Do I need to gain weight for a Brazilian Butt Lift?
It depends. Since a BBL (Brazilian Butt Lift) is a fat transfer procedure, you will need enough donor fat to transplant to the buttocks. The donor fat can come from your abdomen, sides, back, thighs, or arms. Most of the time, even in thin patients, enough fat can be harvested to achieve a good result. However, very thin patients (BMI less than 20) may need to gain some weight to enlarge their fat cells enough to be harvested. [calculate your BMI here]. But remember, gaining weight doesn’t increase the number of fat cells you have–it only makes your fat cells larger and fluffier, making them easier to harvest and transfer. Also, if you lose weight after the fat is transferred, the transferred fat will shrink along with the fat in the rest of your body.
Who is the ideal candidate for the Brazilian Butt Lift procedure?
The ideal candidates for a BBL have BMI between 25 and 30. Patient’s with BMI over 30 may actually need to LOSE weight to become a good candidate for a BBL. However, BMI or Body Mass Index doesn’t always tell the whole story. Other factors to consider are body type and anatomy of fat distribution (where you store your fat). Very muscular individuals may actually have higher BMI due to increased weight, but are very lean, making fat harvesting difficult. An experienced BBL surgeon will be able to assess you and tell you if you have enough fat to harvest for a BBL. He or she will also be able to make recommendations on how to achieve an ideal weight and BMI prior to your surgery to help you get the results you are looking for with your Brazilian Butt Lift!