Fat Grafting for the Buttocks Explained

What is Fat Grafting to the Buttocks?

In fat grafting to the buttocks, fat cells are removed from parts of the body where the patient has fat to spare like the back, stomach, thighs and flanks. The fat is then injected into the buttocks to create a fuller and rounder butt. The procedure is usually performed under general anesthesia by a cosmetic surgeon or board-certified plastic surgeon and takes about one and a half to two hours.

The main difference between fat grafting to the buttocks and the Brazilian butt lift is a simply a matter of terminology. Surgeons may choose one description over the other to better communicate to patients and increase their understanding of the procedure. In fat grafting to the buttocks, the cosmetic surgeon or board-certified plastic surgeon will remove approximately 700 cubic centimeters of pure fat (about ½ to ¾ of a pound) and re-inject only the best cells into the buttocks.

How does Fat Grafting to the Buttocks Surgery Work?

The surgical process begins with the determination of the individual patient’s aesthetic goals and identification of suitable donor sites. The cosmetic surgeon or board-certified plastic surgeon will then use liposuction to remove fat cells from the abdomen, hip, back and thigh regions. The fat cells are then processed and purified before being re-injected through small incisions into different layers of the buttocks.  The process of fat reinjection can involve hundreds of injections. The procedure is designed to fill the upper quadrant of your buttocks so that it appears fuller and lifted. 

What are the Advantages of Fat Grafting to the Buttocks?

  • More natural than the alternative of buttock implant
  • Patients prefer the idea of using their own fat
  • Fat transplantation eliminates possibility of rejection by the body
  • Small, evenly-distributed incisions result in a smoother look
  • Liposuction areas appear leaner because of fat removal

What are the Disadvantages of Fat Grafting to the Buttocks?

  • Thinner patients may not have enough fat cells for procedure
  • Chance that portion of transferred fat may be reabsorbed by the body
  • Patient must wear a special garment to control swelling for two weeks.
  • Patient must not sit directly on buttocks for up to three weeks.