Fat Transfer, also known as Brazilian Butt Lift

Not everyone is born with a rear end that they love, but with a fat transfer, you can enjoy a more prominent, shapely buttocks through a minimally invasive procedure. A fat transfer procedure requires only a few small incisions that allow Dr. Smith to inject fat into the buttocks. By extracting the fat from another region of the body — usually the thighs or abdomen — and adding it to the buttocks, you can receive a natural lifting effect and slim down in other areas, too.

The buttocks is often a place of cosmetic concern for both men and women. Whether it’s the shape or size that makes you self-conscious, uncomfortable or displeased, a butt that looks disproportional may spoil even the best body contours. You may feel hesitant about receiving surgery to augment your buttocks, but when exercise doesn’t give you the healthy and attractive buttocks you want, it may be the most beneficial solution, and it’s one that lasts many years.

Are you a candidate for a fat transfer?

Your decision to have a fat transfer involves more than just your cosmetic goals. Several health factors need to be considered before you undergo surgery, and a full, comprehensive medical evaluation is a must. A consultation with Dr. Smith will also help you better understand your butt lift surgery and determine whether the procedure is really right for you. Together, you and Dr. Smith will review your medical history, discuss your cosmetic goals and select the best option or options for your buttock enhancement.

If you are in good health and don’t smoke, you are an ideal candidate for a fat transfer procedure. You should also have realistic expectations for the procedure and have enough skin elasticity to accommodate the additional fat. Being at a healthy weight will also ensure that your results are both long-lasting and prominent. A healthy diet and regular exercise routine will also help you be in optimum health for your procedure and speed your recovery.

What happens during surgery?

A fat transfer is a two-fold procedure, allowing you to remove unwanted and stubborn body fat from one area of the body and use it to enhance another. By undergoing a fat transfer procedure, you can improve multiple areas of your body at once and enhance the contours of your whole body.

To begin the surgery, Dr. Smith will make small incisions around the extraction site and use liposuction to remove the fat. Usually, liposuction requires general anesthesia to complete, but our minimally invasive Tickle Liposuction procedure only requires the use of local anesthesia, which is both safer and more affordable.

Once Dr. Smith removes the fat, she will place the fat cells into a centrifuge, which separates the most useful tissue for injection. Tiny cannulas are used to precisely administer the fat into the buttocks, and Dr. Smith will shape the injection site to produce a flattering height and profile.

The amount of fat and number of injections you receive will depend on your cosmetic goals along with the current proportions of your body. Dr. Smith will help you determine the best size, shape and profile of your buttocks so that it looks lifted yet completely natural.

What is recovery like after the procedure?

As with all surgeries, you will likely experience bruising, swelling and moderate pain in the surgical area immediately following your procedure. Dr. Smith will give you medications before your surgery to manage your pain during recovery. The bruising and swelling should subside quickly, and most patients can get up and walk around relatively comfortably between two and three days after surgery.

During your recovery, Dr. Smith will recommend you wear compression garments over your fat donor areas. These will help minimize swelling and pain and also aid in your skin’s healing. You will wear the compression garments for about eight weeks, or until the doctor feels you no longer need them. Compression garments will not cover your buttock area. This will help increase the amount of fat that survives the transfer.

The most difficult aspect of recovery is that you will not be able to sit on your recipient area for about eight weeks. There are several reasons for this restriction. Since sitting — even for a short period of time — will restrict the blood flow to the area, it will also lower the survival rate of the transferred fat. While some fat will naturally die in all fat transfer procedures, on average, you can expect about 60 percent of the total amount of fat transferred to survive. Not sitting on your transfer area helps increase the survival rate percentage.

If you need to, you may sit on a donut pillow which will limit the direct pressure on your transfer area. At night, sleep on your side or your stomach to avoid additional pressure on the area. Avoid extremely vigorous activities during this time as well, and begin resuming light to moderate activities after about four weeks. While you may find these restrictions difficult to follow, most patients find their mobility will quickly return to normal, and afterward, they can fully enjoy their great results.

What results can I expect from a fat transfer procedure?

While you may experience up to 40 percent fat loss after your fat transfer procedure, your doctor will take this fact into account, and the surviving fat should more than satisfy your expectations. After your bruising and swelling have subsided, and you have completed your recovery, you will see the full improvements in your buttocks areas — more fullness, a higher profile and a more pleasing shape. Best of all, a fat transfer procedure offers permanent results, so that can enjoy your new, improved look for many years.

You can have a butt you want to flaunt!

When you think of surgery, you might assume that any results you receive will look and feel dramatic, but not all procedures create effects of such magnitude. Improving the curvature and silhouette of your buttocks is feasible through fat transfer surgery, and you can look great with results that don’t look overdone. You can learn more about the procedure and your candidacy by contacting Sapphire Advanced Aesthetics and scheduling a consultation with Dr. Smith. At Sapphire Advanced Aesthetics, Dr. Smith provides minimally invasive treatment options that enhance your body naturally. For the buttocks, fat transfer is a popular option for patients who desire subtle rejuvenation.