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What is a Brazilian Butt Lift?

Everyone has a part of their body they are unhappy with. For some it’s their abdomen, for others is the sagging skin around their face. Advancements in plastic surgery allow us to improve the appearance of almost any part of our body. For those that are unhappy with a flat rear end, Dr. Placik offers Brazilian butt lift surgery. Chicago plastic surgeon Dr. Otto Placik uses the latest in plastic surgery procedures to help you improve your body, even your rear end.

A lower body that lacks definition can make you feel self-conscious, affect your self-esteem, and make it harder to find swimsuits and other slim-fitting clothing that looks flattering. A Brazilian butt lift is a method of buttocks augmentation that uses fat from your own body to improve the size and shape of your bottom and enhance your curvy appeal. Brazilian butt lift surgery is also referred to as buttock augmentation and can give men and women who are lacking a round rear end a more full buttocks. Buttock augmentation is also common among women who have undergone breast augmentation that then feel their profile is uneven.

Chicago BBL Surgeon

Dr. Otto Placik is a board certified plastic surgeon who specializes in the most advanced procedures in augmenting the bottom. Dr. Otto Placik has become known as one of the top butt augmenters. In addition to his Brazilian butt lift, he also offers a range of other body contouring procedures, for both men and women.

The Brazilian butt lift is a surgical procedure in which fat is harvested from another part of the body and grafted onto the rear end. Many people prefer this method over implants as there is a lesser risk of complications. A consultation with Dr. Placik is needed to determine if you are a candidate for buttock augmentation. Please contact us online or call our Chicago or Arlington Heights plastic surgery offices for more information on the Brazilian butt lift, including the cost of the procedure.

Board Certified Plastic Surgeon in Chicago

Dr. Otto Joseph Placik Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon

Dr. Placik is a board certified plastic surgeon in Chicago and an active member of The American Society of Plastic Surgeons. He received his medical degree from Northwestern University where he also completed residencies in general and plastic and reconstructive surgery.


Buttock Augmentation in Chicago IL

Unfortunately, no one gets to choose how and where fat will be naturally distributed in their body. Sometimes, people can feel self-conscious when their buttocks have a flat, small or saggy appearance. The Brazilian butt lift uses natural fat transfer to boost the bottom for a fuller, rounder appearance. This can be performed in combination with breast implants in order to enhance a natural hourglass, or to make your bottom half more proportionate to an already generous cup size.

Before fat can be transplanted into the buttocks, it must be donated from another area of the body. Tumescent liposuction is used to remove fat (most commonly from the stomach or thighs), which in turn slims and contours the donor area as an added bonus. The collected fat cells are next purified before being reintroduced into the body. Dr. Placik then carefully layers the purified cells with precisely placed injections to add volume while more dramatically contouring the buttocks. Because the “filler” used for butt augmentation is the patient’s own natural tissue, the risks of infection or rejection are minimal.

Dr. Placik’s Chicago Brazilian butt lift is performed under general anesthesia. Typically, surgery doesn’t leave behind any detectable scars, because only very tiny incisions are necessary for liposuction and the augmentation itself is performed via injection. After the procedure, your buttocks will be supported with tape or a special garment designed to help hold the new shape during while you heal and recover.

It may take up to 2 weeks before you can sit directly on your bottom, and you may experience some pain and swelling that can typically be controlled with oral medications. You may also notice some bruising and soreness in the donor site where liposuction was performed, but this should dissipate quickly. Overall, most patients can return to their normal daily routine by 4 weeks after surgery.

Brazilian Butt Lift Diagram

Patient Not a Model

If you have spent your adult years feeling unhappy with the size and shape of your derriere, a Brazilian butt lift could be the answer you have been looking for. The process has the added benefit of slimming areas such as thighs and tummy, as the donor fat is removed. Are you tired of seeing your rear end looking too small, too flat, or feel that it is less than attractive? Modern techniques give you the opportunity to alter your silhouette, and create a more pleasing, balanced appearance.

Butt Lift FAQ


The best candidates for a Brazilian butt lift would like to improve the shape and size of their buttocks, and should also have sufficient fat cells in other areas of the body that can serve as donor cells. Patients should also have realistic expectations for what kind of results they can expect, and should be in good physical and mental health overall.


It’s possible to address other concerns during the same surgery, depending on the patient’s health and the desired procedure. For example, you may want to include liposuction around the waistline (even if that’s not a donor area for the fat transfer) as part of your butt lift in order to better enhance your new curves.


The cost of a Brazilian butt lift varies depending on the amount of liposuction that needs to be performed, as well as whether additional procedures are scheduled at the same time. Dr. Placik and his staff strive to provide excellent value and can help you with cosmetic surgery financing to make your procedure even more affordable.


When the fat cell harvesting and reinjection are performed properly, the results of a Brazilian butt lift are permanent. However, it is possible that touch-up injections may be needed in order to maintain the desired look, or that a follow-up appointment is needed to add greater fullness to your bottom. Future weight loss, which could cause fat cells to shrink, can also impact your results.


The risk of infection is very low due to the transferred fat coming from your own body. Although more serious complications don’t generally occur with buttocks augmentation, it is possible to have experience a negative reaction to anesthesia. Other possibilities include asymmetry after surgery or irregular contours at the donor site, although this is rare when augmentation is performed by an experienced Brazilian butt lift surgeon.

Dr. Placik promises you his best possible care and attention. If you would like to schedule a private consultation to learn more about a Brazilian butt lift, please contact us online or call us at 847-398-1660.


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