thigh and buttock lift surgery

Brazilian Buttock Lift

Buttock augmentation, commonly known as Brazilian butt lift, is a procedure that uses fat that is harvested from unwanted areas of the body to increase the size of your buttocks. The fat is removed by liposuction. The fat that has been removed is then prepared for use by a process of “washing” and spinning down or centrifuging the fat. Not all of the fat that is removed can be used for the augmentation process.

While some surgeons will use buttock implants for an augmentation, the volume can only be delivered into one specific area. With the use of fat, the gluteal region can not only be enlarged, but sculpted and contoured to the desires of the person. Buttock implants also tend to have a higher rate of complications such as infections, displacement of the implant, sagging and wound healing problems at the site of insertion.

The amount transferred is dependent on how much can be harvested from the liposuction procedure coupled with the desired results of the patient. There is no maximum of fat that can be transferred. After the procedure everyone will experience some reabsorption of the transferred fat. However, since the amount of reabsorption varies from person to person, it is not possible to accurately predict how much of the fat that is grafted a person will lose. It is for this reason that only the best donor fat cells will be used for the augmentation thereby minimizing the risk of postoperative fat necrosis (death) and reabsorption. Once the fat cells have been processed, they are then injected into the muscle layers of the buttocks region through a very small incision.

It is important to understand, that just like any other cosmetic procedure, a Brazilian butt lift is a very personal decision. This should be done for you and not anyone else. Good candidates for the procedure feel that their buttock is either too small, do not like the overall shape or that they are asymmetrical. Women who are thin and therefore do not have a sufficient amount of fat for transfer are encourage to gain fifteen pounds or so, depending on the amount of fat that would be needed to produce the desired result.

The Brazilian butt lift is a great way to improve the appearance of your buttocks with a relatively short downtime of two weeks. Because the material being used to enhance your buttocks is your own fat, there is a lower risk of infection and no chance of rejection. Also, fat has a very interesting property that allows it to feel like the substance that it is injected to, as long as it survives the transfer. Therefore if you inject fat into muscle, it will feel like muscle. If it is injected into fat, then it will feel like fat. While the amount of fat that is retained varies from person to person, most people will retain roughly 70% of the transferred volume of fat. The amount of fat that remains after six months is assumed to be permanent, not accounting for variations in a person’s weight.

What is the recovery process for Thigh Lift or Buttock Lift?


Post surgery, the patient is in a compression garment which looks like a long elastic support girdle for reduction of the swelling and also to assist with tightening of the skin. With the smaller thigh or buttock lifts, the initial discomfort can be controlled with oral medication. For larger lifts, it is essential that one or two nights are spent in care at a hospital or nursing facility. This ensures that any intravenous catheters or pain injections can be easily administered. It takes about a month for the swelling and bruising to subside. Usually any strenuous activities are possible within 6 weeks and all symptoms mostly diminish within a month to 6 weeks.

Any risks or individual suitability of Buttock/ Thigh lifts must be discussed directly with Dr. Soler during the consultation. Even though all surgical procedures carry a slight degree of risk, any major complications are not foreseen in a thigh/ buttock lift. Any minor complications that may arise do not hamper the end result of your surgery. If you may be considering a thigh or butt lift, give our Tampa office a call today to set up a consultation. Dr. Soler’s office is conveniently located just 22 miles from Wesley Chapel and Palm Harbor, FL.

Discreet Cosmetic Surgery Travel

If you plan on travelling into Tampa from 50 or more miles away, we recommend you plan to stay for a few days. The chart below shows how long Dr. Soler recommends you plan to stay based on your procedure. This chart is for both car and air travelers. At your consultation, Dr. Soler can give you a better idea of exactly how many days you would need to plan for post-operatively. If you need additional planning assistance, please contact our helpful office or visit our travel page .

ProcedureDaysDetail
Brazilian Buttock Lift7-10 daysNo drains are used. The dressings are removed 1 week after your procedure.