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BBL surgery requirements: Are you a good candidate?

BBL Surgery Requirements: Are you a candidate?

Do you want to get BBL and are curious about the BBL surgery requirements? Before going under the operation, you have to get some tests done and may need to get approval from your doctor to undergo this surgery. In addition to this, it is important to understand if BBL is what you are looking for and if you are qualified for this surgery or not.

All these things are done to ensure that you are in good health condition and there are no potential risks for any complications that can happen during or after the Brazilian Butt Lift procedure. Reaching the desired body is important but the first thing to consider is your safety. Your health comes first. That is why the test results and the medical history of the patient determine if you meet the BBL requirements.

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BBL Pre-surgery requirements

Before going under the Brazilian Butt Lift operation, there are some BBL surgery requirements patients need to meet. The purpose of meeting the pre-surgery requirements is to guarantee that your body is in good enough shape to overcome such a surgery. BBL is an invasive operation and as with any surgery, there may be some potential complications that can happen during or after the surgery. These complications can seriously affect your health and overall recovery. That’s why it is crucial to meet the requirements for this procedure.

Now let’s explore the BBL surgery requirements, starting by looking at the tests you have to get done before the surgery, and why these tests are needed.

Get checked: Tests to have before BBL

We have to make sure that the surgery will go well and that there won’t be any complications caused by the patient’s pre-existing medical conditions. In order to ensure this, there are some urine, and blood tests required for Brazilian Butt Lift. By taking these tests, the doctor will have information about your overall health and decide whether you are suitable for this surgery or not.

  • Complete Blood Count (CBC)
  • HCG Tests
  • Comprehensive Metabolic Panel (CMP)
  • Urinalysis
  • Coagulation Test
  • EKG

Complete Blood Count (CBC):

CBC is a large scaled blood test that measures red and white blood cells, hematocrit level, hemoglobin, and platelets in the blood. With this test, doctors can look at your overall health and identify many conditions such as anemia.

HCG Tests

HCG tests are the tests used to identify pregnancy through blood or urine. HCG is a hormone released from the placenta during gestation. The tests calculate the dose of hCG hormone in the blood or urine and determine the pregnancy.

Comprehensive Metabolic Panel (CMP)

CMP is a test where 14 different components in the blood are analyzed. It measures metabolical health, electrolytes, blood sugar, acid, and blood protein levels, and can detect conditions like diabetes and problems with the liver and kidneys.


It is a simple but effective test that analyzes urine. The test analyzes components such as protein, glucose, and white and red blood cells. It can identify conditions such as urinary tract infections (UTIs), and again liver and kidney issues, and diabetes.

Coagulation Test:

This is a test that identifies the risk of bleeding during an operation (1). It is important to take the coagulation test before the surgery to make sure your body can stay stable during the surgery and there is no place for excessive bleeding.


It is performed to know the possibility of heart-related complications that can occur during the surgery. The plastic surgeon may recommend getting an EKG depending on the age or medical history of the patient.

After taking these lab tests, if your overall health is okay but there are some minor problems, you may be prescribed some medications to solve them. Or, if there are some serious problems that can affect your safety during the operation, the surgeon may choose to go in a different direction to prevent any possible complications.

A must have: Medical clearance

The cosmetic surgeon may ask you to get a medical clearance for BBL before the surgery. You will get medical clearance from your primary health physician. The doctor analyzes your medical history and decides if you are eligible for the Brazilian Butt Lift procedure. After having medical clearance, the BBL surgeon will be sure that there won’t be any complications caused by your medical history during or after the surgical procedure.

Eligibility: Being a candidate for BBL

Being a good candidate for BBL requires meeting different conditions, and it may not be the right choice for everyone. Whether you are an eligible candidate for BBL or not depends on your health condition, body, and your expectations from this procedure.

Firstly, in order to be a good Brazilian Butt Lift candidate, you need to meet the required health conditions. If you are all clear, the next thing you should consider is your weight. You should have enough body mass for the surgery. If that is okay too, it is time to think of your expectations. Before/after pictures online can help you to see if BBL will satisfy you or not.

Ideal weight for BBL

There is no ideal weight for BBL, however, having a BMI between 18.5 to 24.9 may be considered an ideal BMI since it is in the healthy range. If your BMI is between 24.9 and 29.9 you are still considered a good candidate because there is enough fat to transfer the butt. If your BMI is lower than 18.5 the surgeon may ask you to gain some weight for the transfer, or if you have BMI higher than 29.9 you may need to lose some weight to ensure the safety of the surgery and successful recovery. 

However, if your BMI is over 30, and you are in good health, you might be eligible for getting a plus size BBL. Not every doctor will perform this surgery, as patients with this BMI are more prone to suffer from complications, and might have pre-existing conditions that can cause problems. If you are a plus size woman interested in getting a BBL, you can learn more about it in our article on the subject. 

The necessary amount of fat for the transfer differs from patient to patient. In some cases, even if you have a healthy BMI, the amount of fat in certain parts of your body may not be enough for the desired butt shape. So, other than BMI, the amount of body fat and the required amount of fat for the transfer are also important aspects in terms of deciding the ideal weight for BBL.

Ideal age for BBL

You must be at least 18 years old to have BBL surgery. However, even if you are 18, you may not be able to get BBL. To be eligible for this procedure, your body must no longer develop. Your body figure changes as it develops and the BBL butt results can also change. So, there is no meaning in going under surgery when you can lose it in a short period of time. That’s why your body must finish its development to be ready for BBL surgery.

In terms of age limit, there is no specific age that stops you from having BBL surgery. Regardless of your age, you can get BBL. What matters is your health condition. If your medical history has nothing that puts you at risk and you are in good health, you can undergo BBL even if you are 60. 

Who are good to go?

To wrap everything up, we prepared a list of what makes you a good candidate for BBL, and what makes you not qualified for this procedure. Now let’s look at these points in detail, and have an idea of whether you are suitable for this surgical procedure or not.

If you:

  • Want a fuller and rounder butt and lose excess fat in some body parts
  • Have the necessary amount of fat to transfer
  • Are healthy enough to undergo surgery
  • Are over 18 and your body has finished developing

you are qualified for the BBL procedure.

If you:

  • Don’t have enough fat to transfer
  • Are not healthy enough for the surgery
  • Have loose skin
  • Have some serious heart, lung, or neurological conditions, or blood clotting problems

you are not an ideal candidate for BBL surgery.

Know your medical history

As we already mentioned, medical history plays an important role in determining whether you are a good candidate for Brazilian Butt Lift surgery or not. Some health conditions may prevent you from having this operation. However, there are some specific conditions that patients are especially curious about, which are high blood pressure and diabetes.

The good news is, even if you have high blood pressure, you can still get a BBL as long as your blood pressure is under control. The majority risk of high blood pressure occurs from general anesthesia. General anesthesia causes changes in your heart rate and it can be risky for patients with high blood pressure. If the surgeon decides that your high blood pressure can be managed and remain stable during the surgery, you will be able to get BBL.

In the same way, in terms of diabetes, it is possible to get BBL if your blood sugar is under control. The main problem with diabetic patients undergoing BBL is the increased risk of infection. As long as the surgeon determines that the operation can be carried on safely and your blood sugar is stable, you can get BLL surgery. Both of these conditions mostly require medical clearance from your doctor.

  1. Thiruvenkatarajan, Venkatesan et al. “Coagulation testing in the perioperative period.” Indian journal of anaesthesia vol. 58,5 (2014): 565-72. doi:10.4103/0019-5049.144657
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