Fat transfer to the buttocks can be a suitable method to either increase the size or lift the buttocks. It provides good results, harmonizes body features, and has a reduced complication rate. All these elements make fat transfer to the buttocks one of the most sought-after plastic surgery procedures nowadays.

Fat transfer to the buttocks is an option only for patients who present an excess of fat in other areas of the body. It is not possible to get fat from a donor, and this is the reason why the plastic surgeon might even advise the patient to put on some weight to be eligible for the procedure.

The procedure entails risks and potential complications, just like any other plastic surgery procedure, even if they are minimal and with a low incidence rate. One of the side effects is inflammation after the fat transfer procedure. In this article, we will discuss more about the swelling that can occur after fat transfer to the buttocks is performed.


Fat transfer to the buttocks can be used for buttock augmentation purposes or as a part of the Brazilian butt lift. The surgical plan will be decided together with the plastic surgeon during the initial consultation for the fat transfer procedure.

Many patients are worried that the fat will disappear within months after being transferred to the buttocks. But this risk can be avoided if you choose a board-certified and experienced plastic surgeon who performs this procedure on a routine basis.

It is true that not all the fat that is transferred to the buttocks will survive. During the first few months after the procedure, the body will absorb about 30% of this fat. However, the fat that will be left after the first few months is permanent, and it will evolve as part of the structure of the buttocks. This fat is impacted by weight fluctuations that can determine an increase or decrease in the thickness of the fat layer.

The procedure leaves behind insignificant scars on the fat donor areas. Most patients say the scars are practically invisible after the procedure. However, not everybody is a suitable candidate for the procedure as it can’t be performed in the absence of significant fat tissue in the donor areas. It is important to know that for impressive results, some patients choose to undergo two, three or even multiple sessions of fat transfer to increase the size of the buttocks significantly.

The procedure will start with a liposuction often performed on the abdomen, flanks or thighs. The main benefit of the fat transfer procedure is that it sculpts other areas of the body while improving the appearance of the buttocks.

To achieve more spectacular results, the plastic surgeon can choose to combine liposuction on the back, from where the buttocks end and all the way up to the neck if necessary so the buttocks will be even more visible and appealing. When removing the fat from over the buttocks at the start of the back, a lifting effect is produced as well, and the buttocks look rounder.

The fat transfer to the buttocks can last up to three hours, depending on the surface of the areas to be treated with liposuction and is often performed with the patient under general anesthesia.

Inflammation after fat transfer to the buttocks

Like any plastic surgery procedure, there will always be risks. Swelling and bruising are common occurrences after most plastic surgery procedures, and this is also the case with fat transfer to the buttocks.

The procedure involves the risks associated with liposuction, but also the complications that can occur as a result of the actual transfer of the fat cells. The risks associated with lipo are skin irregularities, excessive bleeding, hematoma, and seroma. The risks of fat transfer are fat necrosis and contour irregularities, among other things. Swelling is a side effect that can occur as a result of lipo as well as fat being transferred to the buttocks.

The inflammation after liposuction can last for a few days and even weeks, depending on the lipo method used, the skills of the plastic surgeon, the area treated and the patient’s commitment to wearing the girdle or the compression garments recommended.

An experienced plastic surgeon will recommend Arnica Montana to reduce inflammation after fat transfer to the buttocks and also to drink plenty of water and to avoid salt in your food as much as possible. The compression garments recommended to be worn after butt enhancement procedures will also do their part in reducing the inflammation and bruising after the procedure.

Keep in mind that it is not necessary to take medication to minimize the swelling. Your plastic surgeon will advise you to just give it time to subside on its own. Moreover, taking anti-inflammatory medication can be dangerous, both before and after a plastic surgery procedure. If you are concerned about this aspect, make sure to discuss it with the plastic surgeon.


Fat transfer to the buttocks is a procedure that can be recommended either for augmentation or lifting the butt. It usually boasts a high success rate and is associated with minor and few complications. Among the side effects that can occur after fat transfer is inflammation. The swelling can be visible within days from the procedure and can last up to a few weeks or even months, depending on the complexity of the procedure. The swelling and bruising can occur both on the areas targeted with liposuction and the buttocks.