Brazilian Butt Lift
What is Butt Augmentation?
Butt augmentation is a procedure that can 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 Butt Enhancement Procedures
Buttock augmentation usually incorporates fat transfer (Brazilian Buttock Lift), implants, or a combination of the two. Deciding on a particular method 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 typically comes 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.
Before and After
Results of Butt Lift
It can take several months to see the final results of fat-transfer buttock augmentation because it takes time for the body to absorb the fat. The results of buttock Augmentation using fat transfer are often more natural-looking than those from implants. Unfortunately, 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 from the transfer.
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 in the crease between the buttocks or just below the tailbone. Dr. Altamira will make one or more incisions, and then insert a silicone implant 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. In order to prevent fluid buildup drains are usually inserted and left in place for about 7 days. During surgery, it is typical to use either general anesthesia or intravenous sedation.
Buttock Augmentation Results with Implants
The results of buttock augmentation using implants are 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.”
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)
After buttock augmentation with fat transfer or implants patients must wear a compression garment for 2 to 3 weeks. For at least 2 weeks, patients should minimize the time spent sitting down. We also recommend that patients sleep facedown or on their side 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.