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A Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL) utilizes fat cells taken from your own body fat to help rebuild your butt after some type of surgery or serious injury. This cosmetic procedure not only has an added health benefit; it sculpts another important part of your body, whether buttocks, tummy, thighs, or love handles.


Your choice of a surgeon will have a big impact on the outcome of your BBL. You should also consider that there are different procedures for your body type, and that your surgeon should determine which type of procedure will give you the results you desire. Choosing the right plastic surgeon will be your best option for a great result.

Figure 1:  BBL is one of the fastest growing plastic surgeries in America.

Brazilian Butt Lift Research

When considering your procedure, you will first want to schedule a consultation with any plastic surgeons in Houston who are known for performing Brazilian butt lifts. Dr. De Le Cruz will be happy to answer any questions you have. Just book your appointment!

Choosing Your Plastic Surgeon

When selecting your doctor, you should also consider any credentials they have. Some plastic surgery practices do not have board-certified plastic surgeons on staff. Your doctor should have the proper credentials and training to perform the Brazilian Butt Lift in Houston.


The first thing you should look for when selecting a doctor is whether or not they are a member of the American Board of Plastic Surgery. The American Board of Plastic Surgery is the accrediting body for plastic surgery practices, and all doctors who are members must meet strict standards to be considered for membership.

Your doctor will discuss with you the techniques he will use during your Brazilian Butt Lift. The exact technique will vary according to your skin and fat type. Some people require a high amount of fat grafting to be done before going under the knife, and this will dictate the kind of techniques your doctor uses. Some patients are good candidates for the lower areas of their butt, and other patients are better suited for the upper regions.

What happens during a Brazilian Butt Lift procedure?

Another factor in determining the average cost of your Brazilian Butt Lift in Houston is the shape of your butt. The shape of your butt will be a determining factor on the amount of fat and incision needed to do the job, as well as the extent of the buttock implants needed. For patients who have a very even-shaped buttock, there is a good chance that standard liposuction will be sufficient. For patients with a more tapered shape or a lot of fat deposits, a full-Brazilian Butt Lift is the best method for them.








Figure 2:  Before and After Brazilian Butt Lift with 4D VASER Hi-Definition Liposuction performed by Dr. De La Cruz.

Should You Get A Brazilian Butt Lift?

As with any cosmetic surgery, you should be aware that there is a reasonable chance that you may have some side effects from your Brazilian Butt Lift. It is important to discuss any concerns you may have with your surgeon before you agree to have the procedure. Most patients report minimal side effects and heal well.


Occasionally, a patient may have to have a secondary procedure to repair a small cut that was made during the surgery. Be sure to ask your surgeon about possible sutures and antibiotics that could be used after the procedure and about your post-operative schedule.

Post-Operative care to speed up Brazilian Butt Lift recovery

  • Follow a balanced diet which includes foods high in fiber (such as raw fruits and vegetables) and drinking plenty of water and fluids, since both pain medication and decreased activity may promote constipation. 

  • Start doing some light walking the night of the surgery to help prevent any blood clot formation in the legs. Dr. De La Cruz may recommend taking anticoagulant medication and wearing anti-embolism stockings as well.   

  • Take supplements like iron if you feel fatigued and vitamin C, as directed by Dr. De La Cruz, to boost your body's ability to heal.

  • Avoid cigarettes and heavy drinking because these habits reduce circulation throughout the body, leading to the degradation of new cells.

  • Wear your specialized compression garments around the clock (except for showering) for 6 months, to reduce swelling and help your skin contract smoothly to your new body's contours.

  • At least ten lymphatic massages sessions are required, starting 24 hours after the procedure, to eliminate excess lymph fluid, alleviate swelling and discomfort and also prevent complications such as seromas and contour irregularities (indentations and/or fibrosis).    

  • Avoid sitting and putting pressure in your buttocks for eight weeks. Patients may use the Brazilian Butt Lift pillow.

  • Do not exercise for two months.

  • Stomach sleeping for eight weeks. Dr. De La Cruz suggests to his patients having different pillows at hand and changing their necks' position from time to time, to feel more comfortable in bed. 

Figure 3:  Minimal downtime for beautiful results with Brazilian Butt Lift surgery.

Safety in Brazilian Butt Lift surgery

More than 20,000 people had buttock augmentations in the United States last year and the number continues to grow according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). This procedure is fairly safe because of advances in technology. As with every surgery, there are some risks associated with BBL surgery, such as fat embolism (fat in injected into the bloodstream and travels to the lungs), numbness, bruising, infection, necrosis of fat or surrounding tissue, excessive blood loss, and deep vein thrombosis (DVT) among others. However, an experienced and highly trained plastic surgeon as Dr. De La Cruz can help diminish those risks significantly. 


Emmanuel De La Cruz MD, PLLC

» Contact Dr. De La Cruz today for more information by calling 832.520.1844

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