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Fat injection vs buttock augmentation?


Are fat injections to the buttocks the same as a buttocks augmentation?


Dear Parisse,

Every procedure has it's pros and cons. Fat injection for buttock augmentation gives a very natural result with a natural touch. The procedure also carries very little risk especially for infection.  However, a major draw back is that part of the fat will die shortly after the injection procedure due to many reasons and thus the procedure needs to be repeated 2-3 times to get the desired size and shape. One step to overcome this disadvantage is to harvest the fat and keep part of it cryopreserved for future injection.

The implants on the other side, give immediate results that are long lasting. However, the procedure carries a 5-7 % risk of infection and is painful. 


Shady Hayek, M.D.

Shady Hayek, M.D.


Fat Transfer to the buttocks is done for buttock augmentation. It is usually referred to as "The Brazilian Butt Lift".


There are two common methods to increase the size of the buttocks.  Buttock implants which are similar but not quite the same as breast implants are one option.  Recently, fat transfer from donor sites around the body to the buttocks have become increasingly popular.  This is due to the improved consistency in fat transfers to the buttock and also the increased marketing/education about the procedure often called a Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL).  If you are interested in learning more about buttock enhancement options, please consult with an ASAPS member plastic surgeon.  You can access more information at, a great resource for all things cosmetic.  Hope this helps.

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