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Cost of Brazilian Butt Lift surgery


Depending on the patient's particular situation, the price of Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL) may vary from $10,000 to $20,000 in the United States. Cost factors for buttock enhancement procedures include: Dr. De La Cruz's expertise and experience, anesthesia and facility fees, medications, manual lymphatic drainage massage sessions, CosmetAssure (a cosmetic insurance plan endorsed by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons), specialized compression garments and any other material needed to help patients heal properly. Our practice offers payment plans or financing through Care Credit or United Medical Care to help make BBL surgery more affordable. Otherwise, discounts for paying the full amount up-front, in cash or in cashier check, are also available.

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

The popular Brazilian Butt Lift

Brazilian Butt Lift, also known as BBL, is the name for a surgery that reshapes the buttocks by lifting and tightening the skin. In doing so, it helps to reduce the "stature" or the look of the buttocks, making them appear firmer and larger. It can be done in one of two ways: either by making an incision inside the pubic area and using local anesthesia, or by making an incision along the outside of the buttocks and using general anesthesia.


While the first procedure is considerably less expensive than the second, both are expensive and carry their own risks. With a Brazilian Butt Lift, you'll pay more for less in terms of what you'll get out of the procedure overall, but what you're willing to spend in the long run is up to you. But don't be afraid to ask for the best deal you can get, whether it's based on the price or on the procedure itself.


Finding a BBL plastic surgeon

If you know where to look, you'll find a skilled plastic surgeon in Houston who specializes in Brazilian Butt Lift. In general, when it comes to plastic surgery, it's always best to go to the doctor who performs the most successful procedures.


This is because they know exactly how to perform the operation safely and effectively. If you already have a general practitioner who does these procedures at your clinic, ask him or her about the procedure in question. The good news is that since Brazilian Butt Lift is a fairly new technique, many doctors are learning the techniques and are honing their skills.

Once you find a doctor in Houston that you feel comfortable with, ask for a free consultation. During this time, the doctor will be able to evaluate your case and answer any questions that you may have. You'll want to know about the costs involved, as well as the recovery time. You'll also want to know about any complications that may occur. Be sure to ask if the doctor can take a follow-up appointment after the procedure if there are complications.















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

Always research your BBL doctor

When you agree to have the procedure done, be sure to do your research before agreeing to pay any money upfront. While you should be able to obtain some price quotes from different doctors, it's better to know what the procedure will cost before you agree to anything.


Don't allow yourself to be pressured into paying for the procedure before you know what you're going to pay. Make sure you read about the procedure online and talk to the doctor who'll be performing the procedure before agreeing to anything.


BBL plastic surgeon referrals


A great way to find the most qualified doctors is to ask for referrals from your current doctor. You may even want to check with the ones that you currently use if they know of any good surgeons in Houston. Keep in mind that the price that you'll ultimately pay is completely dependent on the doctor's skill and expertise.


You shouldn't settle for just anyone to perform the procedure because it's an important one. The least you can do is to find out as much as you can about the doctor and his credentials before you sign on the dotted line.

Once you get the all the information you need, call each of the doctors and explain the procedure and who is going to pay the bill. You'll want to mention the price that you were quoted and any savings that you'll receive should you choose the doctor wisely.


You'll also want to ask whether or not there are any up front costs associated with the procedure and whether or not he'll be covering any of the costs associated with the procedure like doctor visits, prescriptions, or other medical services.






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


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. 

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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