Brazilian Butt Lift vs. Butt Implants: Which is Right for You?

Dr. Sacha Obaid, Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon Serving Dallas, Plano, Southlake, and Nearby Fort Worth, Texas


By Sacha Obaid

When you’re interested in enhancing your buttocks, you have a decision to make: a Brazilian butt lift vs. butt implants. While both procedures get the job done, they enhance the buttocks in very different ways. A Brazilian butt lift involves reshaping the buttocks through liposuction and fat transfers, whereas butt implants involve the insertion of a silicone prosthetic specifically designed for augmentation.

Despite these differences, deciding between the two can be quite difficult. Both operations are known for dramatically reshaping and enhancing buttocks volume, and both have been performed with great success. To help make your decision easier, here are a few points to consider.

Brazilian Butt Lift: An “All Natural” Approach

In addition to wanting their post-op butts to look natural, many patients note that they want their butts augmented naturally. When it comes to natural augmentation, the Brazilian butt lift is the clear winner.

Unlike butt implants, the Brazilian method is performed entirely using your own fatty tissue; it requires no foreign (i.e. unnatural) objects to be implanted in your buttocks. Because the implanted material is made of your own tissue, the chance that your body will reject it is significantly reduced.

Brazilian butt lift vs. butt implantsStarting Conditions Matter – A Lot!

The size and shape of your body has a strong influence on the kind of procedure you can get. Since the Brazilian uses your own fat, only patients with a sufficient amount of body fat should consider it. For those with thinner frames,  butt implant are often the best way to go to enhance your posterior. Of course, everyone’s body is slightly different, so consult with a surgeon for specific recommendations on the best operation for your frame.

Post-Op Recovery: Is There a Clear Winner of Brazilian Butt Lift vs. Butt Implants?

Because the harvesting and transferring of fat can be accomplished without large incisions, the Brazilian butt lift is usually described as “less invasive” than butt implants. Since the incisions are smaller, the period of recovery is also typically a bit shorter, making the Brazilian a slight winner here. While you should expect to experience some discomfort following either procedure, the discomfort can generally be managed with pain medication.

Consult with your surgeon to learn whether a butt implant or a Brazilian butt lift is the best choice to add a valuable boost to your butt, helping you maximize your butt’s volume and achieve your desired results.