Brazilian butt lift is a term that has been coined for fat transfer to the butt. It has become quite popular in recent years and is one of the commonest cosmetic procedures requested by Africans. Fat is harvested from areas of relative fat excess like the abdomen, flanks, thighs and back and transferred to the buttocks to create an aesthetically pleasing effect. The Butt can also be enhanced using butt implants which are usually made of silicon, however the fact that the butt can be augmented with the patient’s own tissue which in this case is fat, makes butt augmentation with fat more popular amongst Doctors and Patients alike. Buttock augmentation with fat is popular with surgeons because the chances of infection are reduced and there is no risk of implant malpositioning, rotation or extrusion.

What is achievable following a Brazilian but lift depends on the areas of liposuction, the amount of fat transferred, and the patients body build. The patient’s compliance with the after surgery instructions also go a long way in affecting outcome. Your surgeon will have all this explained to you at consultation before your procedure. It is important to have at least two or more consultations with your Plastic surgeon before your procedure. At consultation, you will be assessed, the procedure thoroughly explained to you including the risks and benefits. Important Health tests will also be carried out to ascertain your fitness for the procedure. You will be required to sign a consent form acknowledging that you are fully aware of the benefits, risks and alternatives to the procedure. Before your procedure, you may be required to:

Stop smoking. Smoking affects wound healing, increasing the chances of wound breakdown and tissue death. If you smoke, you will be required stop smoking at least 3 weeks before surgery and during recovery. Avoid certain medications. You’ll likely need to avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements, which can increase bleeding. Arrange for help during recovery. Make plans for someone to drive you home after you leave the hospital and stay with you for at least the first night of your recovery at home.

Depending on the areas from where the fat is to be harvested, and patient peculiarities, the procedure could be performed under regional anaesthesia, or general anaesthesia in which case you will be put to sleep for the period of the procedure. After Liposuction, it is expected that you will drain lots of fluid for a few days. This is expected and you will be properly informed of this before your procedure. It is also normal to have some bruising and swelling for a few days or weeks following the procedure. It is recommended that you wear a compression garment for a few weeks to ensure compression of the areas of fat harvest. You are also expected not to lie or sit on the areas of fat transfer for at least 10 to 14 days. This ensures improved survival of the transferred fat.