The areas that need to be liposuctioned can be tailored to each person depending on several factors. First, is the amount of fat that needs to be harvested to perform the butt augmentation. Second, are the areas that need to be sculpted to give the patient the best possible shape.
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.
The most common areas that are liposuctioned in all patients are the flanks, abdomen and back. Then depending on the patient the inner and/or outer thighs may be liposuction and then occasionally areas like the arms.
The Brazilian Butt Lift is an incredible procedure because it not only enhances the buttock but also shapes the waist and abdomen. The fat harvesting (liposuction) is just as important as the actual fat transfer as this is what is going to shape the waist of patients.
In a Brazilian Butt Lift I typically liposuction the abdomen, back and flanks (love handles), as this is what is going to make the waist smaller. By performing liposuction in these areas you can transform a patient from a square shape to more of an hourglass shape. Occasionally if patients are very thin then additional areas will need to be liposuctioned to have enough fat, such as the inner or outer thighs.
The fat is then processed and can be used to sculpt the buttock and hips. This reduction of the waist and enhancement of the hips and butt is what can transform the patient’s shape.
Please discuss your Brazilian Butt Lift procedure with a board certified plastic surgeon that performs a high volume of butt augmentation surgeries.
Where is the fat injected for my Brazilian Butt Lift – Is it into the muscle or above it?
This is a great question as butt augmentation has evolved over the past several years. The fat is great for your augmentation as your own natural body tissue is used for the augmentation. However for the fat to survive over the long-term it has to be integrated into the surrounding tissues. This happens over the first several weeks after your surgery. The fat is a graft and grafts survive by having blood vessels grow into them over time. With all of this said the fat survives best when it is surround by good health tissue.
Since the fat has to be surrounded by good healthy tissue there is a limit to how much fat can be injected into any one specific area (above the muscle or in the muscle).
The majority of my patients want a significant augmentation with 800cc to 1100cc transferred to each side. For this fat to survive it needs to be dispersed throughout the buttock. I typically inject the fat into the muscles and above the muscle as this maximizes the amount of fat that can placed in the buttock and have the best chance of survival.
I also typically inject fat into the hip area as well during my butt augmentations as this will help improve the overall shape of the buttock. There is a limited muscle in this area and thus the fat is mostly injected into the soft tissue of the buttock.