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Dr. Rodriguez discusses Plastic Surgery, Medicine, and Stem Cell Research

How Much Fat is Injected with the Brazilian Butt Lift?

I have been performing the Brazilian Butt Lift for almost a decade. With this procedure, I remove fat from unwanted areas with liposuction, and then reinject into your buttocks. Patients are now doing so much research, that I often get the question about how much fat is injected into the buttocks.

To answer the question, I looked at my last 100 procedures to find out the average amount of fat which is injected per patient, per buttock cheek.  Before I give you the answer, you should know that the final amount injected will NOT be the amount which is removed.

my average patient has 580 cc fat injected into each buttock cheek

- Dr. Rodriguez

The amount reinjected will only be  a fraction of the amount of lipoaspirate that I have removed. How much depends on several factors, and I only keep the ‘good fat.’ The rest of the lipoaspirate contains dead cells , blood, and other components that are not suitable for a fat graft. So I may end up reinjecting a fat concentrate that is anywhere from 1/3 to 1/2 of the original lipoaspirate.

It is important that I inject only healthy and viable cells that will yield a successful fat graft. When proper processing and injection techniques are used, the fat graft has a much better chance that it will ‘take’ and be long lasting. Having a permanent fat graft is the only way to avoid a need for ‘touch ups’.

Average Amount of Fat Injected into Buttocks

The average statistics on my last 100 Brazilian Butt Lift cases are as follows:

  • Average Fat Injected (both buttock cheeks) :  1160 cc
  • Average age at surgery: 37 years
  • Average height of patient:   5′ 3″
  • Average weight of patient:  151 pounds

600 cc Fat Injected into each buttock cheekTherefore, my average patient gets approximately 580 cc of fat injected into each buttocks cheek.  To give you an idea of how much 580 cc is equivalent to, we placed this amount of crushed ice into a plastic bag.  The photograph to the left shows that this quantity is a substantial amount!

Please see our before and after photos of Brazilian Butt Lift patients and to learn how much fat was injected into different patients. If you have any questions, I am happy to answer them here.

By Ricardo L Rodriguez MD
Baltimore, Maryland
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8 Comments

  • wrote
    July 1, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    That depends on many things.
    1) Different people have fat that reacts differently during processing. For example I can get 500cc of lipoaspirate from one person out of which I can get 200cc of usable fat graft, and yet taking the same amount (500cc) from another person I might only get 100cc of usable fat graft
    2) Fat graft survival is not the same for all persons. Sometimes I may put 500cc yet 400cc survives, yet on another person I put in 500cc and only 300cc survives.
    3) More important than how many cc’s you can put in is “Is it going to look pretty?” You don’t want a big shapeless or unattractive butt. For that the waist to hip ratio is more important. I make sure during the lipo part that I create a beautiful butt, then I augment that new pretty butt.

  • wrote
    May 31, 2014 at 10:43 am

    I’m I’m 5 ft 2 weight 152. How much ccs can I get in each buttocks

  • wrote
    May 26, 2014 at 8:54 am

    Shirlene:
    Whenever you are ready contact Kelly at kelly@cosmeticsurg.net
    We’d love to hear from you!

  • wrote
    May 19, 2014 at 5:16 pm

    thank you for your good work doctor…im looking forward to have some body work done by you…

  • wrote
    May 18, 2014 at 1:42 pm

    S.W.
    Yes I think you would be a great candidate. We have done women who weigh much less than you.
    Remember, it’s a game of proportions.
    Send us pictures for a virtual consult and I can tell you in detail what can be accomplished specifically in your case.

  • wrote
    April 14, 2014 at 7:05 am

    I was wondering I’m abt 130 lbs and I’m 5’5 but I don’t think I have that much fat, but I also don’t want my butt looking huge either. Would I be a good candidate for the butt lift?

  • wrote
    December 8, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    Tamika:
    Contact Kelly at kelly@cosmeticsurg.net
    Do it fast because we have a special for Dec. and January!
    Hope to see you soon!

  • wrote
    December 4, 2013 at 11:03 pm

    I really want to get the brazillian butt lift. If you can call me and just give me More information that would be wonderful, (443)-469-2571

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