What Is a BBL & Should I Get One?

While you can work out routinely to achieve bigger glutes, getting a picture-perfect bum is an increasingly popular plastic surgery known as a Brazilian butt lift or BBL. As plastic surgeons, we hear it from patients all the time — do I have to gain weight for a Brazilian butt lift? For those not familiar, here’s what a BBL is, whether you need to gain weight to get one, and when you may want to consider getting a BBL. 

Measuring waist size

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What Is a BBL?

A BBL is a procedure during which your plastic surgeon takes fat from the torso via liposuction and injects the fat back into the buttocks. And the answer is “no,” you don’t have to gain weight. You can get great results with a skinny BBL. Along with a BBL, many patients are interested in buttock augmentation procedures. If you desire a rounder, firmer derriére, opting for a BBL and implants can be a smart choice that leaves you with better-fitting clothes and greater confidence. While prices for this procedure vary, you can secure a more elevated bottom, narrow waist, or fuller hips within your budget. Visit Pacific Heights Plastic Surgery’s website for a detailed breakdown of a BBL price

The Skinny BBL and You!

Even skinny patients have enough fat for a BBL without gaining weight. The first point to address is what result patients are looking for. They don’t all want a bigger butt. Most are looking for a better shape which can be achieved in three ways: 

  • A narrower waist
  • Rounder buttocks
  • Fuller hips

No matter what a patient desires, none of these require significant amounts of fat. For most patients, the fat the doctor can get from the abdomen, back, and, if necessary, the inner thighs or arms is enough to address those areas. The narrower waist is possible through aggressive liposuction, while the rounder buttocks and fuller hips are created with fat injections appropriate to the patient’s size. For example, 400cc per buttock might not sound like a lot, but, in smaller patients, that is plenty to achieve the shape the patient desires. The result depends on fat placement, not the sheer quantity of fat.

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Skinny BBL example #1

skinny bbl
105 pounds, 5’3″, BMI 19


Skinny BBL example #2

skinny bbl
120 pounds, 5’2″, BMI 22


Skinny BBL example #3

skinny bbl
131 pound, 5’6″, BMI 21.6

So, as you can see, it’s possible to achieve the results you want without gaining weight. To check pricing from Dr. Kaplan, click here.

Schedule Your Consultation Today

If you’re not happy with the shape of your butt and aren’t getting the results you want from exercising, a Brazilian butt lift could be the answer for you. To learn more about the BBL procedure and schedule a consultation, call Pacific Heights Plastic Surgery at (415) 923-3005 today. 

“Dr. Kaplan is a true professional. He gave me extremely helpful and direct honest advice…I strongly recommend him.”– David S.

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