What Determines Ultimate Butt Size in Brazilian Buttlift or BBL?
By: Dr. Kenneth Hughes
These are all great questions and cannot be answered because of one undeniable factor. The skin envelope of any patient's butt is the limiting factor in how much the butt will stretch. The skin envelope will determine how much fat in cc can be injected. The skin envelope determines how much bigger it will be and how much more projection it will have.
Fat transfer procedures rely upon the fat to plump up an area. The problem with fat is that the fat has very little intrinsic structure and no real strength to act against the skin envelope. In reality, the fat is at the mercy of the skin envelope as are the patient and the surgeon as well. Dr. Kenneth Hughes will give the patient the highest probability of success due the technical elements that he has mastered, but there are limitations to the procedure that are not completely under the plastic surgeon's control. This is the main reason why a patient must have realistic expectations.
Finally, the amount of fat that acquires blood supply is determined individual patient characteristics as well and this can obviously affect the final BBL result as well. The difference between poor healing and good healing can result in up to 40% difference in fat yield. So if a patient has a procedure and keeps 70% of the fat in a 1000 cc butt fat transfer and another patient heals poorly and only keeps 30% of the transferred fat, 400 cc of fat volume in each butt separates the two results. This difference is quite significant and can literally mean the difference between a patient being satisfied and a patient being dissatisfied.
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