Is 600 Cc Enough Fat to Make a Difference for Brazillian Butt Lift?

I am considering getting 600 cc for brazillian butt lift. I went to two plastic surgeons. One said he will do it and the other said he will not because there will be hardly any improvement. But it's something I really want to do. Do you think it is worth it? Thank you.

Doctor Answers 14

Do I have enough fat for a Brazilian Butt Lift?

Hi there-

Without examining you myself, it is very difficult to answer this question for you definitively, but I do have a few thoughts (having successfully performed a great many of these procedures myself) that hopefully will help you.

Most importantly, you should realize that the goal of a BBL is to establish new proportions between your thighs, back, abdomen, waist, and buttocks, NOT to simply make the buttocks larger. It is the combination of a reduction on the prominence of these other areas, in combination with the increase in volume of the buttocks, that produces the pleasing change in appearance we associate with a good outcome from this operation.

This volume required will of course also depend on your body type and proportions now- so it's not possible to tell you that any particular volume would achieve your goal. Let's use breast implants as an analogy... obviously a 300 cc implant would look different in a patient who is very thin, has little of her own breast tissue, and has never had children than it would in a patient who is a bit heavier and has had a couple of kids, right? This is not that different- what matters is not the absolute volume transferred, but how effectively it is REDISTRIBUTED. This, in turn is all about experience with this procedure.

So the question is not how much fat would need to be placed to achieve your goal, but really, the question should be, "Will the combination of the fat removal from the areas planned and grafting to the buttocks achieve the shape I am looking for?". The second most important question should be, "How many of these particular operations has my surgeon performed?".... They should be able to show you photos of patients they have personally performed this procedure on, which show results you would be pleased with.

Orlando Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 157 reviews

Amount of Fat needed for a Brazilian Butt Lift

Unfortunately, the one photo I see of you doesn't reveal too much about where I would get 1200 ml of pure fat (that is if you want both of your butt cheeks enhanced). In order for one to get that much fat, one would have to search far and wide on you to probably find that quantity of fat in your subcutaneous tissues in the torso and extremities. Otherwise you would probably fall way short of that amount and therefore it would be an exercise in futility, not to mention a total economic loss to you from your perspective. At least one of the doctors you saw seems ethical and honest.

Mel T. Ortega, MD
Miami Plastic Surgeon
4.4 out of 5 stars 902 reviews

Brazillian Butt Lift for a thin patient

You appear to be very thin. Without the ability to narrow your waist and greatly define your hips with liposuction MORE of the result would depend on accentuating your buttocks. While 600cc per cheek would make a significant difference, I do NOT think that 300cc per cheek would translate into much of a difference to justify doing this procedure.

Hope this helped.

Dr. P. Aldea

Peter A. Aldea, MD
Memphis Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 108 reviews

How Much Fat To See A Difference?

Thank you for your question! You will see a result for sure, maybe not a dramatic one,but you will see a difference.  Discuss with your plastic surgeon what your goals are. Best of luck!

Dr Dhaval Patel
Double Board Certified
Plastic Surgeon
Hoffman Estates
Oak Brook

Dhaval M. Patel, MD
Hoffman Estates Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 93 reviews

Inadequate Donor Sites Could Limit Results

It’s not unusual for patients to be concerned about how much fat can be transferred when they undergo a Brazilian butt lift.Without adequate pictures or a physical examination it’s virtually impossible to estimate how much fat can be transferred in any particular patient.Your pictures suggest that inadequate donor sites may represent a significant problem if your goal is a 600cc transfer per buttock.
The lack of donor sites may also be compounded by the inability to contour the surrounding structures.Liposuction of adjacent areas significantly contributes to the aesthetic result in most patients undergoing this procedure.
Under these circumstances, consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon who has experience performing Brazilian butt lift surgery is essential.This surgeon can help develop a realistic treatment plan that not only considers your aesthetic goals but your anatomic findings as well.

Richard J. Bruneteau, MD
Omaha Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 194 reviews

Is 600 Cc Enough Fat to Make a Difference for Brazillian Butt Lift?

Yes in a petite figure. Seek a plastic surgeon who performs hundreds of these procedures, has great reviews and photos, and is an expert in this field.

Ron Hazani, MD, FACS
Beverly Hills General Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 288 reviews

How Much Fat for a Brazilian Butt Lift?

Brazilian butt lift is so popular because it enables your plastic surgeon to transform your entire shape. Liposuction is performed in all the areas that you mentioned to shape your body.

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.

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

I hope this helps.

Johnny Franco, MD, FACS
Austin Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 114 reviews

How Much Fat Necessary for a Brazilian Butt Lift

As you have read, a significant factor in reshaping the buttocks with a Brazilian butt lift is secondary to the liposuction of the abdomen, hips, flanks, and thighs.  Liposuctioning the areas around the buttocks gives the illusion of a more shapely, projecting buttocks, even if no fat is injected into the buttocks. 

However, the other significant factor in a Brazilian butt lift is injection of the harvested fat into the buttocks to increase projection and improve the shape even more than with liposuction alone.  It is impossible to tell from your photo if you have enough fat to transfer 600cc of fat to each buttock without causing a deformity to the donor site, but it looks doubtful.  If your goal is to transfer 600cc of fat total (i.e. 300cc to each buttock) this is a more reasonable goal, but again, it is difficult to tell if you have even enough fat for that.

In my practice, I perform Brazilian butt lifts nearly as often as breast augmentations and tummy tucks.  I have found that in a thin person such as yourself, strategic liposuction of the areas around the buttocks with transfer of as little as 250cc to 300cc per buttocks can make a significant difference in someone with a slender frame.

Jaime Perez, M.D.

Plastic Surgery Center of Tampa, Florida

Brazilian Butt Lift Specialist in Tampa, Florida

Jaime Perez, MD
Tampa Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 75 reviews

600cc for buttock augmentation

That would assume 300cc per side.  When doing a buttock augmetation (which I don't) the implants average about 300cc and they make quite a difference so it certainly would be enough but if the technique/circumstances are such that you get all six hundred in but they don't survive . . . then you may be looking at a slightly inadequate amount.  Nonetheless, I'm judging based on a very angled photograph that is not scientific at all so you're best off listening to your board certified plastic surgeon

Ricardo A. Meade, MD
Dallas Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 119 reviews

600 cc can make a big difference in a Brazilian Butt Lift!


Thanks for the great question for posting a picture. In your case, adding 600 mL would make a very nice change. The most important aspect in a Brazilian Butt lift is the experience of the surgeon and the techniques they use. Before your surgery, it is essential to have a long consultation with your plastic surgeon and describe your concerns and your aesthetic goals. In our practice, we use digital morphing software to transform the pictures of the patients so that they can get an idea of what it could look like after their surgery. We have found this to be a very important communication and education tool so that the surgeon and patient are on the same page. Discuss in detail with your surgeon how much fat they believe they can remove the liposuction, how much of that fat will be available for fat grafting and finally how much of that fat they feel will remain permanently.

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Pat Pazmino, MD, FACS
Miami Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 101 reviews

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