Buttock Augmentation is a cosmetic procedure which aims at shaping up or/and enlarging the volume of the backside for those who are downcast because of the flat appearance of their buttocks. By and large, the technique works through two ways: using implants or by fat transferring (the latter also including the increasingly sought-after Brazilian Butt Lift); when implants are employed, Buttock Augmentation bears a faint resemblance to the popular breast augmentation operation, with the implants’ properties and material being of course quite different in that case.
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How Does Buttock Augmentation Work?
Following an in-depth pre-operative consultation, the main operation can get underway.
As for the implants option, the surgeon makes incisions, starting from the top of the upper buttocks and moving down towards the lowest part of the gluteal creases, usually after applying general anesthesia. Then, artificial implants are positioned either above those gluteal muscles or in them before the incisions are stitched up. A compression garment is applied and the patient lies in a position that applies no pressure on the buttock (and must continue to do so for approximately a period of two weeks).
Fat transfer procedures (including Brazilian Butt Lift – for Board Certified Plastic Surgeons providing BBL click here) are much less invasive than the aforementioned method, since the patient’s own fat is suctioned through small incisions (with the aid of local anesthesia) from another area of the body using a thin cannula. After that, a specific, processed and purified, amount of that fat is relocated through injections into the patient’s butt. Additional liposuction can also be performed in the end so as to further lift and contour the area, and compression garments are offered to the patient.
The above procedures usually take 2-3 hours. Recuperation typically requires about 2-4 weeks, but full recovery may take a few months. Results are almost imminently noticeable in the case of implants, while the BBL method calls for some extra time in order for the transferred fat to get “soaked up”.
After undergoing a Buttock Augmentation, one can reap the benefits of:
- Well balanced backside with enhanced curves
- Nimbler-looking body figure, as protuberant buttocks also hand out more proportionate thighs and midsection
- More youthful overall appearance
- More alluring look thanks to the added volume to the cheeks
- Boosted self-confidence
- Removed excess fat from body areas where it is unwelcome before injected into the buttocks, a fact that further helps in the formation of a shapelier body figure
- Long-lasting or even permanent results (mostly when fat implants are chosen) as long as patients are able to follow healthy lifestyle habits and maintain their body weight
A person who decides to undergo a Buttock Augmentation procedure should be prepared to encounter one or more of the following adverse reactions:
- Temporary swelling and bruising
- Temporary numbness
- Anesthesia-related side risks
- Soreness deriving from stretched tissues
- A sense of discomfort in the back during downtime due to patients being advised not to sit normally
- Nerve and muscle damage (a relatively rare eventuality)
- Disproportionate or uneven buttock appearance
- Infection risks/seromas (implants)
Areas To Be Treated
There isn’t much to comment on here, since the title delineates the application of this method. Thus, Buttock Augmentation is planned to add volume to the buttocks; as mentioned earlier, if a fat transfer procedure is chosen, that volume can be extracted from other body areas such as the abdomen, thighs, hips, back and chest.
According to Realself.com, expenditure for Buttock Augmentation averagely amounts to $4,625. Obviously, that price tag is indicatory, largely depending on factors like:
- The type of the procedure followed (fat transfer, implants etc.)
- The type and material of implants used (if necessary)
- The patient’s special needs, physical condition, skin quality and elasticity
- Pre-operative consultation charges
- Anesthesia costs
- Surgery center charges etc.
- Post-operative garments
Buttock Augmentation Reviews
Buttock Augmentation can not be deemed as a simple and uncomplicated procedure. It requires remarkable skill on behalf of the surgeon whereas the patients’ expectations and demands also vary considerably. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that not all people who have undergone Buttock Augmentation are satisfied by the outcome. On Realself.com, this procedure holds a moderate 61% in terms of patients’ satisfaction: many women applaud the rejuvenation of their rears, the boosted self-confidence levels and the fact that their clothes fit them better now, while a significant number of others have come up with a more toned down evaluation of the method. Click here for detailed reviews on buttock augmentation!
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On the whole, Buttock Augmentation, either in the form of fat transfer or butt implants, can be recommended mostly to women who are disgruntled by the size and outline of their buttocks and have difficulty shaping up that specific body area. Ideal candidates are adults who maintain good physical health, do not smoke, have realistic expectations for the procedure and can keep their weight stable for a long period of time. Nevertheless, before racing around after a Buttock Augmentation procedure, it is important to know that performing specific exercises (most notably, squats) with the help of a adept trainer can deliver fairly decent results in terms of roundness and tightness, in a more natural way and at a much lower cost. If those efforts fail to deliver, Buttock Augmentation can generally bring most of its patients’ hopes to fruition.
No need to mention the BBL craze is one step from exaggeration! It is probably interesting to read our article on the Ethics of Aesthetics before opting for buttock augmentation so as to consider a totally different view on the matter of aesthetics!
PS: For a FAQ on Buttock Augmentation click here.