The differences between BBL and the butt lift


The excess skin and fat accumulation that often come with aging, genetics, or a sudden and massive weight loss that have affected the appearance of the buttocks can be considerably improved with the help of a butt lift procedure. The butt lift procedure is not to be mistaken for the Brazilian butt lift (also known as fat transfer to the butt), which is a procedure that adds volume by using the patient’s own fat tissue collected from other areas of the body.

The butt lift procedure entails the removal of excess skin and fat tissue to enhance the appearance of the butt. When looking for plastic surgery methods to remodel the butt, many patients struggle to understand the differencesibetween the Brazilian butt lift and the butt lift.

In this article, we will discuss what each procedure entails and how to differentiate them.

The Brazilian butt lift

This is a minimally invasive plastic surgery performed on patients with small buttocks or minor sagginess of the buttocks. The Brazilian butt lift is performed by harvesting fat cells from other areas of the body through liposuction, processing this fat and transferring it to the buttocks. Liposuction is the method we use for the BBL procedure, and it is often performed in the surrounding areas of the buttocks such as the abdomen, waist, flanks, thighs and even the lower back. By performing lipo on these areas, we aim to contour the silhouette furthermore so the aspect of the buttocks will be even more spectacular. The Brazilian butt lift is performed with the patient under general anesthesia in a vast majority of cases, and it can last up to three or four hours, depending on the amount of fat that can be extracted.

The procedure is performed on an outpatient basis, and the patient is free to return home within hours after waking up if no complications occur. The patient should also know that the rate of complications after the Brazilian butt lift is rather low. One of the risks associated with the procedure is the reabsorption of the fat transferred to the buttocks. But even this risk can be minimized if you choose an experienced and board-certified plastic surgeon to play out your procedure.

The recovery after BBL can be a few days and up to a few weeks. The patient might experience a slight discomfort during the first couple of days, but the plastic surgeon will prescribe medication to control the pain and discomfort.

The patient is advised to avoid sitting or lying on the butt at all costs for at least three weeks. Not following this recommendation can lead to fat necrosis or the fat to be reabsorbed by the body. After three weeks, the fat should get a new blood supply to guarantee its survival.

The butt lift

This is a more complex procedure, often performed as a part of the lower body lift. Patients requiring this procedure have often lost a massive amount of weight over a short period of time, so there is considerable skin sagginess on the buttocks.

The plastic surgeon will start with incisions on both butt cheeks, usually in the fold under the buttocks. These incisions are used to eliminate the excess skin and fat tissue and are sutured and closed. The butt lift procedure can be associated with liposuction to reduce the thickness of the adipose tissue on the buttocks or on surrounding areas such as the thighs or the lower back and flanks. When a lower body lift is performed, the plastic surgeon will often perform a thigh lift as well as liposuction on the areas with excess fat tissue to make the silhouette slimmer.

The butt lift procedure can take up to two or three hours and is performed under general anesthesia for the comfort of the patient. This means the patient will be asleep and feel no pain during surgery. The hospitalization is less than 24 hours, so when waking up from anesthesia you will be monitored by the medical staff for a few more hours, and then you can return home. The patient might be required to stay in the medical facility for up to 48 hours if the lower body lift was performed and a significant amount of skin and fat tissue was removed.

The recovery after the butt lift procedure is longer than in the case of the Brazilian butt lift because there are more incisions that need to heal. Smoking is to be avoided during this time as it can cause delayed wound healing that could trigger additional complications. The recovery period can be up to two weeks. Again, the patient is advised not to sit directly on the buttocks and not to put pressure on the incisions and cause wound opening.

There are more complications associated with the butt lift procedure than the Brazilian butt lift as it is a much more complex procedure.


If you want to undergo a butt enhancement procedure and you don’t know whether the Brazilian butt lift or the butt lift procedure would be more suitable for you, make an appointment and discuss this with your plastic surgeon. He will assess your medical condition as well as the morphological characteristics and skin tonus and decide whether you qualify for a Brazilian butt lift or butt lift surgery.