic Melbourne, we use Vaser Liposuction for all of our liposuction procedures. Vaser is the latest advancement in surgical liposuction and uses ultrasound waves to dissolve and liquefy the donor fat. This makes the fat cells easier to remove from the body, providing better results with less disruption to the body than traditional liposuction.
How do I prepare for Brazilian Butt Lift surgery?
During your Brazilian Buttock Lift consultation at our Melbourne clinic, your surgeon will provide you with specific pre-operative instructions. If you are a smoker, you will need to quit at least two weeks before surgery, as smoking can increase surgical complications and slow healing times. In addition, your surgeon may ask that you avoid certain medications and supplements the could cause excessive bleeding during and after surgery. It is also a good idea to take steps before surgery to prepare for your recovery. This could include purchasing some comfortable clothing, filling any required prescriptions, preparing some healthy meals and arranging for someone to pick you up from the hospital and help at home for the first few days after surgery.
How long does BBL surgery take?
Buttock augmentation typically takes between two and four hours to complete, depending on your desired goals and the amount of fat transferred.
Will I feel any pain during my buttock augmentation procedure?
Your Brazilian Butt Lift will be performed under local anaesthesia and sedation, so you will not feel any pain during the procedure. Any pain or discomfort experienced during your recovery can be relieved with medications prescribed by your surgeon.
Why can't I sit after my Brazilian Butt Lift?
During your BBL recovery, it is critical that you give the newly transferred fat cells the best chance of establishing a blood supply and surviving the procedure. Therefore, to preserve the fat cells, you must avoid putting any direct pressure on your bottom for several weeks, which means you should not sit, lie down on your back or drive. This is key to achieving optimal, long-lasting results, as sitting directly on your butt can impact blood circulation in the area. A decrease in blood circulation may destroy the fat cells transferred to the buttocks and ruin your results.
How long does it take to see results?
You will notice an immediate improvement in the volume and shape of your buttocks after surgery, however, this is mainly due to post-operative swelling. As your swelling subsides, your new behind will become more prominent. You can expect your full results to appear around six to eight weeks after surgery.
How long do the results last?
Brazilian Butt Lift results can last for a long time as long as you adhere to the following advice recommended by your surgeon:
Wear a compression garment as prescribed
Do not sit on your butt for the first two weeks after surgery
Maintain a stable weight as significant weight fluctuations can affect your results
Do not smoke, as this can impair the blood circulation that’s crucial to establish a blood supply to your new fat cells
Eat the right foods. Your fat cells love nutrient-dense foods, so make sure to get plenty of fresh fruits, veggies, healthy fats and carbs into your diet
Where does the donor fat come from?
The ideal liposuction site for your Brazilian Buttock Lift will depend on where you have enough excess fat available to harvest. This can vary from patient to patient, however, common donor sites include the abdomen, thighs, back and hips. During your consultation at Cosmos Clinic Melbourne, your BBL surgeon will help determine where you have an appropriate amount of excess fat.
Can I still get BBL surgery if I don’t have much fat elsewhere on the body?
If you simply don’t have enough fat to transfer to the buttocks, you still have options. The first is to gain weight until you have enough fat to remove. If you cannot gain weight, you may need to be referred to a surgeon for buttock implants. Just keep in mind that a Brazilian Buttock Lift is preferable as it provides more natural results and presents a lower risk of infection.
Can I use someone else’s fat instead of my own?
No, this should never be done. Your body will know that the injected fat is not your own and reject it, meaning that the tissue would die. Doing this can put your safety at risk and could cause numerous long-term health problems.
How much of the fat removed will actually survive the transfer process?
The amount of fat that survives the transfer process is dependent on numerous factors. To increase the chance of fat survival, the suction pressure used to liposuction fat should be kept low to minimise trauma. At Cosmos Clinic Melbourne, we use Vaser Liposuction for all of our BBL procedures, which is a far gentler approach to removing fat than traditional liposuction. Using these techniques, the survival rate of fat is greater than 80 percent.
Patients will also need to take steps to ensure optimal fat survival. This may including wearing your compression garments, avoiding placing direct pressure on the area and avoiding dramatic weight fluctuations.
Will I have scars after my Brazilian Buttock Lift?
While scarring is an inevitable part of any cosmetic surgery, significant scarring after buttock augmentation is rare. The incisions required to insert the cannulas into both the donor site and transfer site are only small and are placed in easily hidden locations.
What are the risks and side effects of Brazilian Butt Lift surgery?
Every cosmetic procedure comes with risk, including Brazilian Buttock Lift surgery. However, at Cosmos Clinic, our surgeons are specialists in BBL surgery and have performed thousands of procedures without incident. Some of the potential side effects you may notice after buttock augmentation surgery include:
Bruising and bleeding
Pain and aching
Fluid accumulation under the skin
Changes in skin sensation
Death of fat cells, resulting in the need for revision surgery