Liquid Butt Lift vs. Brazilian Butt Lift: Which One is Right for You?

The pursuit of a perfectly contoured derrière has never been more in vogue. While surgical procedures like the Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL) have been the go-to for many seeking that enviable lift, recent innovations in non-surgical treatments have changed the game. Enter the Liquid Butt Lift, a non-invasive procedure that employs hyperdiluted fillers like Radiesse or Sculptra to give your booty that desired boost.

So, which one should you opt for? Let’s dive into a side-by-side comparison of both procedures in terms of safety, recovery time, and speed of results.


Liquid Butt Lift using Hyperdiluted Radiesse or Sculptra Fillers:

  • Minimally Invasive: The procedure involves simple injections and doesn’t require major surgery.
  • Reduced Risk: As there’s no need for anesthesia or incisions, the risks associated with traditional surgical procedures are minimized.
  • Less Complications: Side effects are generally limited to mild swelling or bruising.

Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL):

  • Surgical Procedure: BBL requires liposuction to harvest fat from one part of the body to inject into the buttocks.
  • Anesthesia-Related Risks: As with any surgery requiring anesthesia, there’s an associated risk, albeit low.
  • Possible Complications: Like all surgeries, there’s potential for complications such as infection, blood clots, or fat embolism (the gold standard of care is to have an ultrasound machine during the procedure to prevent fat embolism).

Recovery Time

Liquid Butt Lift:

  • Downtime: Generally, there’s little to no downtime. Most people can return to their daily activities immediately or within a day.
  • Post-Treatment Care: Mild discomfort, swelling, or bruising may occur, but it’s usually short-lived.


  • Downtime: Recovery can take several weeks, with patients advised to avoid sitting directly on their buttocks for at least two weeks.
  • Post-Surgery Care: There will be swelling, pain, and possible drainage from incision sites. Compression garments are typically worn for several weeks.

Speed of Results

Liquid Butt Lift:

  • Immediate Results: Some visible enhancement is often seen immediately post-treatment. However, fillers like Sculptra work by stimulating collagen production, so optimal results are generally seen several weeks after treatment.
  • Duration: Depending on the individual and filler used, results can last from 1-3 years.


  • Delayed Results: Post-surgical swelling can mask the final outcome. Optimal results are usually visible after several months.
  • Duration: As it uses your own fat, results can be long-lasting, often several years, provided there’s no significant weight fluctuation.


The choice between a Liquid Butt Lift and a Brazilian Butt Lift largely depends on your goals, preference for surgical or non-surgical procedures, and your tolerance for recovery time. If you’re seeking a minimally invasive, quick recovery option with fewer risks, the Liquid Butt Lift is a compelling choice. However, if you’re after a more dramatic and long-lasting transformation and are prepared for a surgical procedure, the BBL might be more up your alley.

Regardless of your choice, always consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon or dermatologist to determine the best treatment for your unique needs.


We look forward to seeing how we can help you achieve a new level of confidence. Contact our team to set up a private consultation and explore everything we have to offer at Washington, D.C.’s premier cosmetic provider.

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