Joseph Serota, MD

Board Certified Plastic Surgeon

Brazilian Butt Lift

Kim Kardashian and Jennifer Lopez have made curvaceous backsides a fashion must-have. Today, women are celebrating their curves. If you were not born with a shapely silhouette, you can now achieve this look through a fat transfer technique performed by Dr. Joseph Serota.

The Solution: Brazilian Butt Lift in Aurora


The Brazilian Butt Lift is different from a buttock implant which involves the placement of silicone implants similar to a breast implant. Instead, the procedure uses liposuction to harvest fat from different areas of your body (such as the abdomen, hips, thighs or lower back), purify that fat and then reinject it into the buttocks through tiny incisions. The amount of fat injections will depend on your desired outcome.

What to Expect During a Brazilian Butt Lift

A Brazilian Butt Lift procedure typically takes 1-2 hours.

The injection process is done very carefully, in just the right locations, so your new shape will be smooth and natural-looking. If you have an extremely flat buttock area, it may require more injections to achieve a more rounded rear-end. As the buttock volume is increased, the overall appearance is lifted, contoured and sculpted.

Because this process involves fat transfer, the Brazilian Butt Lift is only appropriate for patients Dr. Serota deems to have adequate fat reserves. And, like any cosmetic procedure, you must have good overall health and follow a healthy lifestyle before undergoing treatment.

Brazilian Butt Lift Recovery

Expect to recover from Brazilian Butt Lift surgery for at least 3 weeks. During that time, it will be necessary to limit sitting and you can sleep on your stomach or sides so the fat grafts can properly formulate. You will also be instructed to wear a compression garment to control the swelling. You may be able to return to your normal activities within one month after surgery if there are no complications.

Potential Risks of Brazilian Butt Lifts

The risks of a Brazilian Butt Lift may include:

  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Asymmetry
  • Need for additional fat transfer injections

Buttock Implants: Not a Good Choice

Dr. Serota does not offer butt implants and, in fact, few if any cosmetic surgeons in Colorado offer them. There are some good reasons for this avoidance.

  1. Long Incisions
    The procedure requires incisions 5-10 centimeters long. That is about 2.5”-5” long. On the other hand, the fat transfer procedure uses small incisions, less than a quarter of an inch long.
  2. Long Recovery Period
    Recovery takes up to 2 months. Bruising and swelling can take 5-9 weeks to subside. For the first day or two you may feel nauseated.  There is pain for several weeks, for which you would have a prescription painkiller. Sitting down is uncomfortable for many weeks and it would be 8 weeks before you could resume normal activity and exercise.
  3. Complications are Common
    The implants can shift out of position and give you an asymmetrical look. They can also rupture. You would not be aware of this for weeks or months. In some cases, there is infection or excessive bleeding and some patients have second or third procedures to correct these complications.

Dr. Serota would rather not expose his cosmetic surgery patients to these risks and therefore he offers fat transfers rather than butt implants to improve your body shape.

Procedures Often Performed With Brazilian Butt Lift

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