Creating a balance in the contours and appearance of the body is a leading reason for cosmetic surgery: buttock augmentation is a prime example of the way in which a relatively simple procedure can re-craft the silhouette. Buttock augmentation can be requested for a number of different reasons:
- to create the appearance of proportionate gluteal muscles
- to increase buttock fat
- to augment the existing buttocks
Some patients have their buttock augmentation surgeries performed in conjunction with liposuction, tummy tucks, breast augmentation, or other procedures, while others only want to have the single procedure done.
How is buttock lift performed?
Surgical buttock augmentation takes one of two forms: fat grafting, or buttock implants. In micro-fat grafting, body fat is liposuctioned from one area of the body, then used for buttock augmentation by being re-injected into the buttocks of the patient. Individuals who seek a more muscular appearance or who don't have enough body fat to perform a fat graft can accomplish buttock augmentation through the use of implants.
In order for buttock augmentation to be performed using fat grafting, the patient must have a plentitude of existing body fat to harvest for use in the buttock augmentation. The fat may be taken from almost anywhere on the body:
For a buttock augmentation to be successful using the fat graft method the fat tissue must receive a certain amount of blood supply, otherwise the fat cells will die and be safely reabsorbed by the body. This will diminish the results of the buttock augmentation, so it is important that enough body fat be available to anticipate the potential loss of some volume.
When performing a fat grafting buttock augmentation, the plastic surgeon gently removes body fat using liposuction. The fat particles are then purified, and the buttock augmentation is performed by inserting fat into the layers of the buttocks through a single incision that is 1/8" inch long. Successful fat grafting buttock augmentation requires that the tiny fat droplets be carefully implanted near small blood vessels that will provide adequate circulation-increasing chances for cell survival.
Buttock augmentation may also use implants, either made of solid silicone, or a softer form of cohesive silicone encased in a silicone bag. If cohesive silicone is used, the results feel more natural, and there is a low reported risk of leakage. Solid silicone used in buttock augmentation is made of the same material used in chin implants, male pectoral implants, and calf implants. Solid silicone implants result in a buttock augmentation that is firmer and more resistant to wear and tear than a gel or saline filled implant.
Buttock implants are very risky and require a lengthy recovery period. Since the incisions for the surgery are made in easily infected areas, potential complications can occur. Patients must understand that following buttock implants they will not be able to sit down for at least ten days and will not be able to resume most normal activities for a month. More rigorous activities will not be able to be enjoyed for about two months after the buttock implants.
Following either micro fat grafting or implant surgery, the patient should plan on a recovery time of up to two weeks following the buttock augmentation. Patients who have had buttock augmentation implants will generally have a slightly longer, more difficult recovery than those who have fat grafting. Still, for patients unhappy with their backside appearance, the growing availability of buttock implants has allowed them to achieve a more pleasing figure.