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Am I Too Skinny for a BBL?

As everyone celebrates the beginning of the new year, many people may feel like now is the perfect time to take a step towards getting the body of their dreams! And while living a healthy lifestyle can certainly go a long way, sometimes you need a little bit of extra help to overcome genetics or aging, and finally get the appearance you want. One option that many people are interested in learning more about is the Brazilian Butt Lift, a procedure that sculpts a rounder, more attractive butt using fat transfer performed by a highly skilled board-certified plastic surgeon.

A substantial subset of this population has concerns about being “too skinny” to undergo this procedure, and are worried that they might not have enough body fat available to transfer to the buttocks. In this blog post, I will answer the question “Am I too skinny for a BBL?” and put this worry to rest. The short answer to this question is: Probably not! Generally, even women who are very slim can achieve a safe and stunning result from the Brazilian Butt Lift procedure when performed by a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon like Dr. Traci Temmen. Read on for more information!

The first step of the BBL procedure is to gently remove unwanted fat from the midsection via liposuction. This step serves two purposes: One, to provide a supply of fat for later fat transfer. Two, to eliminate stubborn fat from problem areas, smoothing and slimming the midsection. In the second step of the BBL, the fat that was harvested during liposuction is transferred to the butt and sculpted into the desired shape. Dr. Traci Temmen meets extensively one-on-one with her patients to ensure that each BBL is personalized for each unique patient, resulting in a beautiful, seamless shape that is tailored perfectly for your body.

An advantage of the BBL procedure is that since it uses fat harvested from your own body, the results look and feel very natural – no foreign material is inserted, just your own fat in a different place! Furthermore, very precise volumes of fat can be transferred to different aspects of the buttocks to create the most attractive shape. When working with a thin patient, a small amount – even just a few hundred cc’s – of properly transferred fat can go a long way! Generally, slender women do not desire a really large butt, but are mainly interested in creating a rounder and more voluptuous shape by adding a little bit of volume in just the right places. The BBL procedure is ideal for enhancing gluteal shape by decreasing sagginess, filling in stubborn “hip dips”, and increasing projection through precisely targeted fat transfer. In the rare instance that an extremely thin woman desires a very large butt, this may not be a realistic goal for a BBL due to there simply not being enough fat available to create the desired volume. In these cases, gluteal implants, or combined gluteal implants with a BBL, may be better suited to realizing the patient’s aesthetic desires. However, the vast majority of the time, the round and attractive shape that slim women are looking for does not require a high volume of fat to create, and is very achievable at their normal weight.

Dr. Traci Temmen frequently performs BBLs on thin patients with beautiful results! To see some real examples of patients who chose to have their BBL performed by Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Traci Temmen, please explore the “Before and After” section of this website, and select the “Skinny Brazilian Butt Lift” tab.

If you are interested in seeing if you are a candidate for a Brazilian Butt Lift, or any other cosmetic surgery procedure you are interested in, book a one-on-one consultation with Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon Traci Temmen, MD: 813-771-6393.