What is the Max Amount of Fat That Can Be Removed/Transferred?

Is there a maximum amount of fat that can be removed during liposuction, and a maximum that can be redeposited safely? I have little to no booty...and I am looking to have more curves and a bigger rounded bottom...but I want to be realistic in what I expect.

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Maximum amount of fat removed and transferred for a brazilian buttlift

Thank you for your question. While there is no "maximum" amount of fat that can be removed, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons DOES NOT RECOMMEND any amount of "aspirate" greater than 5,000cc be removed from any one person during a single outpatient liposuction procedure. Aspirate is a combination of fat, blood and tumescent fluid. This recommendation is for the health and safety of the patient and should not be (in my opinion) taken lightly. For patients requesting large volume liposuction (5,000cc+) I require the procedure to be performed in a hospital with one or more nights of overnight care in the hospital. The amount of fat transferred to the gluteal region varies patient to patient. Eventually, there is a point during the fat injection, where that area cannot hold anymore newely transferred fat. Think of a sausage being made, there is only so much meat that can be "packed" into that casing. It is very important to communicate with your surgeon what your preferences and expectations are. Find a surgeon that you trust and that you believe will be honest in telling you if your expectations are realistic or if another fat transfer at a later time is needed. I hope this helps. Good luck!

Newport Beach Plastic Surgeon
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What is the Max Amount of Fat That Can Be Removed/Transferred?

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.

Mel T. Ortega, MD
Miami Plastic Surgeon
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Is there a maximum amount of fat that can be removed and transferred?

When dealing with liposuction as well as fat transfer safety is always the first consideration. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons does not recommend removing more than 5 liters of fat as an oupatient. I would very strongly abide by that suggestion. As far as how much fat can be transferred to the buttocks, it depends on the tightness of the skin, the pre-op status of the buttocks both in projection and contour, and the status of the hips. The amount of fat can be guesstimated at time of consultation. You should seek consultation with a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon with extensive experience with the BBL to help you obtain the best result in a safe manner. Good luck!

George Lefkovits, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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How much fat can be removed with liposuction and injected for buttocks augmentation?

There is no "maximum" amount of fat that can be removed!  The American Society of Plastic Surgeons recommends not removing more than 5000 cc of "aspirate" if you are going home after the procedure.  The "aspirate" is a combination of the fat as well as any blood or tumescent fluid that comes out with the fat. If you are having this procedure done in a hospital, (which is the only way I would do this procedure for safety reasons), you may have more removed. 
How much fat is injected depends on several factors.  Often the main factor is how much fat you have to be removed.  Another factor is how much room there is in your buttocks.  If too much is injected, you will likely see a higher percentage die.

Daniel P. Markmann, MD
Baltimore Plastic Surgeon
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Brazilian Butt Lift

The maximum volume of pure fat that can be removed is 5000cc.

The maximum amount of fat transferred to the Buttocks can be determined by physical exam, the quality of skin and how much the buttock can accomodate an increase in volume and pressure and not compromize the circulation to the buttocks. The range is 800-1200 per buttock. to harvest that amount of fat takes time to prepare and purify for injection to assure the best chance for all that fat to take.

Samir Shureih, MD
Baltimore Plastic Surgeon
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