A fat transfer to the buttocks, or Brazilian butt lift, is a surgical procedure that can help an individual achieve a fuller and shapelier backside without the need for silicone implants. Because a patient’s own fat cells are used, this approach offers the added benefit of body contouring in another “problem area.” First, a surgeon performs liposuction to harvest excess fatty tissue from a patient’s hips, flanks, abdomen, or thighs. Next, the surgeon transfers the extracted fat to the patient’s gluteal region. To do so, the surgeon creates a series of small incisions in multiple tissue planes as necessary to enhance the volume and shape of the buttocks. To accomplish this and other aesthetic objectives, many patients in the Tampa, Florida, area entrust their surgeries – and their bodies – to board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Daniel Greenwald at Bayshore Plastic Surgery.

A fat transfer to the buttocks can produce natural-looking results without the risk of rejection that typically goes along with the placement of silicone implants. Even so, the procedure is not right for everyone. Dr. Greenwald meets with each prospective patient at his office in Tampa, FL, to go over the specifics and help the patient make educated treatment choices. In general, an ideal Brazilian butt lift candidate has:

  • Achieved a healthy, stable body weight, or is slightly overweight
  • Isolated pockets of excess fat that have not responded well to diet or exercise
  • Sufficient fatty tissue to allow for the liposuction necessary for a successful fat transfer (keeping in mind that small fat cells are best suited for this purpose, and also that some of the harvested fat cells will naturally be reabsorbed by the body following reinjection)
  • Good skin tone and elasticity with no stretch marks, which will help the skin to properly tighten following the procedure
  • Reasonable expectations

Dr. Greenwald discourages his patients from gaining weight in preparation for a fat transfer because fat excels in its natural environment. This means that any weight fluctuations that occur after recovery will likely affect the transferred fat. If this happens, an additional procedure may be necessary to restore the desired result.

Some patients seek fat transfers to the buttocks to achieve subtle changes, while others want dramatic effects. If you’d like to discuss buttock augmentation with Dr. Greenwald, contact Bayshore Plastic Surgery at 888-840-3199 to schedule an appointment at his office in Tampa, FL. He can determine if surgery is appropriate for you and, if so, recommend the best approach based your unique physical characteristics and aesthetic preferences.