Butt augmentation has continued to increase in popularity over the past several years. It has been the fastest growing procedure in the U.S. over the past two years. There are several procedures that can be used to augment the buttock. One is the Brazilian Butt Lift (fat transfer), Butt Implants and a combination of butt implants and fat transfer.
A butt augmentation with implants entails the augmentation being done with solid silicone implants that are placed below the fascia of the gluteus muscle. These implants will give shape and volume to the buttock to enhance the overall shape.
Buttock augmentation with implants is typically done in two types of patients. One is patients that have a BMI less than 22 and thus do not have enough fat for a Brazilian Butt Lift. The implant gives your surgeon an option for augmentation when there is not a enough fat to be harvested for your Brazilian Butt Lift.
The second group of patients are those that want a significant augmentation. The augmentation with fat transfer is limited to the fat available and the current shape and volume of your buttock. Silicone butt implants allow you to achieve more buttock enhancement and it is not dependent on the butt pre-operative shape and fat available.
The majority of patients that are healthy and not currently on medications can be good candidates for butt augmentation with butt implants.
Butt implants are solid silicone implants that come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Similar to breast implants patients have an abundance of choices when it comes to butt implants and what is best for them during their procedure.
The butt implants are a little more firm than breast implants as they are designed to take the abuse that our butt takes in a daily basis. This makes the implants durable of the long term for patients.
Buttock augmentation with butt implants is an outpatient surgical procedure that usually takes an hour and half to two hours to complete. Patients require general anesthesia for the butt augmentation with implants.
The procedures are performed at our accredidated surgery center where patient will have their anesthesia provided by anesthesiologist and CRNAs.
Once you are asleep you will be positioned face down so that Dr. Franco as access to your buttock. He creates a subfacial (fascia is the strong covering of the muscle) plane where the butt implant will be placed. Once the pocket is created he uses a sizer to check the pocket size and make any final determinations on the implant size. The pocket is then washed with antibiotic solution and then the silicone butt implant is placed using a Keller Funnel. The funnel will avoid the implant touching the skin as it is placed into the buttock pocket that has been created.
The incisions are then closed in several layers and dermabond glue is placed over the incision to seal it so that patients can shower the day after surgery.
Patients go home the same day of surgery and then typically return to see me in the office the day after surgery.
There are some patients that can benefit from both fat transfer and buttock implants. The need the liposuction of their flanks to improve their waist and then this fat can be processed and used for fat transfer.
Once the implants have been placed for the augmentation the fat that has been harvested during the liposuction can be used to augment the hips and lateral portion of the buttock. The fat can be used for any final contouring and enhancement that might be necessary after the implants are placed. The combination of butt implants and fat transfer can give patients an incredible result as it will improve their shape and give them the maximal amount of augmentation from their surgery.
Patients can expect a draumatic result after their augmentation with implants. The amount of augmentation is dependent on the size of the implant and whether or not it was combined with fat transfer or not.
The implants do tend to be slightly firmer than an augmentation done with fat, however they typically give more projection and are a great option in patients that do not have enough fat for the augmentation.
Butt implants are a great option for thin patients that do not have enough fat or patients that want more projection. In general patients are typically extremely happy with their butt augmentation with implants.
The final result of your butt augmentation is dependent on several factors (just like your breast implants) including your natural tissue, butt implant size and placement of the implants.
First of all most of the extreme pictures that people see after butt implants are a conscious decision by patients that want a larger augmentation. There are a lot of patients that have small butt implants and a very natural appearing result. The implant you choose for your augmentation will directly affect how natural appearing your augmentation results are after your surgery.
Second if patient have a little fat to transfer I will liposuction their flanks to shape them and then use that fat to soften the implants and make the final result more natural in feel and appearance. This combination can give patients an incredible result.
In general patients after their butt augmentation with implants are extremely happy. It is important to spend time with your surgeon so that they understand your specific aesthetic goals for the surgery.
Please consult your board certified plastic surgeon that performs a high volume butt augmentation surgeries.
Buttock augmentation with butt implants is a great option for patients that do not have enough fat for a Brazilian Butt Lift or want more augmentation than can be achieved with fat transfer. In consultation with your surgeon you can discuss if you’re a good candidate for augmentation with butt implants.
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