There is no doubt that Brazilians are genetically predisposed to having voluminous and aesthetically desirable buttocks, but the popularization of surgical buttock augmentation made the country even more famous for more generously sized and aesthetically pleasing buttock shapes. Today, surgical enhancement of the butt using transfer of fat cells from other parts of the body is known as the Brazilian buttocks lift.

The Brazilian buttocks lift, unlike other procedures involving a "lift", does not involve cutting out redundant skin and lifting structures. Instead, the lift in Brazilian buttocks lift refers to the act of taking up the slack in the skin by filling up the buttocks like a balloon. Fat grafting transfer has become a mainstay of increasing buttocks cheek size. This surgery involves removing all of the available fat from your body and then processing it and transplanting it back into your buttocks cheeks. Thus, you must have adequate fat reserves to have a Brazilian buttocks lift performed. If you do not have enough fat to provide you the desired buttocks augmentation you are desiring, you should consider a buttock implant. Fat can be removed from all of the regions below:

  1. upper arms
  2. upper back and axilla
  3. middle and lower back
  4. abdomen and pubic region
  5. lateral thighs
  6. medial thighs and knees

Following sterile removal, the fat is processed in order to remove unwanted aqueous portion of the fat (the watery portion) as well as the liquid portion of the fat (oily film layer). Dr. Mowlavi has optimized his results by minimizing this processing time. Dr. Mowlavi advocates harvesting fat cells is analogous to taking fish out of water. Once removed from the body, the fat cells are in jeopardy; Dr. Mowlavi has optimized his techniques around the principle that the quicker the fat cell are returned back into the body, the higher the probability of fat graft survival and a successful Brazilian buttocks lift procedure. As such, Dr. Mowlavi has modified previously published techniques of processing the fat for the sheer purpose of minimizing out of body time for the fat cells. In general, Dr. Mowlavi likes to have the fat cells replaced back into the body within 10 to 20 minutes versus the hour or longer required by other surgeons.

Overall, you can expect long lasting results from your Brazilian butt lift surgery. Please call 949-499-4147 for your complimentary consultation today.

Procedure: Improvement of buttocks size, shape, and any asymmetry using fat grafting.
Length: Ranges between 1 to 3 hours depending on the volume of fat grafting (Brazilian buttocks lift) that is planned for your procedure.
Anesthesia: General anesthesia and/or intravenous sedation is recommended for fat grafting (Brazilian Buttock Lift).
Place of Treatment: Outpatient surgical suite or in-office operating room.
Side Effects: 1) Prolonged swelling up to 2 to 3 weeks is not uncommon due to overfilling of fat that is performed to compensate for an expected 30 to 40 % of fat graft loss that is observed over the first year following fat transfer. Most patients will notice aesthetically pleasing results at 2 weeks following surgery and stable volumes of correction and filling at one month following surgery.

2) Temporary bruising is often associated with fat grafting surgery due to the extent of tissue trauma that is created by fat harvesting and injection protocol. Bruising is minimized by compression dressings and ensuring that patients do not have any blood clotting disorders or taking any blood thinning medications or supplements. Most bruising subsides within 1 to 2 weeks.

3) Temporary numbness is not uncommon and secondary to inadvertent injury to small sensory nerves which are traumatize by the mechanical action of fat harvesting and transfer. Fortunately, patients should expect a full return of sensation as these nerves even when traumatized will regenerate and re-establish sensation.

4) Under correction of desired contour is not uncommon for Brazilian buttocks lift patients as they need to remember that 20 to 30% of volume loss is expected over the first year following surgery. Despite this expected volume loss, most patients are ecstatic with their postoperative observed volume improvements.

Risks: 1) Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) may occur in the legs immediately following surgery requiring general anesthesia. DVT refers to the clotting off of leg veins which may result in compromised blood flow return from the legs; a more critical consequence may develop from this clot if it is dislodged and travels to the lungs causing a pulmonary emboli. Although rare, pulmonary emboli are the leading cause of death following surgery. Measures are taken intraoperatively to avoid such a complication.

2) Local skin or fat infection is uncommon and associated with individual patients with poor healing tendencies secondary to medical illnesses. Diabetes, nutritional deficiencies, and smoking are to blame for local infections. Well controlled sugar levels in diabetic patients, optimizing nutrition, and cessation of smoking are critical to avoiding infections.

3) Fat emboli syndrome is a rare risk factor that can be life threatening if not detected in the early postoperatively. This condition is caused by transferred fat cells entering major blood vessels and being dispersed and getting clogged in life sustaining organs. Patients may present with a multitude of symptoms ranging from uncontrolled hypertension, to chest pain, lightheadedness, confusion, and difficulty breathing. Patients require immediate admission to a hospital for supportive therapy with intravenous fluids and possible respiratory support until these fat cells self dissolve.

Recovery: The recovery period for fat grafting surgery of the body with a return to most daily activities ranges from several days to 1 week. Patients are asked to forego physical activities and exercise for approximately 2 weeks following fat grafting. Finally, patients are asked to forego important social engagements for approximately 1 month until volumes of contour correction are stabilized or until your implants have settled into their pocket.
Duration of Results: Patients who have undergone fat grafting surgery can expect aesthetically pleasing results for life. Patients will observe 20 to 30% of volume loss over the first year following surgery. Volume corrections one year following surgery should be considered stable.

How do I know if I am a candidate for Brazilian Buttocks Lift?

You are most likely a candidate for Brazilian Buttocks Lift if you feel your buttocks are sagging, deflated, asymmetric, not in balance with your body and breast; Most patients express that their buttocks are too small and not filling their pants or are generally dissatisfied with the shape and roundness of your buttocks. In order to be a good candidate, you must possess adequate fat for your fat transfer. This is because only 30 to 40% of the volume of your fat harvested is retained after processing, to transfer to your buttocks. As an example, if you have 2 L of fat removed from your body, only 800cc will be available for transfer. If you don’t have enough fat to provide you the desired buttocks augmentation you are desiring, you should consider a buttock implant.

How do I plan my Brazilian buttocks lift surgery?

On your initial visit, your surgeon will evaluate your health status by obtaining blood work and requesting a preoperative clearance from your primary care physician. Patients with underlying medical conditions will have to optimize their health status prior to proceeding. Patients with difficulty breathing or underlying pulmonary conditions, may not be found suitable for this surgery as it requires prolonged duration of lying on your stomach. In addition, smokers will be asked to quit smoking for 4 weeks prior and 6 weeks following surgery.

How do I prepare for Brazilian buttocks lift surgery?

Since your surgery will require general anesthesia, you must take several precautions prior to surgery. First, you will have to avoid eating and drinking after midnight on the day before surgery. This precaution ensures that your stomach is clear of digested foods that could potentially be aspirated into your lungs during induction of anesthesia. Since, you will have anesthetic medications administered throughout the case, you will remain groggy for several hours and will require a ride to and from the surgery center. You should choose a caretaker who is conscientious and who can spend the first night with you. As you will have to avoid sitting upright for the first two weeks, you should also ensure that your ride has a generous back seat that you can lay on your stomach for the ride home. Finally, you will need to arrange for a friend or a spouse to care for any small children who may need to be lifted since you will be sore for the first couple days following surgery.

What results can I expect after Brazilian buttocks lift surgery?

Brazilian buttocks surgery will lead to enhancement of the buttocks shape and improved projection of the buttocks contour. Patients are usually extremely satisfied with their immediate results and enjoy a lifetime of aesthetically balanced lower back to buttocks silhouette. A thorough preoperative assessment, safe intra operative course, and explicit postoperative instructions and monitoring with frequent visits ensure that patients experience a speedy recovery and a return to a more productive and rewarding life. Patients are extremely pleased with Brazilian buttocks lift and radiate increased physical and mental confidence.

Where will my Brazilian buttocks lift surgery be performed?

Buttocks augmentation surgery can be performed at an office-based surgical facility, outpatient surgical facility, or at a hospital operating room. If your operation is performed at an office-based surgical facility, it is of utmost importance for patients to make sure that a surgical accreditation body such as AAAASF accredits the office-based facility.

What type of anesthesia will be used for my Brazilian buttocks lift surgery?

Since your surgery will require full body harvesting of fat and placement on your stomach for a prolonged period, general anesthesia will be required.

What should I expect after Brazilian buttocks lift surgery?

Patients can usually resume light activity several days following surgery. Patients may experience numbness of the buttocks skin overlying the fat that disappears over the first few days after surgery. Pain medication and antibiotics will be prescribed by your surgeon. Patients will wear both a specialized tape and garment over their buttocks region to ensure smooth and even settling of fat cells. Patients may find most constraining the inability to sit upright for the first two weeks following surgery. In addition, patients are encouraged to sleep on their stomach for the first two weeks following surgery. Patients are allowed full physical activity and wearing of routine undergarment two weeks following surgery.

How do I know if I need a Brazilian buttocks lift (fat grafting)?

You will make a great candidate for Brazilian Buttocks lift if you have:

  1. asymmetric buttocks size/shape
  2. generous body fat reserves
  3. a desire for moderate buttocks augmentation
  4. contour irregularity

How quickly will I see my Brazilian buttocks lift results?

Buttock augmentation surgery is unique in that your results are immediately visible. Post-surgical swelling will resolve within weeks and your incision line will fade with time. We take great pride in optimizing your incision line healing by use of operative tapes (steri-strips), followed by topical scar reduction creams (Biocorneum), and Intense Pulse Light therapy as needed.

How much does Brazilian Buttocks Lift cost in Orange County?

The average cost of Brazilian buttocks lift ranges between $6,900 to $9500. The range in cost is affected by the volume of fat that is available and the desired volume for transfer as this will directly affect surgical time. This cost covers:
• Surgeon’s fee
• Facility fee
• Anesthesia fee
• Garment fee
• Postoperative visit fees
Surgical fees may be modified if you require contouring of areas surrounding the buttocks which include lateral thigh, flanks, love handles, and medial thigh. These areas may need liposuction contouring only or lateral thigh lift (buttocks lift) or inner thigh lift (medial thigh tuck).

How do I know if I am a candidate for Brazilian Buttocks Lift?

You are most likely a candidate for Brazilian buttocks lift surgery if you feel your buttocks are sagging, deflated, asymmetric, or not in balance with your body and breast; Most patients express that their buttocks are too small and not filling their pants or are generally dissatisfied with the shape and roundness of their buttocks. During your initial consultation, Dr. Mowlavi will assess whether you have adequate fat reserves necessary for this procedure.

What if I have a sagging buttock with lots of redundant skin?

A Brazilian buttock augmentation is recommended in patients with moderate to significant buttock deflation. For patients with minimal to moderate redundant buttock skin, the Brazilian buttock lift alone will suffice. In patients with significant redundant buttock skin, a lateral thigh lift (buttock lift/tuck as well as buttocks augmentation may be suitable; the buttock lift can be combined with a tummy tuck as well.

How do I know if I need Brazilian Buttocks Lift only or thigh tuck/lift as well?

Patients who require more aggressive lifts may benefit from a lateral thigh lift (buttocks lift) which can be combined with the Brazilian Butt Lift. In order to determine if you are a good candidate for the Brazilian butt lift only or in combination with a lateral thigh lift and/or medial thigh lift, please contact our office for a complimentary consultation.

Can I gain weight to improve my Brazilian Buttocks Lift results?

You should NOT gain any weight for the purposes of improving your Brazilian buttocks lift results for two reasons. First, increasing your weight will only increase the size of your fat cells and not the number of fat cells. When performing Brazilian Buttocks lift what is important is the number of non injured fat cells transferred; when you consider that fat cells are harvested through a cannula that is small in caliber, it becomes clear that gaining weight will only make the fat cells more vulnerable to injury and subsequent failure. In addition, it is very important for you to be at your comfort weight. This will ensure that following Brazilian buttocks lift, you don’t lose the volume gained as you return to your comfort weight. Your comfort weight is the weight that your body is comfortable at, the weight at which you don’t have to diet or force feed yourself. You will inevitably go back to your comfort weight, so if you don’t want to compromise your results, you should let your surgeon modify your body and buttocks at this weight.

How our patients feel about us:

Made me feel comfortable from the very beginning... Dr. Mowlavi and his entire staff are the best. My reconstruction surgery was a year long journey and I could not be happier with the results. Dr Mowlavi is a compassionate and caring surgeon. He and his staff have become like an extension of our family. I had a bilateral mastectomy with reconstruction in a single surgery. Dr Mowlavi answered all my questions and made me feel comfortable from the very beginning.

Anonymous Laguna Beach, CA

The procedure brought back years of confidence in myself... From the moment I stepped into the office I was pleasantly surprised by the friendly disposition of all the staff... After the procedure I was floored! I was surprised that such a great result could be achieved without the use of an implant which I did not want to get. As I admired myself in the mirror 2 weeks post op, Dr. Mowlavi smiled and said modestly, "Its all you!" I nearly cried as I had not perceived of my natural body looking truly beautiful in over 20 years. This procedure brought back years of confidence in myself that I had lost 90 lbs, 20 years and 2 children ago. For anyone considering plastic surgery but has fears and feelings such as I did you owe it to yourself to consult with Dr. Mowlavi and his staff. They are truly the best at what they do.

Lorene B.

Dr. Mowlavi is the best choice in Orange County... My highest recommendations go out to Dr Mowlavi for the skilled and fantastic work he performed on me... Being post bariatric surgery and not being the easiest of cases, Dr Mowlavi made sure we addressed the areas that I would gain the best results, made me fully aware of what to expect from the surgery, recovery and results. From my consultation to my post-surgical appointments... the entire Mowlavi staff treated me with special care, always making me feel like I was family, greeting me with hugs, smiles and ensuring I am doing well from the many follow up calls to all of the post-operative visits. I can not say enough to express how thankful I am to Dr. Mowlavi and his staff, and to let people know that if you are post cancer, bariatric or just need to have work performed to improve your appearance and quality of life, Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Institute with Dr. Mowlavi is the best choice in Orange County. You are all the BEST!

Jenifer D. Irvine, CA

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