Are you dissatisfied with the shape of your buttocks? Do you believe your buttocks’ contour is asymmetrical, flat, or lacking volume? So of course you thought about having a buttock augmentation.
Buttock augmentation is a plastic procedure that aims to enhance your self-image and self-esteem and improve your figure’s symmetry by increasing the fullness, roundness, and projection of your buttocks.
What Is Buttock Augmentation?
Buttock augmentation, medically known as gluteal augmentation, is a surgical procedure performed to improve the buttocks’ contour, size, and shape.
Buttock augmentation vs buttock lift
Both treatments aim to reshape the buttock contour but they are different from each other, buttock augmentation adds volume to the buttock.
Buttock lift removes excess saggy skin and fat and tightens the underlying tissue that is supporting skin and fat in the buttock area a smoother and more attractive buttock contour.
The traditional buttock lift will not make the buttock larger, but it can get rid of saggy buttocks resulting from aging, pregnancy, significant weight loss, and genetic factors that contribute to poor tissue elasticity.
Candidates for buttock augmentation
Buttock augmentation like all plastic surgeries is a highly individualized procedure. You should set your own goals, not fulfill someone else’s goals or try to fit any sort of ideal portrait.
Generally speaking all healthy adults at an ideal or at least stable weight are candidates for buttock enhancement if:
- They can’t cope with the feeling that their butt is too small.
- They are dissatisfied with the roundness or the flatness of their butt.
- They believe that their butt is asymmetrical.
How is Buttock augmentation achieved?
Buttock augmentation is achieved by either the use of buttock implants, fat grafting, or a combination of them, each technique has its pros and cons and your surgeon is the best one that could help you to choose the right technique.
Despite sharing the same aims, both techniques differ in how they are performed, the results obtained, and the targets they could achieve.
Buttock augmentation via fat grafting
This procedure is famously known as the Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL), and in this technique, a sufficient amount of fat is collected from the areas around the buttock and then injected into predetermined sites of the buttock to create an hourglass figure with an enhanced buttock.
Pros and cons of fat grafting
This procedure involves two procedures in one firstly a liposuction is performed to remove unwanted excess fat from one area or area of the body, then suctioned fat is then purified and injected into the buttock to add volume.
This technique uses the body’s organic fat to enhance and reshape the buttock contour. Therefore, a significant reduction in the risk of foreign body-associated allergic reactions.
This procedure contours the body in two ways. Firstly, removing unwanted fat via liposuction from areas like the thighs or abdomen, etc. Secondly, it enhances the volume and augments the buttocks. This means dual benefits are obtained from only one procedure.
Both removal and reinjection of fat require only minimal incisions so less notable scarring compared with buttock implants.
Fat grafting involves small incisions and it does not involve the insertion of foreign implants. So it’s considered to be a less invasive and quicker recovery.
Although it is normal for the body to lose around 30% of the injected fat, results obtained from fat grafting are permanent, since your surgeon usually injects an increased amount of fat to counteract this absorption process.
Less dramatic outcomes
Fat transfer is associated with limited augmentation capacity, and the extent of the results is constrained by how much fat is available in the body.
After this process, the body might lose up to 50% of the fat in its new area, which means a large portion of the outcomes obtained doesn’t last.
Your plastic surgeon could account for this loss by injecting an excess amount of fat to meet your ideal size and shape. However, despite this accommodation, the outcomes are still less reliable than implants.
Doesn’t prevent sagging
Re-injecting the suctioned fat into the buttock area does not protect against the effect of aging regarding sagging and dropping.
Buttock augmentation via buttock implants
Buttock implants, also known as gluteal implants, are a Buttock augmentation procedure where enhancement of the buttock’s shape and size is achieved by surgically inserting silicone-filled implants deeply into the buttocks tissue through an incision performed in between the butt cheeks.
Pros and cons of buttock implants
This procedure can provide many benefits, and some disadvantages as well, it’s important to be fully disclosed and familiar with both the pros and cons before deciding to choose surgery.
More dramatic results
Butt implants can result in an aesthetically amazing appearance by increasing the volume and reshaping the roundness of the buttocks.
The results of buttock implants can last for decades, and in some cases, might be permanent.
More predictable results
Unlike fat transfer, buttock implants are pre-shaped and have different sizes, which permits more predictable results and better control of the final look.
The best option for patients with minimal fat
For very lean patients or those who do not have enough fat for a Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL), buttock implants are better suited for them.
Foreign implant-associated risks
While butt implants are silicone-filled which is considered to be safe, it might be associated with some potential risks such as:
- allergic reactions to the material.
- Implants might rupture or shift.
Longer recovery time
The recovery time varies according to the individual and the extent of the technique, but in general, it takes a longer time to recover than fat transfer augmentation.
Unlike buttock augmentation via fat grafting, buttock implants require deeper incisions, and the size of the implant determines its length, this might leave a visible scar.
Fortunately, the location of the incision is usually in between the buttock cheeks which makes the scar less noticeable, in addition, the scar fades with time.
Which procedure fits me?
There is no ” one fits all” procedure, there are many factors that contribute to making the right decision such as your body shape, excess fats you possess, targets you want to achieve, and your budget all these are factors that affect your and your surgeon’s decision regarding the best procedure.