Average Amount of Transferrable Fat in Brazilian Butt Lift?

I am planning to have the Brazilian Butt Lift procedure. I am about 30 lbs. overweight but I am proportionate. I am getting conflicting answers about how much fat can be injected into the buttocks to create a rounder, fuller behind.

I was told that only 700-800cc's of fat could be transferred into each butt cheek. Is this true? I cannot imagine that only 700-800cc of fat would make that much of a difference or be worth the cost to get that little benefit.Is it possible to obtain a J-Lo type booty by having the Brazilian Butt Lift?

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How Much Fat can I have grafted during my Brazilian Butt Lift?

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Hi there-

I don't personally believe that there is an absolute number of cc's that can be transferred. It is true that if you place too much fat, the chances of fat survival go down, but this is because of increasing pressure in the tissues... if the pressure gets too high, blood cannot flow and the fat won't survive.

So the real determinant of how much can be safely and successfully placed in any particular patient is the elasticity of the tissues and the pressure that results from the grafting process...

I have successfully grafted up to 1000cc per cheek, with excellent retention (~80%) in patients whose anatomy allowed this volume without high pressure.

Of course, the only way to know what your body might tolerate would be to examine you- find a surgeon you like and trust and have an exam.

Maximum amount of fat to transfer with BBL

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Thank you for your question.  You are getting conflicting answers because there is no one right answer.  There is not an absolute maximum number of cc's allowable, but overinjecting can cause fat to die.  Rather than focusing on the amount of fat injected, I would recommend finding a surgeon who understands the shape you are looking for.  Meet with a few doctors and browse photo galleries.

Andrew Jimerson, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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Volume of Fat transferred to EACH Butt Cheek in brazilian Butt Lift Cosmetic Surgery

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Limiting Buttock enhancement surgery to discussing cc's is a useless endeavor. To get THE perfect butt a lot more needs to be considered than just how much fat should be placed in each cheek.

It needs to start by looking at the buttocks and taking stock of their location and symmetry.
- Are the buttocks sagging?
- Is there definition to the low back-buttock junction or does the area just look like a ski slope from back to the top of each butt cheek?
- Is there a V-zone like valley separating the diverging cheeks which ends in the vertical inter buttocks crease?
- are the buttock cheeks round and half dome like or is there a lateral flatness or depression which needs to be filled?
- What kinds of buttocks does the patient find attractive? Different ethnic groups view different buttock shapes very differently.
- Which buttocks she finds objectionable?
- are her cosmetic goals reasonable?
- If so which technique is best likely to result in the buttocks the patient wants?
- if it is through fat grafting, how much fat do you estimate needing? Does the patient have this amount of EXCESS fat in her body?

On the average from 500 cc to 1,200 cc of graftable fat may be needed per cheek.

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Peter A. Aldea, MD
Memphis Plastic Surgeon

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There is no one set answer for the amount of fat that is transferred with a Brazilian Butt Lift.  It depends on the patient and how much fat is present before hand.  Also, we are contouring the buttock area, so volume is not as important as proportion.

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How much Fat is Injected for a Brazilian Butt Lift

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I recently reviewed my last 100 cases of Brazilian Butt Lift. The amount of fat injected into each buttock cheek ranged from 250cc per buttock, to over 1100cc per buttock. However, the average amount of fat injected (to include all patient weights) was 580cc per buttock. Keep in mind that to get 580cc, I must extract 2-3 times as much fat. This is because I only re-inject the best, most viable fat cells.

A good way to figure out how much volume is represented by 580 cc is to ask your plastic surgeon to see a 600 cc breast implant. Now, imagine that amount being put into your buttocks-- on each side. It WILL make a difference! Furthermore, if your Plastic Surgeon is careful to sculpt your waist and back area, the 600 cc in each buttock cheed will be really dramatic.

However, if you are 30 pounds overweight, it is likely that a Plastic Surgeon would be able to inject much more than 600 cc per side.

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Each patient is different--800cc's per buttock could provide the results you want.

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It’s important to understand that no two brazilian butt lift patients are ever exactly alike.These patients have unique anatomic findings and specific aesthetic goals. For this reason, patients shouldn’t become fixated on the amount of fat transplanted.In some cases 200cc’s may be appropriate while in other cases 800cc’s may be necessary to obtain contour improvement and projection of the buttocks.
Several factors may limit the amount of fat that can be transferred to the buttock area.These may include the adequacy of donor sites and the amount of fat that’s available for transfer.It’s therefore important to understand that in some cases, there’s an upper limit to how much fat can be harvested. It’s also important to realize that there’s a limit to how much fat can be placed in a recipient site before the blood supply becomes inadequate to support additional fat cells.Anything beyond this point doesn’t survive and ultimately undergoes cell death.
The method utilized to process, purify and concentrate the harvested fat prior to transplant can also dramatically impact the volume of fat available for transfer.In other words, not all transferred fat is created equal.In some cases a lesser volume of fat may actually have more viable fat cells depending on how it was processed.
For these reasons the surgeon must have the latitude to make appropriate intra-operative judgements.Without a physical examination it’s difficult to say how much fat will be necessary to accomplish your aesthetic goals.In your case 700-800cc’s may be more than adequate to give you a J-Lo booty.

Average Amount of Transferrable Fat in Brazilian Butt Lift?

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I usually transfer between 1200-1800 cc to each side.
Seek a plastic surgeon who performs hundreds of these procedures, has great reviews and photos, and is an expert in this field.

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How Much Fat is Needed for a Brazilian Butt Lift

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Brazilian butt lift is so popular because it enables your plastic surgeon to transform your entire shape. Liposuction is performed on the abdomen, flanks, back and thighs to enhance your shape.

The amount of fat needed depends on the shape and needs of each individual patient, however in general at least 500cc per buttock need to be placed to see a significant difference. On average patients typically receive around 800cc per buttock side for a total of 1600cc of fat transfer. However just like a breast augmentation the amount of fat needed various from patient to patients. Also the sculpting done with the liposuction is a big part of the procedure to improve the overall shape. The fat can be placed in specific areas and combined with the liposuction to help you achieve the results that you desire!

However if a patient has a BMI of 22 they typically will have enough fat for the Brazilian butt lift. If they are smaller than this then they will need to consider doing an augmentation with implants.

When considering this procedure it is very important that you have your procedure performed by a board certified plastic surgeon that performs this procedure frequently.

In general of the procedures that I perform this is one where patients tend to be universally extremely happy.

I hope this helps.

How much fat can you transfer with a brazilian buttock lift.

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Thanks for the question -

There are limits to the amount of fat that can be placed in each buttock at any one time. The secret the the technique is distributing the fat in a diffuse enough pattern that the maximal amount of fat survives.

Typically about 75-80% of the fat survives.

Most experienced surgeons agree that transfers beyond 800-1000 cc of fat risk a significantly higher rate of fat death.

To achieve larger proportions you may need a series of surgeries.

I hope this helps.

Steven Williams, MD

Amount of fat transferred to butt depends on your personal goals.

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Great question! A successful Brazilian Butt lift begins with the initial consultation. During this consultation, is crucial that you review your personal goals with your plastic surgeon. Give your surgeon a very good idea of the look, size, and contour that you are trying to achieve. Your surgeon should then do a thorough assessment to make sure you have enough fat to achieve your goals. Keep in mind that almost twice as much fat as you would like to graft must be removed through liposuction. Also keep in mind that approximately 80% of the fat that will be transplanted to the butt will remain permanently. In our practice, we found it extremely helpful to use digital software to transform the pictures of our patients to help communicate with our patients so that we both know exactly what our patient has in mind.

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