The quest for the perfect silhouette often leads individuals to consider procedures for enhancing the buttocks. Two popular options that frequently come into discussion are Brazilian Butt Lifts (BBL) and Butt Implants. Each technique has its unique approach, benefits, and considerations. At South Shore Plastic Surgery, we often field questions about these two procedures, and Dr. Vasisht strongly advocates for the Brazilian Butt Lift technique due to its natural look, feel, and reduced risk of complications. Let’s delve into a detailed comparison of these two procedures.

Brazilian Butt Lift

The Brazilian Butt Lift isn’t an implant, it’s a fat transfer procedure. It starts with liposuction to harvest fat from other areas (like the abdomen, hips or thighs), and then your doctor transfers that fat to the buttocks. This method not only enhances the size and shape of the buttocks but also contours the areas where the fat was harvested.


The Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL) offers several notable advantages, making it a favored choice for those seeking buttock enhancement. One of its most appealing benefits is the natural results it delivers. Because BBL utilizes your body’s fat, the outcome is incredibly realistic in appearance and feel, seamlessly integrating with your body’s contours. Additionally, this procedure offers a dual benefit; it enhances the buttocks and contours other body areas by removing excess fat. This dual approach results in a more comprehensive and aesthetically pleasing body transformation. 

In terms of safety, BBL boasts a lower risk of complications compared to implants. It avoids implant-related issues such as rupturing or capsular contracture with no foreign objects introduced into the body. Moreover, the procedure involves tiny incisions for fat transfer, significantly minimizing scarring and enhancing the treatment’s overall aesthetic appeal.


A key consideration in the Brazilian Butt Lift procedure is the aspect of fat absorption. After the transfer, it’s common for the body to reabsorb a portion of the fat naturally. This reabsorption may sometimes lead to the need for a follow-up procedure to achieve the optimal desired results. Recovery time can vary from patient to patient. A critical part of the recovery process involves patients avoiding sitting directly on their buttocks for a few weeks post-procedure. This precaution is essential to ensure the best possible outcome and to allow the transferred fat to stabilize and integrate successfully into its new location.

Butt Implants

Butt implants involve the surgical insertion of artificial implants (usually made of silicone) into the buttocks. This procedure is often chosen by individuals who don’t have enough excess fat for a BBL or desire a more dramatic enhancement.


Butt implants present a different set of advantages and considerations. The primary benefit of butt implants lies in their ability to provide a consistent and predictable increase in volume. Unlike the Brazilian Butt Lift, where there is a possibility of fat reabsorption, implants maintain their size, offering a stable and lasting enhancement. Additionally, the results of butt implant surgery are immediately visible post-procedure, providing instant augmentation.


There are several important things to be aware of with butt implants. There is a slightly higher risk of post-op issues such as infection, scarring and implant displacement, along with capsular contracture, where scar tissue forms around the implant, potentially causing discomfort or an unnatural feel. 

Recovery time from butt implant surgery is generally longer compared to the Brazilian Butt Lift. This extended recovery period is due to the invasive nature of placing implants. Additionally, implants may not feel as natural to the touch as your body’s fat.

Comparing BBLs to Butt Implants

Longevity and Maintenance of Each

When it comes to longevity, both procedures offer durable results, but they require different maintenance approaches. BBL results can evolve with weight fluctuations, as the transferred fat behaves like any other fat in your body. On the other hand, butt implants provide a consistent size but may need to be replaced or adjusted over time due to aging or complications.

Aesthetic Outcomes

The aesthetic outcomes of BBL and butt implants can also differ. BBL offers a more natural enhancement for those seeking a subtle lift and volume increase. Butt implants, meanwhile, can provide a more significant and noticeable augmentation, often favored by those seeking a more dramatic change.

Body Type and Fat Availability

When considering a Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL), the presence of sufficient fat reserves in your body is a crucial factor. The BBL procedure involves liposuction to harvest fat for reinsertion, which necessitates adequate harvestable fat to achieve the desired outcome. Individuals with a leaner body type may find this a limiting factor, as the lack of sufficient fat reserves could lead to less than satisfactory results or may not be feasible at all. In such cases, butt implants emerge as a more suitable alternative. Implants don’t rely on fat transfer and can offer an enhancement irrespective of the body’s fat composition, making them a preferable choice for those with less body fat.

Lifestyle and Activity Levels

For those engaged in high-impact activities or vigorous exercise routines, consider the long-term durability and stability of the augmentation method. Butt implants, though durable, carry a risk of shifting or displacement over time, especially under the stress of high-impact activities. Such activities might necessitate additional caution or even modifications to your exercise regimen if you choose implants. 

On the other hand, a Brazilian Butt Lift, which uses your body’s natural fat, is generally more adaptable to various activities. Since the fat integrates into your body, it’s less likely to be affected by movement and physical strain, making BBL a potentially more suitable option for those with active lifestyles.

Long-Term Maintenance

The long-term maintenance and stability of the results are also crucial in your decision-making process. Post-BBL, the transferred fat behaves like any other fat in your body. This means that significant weight gain or loss can affect the appearance of your buttocks post-procedure. Maintaining a stable weight helps to preserve BBL results. 

Conversely, butt implants provide a more permanent solution in terms of size and shape, as they are not subject to changes in body weight. However, implants may require future adjustments or replacement, particularly as the body ages or changes. Over time, factors like gravity, aging, weight fluctuations, and the durability of the implant material itself can impact the appearance and integrity of butt implants, potentially necessitating additional surgical interventions.

Making the Right Choice

Choosing between a Brazilian Butt Lift and Butt Implants depends on various factors, including your body type, aesthetic goals, and overall health. At South Shore Plastic Surgery, Dr. Vasisht emphasizes the importance of a personalized approach. During your consultation, he assesses your preferences, guiding you towards the best procedure that aligns best with your body and your desired outcome.

If you’re considering a buttock augmentation procedure, we invite you to schedule a consultation with us by calling (856) 784-2639 or clicking here. Let’s discuss your vision and how we can help you achieve your desired silhouette with the utmost care and expertise.