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A Brazilian butt lift (BBL) is a procedure that helps patients to attain a fuller, more shapely behind. It is a butt augmentation procedure that utilizes a fat transfer technique that takes fat from one part of the body and inserts it into the gluteal area. 

The BBL has seen a tremendous surge in popularity in recent years. Celebrities and media figures have greatly influenced the desire to have a bigger bottom. Women seeking this procedure want to look better in clothing, improve the contour of their figures, and feel more confident about their bodies. 

Before and After Photos

With many years of experience, Dr. Michael J. Yoo, M.D. has performed BBLs on countless occasions, providing his patients with an improved figure and a larger behind. For more information, call (949) 861-3340 (Newport Beach), (424) 209-9925 (Beverly Hills) or visit our contact page. 

About Brazilian Butt Lifts

The BBL is one of the most widely known cosmetic procedures in the world. It has gained immense popularity from extensive media coverage and Hollywood celebrities choosing to undergo the procedure. But the main reason patients are opting for this treatment is simply because of how effective it is. The BBL boasts a satisfaction rate of 97%. (1) 

With this advanced body sculpting procedure, you can remove unwanted fat from one area of the body and repurpose it to add volume and enhance the shape of the buttocks. Dr. Yoo uses advanced liposuction technology to remove fat and redistribute the fat cells into your behind*. This can provide long-lasting augmentation that looks and feels natural. Research has shown that a large amount of fat can be transferred to the buttocks safely, making the customizability of this procedure highly favorable. (2) Fat donor sites for this procedure include the upper arms, abdomen, back, flanks, and thighs.

Liposuction serves the dual purpose of harvesting fat for fat transfer to the buttocks, as well as accentuating the buttock augmentation by lessening the  tissue fullness of surrounding areas. This creates the appearance of a leaner figure with a proportionally larger and more shapely behind.

This step in the BBL process involves the use of a thin tube-like tool called a cannula. With the cannula, the surgeon works through a small incision to break up the fat and remove it using suction. Dr. Yoo specializes in tumescent liposuction, a technique that involves treating the fat with a solution of adrenaline, saline, and local anesthesia to help prepare it for removal. This makes removing the fat faster and easier on the body. When Dr. Yoo has removed the fat cells and prepared them for repurposing, he injects them into the buttocks to complete the BBL procedure. He meticulously places the fat cells in order to optimize the more full and rounded appearance of augmented buttocks

Benefits of Brazilian Butt Lifts

The BBL offers numerous incredible benefits. These include:

  • Improving the appearance of the butt without the need for implants, which can look and feel unnatural and cause complications
  • The donor fat cells can continue to live after they have been transferred, making for incredibly natural results
  • Increasing the fullness and roundness of the butt
  • Increasing the perkiness and outward projection of the butt
  • Improving the balance of your overall figure
  • Removing unwanted excess fat in the areas where the donor fat is harvested

Who is a Candidate for a Brazilian Butt Lift?

Good candidates for a Brazilian butt lift are patients who are looking to augment their buttocks and gain a fuller, better-shaped behind. Patients often consider this procedure over other butt-enhancing procedures because it is more natural and avoids the use of implants and other synthetic materials.

This procedure uses the patient’s own fat from another area of their body to add volume to the buttocks. Patients who do not have sufficient excess fat may not be considered eligible for this procedure. In some cases, Dr. Yoo can remove fat from multiple areas of the body to obtain enough fat for natural augmentation. However, patients who are overweight may not be sound candidates either, as it can pose increased risks for surgery. For this reason, we ask that patients who are considering this procedure be at or near their goal weight because further weight loss or fluctuations in weight can negatively affect the results. Patients considering this procedure should be in good overall health. We will ask patients who smoke to quit during the three weeks leading up to their BBL. Smoking can have a negative impact on the procedure and its results. 

Personal Consultation

During your consultation, Dr. Yoo will ask about your body goals and why you are seeking a BBL. He will then review your medical history, looking at current health conditions, routine medications, and any previous procedures. This information will help him to better evaluate your case and determine if this procedure is a safe option. He will perform a physical evaluation to identify potential fat donor sites

If we think you are a good candidate for this procedure, we will construct a custom treatment plan tailored to your exact needs. You can schedule your Brazilian butt lift procedure before leaving the office. To schedule your personal consultation, call (949) 861-3340 (Newport Beach), (424) 209-9925 (Beverly Hills) or fill out this form


Preparing for your BBL is an important step in your journey towards a bigger, more beautiful butt. We will give you personalized preparation steps based on the information that we gather at your consultation. These may include changes to your medications as well as activities and substances to avoid. You should avoid medications like ibuprofen, aspirin, and certain herbal supplements that thin the blood, as this can cause excess bleeding during your procedure. 

This procedure requires downtime for recovery, so make sure that you can take the necessary time off work. You should also prepare your home for recovery, ensuring that you have everything you need within reach so that you can rest and heal well. It is also vital that you schedule a ride home from our facilities on the day of your procedure. 

Brazilian Butt Lift Procedure

We perform Brazilian butt lifts on an outpatient basis, which means you can go home the same day as your treatment. We give our patients general anesthesia to completely avoid distress or discomfort during their procedure. The BBL involves an artistic combination of liposuction and fat injections which can resize and reshape the gluteal area.

To begin, Dr. Yoo will make the necessary incisions at the donor site. He will then perform liposuction to remove excess fat. The donor sites for the fat cells will have been chosen during the initial consultation. We offer additional liposuction in other areas of the body in combination with this procedure, to optimize your final appearance and make the surgery as efficient as possible. 

Next, Dr. Yoo will put the extracted fat into a centrifuge where a special purification process will prepare it for reinsertion. The centrifuge separates fat from any impurities that should not be injected back into the body. Dr. Yoo will then use a syringe to evenly distribute the fat within the buttocks through a series of injections. Once he has achieved the desired contour, we will close the incisions using sutures and wrap a compression garment around the liposuctioned areas. We will then take you to a recovery area where we will monitor you as you recover from the anesthesia. When it is safe and you are ready, you may go home.


The extent of recovery required after a Brazilian butt lift varies from patient to patient. After the procedure is complete, Dr. Yoo will wrap the patient in a compression garment. This should be worn over the treated area for up to 6 weeks to allow for smooth and even healing. The compression garment reduces swelling and helps the skin form to the body’s new contour. We will provide you with recovery instructions to ensure proper healing. You should stand up and take a brief walk around on the evening of the surgery to help improve circulation and reduce the risk of blood clotting.

Because the repurposed fat is very fragile after surgery, it is very important to not sit or lie directly on the buttocks for 4-6 weeks. This allows for the transferred fat to properly settle and gain its own blood supply. You will experience some swelling and bruising around the treatment area, which will decrease over several weeks.


Results from a Brazilian butt lift can be seen almost instantly; however, the final results will not be fully visible until after a few months. Once the newly added fat has adapted to the buttocks, patients will be able to see an improvement in their body contour and experience the boost in confidence that can come with it. The end result of a BBL is a long-lasting natural enhancement that can greatly improve one’s overall figure.

Corresponding & Complementary Procedures 

Patients might benefit from combining multiple procedures into one for more comprehensive results. Dr. Yoo can discuss procedures that can be combined with a BBL during your personal consultation. The most common procedures that patients have chosen to combine with a Brazilian butt lift include:

Tummy Tuck

Patients who have undergone significant weight loss and/or pregnancy may find a tummy tuck procedure helpful to achieve their desired results. A tummy tuck is a surgical procedure that removes excess skin from a patient’s midsection and tightens the abdominal muscles for a slimmer and more firm abdomen. Combining this procedure with a Brazilian butt lift can help to slim down the lower half of a patient’s figure, tightening the tummy and enlarging the buttocks.

Breast Augmentation

Women who are looking to reshape and enlarge the size of their breasts may consider receiving a breast augmentation in conjunction with a BBL. A breast augmentation can involve two different methods, breast implants or fat transfer. Fat transfer breast augmentation is similar to the Brazilian butt lift in that Dr. Yoo takes fat from another area of the body and injects it into the breasts.

The method chosen for the breast augmentation will depend on the patient’s aesthetic goals and the extent of the desired augmentation. Fat transfer breast augmentation can typically achieve an increase of one to two cup sizes while breast implants can achieve a much greater increase in size.

To learn more about the procedures that Dr. Yoo offers, visit our blog. 

How Much Do Brazilian Butt Lifts Cost in Newport Beach?

The cost of a Brazilian butt lift will vary from patient to patient. Depending on the particular case, Dr. Yoo may suggest additional procedures to help provide optimal and well-rounded results. During your consultation, Dr. Yoo will construct a custom treatment plan tailored to your exact needs. Through this, he will be able to provide an accurate price estimate for the procedure. To learn more about how much a BBL procedure costs with Dr. Yoo, call one of our two locations listed below or contact us online. 

Newport Beach: (949) 861-3340

Beverly Hills: (424) 209-9925


Who is eligible for a Brazilian butt lift?

Eligibility for a BBL depends on several factors, including your overall health, body composition, and aesthetic goals. Generally, good candidates for BBL are individuals who have enough excess fat in other areas of their body to harvest for the procedure and who are in good overall health.

How long does a Brazilian butt lift procedure take to complete?

A BBL procedure typically takes between two and four hours to complete. 

Does a BBL leave scars?

Brazilian butt lift procedures do leave small scars in the areas where liposuction was used to remove fat. These scars are very small and fade gradually over time. 


  1. O’Neill RC, Abu-Ghname A, Davis MJ, Chamata E, Rammos CK, Winocour SJ. The Role of Fat Grafting in Buttock Augmentation. Seminars in Plastic Surgery. 2020;34(01):038-046. doi:https://doi.org/10.1055/s-0039-3401038 
  2. Pane TA. Experience With High-Volume Buttock Fat Transfer: A Report of 137 Cases. Aesthetic Surgery Journal. 2018;39(5):526-532. doi:https://doi.org/10.1093/asj/sjy191