How much fat is needed for a brazilian butt lift?

How much fat is needed for a brazilian butt lift?

14th Mar 2018

Many people tend to believe that they are not good candidates for the Brazilian butt lift because they are not overweight. The reality is that people have more fat tissue on their body than they actually realize. We are not talking here about being overweight but of a normal weight. Overweight people are not the ideal candidates for buttock lift or any type of plastic surgery. Most plastic surgeons will recommend you to lose weight and have a normal, stable weight for at least six months before scheduling your plastic surgery procedure.

The fat for the Brazilian butt lift is usually harvested from areas like the abdomen, thighs and flanks, but also the upper and lower back. The fat deposits in these areas are enough to ensure the required quantity of fat needed for the buttock transfer.

What is the Brazilian butt lift?

The Brazilian butt lift is a plastic surgery procedure designed to lift the buttocks by utilizing the patient’s own fat. The procedure is recommended for both men and women in good health. Excess and unwanted fats are harvested from one or multiple areas of the body, processed and purified, and then injected to the buttocks. The obvious benefit of the procedure is that the patient will get rid of the unwanted fat localized on certain areas of the body while getting an augmentation and lift of the buttocks. The main advantage of the Brazilian butt lift is that it uses the body’s own fat mass. Hence, there is no danger of the body rejecting its own fat. The fat injected into the buttocks is well integrated, and while the body will absorb some of it, there will be enough to create the desired projection and shapely derriere. Another reason for its popularity among patients is that the buttocks will feel natural to the touch.

How much fat is needed for a Brazilian butt lift?

During the lifting procedure of the buttocks, the fat is harvested from certain areas while the patient is under general or local anesthetic (depending on the complexity of the procedure and the number of donor areas) and this stage of the procedure is similar to a liposuction. The fat is separated from other fluids of the body that have been harvested along with the fat and pure fat is injected into the buttocks to provide the buttock augmentation.

The quantity of fat required to augment and lift the buttocks is highly dependent on the patient’s anatomy and goals and desires. Usually, no less than 700-800 cc of pure fat needs to be injected in each butt cheek to be able to see an improvement in the butt.

The main issue when performing the Brazilian butt lift is the ability of the fat to stay in the new area and not disperse. To prevent the fat from being dispersed or reabsorbed into the body, the fat will be injected slowly and in different layers, in different locations and even under the buttocks muscles. The process of modeling the butt can last up to three hours, depending on the issues to be corrected and the anatomy of the patient.

The results of the Brazilian butt lift

During the first days after the procedure, the treated parts of your body will be swollen and bruised. That is normal and the swelling and bruising will disappear on its own after a few days or weeks. It will take, at least three months, before the final results will be visible. Some of the fat injected will undoubtedly be reabsorbed in the body but in most cases, the fat that is still on the buttocks three months after the surgery will be there permanently.

It goes without saying that the results of the intervention will be negated by drastic weight loss and weight gain, as well as a new pregnancy.

The risks and side effects of the Brazilian butt lift

Some of the potential risks of buttock lifting and augmentation are similar to a liposuction procedure: infection, bleeding, swelling and bruising. The quantity of fat harvested influences the occurrence of complications, so it is never recommended to harvest more than 2 or 3 liters of fat in one sitting. Among the additional risks of the procedure associated with fat transfer is infection or skin necrosis, and they occur especially when the plastic surgeon injected larger quantities of fat. Necrosis refers to the death of tissues of the body due to infection, injury, and cancer, to name a few.

Be that as it may, the Brazilian butt lift has fewer potential complications than the buttock augmentation with silicone implants since the procedure works with the patient’s own fat tissues and not foreign objects such as the gluteal implants.

Do I have enough fat for a Brazilian butt lift?

This is a question that concerns most of our patients who have a normal weight and are quite slim. If you have fat deposits in the area of the abdomen, flanks, upper and lower back and thighs, even if they are not excessive, then you are a good candidate for the procedure and it is likely that the doctor will be able to harvest enough fat for your Brazilian butt lift.

The only person who can answer this question is the plastic surgeon as he is the one who will assess your condition and anatomy in order to see if you are suitable for the intervention or not.


The Brazilian butt lift is a complex intervention performed on elective basis. Before the surgery, the plastic surgeon will make measurements and run tests on you to be able to determine whether you have enough fat on your body to be eligible for the Brazilian butt lift. If not, another procedure will be recommended for you. Usually, at least 700 cc of fat are needed for a Brazilian butt lift, but depending on your needs, expectations and anatomy, the plastic surgeon might inject up to 2 l of fat.

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