Brazilian Butt Lift
Candidates for Surgery
Candidates for Buttock Augmentation surgery desire an enhancement in the buttock area to offer a more balanced, defined or shapelier contour to the body. There appears to be two different groups of patients seeking the procedure. One group of patients is younger and has goals of transforming their bodies into more curvaceous figures, like popular Hollywood stars, J. Lo or Beyonce Knowles. The other group of patients is women that have aged and would like to restore a more youthful backside with buttock fullness to replace now sagging areas. Men have also been requesting buttock implants as well.
Fat transfer or lipoinjection is often used by itself or with buttock implants depending on how much volume is required and for certain shaping requirements. Some plastic surgeons are calling buttock implants the new “it” surgery. Starting in South America in the 1960s, the popularity of buttock implants has finally reached the U.S. due in part to the quickly growing acceptance of cosmetic surgery procedures and the fashion trend shifts. The availability of buttock implants is believed to be just at its taking off point, with more surgeons learning how to perform the surgery and more awareness among patients increasing.
As a new development in the American cosmetic surgery field, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery does not even have statistics for buttock implants prior to 2002. In 2003, the number of buttock implants increased 533 percent from the year before, with around 3,885 procedures performed compared to the 533 in 2002. Popular in South America, like breast implants have been to Americans, buttock implants have just started to make waves in the U.S.
The intended results of the buttock implants are achieved by having a cosmetic surgeon place implants into the patient’s gluteal area so that a fuller, more rounded behind can be enjoyed. Make sure that you chose an experienced surgeon, such as Dr Nichter or Dr. Horowitz, in these techniques for the best result.
The procedure is complicated and relatively expensive, and surgeons caution patients not to jump into the surgery without first fully evaluating the risks and benefits. A reputable and qualified cosmetic surgeon will not perform buttock implants on a patient until full consideration has been weighed and the patient completely evaluated. The tremendous surge in cosmetic surgery has resulted in a high number of unqualified doctors trying to cash-in on the highly lucrative market. As always, if considering buttock implants, a patient should make sure he/she becomes educated about the procedure and about the surgeon chosen. At a minimum, the surgeon should be certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgeons
The technique favored by the surgeons at the Pacific Center for Plastic Surgery create a vertical incision between the buttock cheeks in order to insert the implant or the patient’s own fat under or over the gluteal muscles and under the connective tissue. At the present time silicone gel is not approved for use in the U.S., so semisolid implants are used in buttock implants, which is a firmer material. The buttock implants do not have a soft, natural feeling to it, rather a harder, more muscular, “buns of steel” feel, though the look will be very pleasing to patients. The immediate recovery restricts sitting until there is adequate healing.
Fat Transfer, or lipoinjection involves harvesting fat from an unwanted area, and then preparing it for transfer where it is injected into the buttocks as a living transplant. Often times for the best appearance it is necessary to have more than one session for this procedure. There is little discomfort with fat transfer and activities are allowed much faster than a buttock implant procedure.
Buttock implant surgery is more risky than fat transfer surgery and requires a lengthy recovery period. Since the incisions are made for the surgery in easily infected areas, potential complications can occur. Patients must understand that following buttock implants they will not be able to sit down for at least 14 days and will not be able to resume most normal activities for a month. More rigorous activities will not be able to be enjoyed for about two months after the buttock implants. Patient may be required to wear a compression garment offering support to the area. Still, for patients unhappy with their backside appearance, the growing availability of buttock implants has allowed them to achieve a more pleasing figure. Fat transfer is an alternative in many patients and allows for a rapid recovery. The surgeons at Pacific Center for Plastic Surgery will guide you in your decision and let you know which procedures are best to obtain your goals.
Risks of Surgery
Fat transfer or lipoinjection varies as to the percentage of fat that will remain healthy and survive long term.
Similar to all surgical procedures, buttock implants carry the risk of complications. More general risks include infection near the gluteal crease, bleeding, a rupture or shifting of implants or prolonged healing and swelling, or fluid around the implant.