The Brazilian butt lift (BBL) has skyrocketed in popularity in recent years. In BBL surgery, excess fat is removed from one area of the body via liposuction and then moved to the buttocks to give it a fuller, more sculpted appearance. A number of types of fat exist, and to get the best results from BBL surgery, it is essential to select the proper type of fat.

Subcutaneous Fat

Subcutaneous fat is the most commonly used type for BBL surgery. This type of fat is found just beneath the skin and is typically soft and easily extracted through liposuction. Subcutaneous fat is ideal for BBL because it is relatively pure and it is free of connective tissues and blood vessels, making it easier to process and inject into the buttocks.

Visceral Fat

Visceral fat is located deep within the abdominal cavity, surrounding vital organs like the liver and intestines. Unlike subcutaneous fat, visceral fat is not suitable for BBL surgery. It is more challenging to access, and its removal can even pose serious health risks. Dr. Volpe always avoids using visceral fat for BBL to ensure the patient’s safety.

Fibrous Fat

Fibrous fat is a type of fat that is rich in fibrous tissue and blood vessels. It is less common in the body but can be found in areas like the upper abdomen and around scars and surgical sites. Surgeons generally avoid using fibrous fat for BBL surgery because its fibrous nature can make it difficult to extract and inject, leading to uneven results and a higher risk of complications.

Flank Fat

The flank area, also known as the "love handles," is a popular source of fat for BBL surgery. It typically contains a good amount of subcutaneous fat, making it an excellent choice for liposuction and fat transfer. Many patients prefer to address their love handles simultaneously with BBL surgery to achieve a more balanced and harmonious result.

Thigh Fat

The thighs are another common source of fat for BBL surgery. The inner and outer thighs often contain excess fat that can be harvested and used to enhance the buttocks. Thigh fat is usually soft and pure, making it suitable for the fat transfer process. Dr. Volpe can sculpt the thighs while simultaneously augmenting the buttocks, providing improved body contours.

Abdominal Fat

The abdomen is a popular choice for fat extraction in BBL surgery, especially in patients who have excess abdominal fat. This fat is often subcutaneous and easily accessible, making it an ideal source for liposuction. Removing excess fat from the abdomen can also help create a more defined waistline, enhancing the hourglass shape that many BBL patients desire.

Arm Fat

In some cases, patients may choose to have excess fat harvested from their upper arms for BBL surgery. The upper arms can contain a significant amount of subcutaneous fat, which can be used to augment the buttocks. Arm fat can also be targeted to achieve a more sculpted and balanced upper-body appearance.

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The success of Brazilian butt lift surgery depends on various factors, including the type of fat used for liposuction and fat transfer. Consulting with a board-certified plastic surgeon is important not only for achieving satisfying outcomes, but also to ensure the safety and success of the surgery.

Learn more about your suitability for the Brazilian butt lift procedure from Boston plastic surgeon Dr. Volpe. Contact Volpe Plastic Surgery to schedule a consultation today!