Who is a Candidate for Brazilian Butt Lift?

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Good candidate for BBL

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Good candidates for BBL are healthy.  They are at a healthy and stable weight. They have an adequate amount of fat that is suitable for transfer to the buttock. They have reasonable expectations.  


Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
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Candidate for butt augmentation

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The main factor that determines if you are going to be a good candidate for the Brazilian butt lift will be your weight and the location of the fat in your body. The Brazilian butt lift is an actual fat transfer to the buttock area.  We need to harvest fat from those stubborn areas like the back, thighs, flanks, abdomen etc.  Typically, I remove  between 6-7 litters of fat and fluid are during this procedure. Out of this amount, approximately 1.5 – 2.0 liters of fat is usable. In other words, the ideal candidate is a female that is size 6 and above in clothing. In addition, the fat needs to be accessible, which means that it should be extra-abdominal fat, not intra-abdominal fat.  Intra-abdominal fat is the fat around the liver and guts. This fat cannot be harvested. Only the fat that you can grab with your hand can be used for the procedure itself.

What if you don’t have enough fat? Then, you will need to gain weight. Usually, a patient that does not have enough fat needs to  gain approximately 15 – 20 lbs before surgery.  This sound great to a lot of patients.

Wilberto Cortes, MD
Houston Plastic Surgeon
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What makes a patient a Good Candidate for a Brazilian Butt Lift (Fat Butt Augmentation)

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Which patients are good candidates for a Brazilian Butt Lift (Fat Butt Augmentation)?

First, they must be good candidates for Cosmetic surgery. The patients need to be healthy with realistic goals and expectations.

Second, their buttocks must not be extremely thinned out and sagging hanging over the under the buttock crease and touching the posterior thighs. In such cases a formal Butt Lift would best be done. On the contrary, having enormous buttocks would also be a contraindication. the latter person may benefit from liposuction only to refine her rear's appearance coupled with a new eye glass prescription to better asses (no pun intended) her situation.

Finally, the best candidates are those whose buttocks lack fullness, whose buttocks do not have a well defined V zone separation along the top where the cheeks diverge and a clear demarcation of where the back ends and the buttocks begin. They also need to have enough excess fat in the lower back and elsewhere for transfer into the buttocks.

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Peter A. Aldea, MD
Memphis Plastic Surgeon
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Candidate for Brazilian Butt Lift

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What a generalized question! Good candidates are patients who have realistic expectations, in good medical health. And have residual adipose in other body areas that can be harvested for fat transfer. Regards.

Darryl J. Blinski, MD
Miami Plastic Surgeon
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Am I a good candidate for a Brazilian Butt Lift?

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Hi there-

In my Orlando Plastic Surgery Center, we consider good candidates for Brazilian Butt Lift to be men and women in good health, with areas of excess subcutaneous fat from which to harvest, and with reasonably good skin tone in the areas to be treated.

The fat is removed from the areas of excess by particular liposuction techniques (I personally use different cannulas and tools in this operation than if performing liposuction without intent to graft it into the buttocks), treated to minimize infection and maximize the graft "take" or success, and then carefully and meticulously grafted into the buttock area.

This technique is extremely time consuming and experience dependent. Please choose your surgeon carefully. How? Here's some information that will help you:

In a previous entry, I described how common it is for patients who contact my Orlando plastic surgery center to make the mistake of thinking that:

Anyone offering a plastic surgery procedure MUST be appropriately trained and certified to perform that procedure; this is, unfortunately, not the case.

All plastic surgery training is equal, and so shopping for the best price is the best way to choose a surgeon

In that previous entry, I explained how not all people offering plastic surgery are Board Certified Plastic Surgeons, and in fact, many are not even plastic surgeons! There are now many doctors in other specialties offering to perform plastic surgery procedures without the benefit of the years of training a plastic surgeon receives, convincing their patients that a few weeks of training is sufficient for them to learn what we learn in YEARS.

I explained the potentially dangerous error of choosing based on price.

Finally, I explained how to properly choose not only a surgeon, but also the importance of choosing the facility in which the procedure will be performed and also the anesthesia provider.

For today's entry, we'll assume a healthy understanding of these issues. Having done your homework, and ascertained that the surgeons you are considering are all plastic surgeons Board Certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery, the facilities in which they operate are all certified by the AAAASF or JCAHO, and the anesthesia providers are all well-qualified, how do you make the final decision?

Here are my recommendations:

Consider the relative quality of the surgeon's medical school educations. While it is true that most medical educations will cover the basics, there is a reason that some institutions grow international reputations and perpetually fight for the best students.

A medical school education among these "Best and Brightest" students and educators could reasonably be expected to produce (and historically has produced) America's finest doctors and surgeons. Ranking lists of medical schools take these things into consideration and are a useful resource. The most respected list, from US News and World Report, can be found here:

http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-medical-schools/research-rankings

Find out where the surgeon completed his/her Plastic Surgery Residency. This is the critical and years long process of going from a medical student to a qualified plastic surgeon, where we learn to do plastic surgery by gradually taking on more responsibility under the watchful eyes of other, already trained and experienced surgeons. Just like medical schools, not all training programs are equal in the breadth, intensity and quality of training offered.

Generally speaking, those programs associated with the best medical schools also provide the best training, as they will be able to attract and retain the best, most experienced and reputable professors of plastic surgery- and the quality of our training will depend on the quality of those training us. For example, I completed my own Plastic Surgery training at Washington University in St. Louis, one of the top 5 medical schools in the United States- and it also happens to be the birthplace of American Plastic Surgery.

It bears repeating that you should be absolutely sure that the surgeon you are considering is Board Certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery. This is easily done at the Board's site:

https://www.abplsurg.org/ModDefault.aspx?section=PubFind

Know that surgeons who claim to be "Board Eligible" in plastic surgery are NOT board certified. This may be because they simply have not taken the examinations- but this is doubtfully the true explanation, as The American Board of Plastic Surgery specifically prohibits claiming ANY status with The Board until and unless you have passed all examinations. Much more likely is that they were unable to pass the examinations (or simply never took them), but realize they may lose patients if they don't find a way to fool them into thinking they have status with The Board. Are you starting so understand that not all doctors have integrity?

Spend some time thinking about the interactions you have had with the surgeon and his/her staff. You should realize that having a plastic surgery procedure is NOT a singular interaction, like buying a new handbag, in which once the bag is purchased (or the surgery completed) the interaction can be considered to be complete. Rather, you are choosing to enter into a very important relationship with your surgeon, the critical portions of which should be expected to last at least a few months beyond the date of your surgery, as you recover and heal. This very important relationship should therefore be approached with the same care you would give any other... think about whether you think the surgeon will be responsive to your needs and concerns, whether your personalities will allow healthy interaction, the approachability of his/her staff, etc...

Remember- you don't only want to have achieved a great outcome when all is said and done... you want to have had an uplifting and positive experience you can look back on and smile! You can have this in the best practices.

Finally, never forget that what you are really looking for is the very best OUTCOME you can achieve. Sometimes when I'm asked by friends and family how to sort through all the claims some surgeons make of being the best choice because they (the surgeon in question) were voted "the best" by some magazine, or because the surgeon simply says they are "the best", I am reminded of the first Clinton presidential campaign, in which the slogan "It's the economy, stupid" helped Mr. Clinton win the White House. Once you've done the homework outlined above, it's all about the OUTCOME...

Ask to see photos of the surgeon's previous work- and ask yourself if you would be pleased if you looked like the photos they show you. Think about how many good photos they show you. Do most of the outcomes just look funny, with only a few that you think are attractive and natural, or are all of their results pleasing and attractive, even if every one may not be what you specifically want? If the surgeon can't show you at least a few outcomes you find attractive and pleasing, you should look elsewhere.

Be sure to ask directly whether the photos you are being shown are the surgeon's own work (believe it or not, some actually do try to attract patients by showing them the work of others!)

I also always recommend communicating with a few of the surgeon's prior patients who have had the same procedure they are recommending for you. You can ask the surgeon's staff for a list of patients who may have agreed to be called, or find testimonials online at one of the many plastic surgery websites now available. My favorite, because it is objective, free (surgeons cannot pay to be listed higher, so more credibility exists), and allows you to get a feel for the surgeon's manner and personality, is RealSelf:

www.RealSelf.com

I know it seems like a huge amount of work, but after you've read this (as well as my prior post) a few times, you'll have a great understanding of the best way to proceed, and it will feel very comfortable and natural to you. Use the resources I've outlined, and use your gut- there are many great surgeons out there- with these guidelines you should be able to attain the outcome and experience you desire.

Armando Soto, MD, FACS
Orlando Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 98 reviews

Get your backside lifted

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Candidates for Brazilian Butt Lift are patients that are in good health. The patients seeking this procedure must also demonstrate areas of increased fatty deposits that are amenable to liposuction such as the abdomen, love handles, back and outer thighs. The patient should not have an issue with obesity. Liposuction is not a weight loss procedure. Patients with very little fat are not reasonable candidates. Additionally, areas that are to have liposuction must have good skin quality to avoid sagging skin after the procedure. Finally, should have realistic expectations of the desired buttocks contour after transfer of the fat from the liposuction procedure.

The first step is to visit a qualified surgeon for an evaluation and review of the pros and cons of the procedure.

Earl Stephenson, Jr., MD, DDS
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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