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Surgery Process Guide to Autologous Fat Transfer

“The past two decades have witnessed extensive growth and interest in body contouring. The buttocks are no exception… Diminutive buttocks can be a significant psychological detriment to the individual.” – Terrence W. Bruner, MD, MBA et al. 

Autologous fat transfer or ‘Brazilian butt lifts’, as they are commonly known, is a cosmetic procedure in which fat from your body is taken from one area and used to reshape your buttocks so they are enhanced. This technique of buttock augmentation is commonly used with sagging buttocks after a dramatic weight loss.


Cannulas (a type of liposuction technique with suction tubes) are used to eliminate surplus fatty tissue from parts of your body such as the hips, thighs, abdomen or back.


The fat extracted is then processed for fat transfer.


After processing, the fat is then reinjected into your body using syringes connected to cannulas.


The liposuction incisions are small, big enough only to allow the cannula to go underneath the skin.


The cannula moves back and forth so the fat is grafted in smooth, even layers to reshape the buttock area.


The liposuction incisions are then stitched closed.


Drains are inserted and a compression garment is given to the patient to wear after surgery.

Complications / Negligence Signs

You may contract fat absorption (in some cases up to 40%), which may cause asymmetry in the buttock. If this occurs you may need additional fat grafting sessions over time to rebalance the aesthetics of your buttocks. 


Loss of sensation in the buttock area.

Surgical Risks

There are various risks associated with general anaesthetic, however, these are very rare (typically, these risks will occur one case in every 10,000). 

Complications can include:

-Anaphylaxis (a negative reaction to the anaesthetic)

Inherited reaction to the anaesthetic

In extremely rare cases, death (approx. 1 death for every 100,000 general anaesthetics given).

Problems are more likely to arise if:

you are undergoing emergency surgery

you have other illnesses 

you are a smoker

you are overweight 

Your surgeon should talk you through these risks before your operation. 


A patient warning – silicone injections:

Silicone injections are not a safe method and should not be used for buttock augmentation. Make sure you always check with a board-certified surgeon before you undergo any buttock augmentation procedure. 


Read the S.A.F.E. Choice Guide for advice and guidance on the things you need consider before proceeding with any cosmetic surgery procedure.

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