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Brazilian Butt Lift

The buttocks play an important role in the contours of the body. People with undefined buttocks often want to increase the size and projection of their butt to improve their body contours. Various procedures and exercises can augment the buttocks to varying degrees. In the past decades, the Brazilian butt lift quickly became one of the most popular butt augmentation procedures globally. The plastic surgeons at Northwest Face & Body perform among the best Brazilian butt lift Bellevue and Kirkland offers.

The Creation Of The BBL

For centuries, women used various types of clothing and undergarments to give the illusion of a perfect hourglass figure and plump booty. The beauty standard of a plump behind is not new, but it is certainly more achievable in the 21st century.

The first known surgical buttock lift happened in the 1960s. In 1964, prominent Brazilian plastic surgeon, Dr. Ivo Pitanguy performed a surgery that removed extra and corrected sagging buttocks. This certainly improved their appearance and enhanced the shape. It did not yet add additional volume.

In 1969, a plastic surgeon used a silicone breast implant as a buttock implant. This led to butt implants becoming the standard for butt augmentation surgery. As liposuction gained traction and the millennium changed, fat transfer to the buttocks started to become a more popular option.

Eventually, this fat transfer procedure became known as the Brazilian butt lift after the surgeon who originally pioneered butt lift surgery. Due to its more natural and better results, the Brazilian butt lift overtook butt implants as the most popular option for butt augmentation.

What Is A Brazilian Butt Lift?

A Brazilian butt lift is a body contouring procedure that takes excess fat from one or more areas of the body and transfers it to the buttocks. This can provide several enhancements in size, shape, and projection. The procedure includes liposuction and not only adds volume to the buttocks but also sculpts the body to complement your new backside.

This procedure differs from the traditional butt lift which removes skin. The original butt lift surgery, like Dr. Pitanguy first performed, does not add volume. This procedure is still used today–often as part of a body lift–to address sagging of the buttocks. Your Bellevue plastic surgeon can determine if a traditional butt lift or Brazilian butt lift will best meet your needs.


A Brazilian butt lift grants many benefits and advantages to patients looking to enlarge their buttocks. Some of the benefits of Bellevue Brazilian butt lift surgery include:

  • Rejection nearly impossible since the patient’s own fat is transferred
  • Natural looking results
  • Long lasting results
  • Minimal incisions away from the buttocks
  • Provides contouring to other parts of the body (most commonly the abdomen, flanks, thighs, and back)
  • Adds volume to the buttocks
  • Can correct asymmetry or other concerns
  • Can alter the shape and achieve a rounder or heart shape if desired
  • Safe procedure
  • Easy to combine with other procedures like breast augmentation and tummy tuck
  • Achieves better results than exercise alone

Brazilian Butt Lift Fast Facts

  • The number of BBLs performed and the popularity of the procedure has increased 252% since 2000
  • Fat that successfully transfers to the buttocks stays there. It is susceptible to weight loss just like normal fat on the body.
  • There are non-surgical versions of the BBL which use fillers such as Sculptra
  • Brazilian butt lift surgeries are performed as outpatient procedures
  • The name “Brazilian butt lift” was coined in homage to Dr. Pitanguy who first performed butt lift surgery
  • The procedure can take anywhere from two to four hours depending on the number of liposuction areas

Before And After BBL In Bellevue

Finding the best plastic surgeon to perform your Brazilian butt lift can take time and rigorous research. At Northwest Face & Body, we make a Bellevue BBL consultation a friendly and comfortable experience.

Consultation At Northwest Face & Body

During a plastic surgery consultation, your Bellevue plastic surgeon will first want to know about your goals and concerns. They will then review your medical history. A Brazilian butt lift is major surgery and requires careful consideration for candidacy. Most healthy people are good candidates for a BBL.

Finally, your plastic surgeon will examine the buttocks and liposuction areas. They will then determine if you are a good candidate for a Brazilian butt lift. If you are a candidate, your surgeon will craft a surgical plan that aligns with your goals and anatomy.

Brazilian Butt Lift Surgery

On the day of your BBL, you will come to our state-certified surgical center. Here, your plastic surgeon will greet you and make preliminary markings. You will also have your vitals taken to clear you for surgery. After check in and clearance, a licensed anesthesia provider will place you under general anesthesia.

Your Bellevue plastic surgeon will then begin the surgery. They will make a tiny incision to insert the liposuction cannula. Performing gentle liposuction in the predetermined treatment area, your plastic surgeon will not only harvest fat for your BBL but will also sculpt these areas for an attractive body contour.

Once enough fat is harvested and lipo complete, the fat is then purified and injected into the buttocks. Your plastic surgeon will strategically choose the injection sites to align with your goals and the shape you want. The entire process takes at least a couple of hours and the average BBL takes around three hours.


When you wake up following surgery, you can expect to feel a little groggy. You will also likely notice a difference in the size of your buttocks. After a brief recovery period in the office, your caregiver will take you home.

Over the coming days, you may experience some side effects such as pain, swelling, bruising, and general discomfort. Your plastic surgeon will prescribe medications to ease pain and prevent infection following the procedure. You should also avoid sitting directly on your buttocks and sleeping on your back for at least two weeks, but your plastic surgeon will provide more in depth instructions before and after your BBL in Bellevue.

Most patients take at least two weeks off work to allow for swelling to resolve and feel comfortable. Light, low impact exercise can usually begin between two and four weeks postoperatively. However, you should consult with your plastic surgeon before resuming activities.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Long Does A BBL Last?

A BBL is often permanent and long lasting. The fat that successfully transfers will act just like all other fat on the body. This means it is susceptible to weight fluctuation. Your plastic surgeon will usually recommend maintaining your weight to promote optimal results. Weight loss and weight gain can both affect the amount and distribution of fat in the buttocks.

When Can I Sit Down After A BBL?

Transferred fat needs time to build a blood supply in the buttocks. Due to this, your plastic surgeon will instruct you not to sit on your buttocks for two to four weeks. At Northwest Face & Body, our plastic surgeons often advise the use of a BBL pillow. A BBL pillow is a pillow specially designed to place the pressure of sitting on your thighs instead of your buttocks. This allows you to sit normally without risking Brazilian butt lift results.

How Much Fat Survives After A BBL?

The amount of fat cells that survive following a Kirkland Brazilian butt lift varies. On average, 70% of the transferred fat will successfully build a blood supply in the buttocks. Your plastic surgeon will account for this during surgery and purposely transfer extra fat. More or less fat can survive based on aftercare and biological factors.

Are Brazilian Butt Lifts Dangerous?

Brazilian butt lifts are often touted for being more dangerous than other plastic surgeries because of a reported high mortality rate. While there was some truth in this when it came to the early BBLs, this is no longer the case. There is a risk when undergoing every surgery and the plastic surgeons at Northwest Face & Body take every precaution to keep risk low.

Now, a BBL is considered just as safe as a tummy tuck. With refined techniques that improve safety, the Brazilian butt lift is safe. Among some of the precautions we take are:

  • Patient screening for candidacy
  • In-office testing before surgery to monitor vitals
  • Medications to reduce risk of infection
  • Surgical technique to promote safety and lower risk

How Much Is A Brazilian Butt Lift?

The cost of a Brazilian butt lift differs based on the number of liposuction areas and other specifics of the procedure. You can visit our price list to see our starting prices for our procedures. You can also use our Price Simulator™ tool to explore the procedures offered at Northwest Face & Body and received an instant quote of our preliminary costs.

Northwest Face & Body also works with three outside financing companies to make your Brazilian butt lift in Kirkland fit your budget. We work with Care Credit, Alphaeon, and United Medical Credit. You can find out more about these companies and links to apply on our financing page.

Get A Fuller Booty With The Best Brazilian Butt Lift Bellevue And Kirkland Offers

Northwest Face & Body has provided the Eastside with cutting edge plastic surgery procedures since 1983. Always on top of the newest advancements in plastic and cosmetic surgery, our surgeons offer their expertise and skill to patients seeking a Brazilian butt lift in Bellevue and Kirkland.

Specializing in liposuction and fat grafting procedures, our plastic surgeons can determine if you are a good candidate. They also will take the time to understand your specific goals to craft the BBL technique best suited to them. Your plastic surgeon can also discuss all of the buttock enhancements available including non-surgical and skin removal.

To learn more about Brazilian butt lifts, call us at 425-576-1700. You can also connect with us online via chat, contact form, or Price Simulator™ app.