Legal Limits on Amount of Fat Transferred w/BBL & Tummy Tuck

I need a tummy tuck and am planning on having fat transferred to my butt. I have been told that in Florida if you have a tummy tuck done at the same time as fat transfer you can only remove one liter of fat to inject into butt, and if you only do lipo you can remove 4 liters. Does any one know about this, and is it the same for Alabama?

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Legal Limits on Amount of Fat Transferred w/BBL & Tummy Tuck

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As a surgeon is only allowed to take only about 1000cc of fat in a combo procedure instead of 4000cc in a single 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.

"Legal" limits of liposuction and fat grafting for BBL.

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Florida and other states developed mandated "limits" for liposuction after several well-publicized deaths in cases of large-volume liposuction, often in poorly-controlled and non-licensed surgical facilities, and often by doctors who were not fully-trained ABPS-certified "real" plastic surgeons. 5000cc of aspirate was determined to be a "safe" amount by these state guidelines that sought to "control" by legislation poorly-performed operations by unethical or incompletely-trained doctors who were "long on marketing" and short on skill and safety!

Seek consultation by ABPS-certified plastic surgeons in Alabama (or whichever state you live in and plan surgery in); these experienced surgeons will be able to educate you about this. Don't worry about "how much" can be removed or transplanted--rather, worry about "how well" the operation is done, and how that translates directly into good outcomes! Best wishes! Dr. Tholen

Richard H. Tholen, MD, FACS
Minneapolis Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 263 reviews

No limits

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There are actually no limits imposed. The only limits depend upon the benefits that align with the patient’s goals and the look that she is seeking to achieve.

John W. Bass, MD
Phoenix Plastic Surgeon

Brazilian Butt lift

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Fat transfer to the buttock is just one aspect of buttock enhancement and body contouring surgery.

Liposuction around the buttock, flanks and other areas will enhance the buttock appearance.

As for liposuction of the abdomen, if abdominoplasty is done at the same time then the amount of liposuctio is less aggressive than liposuction alone. However the abdominal skin may overhang and get wavy.


Samir Shureih, MD
Baltimore Plastic Surgeon

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