Brazilian Butt Lift

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With over 35 years of experience, Dr Marco Faria Correa is a specialist in plastic surgery serving a global patient base. Dr Marco’s proficiency in aesthetic surgery is enhanced by his adoption of internationally-acclaimed surgical techniques, allowing him to deliver outcomes that align with the patients’ aesthetic goals.

Among the range of procedures he offers is the Brazilian Butt Lift — a procedure that demands precision and vigilance, given its complexity and the risks involved if not performed with care.

What is a Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL)?

The Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL) is a cosmetic surgical procedure designed to enhance the size and shape of the buttocks without implants. It involves the transfer of fat from other areas of the body, such as the abdomen, hips, lower back, or thighs, to the buttock region. This method not only augments the buttock but also contours the areas from which fat is removed, offering a dual benefit of body sculpting.

Brazilian Butt Lift Procedure

Initial Consultation

During the initial consultation, the patient’s medical history will be assessed. Aesthetic goals will be discussed and the areas of fat deposition would be evaluated, to determine suitability for the procedure. The potential outcomes and the inherent risks of the surgery will be outlined, and the patient will be given a chance to ask any questions.

Pre-operative Assessment

The pre-operative assessment involves a comprehensive health evaluation. This may include blood tests, imaging of the areas from which fat will be harvested, and instructions on medication management and lifestyle modifications, such as cessation of smoking, to optimise surgical results and minimise risks.

Surgical Procedure

On the day of surgery, the patient will undergo the following steps:

  • Anaesthesia: For comfort and sedation during the procedure.
  • Liposuction: To remove fat from the donor sites. Small incisions are made, and a cannula is used to dislodge and extract fat.
  • Purification of Harvested Fat: The fat is prepared and made ready for transfer.
  • Injection: Strategic injection of fat into the buttocks to achieve the desired shape and volume.
  • Closure of the incisions: To patch up the section, followed by an application of compression garments to support the new contour and reduce swelling.
Post-operative Care

Following the procedure, patients should adhere to the following:

  • Pain Management: Patients may be prescribed medication to manage discomfort post-surgery.
  • Compression Garments: Wearing these garments help reduce swelling and support the new body contours.
  • Activity Restrictions: Avoidance of sitting or lying directly on the buttocks for about two to six weeks to ensure optimal fat grafting results.
  • Mobility: Patients should engage in light walking as soon as it is comfortable post-surgery to promote blood circulation.
  • Hydration and Nutrition: Adequate fluid intake and a balanced diet contribute to healing.
  • Follow-up Visits: Regular appointments with the surgeon can monitor the recovery process and address any concerns.
  • Incision Care: Patients will be instructed on how to care for their incision sites to prevent infection.
  • Long-term Care: Long-term follow-up may be necessary to assess the outcomes and address any changes over time.

Advantages of a Brazilian Butt Lift

The BBL procedure presents several advantages for those seeking buttock augmentation:

  • Natural Results: By using the patient’s own fat to enhance the buttocks, BBL provides a natural look and feel, which is a benefit over artificial implants.
  • Improved Body Contours: Fat removal from other areas during the liposuction stage of BBL can enhance the overall body shape, offering a more contoured and harmonious silhouette.
  • Reduced Risk of Allergic Reactions: As the procedure utilises the patient’s own fat, there is a minimal risk of allergic reactions or rejection by the body, a concern often associated with synthetic materials.
  • Minimally Invasive: Compared to other forms of buttock augmentation, BBL is less invasive, leading to shorter recovery times and reduced risk of complications.
  • Enhanced Self-Confidence: By achieving the desired buttock shape and size, patients often report an increase in self-esteem and confidence.
  • Versatility: BBL allows for a customisable approach, enabling surgeons to tailor the procedure to meet the unique needs and aesthetic desires of each patient.
  • Durability of Results: When performed successfully, the results of a BBL can be long-lasting, provided the patient maintains a stable weight and adheres to a healthy lifestyle.

Ideal Candidates for a Brazilian Butt Lift

The ideal candidates for a BBL are those who meet the following criteria:

Good Physical Health

Candidates should be in good overall health, without chronic illnesses that could impair healing or increase surgical risks.

Adequate Fat Reserves

Suitable candidates must have sufficient fat in other areas of the body for fat transfer.

Realistic Expectations

Understand the potential outcomes and limitations of the procedure.


Smoking can impede healing and increase the likelihood of complications; therefore, non-smokers or those who can cease smoking well in advance of the surgery are preferred.

Stable Weight

Fluctuations in weight can affect the results of the procedure, so candidates should be at a stable weight for an extended period.

Commitment to Recovery

Following post-operative care instructions and being able to take the necessary time off for recovery adds to the success of the procedure.

Psychological Readiness

Candidates must be mentally prepared for the surgery and its recovery process.

Results and Longevity of Brazilian Butt Lift

The results of a BBL are visible immediately after the procedure, with the final shape and size more apparent once the swelling subsides. The outcomes are designed to look and feel natural, enhancing the buttock’s size and shape with the patient’s own body fat.

BBL generally has long-lasting results, but several factors can influence this:

  • Fat Absorption: Some of the transferred fat may be reabsorbed by the body in the first few months after the procedure. Surgeons typically account for this by injecting a slightly greater volume of fat than is needed.
  • Weight Stability: Maintain a stable weight, as weight fluctuations can alter results.
  • Lifestyle: A healthy lifestyle, including regular exercise and a balanced diet, can help maintain the results.
  • Follow-up Care: Adhering to post-operative instructions and attending follow-up appointments can support long-term outcomes.

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Singapore 329563

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    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

    What distinguishes a Brazilian Butt Lift from other forms of buttock augmentation?

    A BBL utilises the patient’s own fat transferred from other areas to augment the buttocks, offering a more natural look and feel compared to implants or fillers.

    Is there an ideal age for a Brazilian Butt Lift procedure?

    There is no specific ideal age. Candidates must be over 18, in good health, with sufficient fat reserves and realistic expectations about the outcomes.

    How long does the recovery from a Brazilian Butt Lift take?

    Most patients can resume normal activities within 2 to 4 weeks, with full recovery taking up to 6 months.

    Is the procedure safe?

    Risks are minimal when performed by a qualified surgeon. In Singapore, surgeons must be accredited and possess the requisite training and qualifications to perform BBL surgeries, mitigating the risks and ensuring patient safety.

    What are the potential risks associated with a Brazilian Butt Lift?

    Risks include infection, bleeding, fat embolism, and asymmetry, but these are minimised when the procedure is performed by a qualified surgeon.

    Can I combine a Brazilian Butt Lift with other cosmetic procedures?

    Yes, it is often combined with other procedures such as tummy tucks or breast augmentation, but this is assessed on a case-by-case basis.

    How does one maintain the results of a Brazilian Butt Lift?

    Maintain a stable weight, lead a healthy lifestyle, and follow post-operative care instructions to sustain results.

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