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Brazilian Butt Lift Versus Buttock Implants

Having an attractive buttock plays a key role in enhancing body shape and curves, particularly in the female patient. No wonder there has been a tremendous increase in the number of buttock reshaping procedures in the last few years. Women seeking a shapely buttock who have tried exercise alone have often been left feeling disappointed, and some have resorted to undergoing surgery. There are principally two types of buttock enhancing procedures – the Brazilian butt lift and buttock augmentation with implants

So what are the differences between these two procedures, and who is the ideal candidate for each of the two procedures? It is not always clear cut, and some patients may be suitable candidates for both procedures.

The Brazilian Butt Lift is the transfer of fat from nearby areas of the body and insertion of the fat into the buttock area. Fat is harvested through liposuction, and through a variety of techniques, the fat is injected into the buttock area. In my practice, I use a variety of sophisticated liposuction equipment to harvest and inject the fat. The fat is harvested into a closed system, with the view to minimizing the risk of infection. The patient is provided with a compression garment which needs to be worn for up to 6 weeks. We also advise the patient to avoid sitting directly on their buttocks for up to 3 weeks. We advise them to use a BBL pillow, which is placed underneath the thighs as a prop. The Brazilian Butt Lift is ideal for women who struggle with unwanted deposits of fat in other areas of their bodies. The overall body contouring that is achieved with liposuction is an added benefit that has thousands of women choosing the BBL procedure. Liposuction creates an attractive, slender definition, and the removed fat is used to improve the contours of the backside.


With regards to buttock implants, this involves the placement of silicone implants in the buttock area. The implants can be placed in one of three positions – subcutaneous, intramuscular and submuscular. This procedure is ideal for patients who do not have enough excess fat on their body to undergo a Brazilian Bum Lift or for those who want more significant bum volume. Silicone implants can visibly enhance your buttocks and help you achieve the body profile and round derrière you desire. In my practice, the implants are placed in the intramuscular plane, and via 2 separate incisions placed in the natal cleft. After the procedure, body hygiene is paramount as the risk of wound infection is higher than the average plastic surgery procedure. The patients are also given a compression garment which they wear for 6 weeks. We also encourage avoiding sitting directly on their buttocks for the first 3 weeks after the procedure.


We then have a category of patients who are suitable candidates for both procedures. Fat is harvested during liposuction and injected usually around the hip area. When combined with the implants, a more attractive, curvier appearance is obtained.

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Dr Ivo Gwanmesia

Dr Ivo Gwanmesia is one of Harley Street’s most experienced and renowned craniofacial plastic surgeons. With over a decade of professional experience, he has transformed the lives of countless patients from all over the UK & abroad.

Due to his vast and hands-on training in the UK and the US, Dr Ivo now specialises in more than a dozen different aesthetic, craniofacial and transgender procedures. Some of them include face, neck, and brow lifts, upper and lower blepharoplasty, breast reduction & breast uplift as well as facial feminisation surgery, to name a few.

Dr Gwanmesia has also conducted pioneering research, which led to the development of a new technique for the reconstruction of the middle vault of the nose, known as the ‘Fulcrum Spreader Graft’. He was also part of a study comparing the efficacy of the Sheen Spreader Graft and the Fulcrum Spreader Graft. The study has since been published on PubMed and the Journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.