Buttock augmentation is a procedure that reshapes and enhances your gluteal area, providing you with an uplifted and shapelier buttock profile. In the past ten years, this procedure has become increasingly popular worldwide, with shapely buttocks often seen as a symbol of femininity and sensuality. The most frequent methods for enlarging and reshaping your buttocks are fat grafting using your own natural fatty tissue (popularly referred to as the Brazilian butt lift), or with buttock implants.
Are you a good candidate for a buttock augmentation?
The following are some common reasons why you may want to consider buttock augmentation:
Your buttocks are too small for your body frame and you want a more balanced look.
Weight loss or the aging process has left your buttocks loose, sagging, or flat.
Clothes or swimwear are baggy or do not fit properly on your figure.
The shape or size of your buttocks makes you feel self-conscious and you desire more curves.
If you are in good general health, have a positive attitude and realistic expectations, you are most likely a good candidate for this procedure.
How is a buttock augmentation procedure performed?
The two most popular methods for buttock augmentation are autologous fat transfer (using your own natural fatty tissue), also called the Brazilian butt lift, and gluteal implant surgery with or without fat transfer for additional contouring.
Autologous fat transfer
This procedure takes fat from one area of your body and uses it to enhance and reshape your buttocks.
Liposuction with suction tubes (cannulas) is used to remove fatty tissue from areas of your body with excess tissue, such as the abdomen, hips, back, or thighs.
The fat is then processed for fat transfer.
The fat is reinjected using syringes connected to cannulas.
Usually three small incisions are needed for injecting the fat, but these incision sites are easily hidden by clothing.
The fat is grafted in layers at multiple levels, with the cannula moving back and forth to ensure that a smooth, linear deposit of fatty tissue is left to reshape and augment the buttocks area.
The liposuction incisions are closed with sutures.
Drains are inserted and a compression garment is worn following surgery.
Implants are most appropriate for treating flat or poorly defined buttocks, particularly for patients who have limited fatty tissue. They are not as effective for treating sagging buttocks that may occur after significant weight loss.
With this procedure a soft, shaped silicone implant is placed through an incision hidden inside the natural buttock crease, or an alternate incision site may be used. Your plastic surgeon will provide further details about these incision locations during the consultation. The implant is positioned in a pocket below the large buttock (gluteal) muscle and above the pelvic bone.
The incisions are closed with sutures, drains are inserted, and a compression garment is worn following surgery.
What are my options?
There are two main approaches for buttock augmentation: autologous fat transfer (Brazillian butt lift) and buttock implant surgery. Your surgeon will recommend an approach based on your aesthetic goals and body shape. Buttock implants may be chosen if you desire a more rounded appearance to your buttocks while fat grafting is an excellent way to contour and reshape your buttocks. If you are very slender with little excess fat, then implants may be appropriate; however, if you have sagging buttocks after massive weight loss, then fat grafting or a combination of fat and implant surgery may be more effective.
Silicone injections – patient safety warning
Silicone injections are an unsafe and unacceptable option for buttock augmentation. These injections are often offered by unlicensed individuals and should be avoided. Always consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon if you are considering a buttock augmentation procedure.
What will my buttock augmentation incisions and scars be like?
Depending on the type of procedure your surgeon recommends, the following incisions may be used:
The desired results will be achieved after several months, however most people who receive this procedure usually get an accompanying arm lift to get their best personal results.
Autologous fat transfer
The liposuction incisions are very small and just large enough to allow the suction tube, or cannula, to go under the skin and remove the fat. The incisions used for injecting the fat into the buttock regions are equally small.
Typically an incision is made in the fold between the buttock “cheeks.” Alternative locations are the outer corners of the upper buttock and at the bottom in the gluteal crease.