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Brazilian Butt Lift

Are you self-conscious about a small or flat butt and ready to fill out your clothing and boost your confidence?

Board-certified surgeon James E. Murphy performs Brazilian butt lifts to produce a fuller and more attractive contour.

Find out how our practice serving Lake Tahoe and Reno, NV, can help you achieve the shapely appearance you desire.

What Is a
Brazilian Butt Lift?


A Brazilian butt lift is a procedure that redistributes fat to add volume and enhance the shape of your backside. Excess fat is removed from the hips, abdomen, lower back, or thighs with liposuction. A portion of this fat is strategically injected into the buttocks. Using your own fat tissue allows our plastic surgeon to give your butt a natural-looking appearance that will boost your self-confidence.

A World-Class Team on Your Side 

Years of Expertise

Dr. James E. Murphy has been practicing plastic surgery for over 20 years. He is board-certified and performs Brazilian butt lifts often as they are among the specialties patients see and trust him for.

Financing Options

We offer financing through ALPHAEON® and CareCredit® to make treatment more affordable and even offer an in-house layaway plan with no interest.

Award-Winning Surgeon

When you visit our practice and choose our plastic surgeon, you're receiving care from the "Best in Reno" from 2012 to 2018. Dr. James E. Murphy has earned a reputation for providing excellence and stunning results for his patients.

Bilingual Staff

We have bilingual staff members for our Spanish and English-speaking patients. We encourage you to book a consultation and our team would be more than happy to answer any questions and discuss the next steps with you.

View Our Patient's Results

This 38-year-old patient underwent liposuction of the inner thighs to knees and posterior inner thighs with fat transfer to the glutes, allowing Dr. James E. Murphy to harvest enough fat to produce a beautiful and balanced result.
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After Brazilian butt lift

The Unbeatable Benefits of a Brazilian Butt Lift  The Superior Choice to Implants

Natural-Looking Results

Butt implants are associated with a number of disadvantages. They are often visible through the skin, can sag over time, and don't feel as real. With the Brazilian butt lift procedure, our plastic surgeon 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 Your Figure

To harvest excess tissue for the procedure, we perform liposuction to remove unwanted fat from other areas of the body. Fat is often 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.

Take the First Step to a More Confident You Request Your Consultation Today

Are you ready to find out how a Brazilian butt lift can positively impact your life? Our patients love their results and how they can wear their favorite dresses and swimsuits with a level of confidence like never before. We encourage you to book a consultation at Murphy Plastic Surgery & Medical Spa to learn more. To get started, fill out our online form and a member of our team will be in touch. You can also call our Reno plastic surgery office serving Reno and Lake Tahoe, NV, at:

(775) 322-3446

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"Hands Down the Best"


Michelle Beck


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Dr Murphy and his staff were such a pleasure to meet!!! They are so sweet, welcoming, thorough, and just exactly what I was hoping for!!! I would recommend them to anyone looking to enhance themselves in anyway!!!!

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Barbara Gonzalez


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Dr Murphy, his wife Tracy, and all the staff are hands down the best anywhere. I have been so pleased with everything they have done for me, from minor to major. You will not find a set of more capable hands anywhere.

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How Is the Procedure Performed?

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The Brazilian Butt Lift Procedure Timeline


To begin treatment, we will administer anesthesia so you remain completely comfortable throughout treatment. 

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.

Fat Removal

Tiny incisions are made in the treatment area. A fat suctioning device called a cannula is inserted through the incisions. The cannula is gently maneuvered around the treatment area to remove excess fat cells.

Tissue Processing

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.

Fat Transfer

During the final step, our surgeon 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.

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Achieve Your Dream Figure What Are You Waiting For?

Here at Murphy Plastic Surgery & Medical Spa, we believe everyone deserves to have a body they love inside and out. If you're tired of feeling discouraged by your reflection in the mirror and have been thinking about getting a Brazilian butt lift, there's no better time than now. Dr. James E. Murphy is one of the best surgeons you can find in the Reno and Lake Tahoe area and ensures stunning results. To get started on your journey, request a consultation online or give us a call to learn more:

(775) 322-3446

"An Artist with a Spectacular Eye"


Karla Anderson


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Dr. Murphy 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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Leah Verdeck


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I have had several procedures with Dr. Murphy, 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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What 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.

Compression Garment

Patients must wear a compression garment to aid in healing, reduce swelling, and smooth out their results. A compression garment helps the body support the new shape of your buttocks. This is worn for several weeks after the procedure to ensure the best results.

Returning to Work

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.

Follow-Up Appointments

We will schedule follow-up appointments at our Reno office to monitor your healing and ensure everything is going smoothly. Dr. James E. Murphy is closely involved in your recovery process and is always available to answer any questions or concerns you may have.

Look and Feel Your Best Contact Our Reno Practice Today

If you're ready to enhance your figure, Dr. James Murphy and his Reno team can help you achieve your dreams. 

Dr. James Murphy is a board-certified plastic surgeon who can change your appearance with natural-looking results by using the latest techniques and technology. Our plastic surgeon is committed to improving your self-confidence while maintaining your health. Our Brazilian butt lifts offer reliable enhancement and a safer option than silicone implants.

If you're looking for a rounder, reshaped rear from a trusted plastic surgeon, contact Dr. James Murphy online today or call:

(775) 322-3446

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Abby Pierson


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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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Marilyn McKay


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Love the entire staff at Dr..Murphys office. Have been going for 2 years and will always go back. Tracy is wonderful.

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Cost of Treatment

A Brazilian butt lift from Dr. James Murphy starts at $9,000. Costs vary from patient to patient and depend on the amount of liposuction required, choice of medications, the amount of fat transferred, and other factors. 

Our Reno, NV, office can help you set up a "lay-away" special financing account that will allow you to make payments as you are able in order to pre-pay for your surgery. We also work with Alphaeon Credit® and CareCredit® to offer our patients financing. This allows you to make payments after our plastic surgeon has enhanced the shape of your butt.

If cost is a concern, our compassionate team will be happy to review which payment plan works best for you. 

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Abby Pierson


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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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Marilyn McKay


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Love the entire staff at Dr..Murphys office. Have been going for 2 years and will always go back. Tracy is wonderful.

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How Can Patients Maintain Their Results?


In order to retain as much fat as possible after surgery, it is important to avoid putting excess 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 until eight weeks after surgery.


Patients should avoid exercising for six to eight weeks after treatment. Exercising can cause you to lose some of the newly injected fat cells. Keep in mind that it is normal to lose some transplanted fat after a Brazilian butt lift. However, by following our post-surgical instructions, patients can retain up to 70 percent of the injected fat. The final results of treatment are apparent three months after surgery.

Maintain Good Health

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 a Brazilian butt lift and other body contouring procedures. Our surgeon will clear you for more strenuous exercise once you are ready.

Understanding the Risks

Thanks to celebrities and fashion styles, Brazilian butt lifts have become very popular in recent years. As the procedure grows in popularity, so do safety concerns.

Any surgery performed by those with inadequate training or experience can be deadly for patients. As a board-certified plastic surgeon with years of experience, Dr. James Murphy has an advanced understanding of how to minimize risks. Our Reno plastic surgeon uses the latest safety techniques and places the patient's health as the number one priority. 

Using your own body tissue minimizes the risks of complications. Alternatives like butt implants can sag over time, become visible through the skin, cause chronic pain, or other complications.


How much is a BBL?

The cost ranges from $9000 to $12000, depending on the extent of treatment across different areas. Additional charges apply for anesthesia and facility usage. These rates are determined based on the duration of the surgical procedure.

Why is it called a BBL?

The Brazilian Butt Lift, abbreviated as BBL, was first developed by a plastic surgeon from Brazil in 1960, thus earning its name from its country of origin.

How long do BBL results last?

The outcomes are long-lasting; however, initially, not all of the fat that is "grafted" or injected into the gluteal area survives. Around 80% of the fat typically persists, while approximately 20% is absorbed and eliminated by the body. To compensate for this, I aim to overfill the gluteal area, recognizing that some of the fat may not survive.

Is a BBL dangerous?

At one point, BBL involved significant risks due to the injection of fat into the muscle layer. However, this practice has been discontinued, and now the fat is exclusively injected into the fat layer. Consequently, there is no more risk than liposuction done without BBL.

Can I get similar results just by working out?

It's impossible to achieve the same volume increase in buttock muscles through exercise as can be attained with BBL.

How painful is a BBL?

The discomfort associated with fat grafting into the buttock area is minimal, with most of the pain attributed to the liposuction process. In comparison to an Abdominoplasty or Tummy Tuck, the level of discomfort is significantly lower. While pain tolerance varies among individuals, typically, most patients recover well within 4-7 days and can return to the gym within 2-3 weeks.

What is the recovery time for BBL?

Following liposuction with a BBL, patients can typically resume most regular activities within 48 hours post-procedure, such as doing laundry, vacuuming, washing dishes, or taking short walks. They can usually return to the gym within 2-3 weeks. However, the main challenge lies in sleeping. Patients are advised not to sleep on their backs for 4 weeks to avoid compressing the grafted fat. While sitting is generally not problematic, patients are encouraged to sit forward in their chairs to prevent compression of the fat graft.

Where are the incisions for a BBL?

The size of the incisions varies depending on the areas being liposuctioned, typically measuring less than a centimeter. These small incisions are closed with one to two stitches, which are typically removed one week after the procedure.

Can I do squats after a BBL?

After a BBL, you can still do any kind of exercise, like squats. Since the surgery uses your own fat, your buttocks will get bigger or smaller if you gain or lose weight, but they'll always be bigger than before the surgery.
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 25 years. 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. If you would like to text us during business hours, we can respond via text to you. You can also send pictures to us with questions.

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