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 (SEE VIDEO OF A RECENT CASE BELOW). 

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. 

If you are a thin patient and think you do not have enough fat for a fat transfer surgery, we recommend setting up a consultation with a surgeon who is experienced with patients who have little fat. During your consultation, Dr. Truong will be able to evaluate whether you are a good candidate and if it is possible to achieve a good result.

Lipo360 with BBL – Liposuction of abdomen, flanks, back,
autologous fat transfer to buttocks 800cc each side
3 months post-op. Results will vary from patient to patient.
Patient underwent Lipo 360 and Brazilian Butt Lift by Dr. Anh-Tuan Truong with 900cc each side.
Patient underwent Lipo 360 and Brazilian Butt Lift by Dr. Anh-Tuan Truong with 900cc each side.

See this Lipo360 & Brazilian Butt Lift Video of a very thin patient who only had a BMI 18

This patient had a BMI of 18 and wanted to add more fullness to her buttocks with Lipo360 & Brazilian Butt Lift Fat Transfer.

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 fat transfer to the buttocks.  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!

Learn more about the Brazilian Butt Lift Procedure on our procedure page.