Mini Brazilian Butt Lift

San Francisco Mini BBL

By now we have all heard of a Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL). Despite the benefits of increased butt size and butt shape, not everyone wants to be known for a certain asset. Because Dr. David Sieber sees a population of athletic and fit patients, he developed the Mini-BBL. Patients commonly wonder if they are candidates for a BBL because they are already thin with a lower body fat percentage. A traditional BBL usually requires larger volumes of harvested fat in order to create a dramatic increase in butt shape and size. A mini-bbl takes any available fat from areas like the abdomen, back, flanks, inner thighs, and arms which is then transferred to specific areas of the butt such as the hip dips or to provide a more overall athletic shape. Because liposuction is always a part of a mini-bbl you will also benefit from this as well resulting in a more contoured and defined figure. Many patients interested in a mini-bbl are also undergoing hi-definition liposuction as a combination procedure.

Mini-BBL Improvements

Patients who are good candidates for mini-BBL are of a normal BMI and already have a healthy and active lifestyle. This procedure will result in:

  • More defined arms, shoulders, abdomen, flanks, back, legs, and calves.
  • Improvement in the appearance of hip dips
  • Increased buttock projection and shape
  • More athletic figure


Quick Facts

  • Length: 3-4 hours
  • Anesthesia: General
  • Inpt/Outpt: Outpatient
  • Side effects: Bruising, swelling, pain
  • Recovery: 1 week off from work

Mini-BBL Technique

During a mini-BBL Dr. Sieber will use either traditional or Vaser assisted liposuction to remove any excess fat from areas such as the arms, chest, abdomen, back, flanks, and thighs.

Dr. Sieber performs his mini-BBLs under general anesthesia. He begins by making multiple small (5mm) incisions in concealed areas of the body. A saline solution containing lidocaine and epinephrine is then infiltrated into the areas to be treated. This is to help facilitate fat removal, prevent bleeding, and helps with post-operative pain control. Using either Vaser or SAFE liposuction, fat is then separated from the body and removed through the small incisions. The fat is collected, cleaned and mixed with antibiotics before being re-injected into the butt. Dr. Sieber utilizes both information from you during the consultation as well as his artistic eye to provide you with a shape that fits your body and goals

During your pre-operative visits, he’ll work with you to determine exactly which body areas you want to be treated and whether or not you are a good candidate for this procedure.

Preparing for Mini-BBL

As with any major surgery, all medications and supplements which cause an increased risk of bleeding should be stopped 2 weeks prior to surgery. Please see our list of medications and supplements avoid. As always, make sure to check with your doctor before stopping any medications.

Recovery from Mini-BBL

Recovery from a mini-BBL will follow a very precisely prescribed treatment plan relating mostly to care of the areas which underwent liposuction. You are not allowed to sit directly on the areas which were injected with fat for the first 2 weeks after surgery. This is to ensure that the greatest percentage of transferred survives. Immediately after surgery, you will be placed into a compression garment which will be worn 24/7 for the first two days after surgery. After two days, it may be removed it’s ok to start showering.

Dr. Sieber will also have you work with a lymphatic massage therapist to help ensure the best possible outcome after surgery You can expect some swelling, bruising, and discomfort for the first few days following surgery. It’s very normal for the swelling to get slightly worse before beginning to improve. A good diet, plenty of water, adherence to your compression, and lymphatic massage will help to expedite your recovery.

After the surgery you will need to refrain from any rigorous activity for the first 2 weeks. Starting activities too soon after surgery may put you at risk for bleeding. You may begin to perform light exercise 2 weeks after your surgery and may gradually increase your activity as you tolerate. Continuing with a healthy diet and active lifestyle after your procedure will help to further enhance your surgical results.


Q: How much fat do I need to get see a noticeable difference?

A: Each patient is different and has different goals for the procedure. Not everyone is a candidate during for a mini-BBL and Dr. Sieber will be able to tell you during the consultation whether or not this is a procedure for you.

Q: How much of the transferred fat will survive?

A: Typically during fat transfer procedures, 50%-75% of the transferred fat will survive. Due to swelling in the post-operative period, it will take 8-12 weeks before you see the final results.

Q: What exactly can I expect after Hi-Def Vaser Assisted Liposuction?

A: After hi-def lipsuction, a thin layer of fat will be left in areas that naturally have muscles underneath such as the shoulders, chest, and abs. This will be juxtaposed to areas where fat is completely removed, creating highlights and shadows to enhance your natural anatomy. It creates a natural athletic and muscular appearance to the areas which were treated.

Q: How long will I have to wear compression after surgery?

A: Dr. Sieber recommends wearing compression for 24/7 for the first 4 weeks after surgery. The compression can be removed to shower as need. It is then worn for an additional 8 week either at night or during the day. The compression helps to reduce swelling and bruising and also smooths the skin after liposuction.

Q: Are lymphatic massages really necessary?

A: The short answer is yes! lymphatic massages will help to remove any excess fluid from the tissue, expediating the time you will experience swelling. It also helps to prevent lumps and bumps underneath the skin known as contour irregularities. These treatments are typically stated after your first postoperative visit.

Contact Sieber Plastic Surgery

To find out more about the mini-BBL with Dr. David Sieber at Sieber Plastic Surgery, call us today at: 415-915-9000 or schedule a consultation here.


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