What is buttock augmentation surgery?
It is a procedure that reshapes and enhances the appearance of your buttocks, creating a fuller shapelier profile. The most frequent ways of enlarging and reshaping your buttocks are fat grafting using Bodyjet Liposuction using your natural fatty tissue predominately from around your waistline (also known as the Brazilian butt lift) or your plastic surgeon can opt for using buttock implants, occasionally the augmentation can be done with fillers (Sculptra).
When to consider buttock augmentation.
The procedure is ideal for women who have buttocks that are too small for their frame and would like a more balanced look to enhance their silhouette. For some, the reason could be that they prefer a look with more curves. Weight loss and aging can cause your buttocks to become loose and sagging with a flat appearance.
All you need to know about the procedure.
Depending on the required need and desired outcome, your plastic surgeon will discuss the following techniques:
How is a buttock augmentation performed?
As mentioned above the two most popular methods are autologous fat transfer (using your natural fatty tissue – Brazilian butt lift), and gluteal implants with or without fat transfer to assist with contouring that perfect silhouette.
Let’s look at autologous fat transfer (Brazilian butt lift)
Our Board Certified Plastic Surgeons at Lutetia will remove fatty tissue from areas of your body (such as the abdomen, hips, back, or thighs) using liposuction. After the fat is processed it is injected back into the allocated areas, your surgeon will ensure that a smooth, linear deposit of fatty tissue is left to reshape and augment the area.
It is important to note that some fatty tissue will not survive, and the final result might be smaller than what was initially projected. Depending on your expectations and the results, repeat surgery might be required.
The benefit of the surgery is not just an improved buttock area but your surgeon will provide contouring for your lower body, improve your waistline by also addressing possible back rolls. Additional skin is not removed in a typical BBL and the “lift” effect is primarily an increase in the projection of the buttocks.
Being the most appropriate treatment for flat or poorly defines buttocks for patients who have limited fatty tissue, however, they are not as effective in treating sagging buttocks after significant weight loss.
The procedure is done using silicone implants that are positioned in a pocket below the large buttock muscle (gluteal) and above the pelvic bone.
Buttock augmentation incisions and scars.
During an autologous fat transfer, usually three to five small incisions are needed for injecting the fat, but these incision sites are easily hidden by clothing. Liposuction incisions are very small and will heal over time.
If you and your doctor decide to use implants an incision is made in the fold between the buttock which is hidden by clothes. If your surgeon requires to make alternative incisions he will discuss these with you before the surgery. Your plastic surgeon will always ensure that your scars are limited and well-hidden when wearing clothing
What you need to consider.
This surgery is a long-term solution for buttock enhancement, restoring a youthful-looking figure.
As with other surgeries, there are surgical risks to consider and require discussions with your plastic surgeon. During your consultation, you and your plastic surgeon will discuss these considerations and discuss the best option that suits your requirements and lifestyle.
Personalized treatment plans.
Your surgeon will discuss your goals, lifestyle, including physical activity, and based on this a personalized treatment plan will be shared with you.
These will include the surgery approach, the outcomes, and risks and where the surgery will take place. Expectations will be discussed, and a post-surgery recovery plan will be shared.
What happens at the consultation?
Remember to write down all your possible concerns and questions and have them ready for when you meet with your plastic surgeon. You will be discussing your surgical options, the pros and cons of each, as well as your medical history. The surgeon will need to know all the current medications you are taking and any serious illness you may have had in the past and as to whether you smoke.
You will have an examination, including medical photography that will be placed in your confidential medical file (you will sign a consent form for taking, storing, and using the photographs). Your height and weight will be measured to ensure you are physically fit for the operation. It is important to note that if you are planning to fall pregnant your surgeon might delay the procedure.
Your surgeon will discuss your goals, lifestyle, including physical activity, and based on this a treatment plan will be shared with you.
These will include the surgery approach, such as a combination treatment or type of implant, the outcomes and risks, and where the surgery will take place. Expectations will be discussed, and a post-surgery recovery plan will be shared.
Recovery and how long will my results last?
Your recovery time, post-operative instructions, and how long before you can resume your normal physical activity and work will be individualized depending on your procedure and discussed before your surgery. You will receive a medical support garment that will be required to be worn to keep your buttock area compressed.
It is important to note that your surgeon will share detailed instructions on how to take care of your surgical area and any warning symptoms to look out for. The amount of time it takes for recovery varies greatly among patients and this will be discussed based on your particular case.
Buttock augmentation results are long-lasting, however, keep in mind that If you have implants placed, you do not need to remove them unless you develop any complications in the future.
It is important to make necessary lifestyle changes to maintain the appearance of your new shape, ensure to follow a healthy diet and exercise program as part of your maintenance plan. Routine follow-ups should not be missed.