Over the last few years, the demand for plastic surgery to enhance the shape of the buttocks has grown. People in all cultures perceive a "beautiful butt" as an important factor in sexual attraction and beauty. Therefore, medical professionals must use the right techniques to meet the criteria of attractiveness that are accepted universally. The current procedures for buttock augmentation involve:
Buttock augmentation with implants
Buttock augmentation with hyaluronic acid fillers
Buttock augmentation with autologous tissue flaps
Buttock augmentation with autologous fat grafting
Combined surgical approaches
The suitable buttock enhancement technique for you is based on the following factors:
Butt shape and size
The amount of existing fat on your body available for use through liposuction
Your goals and activity level
Skin quality, elasticity, and the amount of extra skin
Buttock Implant Procedure
The placement of silicone implants is one of the most popular methods for buttocks augmentation. The buttocks are regularly subject to shear and compressive stress much more than the breasts, so no wonder breast implant failure is a common and significant problem when used in the buttocks. Semisolid silicone elastomer implants are approved buttock implants in the United States, which are much more durable than breast implants.
The silicon buttock implant procedure typically involves the following steps:
The procedure is typically performed under general anesthesia or intravenous sedation, which means the patient will be put to sleep during the surgery.
The surgeon will make incisions in the natural creases of the buttocks, typically in the gluteal fold or the intergluteal cleft.
The surgeon will create pockets in the underlying muscle and fat where the implants will be placed. The pockets may be created through a subfascial, submuscular, or subgluteal approach.
The implants are inserted through the incisions and positioned to achieve the desired shape. The surgeon will then test the implant for symmetry and positioning and adjust accordingly.
The incisions are then closed with sutures, skin adhesives, or surgical tape.
The patient must avoid sitting directly on their buttocks and wear a compression garment to reduce swelling. Pain and discomfort can be managed with medication, and physical activity must be limited for several weeks.
Fat Grafting/Brazilian Butt Lift Procedure
The Brazilian Butt Lift (also called a BBL) is a surgical procedure intended to give the buttocks a larger and more contoured appearance. This is achieved by extracting fat from other body parts, e.g., the abdomen, hips, or thighs, and relocating it to the buttocks. The process usually involves the following actions:
The procedure is typically performed under general anesthesia or intravenous sedation. Your surgeon will decide the most appropriate anesthesia option for you.
First, your surgeon will administer diluted anesthesia to control bleeding or trauma. Then the surgeon will make small incisions where fat will be removed, such as the stomach, hips, or thighs, and will use a liposuction cannula or thin tubes to suction out the unwanted fat using a controlled back-and-forth motion. The fat is then purified and processed to be used for transplantation.
The surgeon will make small incisions in the buttocks and then carefully inject the purified fat into the buttocks using special cannulas. The fat is injected in small amounts and layered in different planes to achieve a natural-looking result.
The incisions will be closed with sutures or surgical adhesives.
The results of BBL are almost immediately visible. However, it may take up to a year to show the final result because some of the initial volumes after your fat grafting procedure will fade as your body absorbs the fat.
Immediately after the procedure, the patient must wear a compression garment to reduce swelling and assist in the contouring process. Physical activity will need to be limited for several weeks, and the patient will be advised to avoid sitting directly on their buttocks for a certain period
Traditional Buttock Lift Procedure
A buttock lift, also known as a butt lift, is a surgical procedure designed to reshape and lift the buttocks. This procedure involves an incision along the top of the buttocks and removing excess skin and fat. A buttock lift effectively improves the appearance of sagging or drooping buttocks. This procedure carries a lower risk of complications than BBL.
This procedure involves some prominent scarring. However, using advanced techniques, incisions can be strategically made in locations you can hide with clothes.
Here are the general steps of the procedure:
The patient will be given general anesthesia or IV sedation.
The surgeon will make incisions, depending on the chosen technique. Then excess skin and fat will be removed, and the remaining tissues will be repositioned to create a more youthful, lifted appearance.
Closing the sutures
The surgeon will close the underlying tissues using sutures. Skin incisions will be closed using sutures, clips, or surgical staples.
The patient will be placed in a compression garment to help reduce swelling and promote healing. The results are almost immediately noticeable. However, the final results may take 3-6 months. Incision scars may take up to 2 years to mature.
It is important to note that recovery time varies depending on the individual and the type of procedure performed. However, most patients can return to work and normal activities within 2-4 weeks. However, strenuous activity and exercise should be avoided for at least six weeks after the procedure.
It's important to note that every surgeon has their technique and preferences when it comes to a procedure, and they may vary slightly, but the general steps remain the same.