You’ve probably got the general idea. Current hoopla about buttocks in plastic surgery circles is about capitalizing on the popularity of curvaceous backsides like those of J-Lo and Beyonce. But what does a Brazilian butt lift have to do with Brazil? And how, exactly, do the cheeks get lifted?
Some say the procedure was invented in Brazil. Others say it simply got its name from dreamy images of Ipanema, Copacabana and other Brazilian beaches where clothing is scant and curves are generous.
But if it’s a little challenging to sort through all the hype about how the Brazilian butt lift actually originated, it’s easier to understand the procedure itself. It’s especially easy to understand the appeal of the approach: using excess fat from other parts of the body to augment a flat, small or droopy rear. Patients get a double benefit, as stubborn fat is liposuctioned away from areas where it’s not wanted and transferred to the buttocks.
Performing a Brazilian butt lift requires some experience. First, the material that’s removed from the torso, thighs or elsewhere must be suctioned out very gently, so as not to damage the fat cells. It must then be prepared in a centrifuge—again, oh so gently—to extract the fat cells from the remaining fluid.
When this is done, the plastic surgeon injects the fat into the buttocks. In this part of the procedure, small drops of fat are distributed in various tissue layers, giving them the best chance of being nourished by a blood supply. To achieve the coveted “lift,” or the currently popular “S-shaped” lower back, the surgeon will place the fat strategically into the buttocks. Typically, some is injected into the upper slope of the cheeks to achieve a more rounded appearance.
The Brazilian butt lift seems to be an improvement in most cases over another option for buttocks augmentation—implants. Many cosmetic surgeons who used to offer butt implants have discontinued the practice. Many patients complained that the implants were too hard and did not feel like natural tissue. Some women even had their implants shift to an unnatural position.