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What Is a Skinny BBL?

What is a Skinny BBL

Skinny BBLs are basically regular BBLs (Brazilian butt lift surgeries) for slender, fit individuals who don’t have a lot of excess fat.

Traditionally, BBLs have targeted individuals with a bit of excess stubborn fat. This fat is “harvested” (removed via liposuction) and then relocated to the buttocks and hips. The result is a stunning hourglass figure with little to no scarring. BBLs can essentially rework the fat on your body and create the ideal silhouette — even if your genetics had previously taken things a different way!

But what about thin, fit individuals? If you don’t have much excess body fat to begin with, does this disqualify you from BBL surgery?

Not necessarily. In fact, BBLs on slender, fit individuals often look absolutely amazing. Just take a look at some skinny BBL patients’ before and after pictures to see examples of your potential results.

Can you be too skinny for a BBL? 

In some cases, yes. Below, we answer this question in more detail and offer some solutions if you’re someone who’s thin but desires the results of a traditional Brazilian butt lift.

First, though, let’s learn more about skinny BBLs and what this surgery entails.


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Skinny BBLs are the same as regular BBLs, except for one thing. So, first let’s go over what a regular BBL is.

A typical BBL (Brazilian butt lift) is a cosmetic surgery that involves removing extra fat from areas like the abdomen, flanks, and upper arms, and putting that fat into the hips and buttocks. The result is a more attractive silhouette with more fat in the butt and hip area and less fat along the waistline and trunk. Think of Kim Kardashian’s profile, and you have an idea of what can be achieved with a Brazilian butt lift.

At the same time, not every individual can achieve Kim Kardashian’s drastic hourglass look with a Brazilian butt lift.

Skinny BBLs are Brazilian butt lifts that are performed on individuals who don’t have a lot of excess fat. They are already “skinny”, so they don’t have much fat to work with.

The good news is that skinny BBLs can still be performed, but you’ll need to meet with your plastic surgeon to have an assessment before you can schedule your surgery.

That’s because for a BBL skinny person body types are certainly a concern. If you are on the slender side, you simply may not have enough excess fat to perform the BBL procedure adequately.


Skinny BBL results will vary from person to person. For example, even some athletic individuals with a significant amount of muscle and a slender frame have a little bit of excess fat that can be reworked for a more attractive silhouette.

In order to assess what results you can expect from the surgery, you really need to discuss your options with a surgeon who has performed many Brazilian butt lifts before. Dr. Sieber who is one of the top skinny BBL surgeons has developed a unique procedure for skinny BBL as he sees many patients with athletic body types who also want to benefit from BBL surgery: the Mini BBL.

A Mini BBL is able to take any available fat from areas like the abs, black, flanks, inner thighs, or arms, and transfer it to the butt. It often gives more shape to thin or athletic individuals and can correct cosmetic issues such as hip dips.
Skinny BBL recovery time


Can you get a BBL while skinny?

Yes, many individuals can get what’s called a Mini BBL or Skinny BBL with Dr. David Sieber, which is where less fat is removed and relocated. Of course, even skinny BBL aren’t an option for everyone. Your surgeon must assess your anatomy and clear you for surgery before you can move forward.

Is skinny BBL same as BBL?

The basic plan for the procedure is the same, but less fat is removed with a skinny BBL (or Mini BBL) than with a traditional skinny BBL procedure.

What is th top candidate for a skinny BBL fat survival rate?

This varies from patient to patient, but for most thin individuals, the fat transfer survival rate (how much fat will survive the transfer process) is around 60 to 80 percent.

How much does a skinny BBL cost?

Skinny BBL surgery cost vary.  The ultimate cost of your surgery will depend on your surgeon, the type of anesthesia you opt for, where you have your surgery performed, and whether you plan on undergoing additional procedures.

Is a skinny BBL safer?

No, skinny Brazilian Butt lift procedure are not any safer or any less safe than other Brazilian Butt Lift.

How long does it take to recover from a skinny BBL?

For most patients, BBL recovery time is two weeks before you can return to your regular lifestyle, go back to exercising,  and start seeing your full results.

How is a Skinny BBL performed?

A Skinny BBL procedure involves a broader application of liposuction compared to a traditional BBL. This is necessary because relying on one or two specific areas of the body may not yield sufficient fat deposits for the enhancement process.

As a result, liposuction will be performed on multiple areas to ensure an adequate amount of fat is collected for the procedure. By expanding the scope of liposuction, the surgeon can gather the necessary fat reserves to achieve the desired enhancement.

Skinny BBL Vs butt implants?

While these two procedures are occasionally confused, it is crucial to note a significant distinction between them. A Brazilian Butt Lift involves utilizing your body’s own fat, extracted from a different area, to enhance the buttocks.

On the other hand, butt implants employ silicone implants to achieve the desired augmentation. Despite some similarities in their outcomes, the methods employed differ fundamentally, with a BBL relying on natural fat transfer and butt implants relying on artificial silicone implants.


Are you interested in learning more about skinny BBLs in San Francisco? Schedule a consultation appointment with double board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. David Sieber.

At your appointment, Dr. Sieber Plastic Surgeon San Francisco will assess your anatomy, discuss your medical history with you, and let you know whether you qualify for Brazilian Butt Lift surgery.

Contact us today to learn more and schedule your appointment!




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Dr. Sieber is a doctor who is not only extremely knowledgeable about the latest in cosmetic procedures, but a doctor who truly cares about his patients. I highly recommend him!*


Dr. Sieber is a doctor who is not only extremely knowledgeable about the latest in cosmetic procedures, but a doctor who truly cares about his patients. I highly recommend him!*


Dr. Sieber is attentive, responsive, and well trained. I had seen him for Botox and filler and he had done both without any pain or bruising and more importantly the results were fabulous. He has met with me on time at each appointment. He communicates what to expect, made sure I was comfortable throughout the procedure, checked on my healing every day post procedure. He couldn’t be more delightful not more talented. I had seen other plastic surgeons for in office treatments over the past decade and Dr. Sieber is at the top of the list in terms of delivering the desired outcome and high quality care.*

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