Table of Contents

  • Definition
  • History
  • Procedure
  • Risks/ Complications
  • Costs


A Brazilian butt lift (BBL) which is medically known as the gluteoplasty is when additional fat from other areas of the body such as the abdomen, lower back, hips or thighs with liposuction which is then transferred into the butt. The whole point of a butt lift is to improve the shape and or size and augment self-confidence/ self-image. 

History of the BBL

The Brazilian butt lift dates back originally all the way to the 1960’s when the surgeon Ivon Pitanguy a native of Rio did the first butt lift in 1964 and this was to correct the sagging of the buttocks at the time. He did that by just removing the extra skin on the buttocks. A few years after Pitanguy performed his version of a BBL, Bartels et al used a silicone breast implant to correct atrophy of a patients left buttock (Gold). By the 1980’s liposuction became big in the cosmetic surgery world and that’s when plastic surgeons began using that method to transfer fat to make butt lifts look and feel more natural but even to just get rid of excess fat. It is now known as one of the fastest growing cosmetic surgeries in the United States (Gold). Women get this procedure for reasons such as it enhances their body image and it takes fat from unwanted places to wanted places. 


During a Brazilian butt lift procedure, the first step is going under. The anesthesiologists will give the patient some sedation medication to put them to sleep and sometimes they may even give anti-nausea medicine if you began to feel sick. The surgeon then will use the liposuction to eradicate the additional fat from whatever areas chosen, this includes making an incision in that chosen area and a long tube will be entered into those incisions to remove the fat from those areas. The surgeon then will make at least three to five incisions in your buttocks. Then inject the fat which is processed and the areas where it will create a better volume look for your buttocks. Lastly the surgeon will close up the incisions and then apply a compression undergarment on the area to minimize the bleeding (Cherney). 

Risks/ Complications 


•Stretch marks


•Blood clots

•Excessive blood loss

•Cardiac and pulmonary complications

•Deep vein thrombosis

•Fat embolism (fat is injected into the bloodstream and travels to the lungs)

•Complications associated with liposuction or anesthesia

•Necrosis of fat or surrounding tissue

As many as 1 in 3,000 people who undergo the procedure die, or 0.033 percent, compared with 0.002 percent for all office-based cosmetic procedures (Brucculieri). The mortality rate for Brazilian butt lifts are pretty high which is very frightening. Most of the deaths are caused by pulmonary embolisms which comes from fat being injected to deep which it then enters the circulatory system. It is important that people who are interested in getting a BBL do their research on the surgeon, you want someone who understands the body and the procedure this is what prevents complications. Complications that are more likely to happen such as using the wrong injectables or tools, not knowing the amount of fat to take or keep and how deep they can go. 


The cost of a Brazilian butt lift can be a little pricy depending on where you are receiving the procedure or even depending on the surgeon and how famous they are for what they do. The average cost of a BBL in 2016 was $4,571 without implants and with implants it was $4,860 that was not including the anesthesia, hospital stay or the after care (Cherney). In 2020 Dr. Miami who is a famous cosmetic surgeon BBL price is $9,945 and he is currently running a special for $6,996. 

Reference list 

“A Brief History of the Brazilian Butt Lift.” Dazed, 22 Oct. 2019,

“Buttock Lift.” Mayo Clinic, Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, 12 Oct. 2018,

Cherney, Kristeen. Everything You Need to Know About the Brazilian Butt-Lift (Fat Transfer) Procedure. 7AD,

“Dangers of Brazilian Butt Lift.” Texas and Louisiana Medical Malpractice Firm, 31 July 2019,

“DR MIAMI PRICES 2020.” Dr. Miami Prices,

Nelson, Kate. “’Brazilian Butt Lift’ Inventor Dies a Day after Holding Olympic Flame.” The Independent, Independent Digital News and Media, 7 Aug. 2016,

Williams, Steven, et al. “Buttock Enhancement.” American Society of Plastic

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