Brazilian Butt Lift vs Butt Implants | Dr. Daniel Shapiro

Dr. Dan Shapiro is a plastic surgeon certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. He has been practicing cosmetic or aesthetic plastic surgery in the Scottsdale Paradise Valley area since 1992 and all he performs is cosmetic or aesthetic plastic surgery.

Dr. Shapiro does a lot of Brazilian butt lifts and a lot of body contouring surgery. Last year in 2014 percentage-wise the highest increase of procedure that he sees as a plastic surgeon are Brazilian butt lifts, so he thinks it’s a big part of everybody’s practice now. If you do body contouring surgery in an up-to-date fashion, a lot of people want to come in and get an idea about what’s involved, and a very common question he gets is, “Dr. Shapiro, what’s the difference between a Brazilian butt lift and butt implants?” The answer to the question is a lot.

The mainstay of buttock augmentation in the past was placement of solid or semi-solid buttock implants, and that was performed through an incision usually above where the rear-end crease, below where the rear-end crease is. Basically we put these solid implants into the gluteus maximus muscle to provide the volume that you’re looking for. Now, these buttock implants were wrought with some complications and we think that they got a sometimes deservedly bad name. We think that they sometimes would develop long-term complications in terms of infection or shifting position, and the recovery period was really, really tough for people, in a sense that you have to stay on your stomach for about three weeks and it’s not a simple procedure. Although, many, many patients are satisfied.

The Brazilian butt lift is a really great procedure, because it takes your own tissue, your own fat, that fat is purified and then we re-inject that fat aesthetically into your buttocks to give you some volume, to give you some radial expansion, which means that we want to make that circumference of your buttocks increase. We want to increase the dimensions of your rear to give you a more voluptuous, youthful shape. The other advantage of this procedure is that we’re taking the fat from somewhere, and that is usually the abdomen and the flanks and the low back. We’re giving you an improved contour that is a major part of this buttocks augmentation or Brazilian butt lift, because we’re not just dealing with the buttocks, we’re dealing with the lower back and that lordotic curve to give you that more youthful shape that we think you’re looking for.

The beauty of the Brazilian butt lift is it takes fat from one area, puts it into another, and creating a 3-dimensional sculpture, if you will, to make you feel that you look more attractive and meet the objectives that you’re looking for. Now, we think it’s important to get an idea about what size you’re looking for, what shape you’re looking for, and for you to bring in pictures, if you will, so we can take a look at what you’re looking for. Because the Brazilian butt lift takes your own fat, we really depend upon some of your own tissue in terms of elasticity, in terms of what we think it can accomplish. Sometimes people are disappointed when they come in, that they don’t have enough fat, so very commonly we’ll have people put on some weight and then come back, and then do the procedure. It’s not uncommon for us to ask people to put on weight, we’ll weigh you in the office, try to give you an idea about how to achieve that weight gain, and then we examine you and go from there.

There are some differences between solid butt implants and a Brazilian butt lift. We think they’re very positive differences. In our hands the re-absorption of Brazilian butt lift fat – that is the fat we inject in your buttocks is very low, so we see a long-term survival of that fat, and uniformly patients have been very, very happy.

For more information about finding the right surgeon to perform your Brazilian Butt Lift, you can contact us by visiting our site or contact us using the information below.

Shapiro Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and Skin Klinic
5410 N. Scottsdale Rd. Building F-100
Scottsdale, AZ 85253
Phone: (480)-451-1700