Should I Lose Weight Before Having A Brazilian Butt Lift?

Q: Dr. Eppley, I know it will cost more money if you are a plus size women to receive Buttock Augmentation by Fat Transfer but is it still safe or do you recomended the person lose weight first. I would love to get the procedure but want to do what works the best. I want my butt area to be considerably larger and I thought being bigger would be better for what I’m trying to achieve because I have more fat to transfer but its only been a bigger headache considering most of my weight comes from my breast area. 

A: Your understanding of how much fat that can be transferred to the buttocks is correct. The more you have to give, the more that can be transferred. It is never a good idea to lose weight before having a BBL (Brazilian Butt Lift) because you are going to lose it from the donor sites,, (abdomen and flanks) The fat that is liposuctioned out for transfer has to be filtered, washed and concentrated before being injected into the buttocks. This means that only about 1/3 of what is suctioned out will be usable. This makes it clear why few patients ever have too much fat to use. I would have to see a picture of your stomach area/body to see how much you have to give you a specific answer as it applies to you, but these are some basic guidelines about fat transfer to the buttocks.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana