For some women, gaining weight is a small price to pay for the perfect behind.
With the Brazilian butt lift increasing in popularity — so are the pounds.
Gaining weight in preparation for a BBL may seem counterintuitive, but some doctors say it’s necessary to get the best results — and some patients are indulging in some crazy, calorie-packed diets because of it.
“You need to be at least 20 lbs above your body weight in order to have enough fat [if you don't already], pure fat to inject into the bottom. I typically ask that you gain the weight before surgery,” says Dr. Wilberto Cortes. “I recommend that you drink a lot of high-calorie shakes, it’s not the amount that you eat – just the amount of calories you ingest.”
And the same goes in Dr. Andrew Jimerson’s office.
“If they’re willing to gain weight, we encourage them to gain weight,” says Aziza Jimerson, Dr. J’s sister and a Patient Care Coordinator at Advanced Plastic Surgery Solutions.
However some patients are choosing unhealthy foods to pack on the pounds. One RealSelf community member, Mariel2013, gained 5 lbs for her procedure with pizza and ice cream.
“I gotta gain 5lb which is not hard at all just pass me the ice cream and pizza,” she wrote in her review.
While gaining weight may lead to a dream booty, one community member says to watch out and consider other body changes that can happen.
“A warning to the ladies out there who are planning to gain weight for your BBL* My goal was to gain about 20 lbs for mine and after gaining 10 (McDonalds, protein shakes, cake, cookies, etc.) I have not only gotten sick of eating food, but my body has gone to hell. I have cellulite, my skin isn’t glowy anymore, I feel unhealthy and I get tired easily. Oh, and none of my jeans fit anymore, so I’ll be going shopping tomorrow. It’s only ten pounds, but geez! MY POINT..sorry for the rambling..Is when you plan to gain weight, just remember your body is gonna be going through some changes,” Me in Dallas wrote.
Dr. Cortes also advises women to be cautious when packing on the pounds. He says just because liposuction will be performed, that doesn’t mean all the fat cells will be removed.
“Most patients think I’m going to have lipo he’s going to suck everything out, and yes you can sculpt the body, but realistically we just cannot remove every single fat cell. We tell the patients, ‘Don’t go crazy,’” he says.
If you have made the decision with your surgeon to gain weight for your BBL, here are a few suggestions from doctors and community members.
“The ScandiShake. Those girls put on 15 to 20 lbs in a month. When they call me that’s what I recommend. One girl weighed 115 lbs and she was able to get to 128,” Aziza says.
“Other patients they like to drink the Ensure, it’s a supplement you can find in Walgreens and that wil make you gain weight pretty easy,” Dr. Cortes says.
Vitol Russian Bear 5000 Weight Gainer
“I will be drinking and they are called ‘Russian bear 500 weight gainer’ witch is the 2,600 calorie one and also ‘Serious Mass Weight Gainer’. These are what my brothers use, BUT BEWARE you CAN NOT workout a lot if any on these shakes, not unless you want to get buff,” says RealSelf community member GM1770.