The Brazilian butt lift is a cosmetic procedure that involves the injection of fat from other areas into the backside.
Plastic surgeon, Dr Andrew Jimerson, said that he only considers implants over the fat grafting procedure if the patient has insufficient fat stores. Fat is drawn from the back, abdomen, flanks and inner thighs, depending on the body type, to inject into the backside.
Dr Jimerson said that each case is different and is subject to a person's body type, fat content and the results they desire. On average, between 700 and 1000 cc's of fat are injected during the procedure. Often the doctor will recommend an ideal amount of weight to be gained that will eventually be transferred into the bottom.
According to Dr Jimerson, the lift is very safe yet risks include a pulmonary embolism and anaemia. Scarring does occur but is kept at a minimum. Approximately 70% of the fat 'takes' and establishes a blood supply and does not shift. The remaining fat is reabsorbed into the body. Over time the area may shrink and weight loss may effect the result. Patients may also gain weight in other areas of the body where they didn't previously carry fat.