Brazilian Butt Lift: Procedure, Benefits, Cost, & Side Effects

Many people list their backside as one of the most frustrating areas on their body that simply doesn’t seem to respond to diet and exercise how they want it to. Despite all of the squats, protein, veggies, and other efforts to firm up and build their backside, it just never gets the shape they want. Some people resign themselves to this fact, while others take an invasive route known as a Brazilian butt lift procedure. 

Today, we’ll tell you more about this procedure, as well as another option that’s less invasive but can provide incredible results just the same.

Brazilian Butt Lift: Overview and Benefits

Let’s begin by explaining exactly what a Brazilian butt lift procedure entails and how it works. 

The traditional Brazilian butt lift procedure is a cosmetic surgery to shape the buttocks. It involves the removal (via liposuction) of body fat from the abdomen, lower back, or thighs. Then, some of this fat is strategically injects into the buttocks to create the desired effect. 

At first glance, it might sound like a straightforward procedure. But the truth is, it’s incredibly complex and comes with a number of risks.

What is the Brazilian butt lift procedure Like?

Next, let’s look at what you can expect throughout a Brazilian butt lift procedure, including before, during, and after treatment. 


Prior to your procedure, it’s important to consult with experienced plastic surgeons to learn more about their technique and history. You’ll want to know how many procedures they have performed, ask any questions you might have, and see pictures of their work. 

Your surgeon will walk you through the details of the procedure, as well as complete any pre-procedure steps, which could include bloodwork and other tests. 


The Brazilian butt lift procedure is usually an outpatient procedure. This means you will not go into a hospital. The procedure is usually done under general anesthesia. In some cases, when only a minor amount of fat is being transferred, intravenous sedation and local anesthesia could be used instead.

During the procedure, your surgeon will use liposuction to take fat from other areas of the body. This entails making incisions into these areas, then “sucking” out the fat through a tube.

The fat that is taken out will then be purified so it’s ready to be injected into your buttocks. Your surgeon will make incisions around your buttocks (usually three to five of them) for the fat transfers. They strategically pick these locations based on the results you’re hoping to achieve. 

When the procedure is complete, these incisions stitch-up. Then, your medical team applies a compression garment to help minimize swelling and your risk of bleeding after the procedure.


Following a Brazilian butt lift procedure, there are certain instructions that you must follow that are incredibly important if you want to achieve your desired results. For example, patients cannot sit or lie on their buttocks for at least two weeks after the surgery. This means sleeping on your side or stomach, as well as using a “donut” pillow anytime you need to sit upright. Most patients can start sitting normally again about eight weeks after surgery.

Within 10-14 days of the surgery, most patients can begin some of their normal, light activities again.

It will take about six months following your surgery for the swelling to subside and for your tissues to heal adequately. 

As you can see, the aftercare instructions for a Brazilian butt lift procedure aren’t for the fainthearted. It requires serious recovery time as well as a major disruption to your life and routine. Along with these changes, there are also some common side effects you could experience following the procedure, so let’s talk about those next. 

Common side effects

As with any surgery, there are potential risks and side effects.

With a Brazilian butt lift procedure, some of the most common are:

  • Infections
  • Pain and discomfort
  • Swelling
  • Scarring
  • Lumps under the skin where fat was suctioned or injected
  • Loss of skin in treated areas due to deep infection
  • Fat embolisms in the heart or lungs (potentially deadly)

The Brazilian butt lift procedure has a higher fatality rate than any other cosmetic surgery.

As this report from The Multi-Society Task Force for Safety in Gluteal Fat Grafting explains:

“The unusually high mortality rate from this cosmetic procedure is estimated to be as high as 1:3000, greater than any other cosmetic surgery. The cause of mortality is uniformly fatal fat embolism due to fat entering the venous circulation associated with injury to the gluteal veins. In every patient who has died, at autopsy, fat was seen within the gluteal muscle.”

This highlights the importance of choosing experienced, trusted cosmetic surgeons for your procedure. It also explains why so many people are turning to less invasive options to achieve a similar effect. (More on that in a moment)

How much does a Brazilian butt lift procedure cost?

Along with being a risky procedure to undergo, the BBL is also an expensive one.

Costs vary around the United States and depend on a number of factors. 

According to

“On average, the majority of butt lifts cost between $2000 and $12,000, with an average cost of around $6,500. However, these vary by surgeon, the complexity of the procedure, and region.”

A Less Invasive Option from Anushka Medical Spa

A Less Invasive Option from Anushka Medical Spa - brazilian butt lift procedure

As you’ve seen, a Brazilian butt lift procedure can be a very effective procedure. However, it doesn’t come without serious side effects, including the potential for serious health consequences. 

At Anushka Medical Spa, we are proud to offer a less invasive option for patients who want to treat this area using a safer and more modern option.

Our butt lift procedure with Sculptra is a completely non-invasive procedure that utilizes injections of the Poly-L-Lactic Dermal Filler. This means you can have better results over time and no downtime whatsoever! It’s an incredibly attractive alternative for many patients as there is no need to go through surgery or take potent medications post-operation

Discover a safer, modern option for the Brazilian butt lift procedure for increasing volume and reducing cellulite.

Call us today to learn more or book a consultation.