What is Buttock Augmentation?
Buttock augmentation is performed to enlarge and reshape the buttocks to give them a fuller and more attractive appearance. Candidates for buttock augmentation are unhappy with the lack of fullness, roundness and projection of their buttocks, and/or with having asymmetrical buttocks.
Types of Buttock Augmentation Surgeries
Buttock augmentation is usually performed with fat transfer (Brazilian Buttock Lift) or implants, or a combination of the two. Which method is used depends primarily on the shape and size of the buttocks, the skin’s quality and elasticity, and the amount of body fat available for transfer. Dr. Altamira specializes in performing this procedure.
Brazilian Butt Lift
The fat used for buttock augmentation is usually taken from the patient’s abdomen, hips, thighs or lower back. Fat is removed using liposuction, in which a cannula (a thin, hollow tube) is inserted through small incisions, and then moved back and forth to remove excess fat. The fat is then purified, and injected into the buttocks at different depths for maximum improvement in shape.
Brazilian Butt Lift results
It can take several months to see the final results of fat-transfer buttock augmentation, because the fat needs time to be completely absorbed. The results of buttock Augmentation using fat transfer are often more natural-looking than those from implants, but a downside of the Brazilian butt lift method is that the body reabsorbs part of the fat over time, so some of the initial fullness is lost. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, patients tend to retain 60 to 80 percent of fat that has been transferred.
Brazilian Butt Lift Before and After
Brazilian butt lift Risk and side effects
In addition to the risks associated with any surgery, those related to buttock augmentation using fat transfer include the following:
- Fat embolism
- Indentations in the skin
- Contour irregularities
Typically, incisions for buttock implants are made just below the tailbone in the crease between the buttocks. After the incision or incisions are made, a silicone implant is inserted in each buttock within or above the gluteal muscles. The tissue within the buttocks is sutured, and the incisions are closed using sutures, adhesive or tape. Drains are usually inserted to prevent fluid from building up, and are left in place for about 7 days. During surgery, either general anesthesia or intravenous sedation is typically used.
Buttock augmentation results with Implants
The results of buttock augmentation using implants is permanent, and are immediately apparent after surgery. Final results are evident after 3 months, at which point most of the swelling has subsided and the implants have “settled.”
Buttock Augmentation risks using Implants
In addition to the risks associated with any surgery, those related to buttock augmentation using implants include the following:
- Implant migration
- Implant rupture
- Nerve damage
- Excessive firmness
- Sciatic-nerve pressure
- Fluid accumulation (seroma)
Recovery From Buttock Augmentation
After buttock augmentation with fat transfer or implants, a compression garment must be worn for 2 to 3 weeks. For at least 2 weeks, patients should minimize the time spent sitting down. Sleeping facedown or on the side is also recommended for 2 to 3 weeks.
Patients typically experience pain/discomfort, bruising and swelling after the procedure. Implant patients typically go back to work in 2 or 3 weeks, but may not be able to resume exercising for 3 to 4 weeks. Recovery time for fat-transfer patients is slightly quicker, with most going back to work within 7 to 10 days, and resuming exercise after 3 weeks.
Schedule a consultation
If you are interested in Buttock Augmentation surgery, and would like to see if you are a good candidate, call (713) 271-9000 to schedule a consultation. Dr. Altamira has plastic surgery offices located in Houston and Sugar Land, Texas.