How Much Fat is Needed for a Brazilian Butt Lift and Can You Use Fat from Other People?

I'm looking for a way to have fat transferred from my thin body to my buttocks area but I can't find any except for my small pouchy belly! Is it possible that I can have my husband's belly fat transferred to my buttocks in order to have the brazilian butt lift? Also, how much fat does one need for one butt cheek?

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How Much Fat is Needed for a Brazilian Butt Lift and Can You Use Fat from Other People?

The exact amount of CCs needed depends on you. The BBL is a very personal and beautiful augmentation when it is performed specifically to your dimensions.
My recommendation is that you find an ASPS board certified surgeon in your area who specializes in the BBL, and set up an in person consult. An in person consult with an an ASPS board certified surgeon is the only way to determine the best route for your body and your goals.

You cannot use other people’s fat cells – but again an ASPS board certified surgeon will be able to devise the perfect and personal strategy to help you meet your goals.

Brazilian Butt Lift - Where to get the fat?

Thanks for the question -

In our San Francisco area practice we perform Brazilian Butt Lifts regularly. We typically need at least 300-400 ccs of fat per butt cheek. This of course depends on the anatomy and the desired amount of contour augmentation.

People many times have more fat then they think they do. Areas that we look to help people improve include abdomen, flanks, and thighs.

A tool that may be helpful is calculating your BMI (body mass index). (Just google it, there are plenty of online tools, all you need is your height and your weight). If your BMI is over 25 you likely have adequate fat for transfer.

It is not currently possible to take fat from other people and use it to augment your own contours.

Find a board certified plastic surgeon to discuss this issue with you in detail.

I hope this helps!

Where fat meets fiction


It sounds like that you are a thin but may have some belly fat that could contribute to a brazilian butt lift but you need to have other areas of fat to contribute to the fat transfer to the buttocks. Typically, fat is liposuction from the abdomen, love handles, outer thighs, back and inner thighs if available. The amount of fat needed to improve the shape and size of the buttocks varies from patient to patient. I have transferred fat volumes from 280 to 550 cc per buttock.

Unfortunately, transplanting fat from one person to another is not an ideal or acceptable method to improve the size and shape one's buttocks. Additional, methods of improving shape that could be used are buttocks implants and surgical tightening to loose skin to lift the buttocks (usually for patients that have lost massive amounts of weight).

I hope this clears up the questions you had.

Donor fat for Brazilian Butt Lift?

Unfortunately for now, the fat has to come from you. Your body will reject fat from someone else. Someday, we will probably be able to take some of your fat and grow it in a lab, producing more of it and then give it back to you. But, for now we have to work with what you've got.

I have three suggestions:
Be evaluated by a Plastic Surgeon with a lot of experience with the Brazilian Lift. I have found more than enough fat on women who thought or were told that they didn't have enough.

Secondly, if you are that thin, then a little fat added to a tiny frame can provide a reasonable increase in size. So, you actually may have enough at your current size.

My third suggestion (if neither of the above are correct in your situation) is to gain a few pounds. I know it's probably not something you would want to do, but it can be removed from just about any area that you gain it, and we will then have more fat to inject into your buttocks.

Amount of fat for BBL

No, you can't use fat from other people. Average amounts of fat are 500-1200 cc's per buttock. 

How Much Fat is Needed for a Brazilian Butt Lift and Can You Use Fat from Other People?

I usually suction 5000 cc and transfer as much as 1800-2000 cc to each side. You can only get fat from an identical sibling if you have one.

Ron Hazani, MD, FACS
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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How Much Fat is Needed for a Brazilian Butt Lift and Can You Use Fat from Other People? #fat harvesting

This is a relatively complex question and can only be answered on an individual basis.  The amount of fat needed for a BBL is directly related to your anatomic proportions.  There are times an individual is too thin to collect an adequate amount of fat which is disappointing to the patient.  Unless these people gain adequate amounts of weight they would benefit from using a buttock implant placed well by only a select few physicians. 

If someone has a smaller pelvis and is more petite, then they may not need as much fat.  Nor would the buttock accommodate as much fat either.  Conversely, someone who is larger with a bigger pelvis would require more fat to make the finished appearance relatively fuller. 

Unfortunately, you cannot use fat from other people.  Would be nice though and I would have a line of donors!!  LOL!

How much fat needed for BBL and can you use another persons fat

Every patient is different and has different amounts of fat that they can spare to transfer. Also every persons buttocks is a different size to begin with and so will require a different amount of fat to reach their goal size. Even a small amount of fat transferred can make a nice difference in size on a small woman. The buttocks size and shape is further enhanced by doing liposuction above and below the buttocks. 
You can't have fat transferred from another person since you will reject the fat. See a board certified plastic surgeon that has lots of experience with fat transfers. 

Stanley Castor, MD
Tampa Plastic Surgeon
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