This popular procedure 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 is a surgical procedure that involves removing fat from one part of the body and injecting it into the buttocks. This is normally done to enhance the shape, size, and overall proportion of the buttock area. Donor fat cells can be taken from the abdomen, love handles, thighs or lower back.
Since liposuction is performed to acquire fat cells during the Brazilian Butt Lift, it can be used as an additional contouring tool to help showcase the buttocks by making them stand out even more. After one treatment, patients can expect a lifted and perky butt that looks more youthful and shapely.
Why choose Brazilian Butt Lift?
There are several reasons you may want to undergo a Brazilian Butt Lift at Cosmos Clinic Sydney. You may have shapeless or flat buttocks due to genetics. It’s also possible for the buttocks to change shape or become saggy due to ageing, weight fluctuations or exercise habits. Regardless of the reasons, Brazilian Butt Lift surgery can improve both your butt’s appearance and, by extension, your self-confidence and body image.
Some of the top benefits of BBL surgery include:
Total body enhancement: In order to reshape the buttocks, fat is removed from other areas of the body via liposuction. As such, this procedure provides an additional opportunity to slim areas such as the abdomen, thighs and love handles, which works to better showcase the buttocks.
Minimally invasive: BBL surgery is considered a minimally invasive procedure, as the incisions required to both liposuction and inject fat are only small. This means that scarring is minimal, and the recovery process is far quicker than alternative procedures, such as buttock implants.
Customisable to your cosmetic goals: After retrieving the donor fat from your chosen liposuction sites, we will purify and inject it into the buttocks. This process is super customisable so that we can achieve your desired amount of buttock fullness.
Reduced risk of tissue ejection: Unlike other buttock enhancement procedures, BBL surgery is performed via autologous fat transfer, which means that your own fat cells are used instead of foreign materials. This reduces the risk of allergic reaction or rejection of an implanted material.
Long-lasting results: Within just six months of surgery, the transferred fat will have settled into your behind. You will be able to enjoy these results for years to come, with the knowledge that your new buttocks are made completely of your own natural fat.
Our Brazilian Butt Lift Shapes
Here at Cosmos Clinic, we usually find that our BBL patients desire one of three butt shapes, which we refer to as the Sports Illustrated, the Beyoncé and the Kim Kardashian. Whether you are hoping to achieve a dramatic, voluminous bottom or something a bit more athletic, our surgeons can customise your Brazilian Butt Lift to achieve your desired physique.
Small – Sports Illustrated
If you are reasonably slim and fit, you may be a suitable candidate for our Sports Illustrated BBL. This shape only requires a small amount of transferred fat and can fill out hip dips to give patients a more perky, round bottom.
Medium – Beyoncé
If you’re looking to add a bit more volume to your behind, our Beyoncé BBL may be the perfect fit. This shape aims to create a rounder, more voluminous booty and is suitable for women with naturally wide hips, a “heart-shaped” bottom and who have enough fat to transfer.
Large – Kim Kardashian
For women who desire lots of volume and a large degree of projection, you’ll want our largest BBL shape, the Kim Kardashian. In order to achieve this shape, we will focus the fat transfer on the upper and middle areas of the buttocks. Keep in mind that the final results for this shape are dependent on the ratio of buttock size to waist measurements.
During your consultation, your BBL surgeon will help determine which option will best suit your body shape.
How is Brazilian Butt Lift performed?
There are four steps involved in Brazilian Butt Lift surgery at Cosmos, Sydney. This procedure is performed under local anaesthesia and twilight sedation, although a general anaesthetic is available on request.
Harvesting fat: Liposuction removes fat cells from a donor site such as the tummy, love handles, lower back or thighs.
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.
BBL surgery recovery
Immediately after your Brazilian Buttock Lift, you may find that your bottom looks much larger than you expected. There is a reason for this: as only around 80 percent of the transferred fat cells will survive, your surgeon will likely inject more fat than required. In the following weeks and months, this initial swelling will subside, and you will be able to see a more accurate depiction of your new bottom.
It is only normal to experience some pain and discomfort in the days after surgery, however, you can manage this with medications prescribed by your surgeon. You may also notice some fluid seepage at your incision points – this should stop within a few days.
Following buttock augmentation surgery, you should expect to take between 10 to 14 days off from work. You will also need to avoid sitting directly on your bottom for around two weeks to prevent the disruption of blood circulation in the treated area. If you absolutely must sit, be sure to use an inflatable or doughnut-shaped pillow to reduce any pressure on the buttocks.
Additionally, you will need to wear a compression garment at your liposuction sites for several weeks. You will also need to avoid all vigorous activities and exercise for at least a month, especially anything that requires bouncing.
How much does Brazilian Butt Lift cost in Sydney?
At Cosmos Clinic, we understand that cost plays a huge role in our patient’s decision to undergo BBL surgery. Unfortunately, this procedure does not fit into a one price fits all strategy. In truth, the cost of buttock augmentation surgery will vary from patient to patient, depending on factors such as:
Surgeon’s fees: This is the fee charged by your Cosmos Clinic surgeon to complete the procedure. Your surgeon’s fee can vary widely, depending on your body type, the complexity of your procedure and the areas of the body that are liposuctioned.
Hospital fees: This is the fee charged for the use of hospital facilities and will typically comprise of the time spent in the operating theatre and the time required to recover from anaesthesia.
Anaesthetist’s fees: This is the fee charged by your anaesthetist to administer your medications during the procedure. Usually, this is determined by their experience and qualifications. Keep in mind that if you choose to use general anaesthesia, your costs will increase.
At Cosmos Clinic Sydney, our BBL procedures usually start at $7,700, although your final costs will fluctuate depending on the factors mentioned above. To receive a more accurate quote, please get in touch to organise a consultation with 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 a Brazilian Butt Lift?
The ideal candidate for buttock augmentation is a man or woman looking to improve the contour of their bottom without using implants. You may be a suitable candidate if you fit the following criteria:
You have realistic expectations of what Brazilian Buttock Lift surgery can achieve
You are in good physical and mental health
You are at a healthy, stable weight
You have good skin tone around the buttocks and hips
You have adequate 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 suitable candidate for BBL surgery is to meet with our surgeons for a consultation at Cosmos Clinic Sydney.
I’m very thin and don’t have much fat. Can I still have the procedure?
A certain amount of body fat is required to carry out the Brazilian Butt Lift successfully. One option is to gain some weight (in a healthy way) until enough fat is available for harvesting. If gaining weight is not possible, you may want to consider other procedures such as buttock implants or tissue stimulating injections.
Are results permanent?
Brazilian Butt Lift surgery is intended to produce long-lasting results that look great for years to come. Furthermore, the fat cells that have been removed via liposuction will not return to the area, and fat cells that survive transfer to the buttocks will remain permanently. However, you should keep in mind that weight gain or loss can affect long-term outcomes. It’s recommended to maintain a healthy weight following surgery to keep your results looking their best.
What is the difference between Brazilian Butt Lift and buttock implants?
Brazilian Butt Lift surgery involves using your own fat to achieve augmentation. Buttock implants, on the other hand, 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 should I do to prepare for a Brazilian Buttock Lift?
Your BBL surgeon will provide you with specific pre-operative instructions during your consultation at Cosmos Clinic Sydney. Smokers will need to stop at least two weeks before surgery, as smoking can increase surgical complications and delay healing. In addition, your surgeon may ask that you avoid certain medications and supplements that may lead to excessive bleeding during surgery and recovery. We often recommend that our patients take steps before surgery to prepare for recovery. This may include filling any required prescriptions, purchasing some comfortable clothing, and preparing some healthy meals. You will also need to arrange for someone to pick you up from the hospital and, if possible, help with tasks at home for a few days.
What liposuction techniques are used to remove the fat?
At Cosmos Clinic, we use Vaser technology for all procedures requiring liposuction, including BBL surgery. Vaser is the latest advancement in surgical liposuction and uses ultrasound waves to dissolve and liquefy the donor fat. This makes the fat cells much easier to remove from the body and provides enhanced results, with less disruption to the body than traditional liposuction.
Is the Brazilian Butt Lift procedure painful?
As buttock augmentation surgery is performed under twilight sedation and local anaesthesia, you will not feel any pain during the process. While some pain and discomfort are to be expected during recovery, this can be relieved with medications prescribed by your surgeon.
How long will I be in surgery for?
Your Brazilian Buttock Lift procedure will likely take between two and four hours to complete, although this will depend on the amount of fat that needs to be transferred to achieve your desired outcome.
What areas of the body will the donor fat come from?
The ideal donor site is different for every patient and depends on where you have enough excess fat available to harvest. However, common liposuction sites include the abdomen, thighs, hips and back. During your consultation, your BBL surgeon will help determine where you have adequate fat stores on the body.
How much of the fat will survive the transfer process?
Before considering BBL surgery, you should keep in mind that not all of your fat cells will survive the transfer process. However, your surgeon can increase the chance of fat removal and optimise results by keeping the suction pressure used to liposuction the fat low, which works to minimise trauma. At Cosmos Clinic Sydney, we use Vaser Liposuction for our buttock augmentation procedures, which is far gentler than traditional liposuction. With our techniques, the fat survival rate increases to over 80 percent.
There are also steps that a patient can take to ensure optimal fat survival. This may include wearing your compression garments, avoiding putting direct pressure on the buttocks and maintaining a stable weight.
Am I able to sit down after buttock augmentation?
You may have heard that you are unable to sit immediately following your Brazilian Butt Lift. This is true. Following your BBL, you must give the newly transferred fat cells the best chance of establishing a blood supply. As such, you will need to avoid putting any direct pressure on your buttocks for several weeks, which means that you should not sit down, drive, or lie down on your back. This is crucial to achieving long-lasting results, as sitting directly on your butt can impact blood circulation in the area. A reduction in blood circulation can destroy the fat cells transferred to the buttocks and hinder your results.
How noticeable are buttock augmentation scars?
Scarring is inevitable following any cosmetic procedure. Despite that, significant scarring following a Brazilian Butt Lift is rare, as the incisions required to insert the cannulas are only small and can be placed in an inconspicuous location.
Can I transfer somebody else’s fat instead of my own?
No, you should never transfer somebody else’s fat during a BBL procedure. Your body will recognise that the injected fat is not your own and immediately reject it, which means that the tissue will die. This can put your safety at risk and may cause numerous long-term health problems.
What are the risks and side effects of a Brazilian Buttock Lift?
No cosmetic procedure is without risk. However, our Cosmos Clinic surgeons are highly experienced in BBL surgery and have performed thousands of procedures in Sydney without incident. Some of the potential side effects to be aware of after a Brazilian Butt Lift include:
Pain and aching
Bruising and bleeding
Fluid accumulation under the skin
Changes in skin sensation
Death of fat cells, resulting in the need for revision surgery