Do I Have Enough Fat to Get a Brazilian Butt Lift?

By: Dr. Michael Ogilvie


Dreaming of a fuller, more shapely buttocks? If you're considering a Brazilian butt lift (BBL), you may be wondering if you have enough fat to achieve the desired results. At Ogilvie Plastic Surgery in Chicago, IL, double board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Michael Ogilvie understands this concern and can help you better understand whether you may be an ideal candidate for BBL surgery. Keep reading to learn more about how much fat may be needed for a BBL, where it is harvested from, and other important details about the procedure.

How does a BBL Work?

BBL surgery is a popular body contouring procedure that takes unwanted fat from one or more areas of your body and uses it to enhance the curves of your buttocks. At Ogilvie Plastic Surgery, Dr. Ogilvie is committed to utilizing the most current technology available and performs BBL surgery using low-pressure liposuction and a micro-droplet injection technique to ensure fat cell survival for optimal, long-lasting results.

Where is fat taken from for a BBL?

In most cases, BBL fat is harvested from one or more of these areas:

  • Abdomen
  • Lower Back
  • Hips

Am I too thin for a BBL?

Because BBL surgery relies on excess fat to enhance the shape of the butt, it is essential to have a sufficient amount of fat in order to achieve a desirable outcome. If you have very little body fat or are slim overall, you may not have enough fat for the procedure. However, it is best to consult with Dr. Ogilvie directly so that he can evaluate your individual circumstances and determine if a BBL is suitable for you.

How do I know if I have enough fat for a BBL?

Several factors contribute to determining if you have enough fat for a successful BBL, including:

  • Body composition: The amount of fat you have in specific areas of your body, such as the abdomen, hips, or thighs, will determine if there is enough fat available for transfer to the buttocks.
  • Overall body weight: If you are significantly underweight or have a low body fat percentage or BMI, it is likely that you may not have enough fat for the procedure. A healthy and stable body weight is important for optimal results.
  • Personal goals: The desired size and shape of your buttocks also play a role. For example, patients who are only hoping for a subtle size increase may not require as much fat for a BBL as those patients who prefer a more dramatic transformation.

Enhance your curves with a Brazilian butt lift in Chicago, IL

If you are interested in giving your backside a boost but aren’t sure if you qualify for BBL surgery, we can help you better understand your available options. Take the first step toward getting the curvy, sexy silhouette you desire by calling Ogilvie Plastic Surgery to schedule your Chicago, IL BBL consultation with double board-certified and reconstructive plastic surgeon Dr. Michael Ogilvie today.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.