Brazilian Butt Lift

Are you self conscious about the appearance of your rear end due to small or flat buttocks that don't fill out your clothing?

During the Brazilian butt lift procedure, we can use your own tissue to safely produce a rounder and fuller contour.

Find out how a Brazilian butt lift at Murphy Plastic Surgery & Medical Spa in Reno, NV, can create a more shapely appearance*...

Why Do Patients Choose to Undergo Brazilian Butt Lift?

More Natural-Looking Results

Butt implants are associated with a number of disadvantages; their edges are often visible through the skin, they can sag over time, and they don't feel as real. With the Brazilian butt lift procedure, Dr. James Murphy uses your own fat to reshape your butt. The injections result in virtually no scarring, and the outcome is more attractive and natural-looking than implants.*

Slim Down Other Areas of the Body

In order to harvest excess tissue for the procedure, we perform liposuction to remove unwanted fat from other areas of the body. Most commonly, fat is removed from the abdomen, hips, or thighs. This effective treatment enables us to contour more than one area of the body so you can leave our office with a thinner waist, more slender thighs, and a shapelier backside.*

Safer and Less Invasive

Fat transfer injections to the buttocks are far less invasive than the placement of implants. Because no incisions are made in the buttocks, patients experience fewer side effects in this area, including reduced discomfort, swelling, and scarring. The Brazilian butt lift procedure safely and effectively produces a fuller, more contoured rear.*

How Is the Procedure Performed?

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Contact Murphy Plastic Surgery & Medical Spa

If you are searching for a trusted plastic surgeon who can safely perform your Brazilian butt lift surgery, look no further than Dr. James E. Murphy. James E. Murphy, M.D. is board-certified in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and has more than 20 years of experience. Thanks to his reputation, he has been voted the best plastic surgeon in Reno from 2012 to 2018 in The Reno News & Review’s Best of Northern Nevada reader survey.

To schedule a consultation at Murphy Plastic Surgery & Medical Spa, contact us online or call us at:

(775) 322-3446

We have bilingual staff members for our Spanish and English-speaking patients, and we serve patients in Reno, Lake Tahoe, and surrounding areas.

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Sarah E.

March 6, 2018

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All the staff here from start to finish and beyond are amazing! Throughout the entire process I felt completely taken care of, comfortable, and understood. James E. Murphy, M.D. listened, dispelled fears, and understood what I wanted. I had breast augmentation and tummy tuck. He did an incredible job and I am above happy with! 

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Leah Verdeck

November, 2019

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I have had several procedures with James E. Murphy, M.D., and could not be happier! He is an artist, with a spectacular eye, specializing in the most natural results. He and his staff are delightful, I will be a lifelong customer!!

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Candidacy Factors: Is the Procedure Right for You?

You Have Enough Excess Fat

In order to augment the buttocks, we need to harvest excess fat from other areas of your body. If you have unwanted, excess fat in the abdomen, hips, thighs, flanks, or back, it can be extracted during the liposuction procedure. The amount of fat that is needed varies from patient to patient. We will determine if you have enough excess fat during a consultation.

You Can Avoid Sitting during Recovery

In order to retain as much fat as possible after surgery, it is important to avoid putting any pressure on the buttocks for about two weeks. Patients should avoid sitting on their buttocks or sleeping on their backs. During this time, patients should lie on their side or stomach, or use pillows to prop up the buttocks to avoid compromising the healing process.

You Have Tight and Toned Skin

Despite its name, lifting the buttocks isn't part of the procedure. Fat is injected and shaped in the buttocks, but the skin is not tightened during treatment. Patients at our practice that have loose, sagging skin on their rear may be better suited to a thigh or butt lift procedure. If you have tight and toned skin, the Brazilian butt lift procedure can give you fuller and rounder buttocks.*

You Are in Overall Good Health

Patients who undergo any type of surgery should be in good overall health. Certain medical conditions can increase the risk of body contouring surgery and complications. We will also discuss any medications that you take during your consultation at our practice to ensure that they don't interfere with the anesthesia or increase the risk of bleeding during or after surgery.

You Are a Non-smoker

Smoking cigarettes or using any type of tobacco product can increase the risk of problems for patients undergoing surgery. Smoking can increase the risk of anesthesia-related complications and delay the healing of incisions. Our plastic surgeon recommends that patients who do smoke quit for at least two weeks before and four weeks after surgery.

The Brazilian Butt Lift Procedure

Because the Brazilian butt lift procedure is essentially two procedures in one, the treatment process involves three stages: liposuction, fat processing, and fat transfer.

Phase One: Liposuction

The liposuction procedure involves several steps, including:

  1. Anesthesia: To begin treatment, we will administer general anesthesia so you remain completely comfortable throughout treatment. With general anesthesia, patients are completely unconscious and have no memory of the procedure.
  2. Tumescent injections: Next, our plastic surgeon will inject a solution that contains medications to numb the treatment area, constrict the blood vessels, and cause the fat to swell. These injections make it easier to remove fat, and results in less discomfort for patients.
  3. Incisions: Tiny incisions are made in the treatment area so the fat can be removed.
  4. Fat removal: Next, a fat suctioning device called a cannula is inserted in through the incisions. The cannula is gently maneuvered around the treatment area to remove excess fat cells.

Phase Two: Process the Tissue

The fat that is collected during liposuction must be processed and cleaned before it can be injected into the buttocks. A medical device called a centrifuge is used to separate the fat cells from the other fluids that are collected during the liposuction procedure.

Once the fat cells have been isolated and carefully cleansed, they can be placed into small syringes for the fat transfer stage of treatment.

Phase Three: Fat Transfer

During the final step, James E. Murphy, M.D. will inject the fat into your buttocks. Multiple injections are administered at various depths to add fullness and balance to the backside. Because a very thin needle is used to inject the fat, there should be no visible scarring after treatment, an advantage that just can't be achieved with implants. Once we have injected the fat and achieved an attractive shape and symmetry, patients can return home to rest and recover.*

Undergo Treatment at Our Practice

To find out if you are a good candidate for the procedure, visit our Reno, NV, practice. We serve patients from Lake Tahoe and other areas of Northern Nevada.

During your appointment, James E. Murphy, M.D. will assess your goals and determine if you have enough excess fat to achieve good results through fat transfer. Contact our practice online or call us at:

(775) 322-3446 

"Caring, Professional & Efficient"


Lindsay R.

August 28, 2019

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The multitude of different services offered here helps make it a 'one stop shop,' as such, I visit James E. Murphy, M.D.'s office quite frequently.  James E. Murphy, M.D., along with his extremely polished staff demonstrate collaboration effectively and efficiently with their patients.  James E. Murphy, M.D. is very capable at mapping out the objective and maintaining the path to deliver the end result(s) that do not disappoint.  He is caring and concerned while maintaining professional and efficient standards of service.

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Kathryn B.

December 18, 2017

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Dr Murphy is a nice warm person, whom I trust. He is always smiling. He and his staff are very polite. I love that I am seen at the time of my scheduled appt. I have not had to wait. It was a very big decision for me to have surgery. I want to thank Dr Murphy very much for making the experience a lot more comfortable than I ever thought Possible.

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How Can Patients Maintain Their Results?

After the Brazilian butt lift procedure, there are two key things patients can do to avoid losing the transplanted fat cells: avoid sitting and exercising for several weeks.

Patients should not sit or lay directly on their butt for at least two weeks after the procedure. In addition, patients should use a donut pillow or regular pillows to avoid putting direct pressure on the buttocks until eight weeks after surgery.

Patients should also avoid exercising for six to eight weeks after treatment. Exercising at this point can cause you to lose some of the newly injected fat cells.

Keep in mind that it is normal to lose some of the transplanted fat after Brazilian butt lift. However, by following our post-surgical instructions, our Reno and Lake Tahoe patients can retain up to 70 percent of the injected fat. Typically, the final results of treatment are apparent by three months after surgery.*

View Our Stunning Results

This 31-year-old patient underwent liposuction of the abdomen, flanks, and inner thighs, allowing James E. Murphy, M.D. to harvest enough fat to produce a beautiful and balanced result.


The buttocks had a flat and droopy appearance, despite the patient having excellent skin tone and elasticity.


James E. Murphy, M.D. injected the patients fat cells into the glutes, creating a full and rounded appearance that looks completely natural.

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Abby Pierson

June, 2019

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Love love Dr. MURPHY and his staff.. Came to him 11 yrs ago and will continue to return! I have recommended friends that have used him and they love his work as well.

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Karla Anderson

December, 2018

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James E. Murphy, M.D. is one of a kind. He made me feel comfortable and was very professional. The entire staff is heartwarming and welcoming. After surgery they continuously followed up with me and made sure I had no concerns or questions. I appreciate their care.

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What Else to Expect during Your Recovery

The Brazilian butt lift procedure does not result in nearly as much swelling, discomfort, and bruising as implant surgery. However, these side effects might be more apparent at the liposuction treatment site. Typically, over-the-counter pain medication, rest, and drinking plenty of water can help you feel more comfortable and encourage healing.

Typically, patients will need to take at least two weeks off of work to recover from surgery. Once patients do return to work, it is a good idea to use a standing desk as much as possible for the remainder of the recovery period to avoid putting pressure on the healing tissues.

While patients should avoid strenuous activity after fat transfer injections and liposuction, it is important to maintain a healthy diet and resume exercise when recovery is complete. Following a healthy diet and exercise routine is critical to maintaining the results of these and other body contouring procedures.

Dr. James Murphy

Murphy Plastic Surgery & Medical Spa

Dr. James Murphy is a highly trained, board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon who has been in practice for nearly two decades. He serves patients throughout Reno and Lake Tahoe and is affiliated with several prestigious organizations, including: 

  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons 
  • American College of Surgeons 
  • American Medical Association 
  • Reno Surgical Society

Schedule your consultation today by contacting us online or call (775) 322-3446. Se habla Español

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