What Options Are Available for a Brazilian Butt Lift on a Thin Patient?

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Brazilian butt lift in the thin inpatient

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The Brazilian butt lift can be done in patients. This procedure is a liposuction and fat injection. What you're doing is changing storage areas of fat. The problem areas  are the areas gain weight 1st and lose weight last. This happens because these areas have a higher concentration of fat cells in the normal area next to it. With the fat transfer remaking the buttocks primary storage. another reason why Brazilian butt lift can work in a thin patient is because when you narrow the waist with liposuction the buttocks looks bigger.

I have done this procedure on thin patients have had very good results, taken patients with little shape and made them curvy with an hourglass figure. You don't always have to have a lot of fat to make a change in the figure. 

Butt augmentation in thin women

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Very thin women are usually better served by a silicone gluteal implant.  The implants can give amazing results in small patients. 

However, some petite might be candidates for brazilian butt lift, this can only be determined during your consultation and evaluation for surgery.

Dennis Dass, MD
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
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Want a Brazilian Butt lift but are too thin?

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A brazilian butt lift (BBL) uses your body's own fat to increase the size and shape of your buttock.  This requires that you have enough fat to "donate".  Sometimes people are just too thin. I have had several patients that wanted a BBL but were very thin. It is possible to find fat in even the thinnest of places. This is usally inthe lower back and flanks and I have performed many BBL on women as thin as 100 pounds.  Some people think that they will need to gain weight before the procedure so that they have enough fat for donation. This is the WORST thing to do! If you go an gorge on McDonalds and ice cream, you will certainly gain fat but this fat is very unstable. If we harvest this unstable fat and inject it into your buttocks, the fat will almost certainly go away.  The key to a BBL is to find stable fat to use so that the results will last forever.  If there is simply no fat to find, then you will unfortunately not be a candidate for a BBL.  The good news is that a good surgeon can find some fat in even the thinnest patients.  drschulmanplasticsurgery.com

Buttock Augmentation Options

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Currently the only two safe and effective methods for Buttock Augmentation are Autologous Fat Trasfer (transfer of your own fat to the buttocks) and Buttock Implants (semi-solid soft silicone rubber implants).  Both are very good options so what it comes down to, like any surgery, is proper patient selection.  Indeed because at least 50+ % of the fat transferred will melt away within a year, most patients are not good candidates because they lack an adequate amount of fat to harvest.  Thus buttock implants become a very good, safe, and long term reliable option for most patients seeking buttock augmentation (at least in my practice).  The implant should always be placed under or within the gluteus maximus muscle.  In this position, the implant is less palpable, less visible, and does not sag over time unlike implants placed on top of the muscle.  Therefore it is extremely important to seek consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon who specializes in this procedure.  Best of luck...RAS

What Options Are Available for a Brazilian Butt Lift on a Thin Patient?

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If you have absolutely no excess fat then silicone buttock implants are the only option for buttock augmentation. Many thin patients have some fat in the love handles or back and the surgeon can harvest small amounts of fat from many different areas.

BBLs On Thin Women.

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Thank you for your question! I preform many BBLs on thin women.  It's all about the personal results you desire.  Most thin patients just want a little more volume in there buttocks and don't expect anything to big.  It is recommended to gain some weight before your surgery.  Best of luck!

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


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Butt implants are usually suitable for thin patients who don't have any fat to spare. Other than that, you may be asked to gain a little weight if you don't want implants. 

You may need to seek implant alternatives...

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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 history suggests that inadequate donor sites may represent a significant problem, if your goal is a substantial buttock enlargement.
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.In some cases, the Brazilian butt lift won’t represent a viable option.Under these circumstances gluteal implants may represent an alternative.

Thin BBL

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When patients think they don't have enough for a BBL, they almost always are right.  A gluteal implant is the best solution but it's fraught with many complications.  Be thorough and research well the surgeon who tells you this is a good operation and can be done without trouble.  Most of us don't do it because it has a bad reputation for complications.  Gaining weight is an option for a BBL sometimes.  Just a thought,

Best Wishes,

Thin patients may be better suited for buttock implants

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If you are very thin, a fat transfer (Brazilian buttock lift) may not be a good option for you. You can attempt to gain weight prior to surgery in order to have enough donor fat to transfer. The other option is a silicone gluteal implant. These implants can sometimes become infected or shift position, so you should have this done by an experienced plastic surgeon. Consult with a board certified plastic surgeon to see which option is best for you.

Best wishes,


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