Give your butt a boost

00:08 11 May in Aesthetic Surgery, Body surgery, Surgeons, Surgical

The shape of your buttocks can change for various reasons – ageing, hereditary factors or dramatic weight loss. Fortunately these problems can be addressed with a buttock lift surgery or augmentation, also known as the Brazillian butt lift.



This surgical procedure involves the removal of excess skin and fat through surgical excision and liposuction.

You may be a good candidate for conventional butt lift surgery if you:

  • Have excess skin and fat that you would like removed.
  • Have worked to eliminate excess fat and tighten your skin through diet and exercise.
  • Don’t plan to lose further weight and are at a stable weight, since fluctuations could interfere and reverse the results of your surgery.


You should sustain a healthy weight for 6 months before you attempt any plastic surgery procedures.


  • Your buttock area will look smoother and more toned.
  • The results will be long-lasting.
  • Any discomfort caused by excess skin will be alleviated.


  • Full recovery could take several months.
  • Future weight fluctuations can affect results.
  • The procedure could result in loss of volume in the buttocks.



This procedure reshapes and enhances your gluteal area, providing you with an uplifted and more shapely buttock profile. The most frequent methods for enlarging and reshaping your buttocks are buttock implants or fat grafting – otherwise known as the Brazilian butt lift – which uses your own natural fatty tissue.

You may be a good candidate for a Brazilian butt lift if you:

  • Want to add volume to your backside. Patients who want to remove excess tissue from their rears may prefer a traditional butt lift or other body contouring procedures.
  • Have tried to tighten and enhance the shape and size of your butt with exercise and nutrition. A butt lift is a serious surgical procedure, so it should only be performed if you cannot achieve your desired result in other ways.
  • Have excess fat deposits elsewhere in your body that your surgeon can remove with liposuction, purify, and use for fat transfer during the procedure. These deposits should ideally be easily accessible, such as love handles around your hips. Since the fat will need to be purified, you typically need to provide between 3 and 4 times the amount of fat that you would like to be transferred. If you lack excess fat deposits, you may need to gain weight before your procedure or consider an alternative.
  • Don’t suffer from extra sagging skin. In this case, you may need to have a traditional butt lift before attempting the Brazilian fat transfer technique.
  • Have the correct body shape for a butt lift. Your surgeon can help you decide if adding volume to your rear will be proportionally appropriate for your appearance.


  • Clothes and swimwear will fit better.
  • Your body will appear more shapely and proportionate.
  • Your buttocks will be firmer, rounder and uplifted, creating a more youthful and curvaceous appearance.


  • Implants can slip post-operatively or some of the fat may be reabsorbed, causing asymmetry.
  • If you are very slender and want significant augmentation, you may need implants to achieve the size that you desire.
  • Because of post-operative swelling, it may take 3 to 6 months before the full effect of this surgery is evident.

At your initial consultation, your plastic surgeon can help you determine whether you are a good candidate for either (or both) of these procedures. He or she will discuss your goals for treatment and decide if there are any factors that would preclude you from undergoing butt lift surgery.