Dr. Scott Mosser

San Francisco Plastic Surgeon
Transgender Chest and Body Surgery
PH: (415) 780-1515 / (844) 780-1515

Brazilian Butt Lift

There’s no denying that a shapely, prominent backside serves as a universal sign of feminine sexuality. Unfortunately, enhancing the size or shape of your buttocks can be nearly impossible if you aren’t naturally endowed – this fact is especially true for transgender women.

The good news is that there are surgical options – namely the Brazilian butt lift – which can be elected to give you a perkier, more sensuous backside all while using your body’s own natural fat reserves.

Why undergo a Brazilian butt lift?

The choice to undergo any cosmetic procedure is a very personal one. Ultimately, your final decision should be based on your own wants and needs rather than someone else’s expectations for your body. That being said, Brazilian butt lift surgery is a versatile procedure with a variety of benefits.

  • You can increase your waist-to-hip ratio without increasing your overall body weight.
  • Through a technique called fat transfer, a Brazilian butt lift offers a less invasive, more natural enhancement than traditional silicone buttock implants.
  • Excess donor fat can be removed from problem areas on your body, giving you a slimmer, more contoured silhouette.
  • Because it’s a natural form of augmentation, the risk of rejection is almost non-existent.


As a general rule, the best candidates for a Brazilian butt lift are healthy and possess realistic expectations. Additionally, this surgery may not be ideal for very thin patients. It’s important to possess enough excess fat for removal and redistribution. If you do not possess enough fat, you may be better suited for buttock implants.

Your Brazilian Butt Lift: Surgical Details

A Brazilian butt lift is a two-step process: fat harvesting from the trunk and then fat grafting to the buttocks. Once you’ve been sedated (either with general anesthesia or intravenous sedation), Dr. Mosser will use a thin tube, known as a cannula, to breakup and suction out unwanted fat from a donor site on your body.

Donor fat can be taken from almost anywhere on your body, but most transgender patients benefit from trunk liposuction, which ultimately “feminizes” or contours their waistline prior to augmenting their buttocks.

Once the fat has been harvested, it is processed and purified. Dr. Mosser will then carefully re-inject the fat into your buttocks. Injections are administered in a fan-like pattern and the process of redistribution may involve hundreds of small injections.

To achieve natural-looking results, a Brazilian butt lift requires both technical expertise and nuanced artistry. For this reason, it’s very important to always select a board certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Mosser for your surgery. When performed correctly, a Brazilian butt lift offers long-lasting results without the need for touch-ups or an additional round of fat injections.

Understanding the Risks of Brazilian Butt Lift Surgery

Generally speaking, Brazilian butt lift surgery offers less risk and more natural-looking results than other augmentation options. However, all surgical procedures have risks. During recovery, it’s possible (and likely) that you will experience temporary discomfort, swelling or bruising.

More serious complications may include infection, fluid build-up (seroma), bleeding or scarring. Additionally, there is about a thirty percent chance of re-absorption. If you are concerned about these risks or if you have additional questions about surgery, Dr. Mosser would be happy to discuss the procedure with you in-depth during a personal consultation.

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