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Getting a BBL with High BMI:

Is It Possible?

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With sexy female celebrities flaunting their round and perky buttocks, it’s not surprising why Brazilian butt lift has quickly made it to the top of the plastic surgery charts. But what if you want to get a BBL with high BMI?

Traditionally, plastic surgeons advise patients to lose weight first before undergoing any type of cosmetic surgery – Brazilian butt lift or BBL included.  Having a BMI in the overweight or obese range is no longer a contraindication for cosmetic surgery.

Dr. Masri accepts patients with a BMI of up to 45 in general, as long as they have obtained a clean bill of health. In some cases, BMI is not limited.

In this article, we’ll tackle the relationship between Brazilian Butt Lift and your body mass index (BMI), and how it’s used as an initial assessment of your body’s preparedness for surgery.

Brazilian Butt Lift: What is It?

For most women (including men), the buttocks define the body’s overall shape and aesthetics. This is probably one of the main reasons why celebrities such as Kim Kardashian, Nicki Minaj, and Cardi B are proud to have enhanced buttocks. 

With a pair of luscious bum and a flattering outfit, you’d feel powerful enough to sashay on the streets! And one of the best ways to achieve that is through a Brazilian Butt Lift.


The Brazilian Butt Lift uses your excess body fats and transfers them to your buttocks. It is essentially a two-in-one procedure, as it combines the process of fat grafting and liposuction to help you achieve an hourglass figure.

Because the process involves the use of general anesthesia, medical professionals always screen individuals before surgery. The screening involves assessing their weight and overall health condition. 

This is where a potential candidate’s BMI comes into play.

If you want to get a BBL, you need to check your BMI and see if you’re eligible for a BBL with high BMI.

What is the Normal BMI Range for BBL Candidates?

You don’t need a medical professional to know what your BMI is. You can compute it using a BBL calculator, which uses the following formula: 

BMI = weight (kg) / height (m)2
BMI = weight (lb) / height (in)2 x 703

What Can You Do to Lower Your BMI?

If you happen to have a high BMI of higher than 45 before getting a BBL because of high body fat, you might be advised to lose weight first. 

Fortunately, there are multiple steps that you can follow to lower your weight. You can commit to healthy lifestyle choices, such as physical activity and healthy eating. 

Before undergoing any cosmetic surgery such as a Brazilian Butt Lift, you need to be in tiptop health. Best consult with Dr. Masri to see if you’re eligible for BBL even with a high BMI.

Nick Masri MD, one of Miami's top board-certified plastic surgeons.

With over 20 years of experience operating on post-bariatric and massive weight loss patients, Dr. Masri can offer cosmetic surgery to those who may have been turned down by other surgeons due to their high BMI – giving them a chance to achieve their dream body.
Nick Masri MD




For Dr. Masri, a BMI of up to 45 is accepted for BBL, given that a candidate doesn’t have underlying health concerns. Ladies who desire to get rid of their excess body fat while wishing their buttocks to be rounder will find the process of Brazilian butt lift to be a lifesaver! 

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Plus Size BBL Before / After

What are the Risks of Getting BBL with too High BMI?

If you undergo BBL with high BMI of over 45, you might experience several unwanted complications, including the following severe ones:

Slow recovery time

You can expect pain, swelling, and bruising during the first days after your surgery. Typically, you can recover from a BBL within two weeks. 

With a high BMI, your recovery time might be slower. You can’t go back to your normal routine after the prescribed period because you are still recovering. 

Fluid collection

Having a high BMI can cause fluid to pool in your operative site, creating a seroma composed of damaged blood and lymphatic vessels in your body. Your plastic surgeon might need to drain it.

Problematic wound healing

Undergoing BBL with high BMI may affect your wound healing process. Since your recovery is slowed down, your wounds on the incision sites can get irritated or inflamed. 

Deep vein thrombosis 

Deep vein thrombosis is a condition where blood clots form in deep veins. It commonly occurs in the legs’ deep veins, then travels and lodges to different parts of your body.

The problem happens when the clot occludes blood flow in your lungs or heart, making it a potentially fatal complication. Unfortunately, you become more at risk for this condition if you have a high BMI.

Despite these risks, Dr. Masri will still evaluate your condition to see why you have a high BMI. If your elevated result isn’t because of a high body fat percentage, you may still be eligible for a BBL.

He also does all his operations in accredited hospitals, so you can rest assured that your BBL is 100% safe.

I do not use BMI as a sole criterion in determining one's candidacy for surgery.

As all patients have individualized goals and surgical nuances, a high BMI should not prevent them from achieving their plastic surgery goals.
Nick Masri MD

Nick Masri MD

Double Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon