If you want to enlarge or re-shape your buttocks and have discovered that this area does not respond to exercise or diet, buttock augmentation may be the solution you've been looking for. A buttock augmentation (butt augmentation) or buttock lift (butt lift) contours the buttocks and compensates for low amounts of fat in the area. Women and men who augment their bottoms can enjoy a more shapely profile. Augmentation may be achieved through injections of your own body fat or with solid silicone implants.
Buttock augmentation can enhance the natural curves for patients who are unhappy with the shape of their buttocks. It can also add volume and roundness for patients seeking a more balanced body profile. Body-builders may seek buttock augmentation if they are unable to develop gluteal muscles in proportion with the rest of their bodies. Generally, if you are looking for a fuller, curvier bottom, buttock augmentation may be for you.
The preferred method for performing buttock augmentation is fat transfer, the use of the patient's own body fat to reshape this area. Fat injection achieves a more natural result, has a lower risk of infection, and also contours the areas around the buttocks to enhance the overall effect. However, implants may be recommended for patients who have very little body fat to harvest. These options will be addressed by Dr. Roland during your consultation.
Buttock augmentation with fat transfer, also known as the Brazilian Butt Lift in honor of the country in which it was developed, involves two steps. First, the patient's own fat is collected through liposuction. The most popular areas for liposuction before buttock augmentation are the lower back, waist, flanks (love handles), thighs and abdomen. This not only provides the material for buttock enhancement, it also contours these areas yielding a more dramatic overall result. This harvested fat from the patient is then processed so that it is ready to be reintroduced, during the same surgery.
In the second step, the patient's fat is added to the buttocks via numerous injections at different depths to ensure an even, attractive augmentation. This method of fat injection gives a shapely contour to the buttocks. Special attention is given to the upper buttocks so the entire rear looks youthfully and naturally lifted.
Buttock implants come in a variety of shapes and sizes to best fit each patient's body type and desired goal. These implants are made of soft silicone, which provides a firm, smooth and natural feel. They are placed away from important nerves as well as the bony area on which you sit. The upper and outer regions of the butt become rounder and firmer once the implants are in place. The procedure takes about two hours and is performed under general anesthesia. The incision is inconspicuous in the depression between the buttocks.
After buttock augmentation with fat transfer or silicone implants, patients should avoid sitting directly on the buttocks or lying on their backs for two to three weeks to maximize results. During this time, compression garments may be worn to reduce swelling. Patients will experience some pain, bruising and swelling after the procedure. Most patients return to work two weeks after their buttock augmentation and are able to resume all normal activities within four weeks. Swelling typically dissipates by the sixth week.
As with any surgery, there are risks to buttock augmentation with fat transfer or silicone implants. These include infection, bleeding, reaction to the anesthesia, and damage to nerves or muscles. Buttock implants infrequently shift after they have been placed, which occasionally requires a repeat operation to achieve the desired result. Dr. Roland will discuss these risks with you in detail in our Manhattan office.
Buttock augmentation is a highly satisfying procedure that enhances the profile of the buttocks and surrounding areas for a younger, firmer, curvier look.
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