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As plastic surgery procedures like Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL) become more popular, myths and misconceptions can arise. For example, a misinformed understanding of the BBL may prompt patients to gain weight (fat) before their surgery as a means to obtain more dramatic results. However, more fat does not equal a bigger, more voluptuous butt that will last. In fact, it may be detrimental to your overall health to not stay at your normal or healthiest weight.
Here we will discuss why gaining weight before a Brazilian Butt Lift is not advised for potential patients and why it is potentially harmful to one’s health.
Why Is Gaining Weight for a Brazilian Butt Lift Unsafe?
As potential Brazilian Butt Lift patients may know, the BBL is a procedure where unwanted fat is extracted from specific body areas to be repositioned to the buttocks. Therefore, ideal candidates for a BBL need a certain degree of excess fat elsewhere to harvest.
Thinner patients who believe that they do not have enough fat for a BBL may think it is beneficial to gain weight to make their results more dramatic. However, this is never the best option.
When the body gains weight, fat accumulation cannot be controlled. Not only does extra weight remain uncontrollable in its localization, but it can also form in areas that are non-extractable for the treatment.
Additionally (and more importantly), weight gain is unhealthy and increases the risk for other health-related concerns, such as high blood pressure and heart disease. The weight you gain in anticipation of a particular surgery can also go away quite quickly, making it a risky approach with little to zero reward.
How Should Patients Prepare for a Brazilian Butt Lift?
If you are on the thinner side but still desire an enhanced derrière with a Brazilian Butt Lift, you will need to schedule a consultation with your surgeon. Only then will you know whether you have enough fat to harvest.
Responsible and board-certified surgeons should never recommend that a patient gain weight, and patients should not feel pressured to gain weight.
Your surgeon will recommend that you prepare for your Brazilian Butt Lift by maintaining your pre-treatment weight, as your usual weight gives your surgeon the best opportunity to contour and shape your curves.
Maintaining your normal weight can be facilitated by eating a healthy diet and exercising. You are advised to refrain from unhealthy foods, alcohol, and smoking for at least two weeks before and after your treatment.