Many men and women wish to change the appearance of their buttocks and seek buttock augmentation for improvement. Common complaints prior to surgery would include unhappiness about the size and shape of the buttocks or asymmetry. Buttock augmentation surgery uses implants, fat grafting or a combination of both to increase fullness, roundness and projection of the buttocks.
There are a number of ways in which a buttock augmentation can be achieved. The technique is determined by the size and shape of the buttocks, the amount of fat on your body that is available for liposuction, skin quality, skin elasticity and the amount of extra skin on the body. If a buttock implant is used, an incision is made on the buttocks and an implant is inserted either in the muscle or above the gluteal muscle on each side. Incisions are then closed with layered sutures and a dressing is placed on the surgical site.
An alternative to implants is fat grafting, also known as a Brazilian Butt Lift procedure. During a Brazilian Butt Lift, liposuction is performed. The fat, tissue and blood that were removed during the procedure are then processed and prepared to return to the body. When ready, small injections are made to add fat to the buttocks.
Results of a buttock augmentation are immediate; however, some post procedural swelling will also occur which can take weeks to months to resolve. If fat grafting is performed, it can take up to one year to know what percentage of fat that is transferred survives. Typically, about 50-80% of the fat that is injected “takes”.
Following surgery, you will need to wear a support garment for two to three weeks. If fat grafting is performed, you will be asked to avoid prolonged sitting for about two weeks. You will also be asked to sleep on your side or face down to alleviate pressure on the buttocks. Dr. Boudreault also recommends that you seek a lymphatic massage from a licensed massage therapist. We are happy to provide therapist recommendations. Following surgery, you will be encouraged to maintain your weight and keep a healthy lifestyle to prolong the benefits of the surgery.
If you feel as though you might benefit from a Buttock Augmentation or Brazilian Butt Lift call to schedule an appointment with Dr. David Boudreault at our convenient Palo Alto location.