HOW TO BEST SHAPE YOUR BUTT: BBL vs Buttock Injections

by Jennifer Stieber, NP


The world of cosmetic procedures offers an array of options to enhance your buttock area. Today, we’re going to dive into the details of two popular methods: the Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL) and buttock injections. We’ll also review why calcium hydroxyapatite buttock injections, specifically Radiesse, stands out as the ultimate choice for enhancing your backside over other alternatives like Sculptra. 

Understanding the Basics: BBL and Buttock Injections

Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL):

The Brazilian Butt Lift, or BBL for short is a surgical procedure that involves taking fat from one area of your body and grafting it into your buttocks. Fat is liposuctioned from places like your tummy, thighs, or hips. Then, after processing the fat, it’s transferred into the butt.

Buttock Injections:

Buttock injections, popularized as early as 2015, offer a non-surgical alternative to plump up your posterior. These injections come in different types, including dermal fillers and biostimulators. One remarkable biostimulator that’s making waves is calcium hydroxyapatite (CaHa). This CaHa filler stimulates new soft tissue growth in a non-inflammatory manner, versus Sculptra which promotes inflammation, similar to the  inflammatory process that occurs during scar tissue inflammation.

 BBL (Brazilian Butt Lift)Buttock Injections
First clinical study2000-20042006
Mechanism of actionFat is liposuctioned from the abdomen, thighs, or hips and transferred to the buttock.A solution of synthetic material is injected beneath the skin, stimulating the body’s own production of collagen.
Duration5-10 years or possibly longer2-5 years
Time before you can sit4 weeksSit immediately
AnesthesiaPatient is asleep under anesthesiaPatient is awake, procedure is comfortable
Swelling2-4 weeks1-3 days
Downtime4-6 weeks24 hours
Complicationsseroma (accummulation of fluid in a space), undercorrection, infection, sciatic nerve painnodules, discoloration at the cannula site
Complication rate9.9%n/a
Mortality rate1 in 2250 to 1 in 6214Not applicable
Effectiveness85% patient satisfaction71% patient satisfaction
Cost $4000-$16000$5000-$8000

CAHA Butt Injections: top pick for Buttock LIFT

1. Natural and Long-Lasting Buttock Goals:

CaHa buttock injections, unlike BBL, provide predictable and long-lasting outcomes. The magic lies in calcium hydroxyapatite, which actually stimulates collagen production. Not only does the CaHa provide immediate volumization, it can last 3-5 years. 1 maintenance session is encouraged at least once every 2 years. 

2. Minimally Invasive:

CaHa buttock injections take about 1 hour to perform in office. No need for surgery. We simply administer some lidocaine numbing injections using a tiny Botox needle. No big incisions, no extended downtime. Most patients rate the pain a 2 out of 10 (0 being no pain, 10 being the worst pain possible). All patients resume normal activities like work the next day. Exercise can be resumed as early as 24 hours.

3. Tailored Results with Reduced Risks:

At SLK, we want your results to be uniquely you. That’s why buttock injections offer a customizable approach to fit your specific goals and body type. We can adjust the amount of calcium hydroxyapatite injected to create a personalized plan just for you. Since there’s no fat transfer involved, the risk of complications like fat embolism or unevenness is significantly lower. Your peace of mind matters to us.

4. Banishing Hip Dips:

Pesky hip dips? Those indentations between your hip bone and thigh can sometimes put a damper on your curves. Buttock injections can help. By adding volume and filling in those areas, we’ll create a smoother silhouette, perfect for bikini season.

5. “Ozempic Butt” and Post-partum butt

CaHa buttock injections are a quick fix to physiological conditions that cause the fat in our buttocks to diminish over time, such as giving birth, breast feeding, or even ‘Ozempic butt’, a new term coined to describe the characterstic loss of buttock volume when taking semaglutide for weight loss.


When it comes to shaping up your booty, there are options aplenty. Both BBL and buttock injections can do wonders. However, if you’re looking for a non-surgical, customized experience with natural-looking, long-lasting results, calcium hydroxyapatite buttock injections are the way to go. To explore the possibilities and make the best choice for you, I recommend consulting with a licensed provider who has years of buttock injecting experience.

To get started with a non-surgical buttock lift at SLK, book your first free consultation here.