The most suitable candidate for a Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL) procedure are those people who desire a more shapely and defined buttock and who have the reserves of fat elsewhere on their body. 

The BBL procedure combines Vaser Liposuction of the patient’s own body fat away from areas with a healthy amount of fat available; namely the abdomen, thighs or lower back. But for some patients, they don’t have enough fat and may be concerned the fat transfer won’t be sufficient to achieve their desired results. 

Do I need to gain weight for a BBL?

To safely undergo cosmetic surgery and for the best BBL results, you’ll need to be of a particular weight range.

A consultation with the Cosmos Clinic team is required to ascertain whether you need to gain weight for a BBL procedure. Generally speaking, a person of mid to high-end of a healthy BMI range will be a good candidate for the cosmetic surgery procedure. 

Your surgeon will also take into account your body type, height and your personal expectations for the procedure. 

This patient in the Before and After BBL photos needed to put on 5kgs before the procedure. This enabled enough fat to achieve the Sports Illustrated look she desired. 

Cosmos Clinic BBL Before and After of a patient who gained 5kgs prior to the procedure
Cosmos Clinic BBL Before and After of a patient who gained 5kgs prior to the procedure

Vaser liposuction improves fat transfer results

During a Brazilian Butt Lift, liposuction is used to harvest your own fat before being purified and cleaned. It is the healthy fat cells that are then re-injected into the buttock region for increased size and contouring. On average, 1,000 – 1,200 ml of purified fat is injected into each cheek.    

When traditional liposuction techniques were used for fat grafting, less than 50% of the extracted fat survived the transfer process. This means more fat was required to achieve optimal Brazilian Butt Lift results. 

However, the survival rate of fat transfer using Vaser Liposuction is much greater at more than 80%. This is a more gentle technique and the prefered method used by Cosmos Clinic. 

What can I do if I’m not the right weight?

If you are underweight or have recently experienced significant weight loss, one of the first steps to prepare you for the buttock augmentation procedure is to gain weight in a healthy manner. This means by eating whole foods in their natural state rather than loading up on junk food and takeaways. 

If you want to gain weight slowly, you’ll need to be consuming approximately 300-500 calories more than you burn daily. 

For faster weight gain, you’ll need to consume approximately 700-1,000 calories more than you burn. 

Here are a few suggestions to you help encourage weight gain:

  • Choose nutrient-dense foods
    Nutrient-dense foods will have higher calories while still providing you with the health benefits of plenty of nutrients. Foods such as full-fat natural yoghurt, coconut, avocado, sweet potato, olive oil, nuts and seeds are great options. 
  • Eat more frequently 
    Large portion sizes can be overwhelming so instead, opt for smaller portions more often. This means you won’t get full as quickly and still increase your daily calorie intake. 
  • Avoid drinking fluids at mealtime 
    Drinking a glass of water can reduce your appetite leading you to eat less. Try to avoid drinking fluids at least 30 minutes before you eat. 
  • Eat quickly  
    Eating quickly can cause you to overeat because your brain hasn’t had time to process the signals that you’re full. It takes about 20 minutes for your brain to register you’ve had enough to eat.
  • Eat with distractions
    If you’ve ever eaten mindlessly while watching TV you’ve probably eaten more than your standard portion. Eating with distractions such as your TV, phone, computer or friends can be an effective weight gain strategy.
  • Consume your protein, fat and carbs first
    Eat the protein, fat and carb component of your meal first before your leafy greens and water-filled vegetables. This will mean you’ll be eating all the energy-dense foods before you get full. 
  • Grab a bigger plate
    An effective trick to help you lose weight is to use a smaller plate. To encourage weight gain, move up to a bigger plate which will naturally increase your portion sizes.
  • Reduce the intensity of your exercise 
    Maintaining your fitness level is important and can help ensure optimal recovery after your Brazilian Butt Lift surgery. Exercise also enhances your appetite. However, reducing the intensity of your exercise will prevent you from burning too many calories. 

In the event gaining weight is not an option, you may be referred to a plastic surgeon for butt implants. However, fat grafting provides the most natural final results and carries with it a very low risk of infection.  

To determine whether you are a good candidate for the procedure, you can contact Cosmos Clinic here or call the team on 1300-138-797. To view more information about the Brazilian Butt Lift or other surgical procedures offered at Cosmos Clinic, click here.