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Brazilian Butt Lifts: Surgical and Nonsurgical

Brazilian butt lifts are increasingly popular at our Albany, NY practice as women seek to enhance the size and shape of their derrières. Fortunately, both surgical and nonsurgical options are available for our patients to consider, to help them achieve their aesthetic goals. Dr. Jeffrey Rockmore is an experienced body contouring specialist in Albany, where he performs Brazilian butt lift procedures for patients who travel from throughout eastern New York to his practice.

The Procedure

Patients interested in undergoing a Brazilian butt lift have 2 options. One is a surgical procedure, the other is nonsurgical, using an injectable filler.

Surgical Brazilian Butt Lift

People with unwanted areas of fat on their bodies are good candidates for a surgical Brazilian butt lift. The fat grafting technique is a 3-step process:

  • Liposuction to harvest excess fat
  • Processing to remove impurities
  • Injecting fat into the buttocks

We can remove fat from the abdomen, back, love handles, inner and outer thighs, arms, and even your double chin using liposuction. After harvesting and processing the fat, it's injected carefully into the buttocks to ensure smooth and consistent results. The liposuction portion of the procedure helps contour your body, creating a slimmer appearance, while the fat grafting enhances the buttocks' size and shape.

A surgical Brazilian butt lift usually takes about 1.5 hours and is performed in an outpatient facility under general anesthesia. Patients should anticipate 1 to 2 weeks of postsurgical downtime.

This procedure offers benefits that many patients find desirable:

  • The results are much more dramatic than a nonsurgical butt lift
  • You'll see the results almost immediately
  • It's a great way to contour the rest of your body

We can harvest more or less fat, depending on the aesthetic goals of each patient, and using liposuction in the waist area will accentuate the results of the butt lift by making the waistline smaller. Unfortunately, patients who have a limited amount of fat on their bodies aren't good candidates for this procedure because we need enough fat to start with in order to increase the size of your butt.

Nonsurgical Butt Lift

If you have limited excess fat, or if you don't want to undergo surgery and take time off for the recovery, we recommend a nonsurgical Brazilian butt lift using injectables. We are one of the only plastic surgery practices in upstate New York specializing in nonsurgical butt lifts. Using poly-L-lactic acid injections (Sculptra® Aesthetic) that help to stimulate production of new collagen naturally, we can increase the fullness of your butt, giving you the shape you desire with limited downtime.

This procedure usually takes only 10 to 15 minutes and can be performed in our office using a local anesthetic. We can customize the treatment plan based on your aesthetic goals, which is ideal for people who may want to start with a more conservative look. Using the injectables, we can target specific areas that you would like to enhance, such as the top portion of your butt or the sides, which helps to create a shapelier contour.

Patients who choose nonsurgical butt lifts return to our office about 2 to 3 weeks after the initial treatment for a touch-up treatment. Results typically take several weeks to a month to see, and patients can have as many additional sessions as they would like until they get the results they desire.


The recovery following a surgical Brazilian butt lift usually takes a few weeks. During the recovery process, we recommend sleeping or sitting on your side and not on your butt. You will be very bruised and sore, and you'll need to take some time off of work. It will be about a month before you are back to your regular routine. While the recovery is longer than a nonsurgical butt lift, the results are immediate and typically are much more dramatic.

The side effects associated with a nonsurgical butt lift are limited to minor bruising, swelling, and soreness. There is no downtime, and you can leave our office and continue your daily routine, including exercising or going to work. In fact, we recommend frequent massage and activity, which will help stimulate collagen growth to further enhance the shape.

Why Choose Dr. Rockmore?

Dr. Rockmore has performed hundreds of Brazilian butt lifts, and in the last few years it has become one of the most popular procedures he performs. He's extensively trained on the different techniques and styles used to perform both surgical and nonsurgical butt lifts. If you are interested in meeting with Dr. Rockmore to discuss your cosmetic goals, we encourage you to call our office at (518) 328-3330, or you can request a free cosmetic surgery consultation using the online form.

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