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FAQs - Brazilian Butt Lift

If you’re considering a Brazilian butt lift (BBL), learn more about the procedure and find answers to some of our most frequently asked questions here.

Brazilian Butt Lift Questions

What is a Brazilian butt lift?

A Brazilian butt lift is the grafting of subcutaneous fat from other parts of the body to the buttocks using liposuction. Fat from one or more areas of your body, such as the stomach, thighs, or lower back, will be extracted, processed, and re-injected into your buttocks to enhance the shape and size. Brazilian butt lifts do not involve implants.


What happens at my initial consultation?

During your consultation, Dr. Ortiz will discuss your goals, the cost, and whether you are a good candidate for a BBL. Good candidates must have realistic expectations, be at a healthy weight, have enough body fat to be able to transfer it safely. He will also discuss what you can expect in regards to recovery, complications, and scars.


What should I expect after a BBL? What is the recovery process like?

Since you will be coming out of anesthesia and will be unable to sit down, you will need someone to drive you home from the center and stay with you for 24 hours after the surgery. BBL patients typically take at least one week off of work, although Dr. Ortiz recommends taking two weeks as you will not be able to sit normally for two weeks following the surgery. Patients that need to return to work after one week may sit on a BBL pillow. You will wear a compression garment for six weeks following your Brazilian butt lift.

After your surgery, you will be unable to exercise for six weeks and will be required to sleep on your stomach or side. You will be 80% recovered at 3 months post-surgery and 90% recovered at 6 months. You will see your full results at one year post-surgery.


How long does a BBL take?

On the day of your surgery, you can expect to be at the surgery center for approximately 5 hours. The procedure takes 3-4 hours and the remaining time will be spent administering anesthesia and preparing you to go home.


How much does a BBL cost?

The price of a Brazilian butt lift varies from patient to patient but the total cost will be between $8,500 and $12,000.


What is included in the cost of the procedure?

The cost of your BBL includes all pre-op and post-op appointments, anesthesia, the surgery and surgical materials, as well as any post-op compression garments. Prescription pain medication is not covered in the cost of surgery and is not dispensed by North Raleigh Plastic Surgery.


What are your payment terms?

We require a payment of 25% of the total cost up front to secure your surgery date. The remaining balance must be paid in full no later than two weeks before the surgery takes place. While most cosmetic surgeries are not covered by insurance, we offer a cash discount and accept Care Credit and all major credit cards.


What kind of anesthesia will be used?

Our licensed anesthetist administers IV sedation for Brazilian butt lifts.


What kind of scars will I have?

You will have four very small scars, approximately ½ inch long: two on your lower back in the Venus dimples and two under the creases of your butt cheeks. The scars are barely visible and easily hidden.


Are there complications with a Brazilian butt lift?

The most common complication with a BBL is fat necrosis, the damage or death of tissue. This creates a small lump under the skin, roughly the size and feeling of a pea. It is completely harmless and can occur any time fatty tissue is damaged.


How long do the results of a BBL last?

The results of your Brazilian butt lift are, by and large, permanent. Your butt will not “deflate” because the added volume is your own fat. On the other hand, since the added volume is from your own body, your buttocks will still grow if you gain weight and shrink if you lose weight.


How many post-op appointments will I have?

You will have a minimum of 3 appointments with Dr. Ortiz after your BBL: one appointment a week after the surgery, one appointment at 2 months post-surgery, and the final appointment at 6 months after surgery. If you need to see Dr. Ortiz at any time between these appointments, please call us.


Contact North Raleigh Plastic Surgery to Schedule Your Brazilian Butt Lift Consultation Today!