Brazilian butt lift and fat before it?

I know that the fat after the BBL gets reabsorbed, well some percentage, but what about your own fat before the procedure, does that get reabsorbed as well? Thanks in advance!

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Only the fat that is placed into the buttock may change, not the original fat. Thank you for your question.

Brazilian butt lift and fat before it?

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No, your own fat that was in your butt and hips before the BBL will not get absorbed. The reason why a percentage of the fat that is transferred to that area is absorbed is because not all of the fat survives the transfer process and therefore dies off. When the fat is moved some of it is able to obtain nutrients and "set up shop" while a percentage of it is not able to. This is why proper technique is so important as you want the majority of the fat to survive. Also, a significant portion of the transferred material is fluid in some PS hands. That is why the volume looks so high and then >50% is lost. 

BBL and fat

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No, only some of the fat that is injected will "not take" and get resorbed. Some of the deflation is actually due to resolution of swelling as well.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Fat Reabsorbtion

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Your own fat before the procedure will not be reabsorbed, if I am understanding your question correctly. We say that only a certain percent will actually graft to the areas it is injected into. The portion that is reabsorbed has died (had an unsuccessful graft) and therefore your body will send out macrophages or other like cells to rid of the unsuccessfully grafted fat. 

I hope this has answered your question!

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Salt Lake City Plastic Surgeon
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Fat and your bbl

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the fat that already is in the buttocks does not normally dissolve/get resorbed.  some of the injected fat may not last - surgeons may inject a bit extra in anticipation of this.

Joseph D. Alkon, MD
Newark Plastic Surgeon

Fat transfer survival

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When you transfer fat from one part of your body to another you lose some fat in the process because not all the fat survives. 

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Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon

Brazilian butt lift and fat before it?

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Hello dear, thanks for your question and provided information as well.... Actually after you perform a bbl right after the surgery you come out with 100% of injected or grafted fat, but in almost a month or two, you can start to see the changes in your buttocks, because the fat that is injected can get absorbed in more than a 40% since the surgery day. It is normal, is not because of the patient, is the own fat.

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Dominican Republic Plastic Surgeon
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Fat absorption in BBL

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A BBL consists in grafting your own fat from other areas of your body and injecting it into your buttocks. The amount of fat injected in the buttocks will depend on how much fat you have, how usable it is and how much your buttocks can accept and your hip size. We cannot know for sure how much it´ll reabsorb, as every body is different but we usually start seeing final results after 3 months or so. 

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BBL / fat resorption

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Your own pre surgical fat volume in a specific location should 

remain the same after surgery unless is removed like for example 

in liposuction. Of the fat transferred you will keep a percent that varies 

per patient and technique. However loss of fat is one of the long term

aging signs.

Best wishes.

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