How much do I have to gain weight for a Brazilian Butt Lift?

I am 5ft 5inches and I weigh about 120 Lbs. I also have a lean body fat percentage that sits around 10%. Based on what I have read, I do not think that I have the body for a Brazilian Butt Lift. Is that true? If I am not a candidate for the procedure what else can I do to give my butt a little lift?

If you don't have enough fat in other parts of your body, then the other way to accomplish buttock augmentation is with implants.  Buttock implants are a very reasonable way to enhance your contour, but they are different than when you do it with your own fat.  Talk to a local board certified plastic surgeon about both methods when he/she can examine you in person and give you realistic options and expectations.  Just make sure the doctor you choose has experience with both BBL and buttock implants.  Best of luck!

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You are certainly very slim. Slim patients tend to be good candidates for the Brazilian butt lift only if they have fat distributed across the right areas: namely, around the midsection, including the stomach, waist, lower back, and flanks. In some cases, the fat can also be sourced from the thighs and arms. Essentially, the fat can be taken from anywhere on your body, so long as there are sufficient quantities of it and it is safe to do so.

It is difficult to determine whether you could be a candidate for a BBL based on the information you have provided here, but it sounds as though you may be too slim at present. For noticeable, beautiful results, patients generally require at least 500cc of fat injected into each buttock. Most patients benefit from 800cc for each buttock cheek, as some of the fat transferred is lost because not all the fat cells survive.

Another option you may wish to consider is butt implants. Butt implants are a more reliable procedure for patients who desire a sculpted, big butt. The procedure involves two incisions, and the insertion of two implants into the buttocks either above or into the gluteal muscle.

The surgery is also customizable to a degree, as you can determine the exact location of the implants and the increase in size that you prefer. Unlike autologous fat transfer which has a variable survival rate, butt implants give much more predictable results. In some cases, the butt implants can be teamed with fat transfer to give an optimal result, improving the overall shape and providing greater augmentation than either procedure can offer alone.

However, any form of plastic surgery comes with possible risks and complications, particularly if not performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon. Schedule a consultation with an experienced surgeon to explore your options.

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Another option, which is nonsurgical, is Sculptra. Sculptra is a volumizing filler that was originally developed for facial hollowing. In recent years, it has gained popularity in augmenting the buttocks.

It is done in the office and, unlike a Brazilian Buttock Lift and buttock implants, has no downtime (in fact, you can sit immediately after the injection). Sculptra injections to the buttocks generally require two to three treatments, about 30 days apart. The results can last two years or more.

The injections are somewhat pricey. Each set of injections can cost up to $5,000 each, depending upon the amount of Sculptra used. But for thin patients, this has been shown to be a very good option.

A Brazilian butt lift does indeed depend on having sufficient stores of excess fat available to harvest for the autologous fat transfer. What's more, the procedure requires liposuction of more fat than is actually needed for the transfer, as not all the transferred fat survives: at best, 75-85% of the fat will flourish in its new location. In addition, fractured or damaged cells, white cells, and red cells have to be removed from the aspirate.

Patients who benefit most from Brazilian butt lift surgery tend to be those who are at a normal weight, or are slightly overweight and hoping to make their butt bigger and more shapely, while simultaneously slimming down their waist and flanks. Based on my calculations, you have a BMI of 20, which is most likely a little too low for a Brazilian butt lift. While it is conceivable that weight gain could make you a better candidate for the procedure, you could achieve a bigger butt by having butt implant surgery, which requires no weight gain.

Butt implant surgery is ideal for slimmer patients. During the procedure, incisions are made either at the gluteal crease, between the buttock cheeks or towards the top of the upper buttocks. Silicone implants specially shaped and crafted for the buttocks are inserted into or above the gluteal muscle on each side. Your surgeon would consult with you prior to surgery regarding the incision location, position of the implants and degree of enlargement desired.

It is very difficult to give conclusive advice without seeing you in person. I would certainly recommend that you consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon who is experienced in butt lift and enhancement procedures. He or she will be able to advise you about your options, and the procedure that would provide optimal results for your goals and current body shape.

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From your height and weight, I suspect that you probably have a very nice figure. If you can find your way to be content, indeed grateful, for your natural figure without resorting to plastic surgery, you are way better off. I admit to a personal bias. I am not a fan of the Brazilian Butt lift, and I happen to be half Brazilian on my mother's side. I think the results often look grotesque and I will wager that this particular trend will not last. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons has formed a task force to investigate an unacceptable number of deaths from this procedure, both in the hands of board-certified plastic surgeons and non-plastic surgeons doing this. I think implants in the buttocks are a back idea. They are solid and firm, can migrate over time, are subject to serious infections, and, while your buttocks will change over time, the implants will not. You are almost guaranteed to need more surgery later as a result of having them when young. My best advice? Leave your natural buttocks alone and be thankful that you are well proportioned.