Today’s women want to celebrate their feminine curves. This, of course, includes our backside. Each of us has a bottom that is unique to the person, and it’s one area of your body where exercise can make little if any change. If your bottom is flatter than you like, if it lacks the curves you seek, there’s been little you could do about it.

That was until the Brazilian butt lift. The Brazilian butt lift takes fat from an unwanted area, such as your lower abdomen, and moves it to the buttocks to add curve and shape. Dr. Reynolds performs these fat transfers for his El Paso patients.

What is a Brazilian butt lift?

The days of the emaciated model who appeared to only eat an occasional rice cake are over — today women want shapely figures, and that often includes a bigger, rounder backside. That is the goal of a Brazilian butt lift. Fat is harvested with liposuction from an unwanted area, such as the upper thighs or abdomen, and that fat is then purified. This fat is then injected in dozens of locations across the buttocks. Dr. Reynolds pays particular attention to the upper buttocks when injecting the fat. This is the area of the buttocks that flattens and descends somewhat with age.

Who is a candidate for a Brazilian butt lift?

If you’d like a rounder, curvier bottom, you’re likely a great candidate. This procedure is much different than butt augmentation with implants, where silicone implants are placed under the buttocks tissue to add volume. Dr. Reynolds has never performed those procedures, as he always felt the complications where too high. Dr. Reynolds prefers fat transfer because it adds shape and volume naturally, all the while removing fat from unwanted areas. The buttock implants can sometimes be problematic. Really the only requirement for these procedures is that the patient has enough unwanted fat that can be harvested to use for the transfer.

What are the benefits of a Brazilian butt lift?

Rounder backside. More curves. Filling out your jeans or your swimsuit bottom. These procedures are all about adding shape and dimension to your buttocks. If you’ve always felt your bottom was too flat or lacked the curves you wanted, this can change all of that. Plus, by utilizing your own fat, there’s nothing artificial being injected or implanted into your bottom. And don’t forget that the fat we’re going to use is first removed from an area where you don’t want it. That’s a win-win benefit with these procedures.

How is a Brazilian butt lift performed?

The Brazilian butt lift is a two-step procedure performed with the patient under general anesthesia. It takes from two to four hours. To harvest the fat, Dr. Reynolds performs tumescent liposuction. This helps to contour areas surrounding the buttocks. This is done through a closed system to keep the fat pure and clear from possible contamination. The harvested fat is then purified to separate the fat cells from other cells, blood, and the tumescent solution.

The second step involves re-injecting the fat into the buttocks. Dr. Reynolds does this through dozens of tiny injections at varying depths. This ensures an even, natural-looking augmentation. As mentioned briefly above, special attention is given to the upper buttocks because this presents a lifted, younger-looking profile.

How much fat is removed?

During your consultation with Dr. Reynolds, you’ll decide where you want him to take the fat for transfer. There isn’t a “set” amount of fat to be removed. During your consultation the two of you will discuss your goals. How much larger do you want your buttocks to be? Is the goal to simply add shape or to increase overall size? Your goals will dictate how much fat is needed. Dr. Reynolds will harvest about three times the amount that will be re-injected. That ensures the highest quality fat cells with the best chances of permanently “taking.” For a rough estimate, a 1000 ccs of fat is usually the minimum amount that needs to be harvested.

The most popular areas for liposuction for these procedures are the lower back (as it accentuates the rounder bottom), waist, flanks, thighs, and lower abdomen.

What is recovery like after a Brazilian butt lift?

The main aspect of your recovery is to let the fat cells remain undisturbed so they can successfully acquire a blood supply. This is how they will take for the long haul. Dr. Reynolds will give you detailed instructions on what you can and cannot do. Sitting directly on your buttocks must be avoided, as will lying on your back, for two to three weeks following your surgery. This isn’t a painful recovery, but the restrictions on sitting can be somewhat of a burden. Patients can usually return to work after two weeks, with normal activities basically OK after a month.

Are Brazilian butt lifts safe?

As with any surgical procedure, there are small risks involved but Dr. Reynolds is Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and a member of the American Society of Aesthetic Surgery. He takes every precaution and will make sure that your surgery is done safely. Beware of Doctors without the proper training or ethics doing these procedures. This can lead to serious or lethal complications. Dr. Reynolds has extensive training, and follows a strict code of ethics.
It is critical that patients do their research when it comes to the level of training of the surgeon they choose to perform this procedure.

There are the same risks involved with this procedure as with any surgery such as infection or a reaction to anesthesia.

Specific to this procedure are these risks:

  • Numbness or changes in skin sensation
  • Fat necrosis
  • Deep vein thrombosis
  • Skin discoloration
  • Prolonged swelling
  • Need for revision procedure

How much does a Brazilian butt lift cost?

The cost of these procedures varies depending upon the amount of fat the patient seeks to remove and re-inject. For instance, some patients only want moderate volume increase, and they opt for less liposuction. Others want more.

During your consultation with Dr. Reynolds, the two of you will discuss your goals and he can then give you as estimate of what your butt lift will cost.

Are Brazilian butt lifts covered by insurance?

These are elective procedures, so insurance does not cover them.

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