This is a great question and very common. Often patients are surprised that they have enough fat for a Brazilian Butt Lift and if not there are other options. Lets discuss the difference between the two, but ultimately you need to see your board certified plastic surgeon to help guide you to which procedure is best for you!
Brazilian butt lift (fat transfer to the buttock) is so popular because it enables your plastic surgeon to transform your entire shape. Liposuction is performed over several areas depending on the individual patient needs, but typically of the flanks, abdomen, back and thighs. This is an amazing procedure because it allows your surgeon to tailor your results to your individual needs and desires!
The amount of fat needed depends on the shape and needs of each individual patient, however in general at least 500cc per buttock need to be placed to see a significant difference. On average patients typically receive around 800cc per buttock side for a total of 1600cc of fat transfer. Also the sculpting done with the liposuction is a big part of the procedure to improve the overall shape.
If a patient has a BMI less than 22 they typically will not have enough fat for the Brazilian butt lift. In these patients buttock implants are a good option for our thin patients. The implant can give patients a full, enhanced appearance.
Some patients have both the fat transfer and implants as this helps improve the overall shape and give them more augmentation than would be possible with either procedure alone.
I would recommend that you have your surgery done by a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon.
This is a very common question as butt augmentation has become so popular over the past few years. The three most common methods of butt augmentation are the Brazilian Butt Lift (fat transfer), butt implants and a combination of fat transfer and butt implants. Which treatment is best for you really depends on your aesthetic goals, body frame and available fat. The good news is that skinny patients have options too that can give them a phenomenal result.
The Brazilian Butt Lift is typically a great option for patients that have sufficient fat for their augmentation. Patients are usually surprised that they have enough fat for their augmentation. Patients with a BMI greater than 22 in general will have enough fat for their Brazilian Butt Lift procedure. The benefits of the Brazilian Butt Lift procedure are that it not only enhance the buttock, it improves the overall figure of the patient. It can transform a patient from a square to more of an hourglass figure. The combination of shaping the waist and enhancing the buttock is what has made the procedure so popular.
Butt augmentation with implants is a great option for patients that do not have enough fat for a Brazilian Butt Lift. The implants give patients a great shape that can lift and augment the buttock in thin patients. The implants not only enhance the size, but they improve the overall shape of the buttock. The butt implants (just like breast implants) come in a variety of shapes and sizes. They can also be placed in a variety of locations depending on the needs of the individual patient.
The third option is a combination of fat transfer and butt implants. This option allows your waist to be shaped with the liposuction (fat harvest), the augmentation and projection of your buttock with the implant and then the fat is used to soften the buttock and enhance any further areas that the implant did not augment such as the hips. This combination can be a very powerful tool for augmentation as it combines the positive effects of both butt augmentation procedures.
These three methods of butt augmentation can help the vast majority of patients achieve their butt augmentation goals. This give people a variety of choices to help them get the look they desire. Please discuss you butt augmentation procedure with our board certified plastic surgeon who can help guide you through the process.