Butt augmentation is one of the fastest growing cosmetic surgeries in the country.

Butt augmentation with fat grafting, popularly called a “Brazilian butt lift”, is when excess fat is removed and reinjected into the buttocks. A Brazilian butt lift includes liposuction and butt augmentation to achieve a patient’s desired shape and contour.

By removing excess fat from the abdomen, outer hip, inner thighs, or “love handles”, the board-certified surgeons at Centre, P.C. can effectively reshape the butt, as well as sculpt the waistline for a rounder, shapelier body profile.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Where can excess fat be extracted from?

Fat grafting, sometimes called fat transfer or fat injection, is a common cosmetic procedure where excess fat is removed from areas it’s not wanted and reinjected into areas that may be lacking volume or contour.

Most patients elect fat removal from problem areas such as the inner thighs, love handles, or abdomen. Fat can be removed from other harvesting sites including the upper arm, bra strap area, and so on.

Fat grafting is dependent on their being enough fat available to transfer. Discuss specific problem areas with your doctor during a consultation.

What happens to fat after it’s extracted?

Fat grafting for a Brazilian butt lift has three steps: harvesting, purification and transfer, and placement.

Harvesting sites are selected by a patient and his or her surgeon. A tiny cannula, or microfilament, is inserted into these sites to extract excess fat. This step is also known as liposuction.

During the purification and transfer stage, impurities are removed from the fat cells and prepared for transfer in small syringes that will be used for fat injection.

Finally, tiny incisions are made at injection sites on the buttocks where the syringe or cannula will be inserted.

During the placement stage, each pass of the cannula deposits fat cells in natural tissue planes. This step is repeated until the desired shape and contour is achieved.

Will I gain weight differently after a Brazilian butt lift?

Fat extracted from problem areas is often resistant to diet and exercise. These fat cells will continue to be stubborn once transferred to the buttocks.

For example, if a patient has excess fat transferred to the buttocks, this fat will show gain and lose similar to the way it did before it was transferred. Excessive weight gain or loss could alter the overall shape and contour of a Brazilian butt lift procedure.

It should be noted that up to 40 percent of transferred fat may not survive placement in the buttocks.

What is recovery like after a Brazilian Butt Life?

After surgery, patients are wrapped in a special compression garment to treat the areas where liposuction was performed. The garment minimizes swelling and discomfort during recovery and helps the skin retract after fat injections.

Immediately following surgery, patients can expect swelling and bruising in areas used to harvest fat cells. Pain medication is prescribed to manage any discomfort.

Most patients are up and walking about within 48 hours of surgery. High impact activities should be avoided for approximately four weeks. After one month, patients can resume light cardio, like speed-walking, and resume normal activities six to eight weeks after surgery.

Sitting affects blood circulation; patients should avoid sitting directly on the buttocks for a minimum of eight weeks after surgery. Patients should sleep on their stomach or side during recovery. If sitting is absolutely necessary, patients should use an inflatable pillow to avoid direct pressure on the fat graft.

We also recommend a comprehensive pre- and post-surgery nutritional supplement system called the VitaMedica Surgery Program for all patients undergoing cosmetic procedures.

Am I a good candidate for a Brazilian butt lift?

To be considered a “good candidate” for Brazilian butt lift surgery, patients should be within approximately 15 pounds of their ideal weight. Remember, patients need excess fat to transfer to the buttocks to achieve optimal results.

Candidates should also be in relatively good health, and ideally without circulatory disorders. Smokers should stop smoking before and after surgery to minimize recovery time.

Finally, good candidates have realistic surgery goals. A board-certified surgeon will assess your eligibility during a scheduled consultation before a Brazilian butt lift.

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Dr. Downs

Ronald K. Downs, M.D., F.A.C.S. founded The Centre, P.C. in Elkhart, Indiana in 1992. He is an active member in the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Dr. Downs is also a member of The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, The American Medical Association, The Ohio Valley Plastic Surgery Society, The Rush Surgical Society, and The Indiana State Medical Association where he serves on the board of directors and has served as the president from 2003 to 2004.

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Dr. Viscardi

Patrick J. Viscardi, M.D. has been part of the surgical team at The Centre, P.C. since 1998. Dr. Viscardi graduated from Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, as a summa cum laude. He received his Doctor of Medicine Degree from the University of Rochester in New York. Dr. Viscardi completed his internship and general surgery residency at the University of Louisville, where he served as chief resident from 1994 to 1995.

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