Brazilian Butt Lift | Fat Transfer

Price Range: $15,000+

A fat grafting procedure transfers fat from areas in which you have excess fat, such as the outer thighs, and injects it into areas that may be lacking in volume, such as your face, hands, breasts, or buttocks. This safe, long-lasting, well-tolerated procedure produces natural-looking results. Every year, thousands of people undergo successful Brazilian butt lifts and are pleased with the results.


With more women preferring curves and a well-shaped hourglass figure, it’s natural to look for cosmetic surgery options that don’t require extensive surgery or downtime. Rather than a surgical butt lift with butt implants, fat transfer techniques are now a natural alternative that is becoming a preferred option for many patients. One procedure that uses this technique best is the Brazilian butt lift, also known as BBL surgery.


Brazilian butt lift surgery uses autologous fat grafting to enhance and augment the buttocks for a fuller, rounder figure. Although traditional buttock enhancement procedures use butt implants, many patients prefer the non-surgical butt lift for its reduced downtime and natural-feeling results. It also comes with the benefit of fat reduction in the chosen donor areas. This means the Brazilian butt lift can produce a sculpted and contoured figure in one simple, minimally-invasive procedure.


One of the most important considerations for this buttocks enhancement surgery is that you have enough fat in your donor area for your goals. Often, you’ll experience some loss of volume after the procedure, so Dr. DiFrancesco can assess whether you have enough fatty tissue to achieve your intended results. It’s important to be in good overall health and able to undergo minimally invasive surgery, so Dr. DiFrancesco will discuss your health history during a consultation.


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An Atlanta Brazilian butt lift can be performed with a local anesthetic and you can return home afterward. It’s performed in a few different steps, and Dr. DiFrancesco will go over each one during your consultation so you know what to expect.


The first step is a liposuction procedure on your donor area (commonly the abdomen, flanks, hips, or thighs). This process collects excess body fat with a small incision and a surgical cannula. Dr. DiFrancesco uses a gentle back-and-forth motion to help break up the fat for easier removal with a surgical vacuum. After enough fat is collected, the incisions are closed with special sutures.


After the fatty tissue is collected, it’s purified and made ready for the injection process. Usually, this includes separating the fat cells from the liquid to ensure pure fat cells can be placed in specialized syringes to be injected.


This step includes careful planning and an artistic eye. Dr. DiFrancesco will use multiple syringes of injected fat to ensure your results are well-shaped, evenly distributed, and natural-looking. It’s common practice to inject more fat than is needed for your results during this step since not all of the fat cells survive the transfer process. After this step is complete, you’ll be made ready for your recovery and trip home.


Although the Brazilian butt lift comes with a shorter recovery than implant augmentation, you’ll need to take certain important steps to make sure your recovery is successful. This includes avoiding sitting directly on your transferred fat until it can establish a new blood supply and settle into its new location. This means you may need to use a specialized pillow during this time. Additionally, you’ll need to wear a compression garment at your incision sites to aid blood flow and help the skin adhere to the new contours.

You’ll be prescribed medications to manage swelling and discomfort, so take these according to instructions. Most patients can return to their regular light activities within a week or so. Over the following weeks and months, your results will emerge with some loss of volume over time. With the right aftercare and healthy lifestyle, fat transfer results are often permanent.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are buttock injections permanent?

Approximately 60 - 70% of fat survives the transfer and that fat is permanent

Can fat transfer be removed?

Although it is uncommon fat placed during a fat transfer to the buttocks can be removed with liposuction.

Can you freeze your fat off at home?

No I would not recommend freezing your fat off at home. It could be dangerous and may leave you permanently injuries or scarred.

Can you transfer fat to your breasts?

Yes, fat transfer to the breasts is becoming more popular as a natural breast augmentation for patients who do not want implants.

Does fat grafting leave scars?

An access point is needed to inject the fat under the skin for fat grafting. The small scar from the access point usually fades over time.

How common are buttock implants?

Buttock implants are not very common. Buttock implants have a higher complication rate and dont feels natural like fat.

How long do butt injections last?

Butt injection are an off label use of injectable and usually last 2 years.

How long does Brazilian butt lift last?

BBl fat transfer to the buttocks is permanent

How much does it cost for fat transfer to the buttocks?

This procedure can cost between $10,000 and $14,000.

Is Brazilian buttock lift permanent?

Yes. In a BBL fat is transferred to your buttocks with approximately 60-70% of the fat cells survive the transfer. These fat cells remain permanently.

What is the BBL?

Brazilian Butt Lift- it describes fat transfer to the buttock to enhance shape and size.

When can I sit after bbl?

Yes you can sit after a BBL but it must be on a BBL pillow. I recommend you sit on the BBL pillow for 6 weeks after your fat transfer. This will help the healing process and allow the maximum number of fat cells to survive the fat transfer.

Which is the most dangerous site for intramuscular injection?

Intramuscular fat injections are dangerous and can cause fat embolism. Fat injections should be limited to the subcutaneous layer.

What should I expect during a Brazilian butt lift?

During the BBL surgery, we’ll first administer a local anesthetic. From there, Dr. DiFrancesco will first perform liposuction. She’ll suction out the unwanted fat from the donor area. Next, she’ll prepare and purify the fat and then inject it into the buttocks.

How long does BBL surgery take?

BBL surgery can take from two to four hours, depending on the results you’re looking for.

When will I see the results of BBL surgery?

It typically takes a few weeks to a month or two before you see your results. Swelling and bruising will initially hide most of the improvements, but as you heal, the results will become more and more prominent.

Is BBL surgery painful?

Patients can expect bruising and swelling for 2-4 weeks. Most patients resume back to normal activities in 1-2 weeks.

When can I exercise after a Brazilian butt lift?

You’ll need to wait at least four weeks before you can return to any kind of exercise. Dr. DiFrancesco will let you know exactly when you can return to strenuous activities.

How much does a BBL cost?

This procedure can cost around $15,000+.

What is the downtime like with buttock enhancement?

The downtime required with buttock enhancement depends on whether you choose the surgical or non-surgical option. With Sculptra, there is little to no downtime. With a Brazilian Butt Lift, you will need six weeks of downtime where you avoid sitting on your buttocks.

How long do the results of buttock enhancement last?

The results of nonsurgical buttock enhancement last up to two years. The results of Brazilian Butt Lift surgery can last for years or even decades. That said, the surgery will not stop the natural aging process, but your buttocks will look better than if you didn’t have the surgery.

Will my results look natural?

Absolutely! Whether you choose the surgical or nonsurgical buttock enhancement treatment, Dr. DiFrancesco will ensure your results are beautiful and natural-looking.

What areas can I remove fat from for the Brazilian Butt Lift?

With a Brazilian Butt Lift, we can remove fat from many areas of the body, including the abdomen, thighs, hips, arms, or back. As long as there is enough fat, it can be removed via liposuction and transferred to the buttocks.

What are my buttock enhancement options if I don’t want to have surgery?

At DiFrancesco Plastic Surgery, we offer nonsurgical buttock enhancement with Sculptra. With this injectable, we can add volume and increase collagen production, ensuring your buttocks are fuller and lifted.


The Brazilian butt lift is an extremely popular cosmetic procedure due to its excellent, natural-looking results and short recovery period. It’s important to discuss your questions, such as Brazilian butt lift cost, and goals for the procedure with an experienced and board-certified plastic surgeon. To meet with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. DiFrancesco at our Atlanta office, contact us by calling or filling out our online form.