Do I need a butt lift, fat transfer, or butt implants?

Do I need a butt lift, fat transfer, or butt implants? I've always had a flat backside. Would like a "little" more volume and some lift. What is the best option? Also looking to do calf augmentation or fat transfer to calves. 5 feet tall, 106 lbs, 23.5% body fat, 2 c-sections.

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Butt Improvement

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Hi New_Me_80

This is all hard to say without photographs. If there's a good amount of fat reserves on the body, and depending on the size buttock the patient wants, it may not be necessary to do an implant; fat grafting of the fat you already have can be put into the buttock. The same thing goes with the calves- depending on your fat reserves and the size wanted, it may be possible to do this without implants. A consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon that can specialize in butt implants and augmentation can help. 

Best wishes,

Dr. Mowlavi

Orange County Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 108 reviews

Do I need a butt lift, fat transfer?

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Great Question..

Based on your calculated BMI of 20.6%, you will not have the maximum available fat grafts to get the maximum BBL projection.   The sweet spot for the BMI is around 25 to get the most change for your procedure. You are an excellent candidate at this time, but if you want the most change, I would recommend you gain a minimum of 20 pounds in order to get the beast optimal results.  The ideal BMI is 25 as this will provide for a Four Liter of liposuction from your abdomen, waist, back, flanks (Full Trunk) and the maximum grafted fat to fill your buttocks.  A smooth hourglass waist with the tightest area at your underwear straps is what every patient desires, and you can achieve this very easily with a BMI 25.

I wish you you well through your surgery journey and your recovery,  
James McAdoo DO FACOS

AOA dual board certified general and plastic reconstructive surgeon.

Butt Lift with Fat Transfer Can Be a Great Option #buttlift

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  • The photos that you've provided show that you may be a very good candidate for a butt lift with fat transfer. 
  • During this procedure very small incisions will be made in order to perform liposuction of your abdomen, waist, and thighs.
  • This fat is then placed through several  more small incisions into your buttocks.
  • The increased definition of your waist from the liposuction, along with the added projection of your buttocks can give you a very pleasing look!
  • Definitely meet with a board certified plastic surgeon to be evaluated!

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Do I need a butt lift, fat transfer, or butt implants? (Photos)

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Based on the pictures you provided you will benefits from a "BBL" Brazilian butt lift. For Best results your BMI should be less then 30 , Gaining 10 more pounds to achieve amazing goal.A "BBL" Brazilian butt lift harvest fat from areas ( Liposuction ) with the fat removed from the areas using your own fat it transfer to the buttocks and into the hips.The common donor sites for this procedure is your posterior waist/flanks, lateral thighs, back, waist, and anterior tummy.I will tell you with 25 years experience that implants will not give you a natural look and are up to 60% rejected from the body. Your own fat will be not rejected and give you that natural look and you will not loose the fat after your 6 months procedure.Choose a board certified plastic surgeon who has done a ton of Brazilian Butt Lifts and has privileges to do this surgery at a local university hospital. This says his credentials have been checked out by fellow Drs. All surgeries carry risk, talk to your plastic surgeon and choose one wisely.Many surgeons, including myself, offer online virtual consultations where you send us your photos and we can estimate the cost. I, like many surgeons, also offer free consultations so that you can be examined and given the most accurate quote.

Butt lift options

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Thank you for your question.For best option, it very much depends on what is your exact definition of a "little"more volume.Judging from your pictures, I think you should be able to achieve quite a nice result with fatgrafting which has the adds benefit of slimming down your waist and therewith enhancing the buttock.For a more impressive volume enhancement, you could combine this with intramuscular buttock implants, anatomicals would enable the surgeon to widen your hips as well.

Alexander Aslani, MD
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Implants+Vaser Lipo+Calf Implants+Fat injection

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Thanks for your photos.

There are three different options to reshape your buttock:

1- using a buttock implant

2- vaser liposuction for your inner tight and hips

3- fat injection at your buttock

A good result can be achieved if a butt implant will be combined with fat injection.

For your calf area a fat injection or implants can be used but my offer is using implants because the fat viability is not good at this area.

Ozge Ergun, MD
Turkey Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 32 reviews

Butt lift

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Based on your pictures, I'd probably recommend an autologous fat transfer with liposuction to harvest the fat and sculpt the surrounding tissues to augment the shape of your buttocks.

Jeffrey D. Wagner, MD
Indianapolis Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 30 reviews

Butt Lift with Fat Transfer - Brazilian Butt Lift

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Thank you for your question about Butt Lift.

Based solely on the pictures, yes, you would enjoy the benefits of a butt lift by using your own fat.  This is called a Brazilian Butt Lift.

To be sure, see two or more experienced, board-certified Plastic Surgeons in your area for a complete evaluation to make sure you are a good candidate and that it is safe for you to have surgery.

I hope this helps.

J. Jason Wendel, MD, FACS
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A Brazilian butt lift would be the perfect solution for you. A Brazilian butt lift enhances your natural curves giving you a firm and youthful looking behind. Otherwise known as a gluteal augmentation, is a surgical procedure involving fat transfer. A fat transfer occurs when fat that is removed from certain parts of the body and is processed, cleaned, and readied before being re-injected or grafted back onto your buttocks. A butt lift of this nature gives you a firmer, more proportionate posterior while also improving your hip to waist ratio.

As for your calves, it is difficult to tell from the pictures you provided. Implants may be an option, but would need to assess you in person before determining what you best option is. Regards,

Do I need a butt lift, fat transfer, or butt implants? (Photos)

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Hey New-me-80! Hope this finds you doing well.  Thank you for the photos.  It is always much easier to give a recommendation when we see the canvas.  I do not believe that doing fat grafting alone will give that much of an impact.  You have very little fat to use.  My suggestion would be to liposuction what we could...abdomen, love handles, presacral and bra strap areas, possibly some of the medial thighs.  Placement of an implant with the combination of the fat grafting would be the best option.  Calf augmentation could be done at the same time as well.  I have had great results from augmentation.  Most facilities should have discounts for doing multiple procedures at the same time.  Good Luck.  

Shelby Brantley, MD
Jackson Plastic Surgeon

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