Brazilian Butt Lift

What Is A Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL) Surgery?

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A Brazillian Butt Lift (BBL) is a popular cosmetic surgery procedure designed to enhance the size and shape of the buttocks without implants. Instead, it uses a technique called fat transfer, where fat is harvested from other areas of the body through liposuction, then purified and injected into the buttocks. This method offers a dual benefit: slimming areas such as the abdomen, hips, or thighs while augmenting and sculpting the buttocks.

Brazilian butt lift (BBL) surgery consists of two techniques to enhance the shape of the buttocks. The first is liposuction, and this is done both to harvest the fat for grafting, but also to sculp out the desired shape. Liposculpting will usually take place just above the buttocks in the hollow of the lower back, the flanks to accentuate the curves of the torso, and likely the abdomen and inner thighs. This fat is not discarded, but rather, is re-injected into the buttocks to increase the size and shape. As such, the procedure has two techniques for accentuating curves and increasing the buttocks to waist ratio: adding volume in the desired location (the buttocks), and removing volume where it is unwanted.

What Is Fat Grafting?

Fat grafting is when fat is taken from one part of the body and is transferred to another region. The grafted fat needs to get a new blood supply the new location, and is therefore relatively fragile in the 4 week period after surgery. On average, about 60% of the transferred fat is expected to survive, with the rest being absorbed. Sometimes, a second round of fat grafting is required.

How Do I Get A “Kardashian” Look? What Did She Have Done?

If you see individuals with exceptionally large buttocks, they may have had multiple rounds of treatment. I suspect Kim Kardashian has had:

  • Multiple rounds of buttocks fat grafting
  • Multiple rounds of liposuction to the waist
  • Taking photos with 100% optimal lighting
  • Help from Photoshop

BBL Candidates

Not all patients are candidates for Brazilian butt lift surgery. There is usually some fat that can be transferred, however there needs to be enough to make it worthwhile. For example, those who are really skinny may not have enough fat to transfer. There are other options available, such as muscle exercises to bulk up the gluteus muscles, or filler placement, although this is quite expensive. 

Are Silicone Injections A Safe Alternative to BBL Surgery?

Although some may consider silicone injections as an alternative to a brazilian bum lift, it is imperative to understand the severe risks involved. Silicone injections are extremely dangerous, can be life-threatening, and may result in permanent disfigurement. We urge everyone to only consider safe, medically-approved procedures. If you are looking for an alternative to surgery, we offer injectable fillers for buttocks, called Contour XL. 

What is Contour XL?

Revanesse Contour XL is a specialized dermal filler designed for significant volume enhancement and body sculpting, particularly for the buttocks. This non-surgical procedure uses hyaluronic acid to achieve immediate, visible improvements in shape and contour, providing a youthful and lifted appearance without the downtime of surgery. It is praised for its safety and effectiveness, offering a compelling option for those seeking aesthetic enhancements through minimally invasive means.


There are risks associated with your surgery. Please download the consent form designed by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) for a detailed list and description of the risks involved (found here). Brazilian butt lift surgery got a bad reputation when surgeons were injecting fat into the buttock muscle. Injections into the muscle are no longer considered safe and Dr. McInnes places fat above the muscle, which is considered much safer. Risks of surgery will be discussed prior to your consent. It is important to address all your questions directly with Dr. McInnes.

Brazillian Butt Lift Cost

The cost of a brazilian butt lift (BBL) surgery in Vancouver ranges from $16,000 - $20,000+, depending on your liposuction goals. The exact cost will be provided after your consultation and is based on individual surgical requirements and procedures required. Financing plans are available and are an increasingly popular option.