Some doctors use silicone implants to shape patients’ backsides. A so-called “Brazilian” butt lift starts with the same premise—adding volume to reduce sagging and create a rounder appearance—but trades devices for microfat injections. Toronto Plastic Surgeon Dr. Wayne Carman prefers the microfat technique over implants for its natural-looking results.
There is no clear answer to the question of how the procedure got its name. Some people attribute the moniker to the idea that Brazilian people generally pride themselves on perfect posteriors made mostly visible in revealing swimwear. Others point to a late-‘90s televised medical procedure that involved fat transfer on a patient who happened to be from Brazil.
No matter its origins, two things are definite: The procedure is popular today, and it’s known as the Brazilian butt lift.
Patients who want this look must have ample volume in a donor site elsewhere on their body, so Dr. Carman can carefully remove living fat cells and transfer them to the buttocks. Since the buttocks represent a fairly significant amount of “real estate” on the body, a healthy amount of fat is required. Even with maximum transplanted volume, patients should expect a modest increase. This procedure is not for a “Kardasian” bump in size!
Since there are no foreign materials being introduced into the body in this procedure, there is no risk of an allergic reaction. That said, Dr. Carman prescribes antibiotics following the surgery, to prevent infections and allow an event-free recovery.
Depending on the patient’s goals and available fat reserves, a Brazilian butt lift may be accomplished in a single session or completed over several procedures. A more dramatic change is possible with two or three stages.
In addition to buttock augmentation, fat transfer can also be used to add modest amounts of volume to the breasts, to smooth contours on the face and hands, and to enhance the lips.
Dr. Carman is a Toronto Plastic Surgeon practicing breast, body and facial cosmetic surgery.