Many women desire more shapely buttocks to feel feminine and beautiful.
If you have naturally flat buttocks or have noticed gradual sagging and laxity, you may be interested in surgical buttock augmentation.
When performed by a talented and artistic plastic surgeon, buttock augmentation can significantly enhance the curves and contours of your body.
Board-certified plastic surgeon (name of doctor) offers buttock augmentation with implants and fat grafting in his practice.
Your own tissue can also be reshaped to add fullness to your buttocks; (name of surgeon) can borrow tissue from your lower back to accentuate the curves of your body.
Consider scheduling a buttock augmentation appointment with our surgeon to learn more about how you can achieve a full, healthy-looking buttock.
What is the difference between Butt Implants and a Brazilian Butt Lift?
Both Buttock Implants and a Brazilian Butt Lift have a similar goal – to change the shape of the buttocks and improve the overall proportions and appearance of that area.
Brazilian Butt Lift achieves this goal with the help of liposuction and Fat Transfer.
Excess fat tissue from one or more areas of the body, such as the abdomen, flanks, back, and thighs, is removed and reused to improve the volume and contour of the buttocks.
Implants may also be used in buttock augmentation. These implants are similar to the type used at Breast Augmentation; however, they are made of soft, firm silicone rather than liquid-filled silicone.
Each procedure has its advantages, and the right approach for your desired outcome and unique anatomical needs will be determined during your initial consultation.
In some cases, both techniques can be combined to achieve a more comprehensive butt augmentation.
What are the risks of buttock augmentation?
The decision to undergo buttock augmentation is a very personal one.
You must decide if the benefits will achieve your goals and if the risks and possible complications of buttock augmentation or buttock lift are acceptable.
Your plastic surgeon will provide you with a detailed explanation of the risks associated with the surgery.
You will be asked to sign consent forms to ensure that you fully understand the procedure you will be undergoing and any risks or possible complications.
The risks of buttock augmentation include:
- Anesthesia risks
- Bleeding (hematoma)
- Deep vein thrombosis, cardiac and pulmonary complications
- Fatty tissue under the skin may die (fat necrosis)
- Fluid accumulation (seroma)
- Numbness or other changes in skin sensation
- Pain that may persist
- Poor wound healing
- Possible need for revision surgery
- Recurrent looseness of the skin
- Skin discoloration and/or persistent swelling
- Skin loss
- The suture material may spontaneously emerge through the skin, become visible, or cause irritation and require removal
- Unfavorable scarring
These and other risks will be discussed in detail prior to your consent. It is important that you discuss all of your questions directly with your plastic surgeon.
How should I prepare for buttock augmentation?
When preparing for buttock augmentation and/or buttock lift, you may be asked to:
- Have a blood test
- Take certain medications or adjust your current medications
- Stop smoking
- Avoid taking aspirin and certain anti-inflammatory medications, as they can increase bleeding
Buttock augmentation can be performed at an accredited surgical facility, an outpatient surgical center, or a hospital.
If your procedure is performed as an outpatient, make sure someone drives you to and from surgery and stays with you for at least the first night after surgery.
What is the treatment process?
Buttock Augmentation is an outpatient procedure performed in a hospital or accredited surgical facility under general anesthesia.
After the one to three-hour surgery, you should be able to go home the same day.
Beforehand, your surgeon will discuss the implant size and shape with you, as well as the type of incision and location of the implants.
In most cases, a two- to three-inch incision is made near the tailbone through which the implants are inserted and placed, usually below each buttock muscle.
Bandages will be applied, and you will likely need to wear a compression garment for a short period of time.
Your surgeon will provide you with these and other details, as well as pre-and post-operative instructions, at your initial consultation.
How long will it take for me to heal?
We recommend that you go home and relax for about 10-12 days before returning to work and normal activities.
You should not exercise or do any strenuous exercise for about four weeks or until your surgeon suggests it is safe to continue.
The bandages will be removed about two to three days after the procedure. After that, you should be able to bathe and move around relatively normally.
Swelling, bruising, and tenderness in the buttock area are normal and should subside over time.
We will initially provide you with prescription medications to minimize discomfort and make the healing process as comfortable as possible.
It can take up to six to eight months for the results to “feel” like a natural part of you, although the benefits should be visible before then. Of course, everyone recovers at different rates, and your experience may vary.
What is a butt lift?
Buttock contouring – or butt lift for short – is a relatively new procedure in the world of cosmetic surgery, but recently published statistics show that its popularity is on the rise.
This guide describes the various surgical procedures available to improve the volume and shape of the buttocks.
The anatomy of the buttocks
Men and women alike desire attractive and shapely buttocks.
And although the buttocks of men and women vary somewhat in shape and appearance, all buttock shapes share four main aspects that determine their appearance:
- Bone structure
- Subcutaneous fat
Your pelvic bone, which forms the shape of your hips and the support structure for your buttocks, is also the one part of your buttock region that you cannot change.
Women tend to have a wider pelvis to accommodate childbirth, which also causes their thigh bones to be set wider.
This means that the buttocks and hips are shaped wider, features that have long been associated with femininity.
Most of the shape of your buttocks is made up of muscle, along with some fat.
There are a number of muscles in the buttock region, many of which help to keep your body upright, but the three main ones that contribute to the shape of the buttocks are:
The largest and probably strongest muscle in your body, the gluteus maximus, makes up most of the muscle mass in your buttocks. Gluteus medius (buttock muscle)
This muscle is much smaller than the gluteus maximus and sits lower behind it. The gluteus medius is sometimes called the upper gluteal muscle. Gluteus Minimus
The smallest of the three gluteal muscles, the gluteus minimus, is the deepest layer of muscle located below the gluteus medius.
Subcutaneous fat, or fat that is literally “under the skin,” covers almost your entire body.
Most people think that fat is undesirable or unhealthy, but the truth is that some fat is good and even necessary in some places.
This much-needed layer of fat, also called “adipose tissue” is found in your buttocks as a layer that sits above your gluteal muscles.
Your buttocks need a healthy layer of subcutaneous fat to perform everyday movements, such as simply sitting down. Generally, this layer of fat is thicker in women.
You have female hormones to thank for this, which promote the storage of fat in the buttocks and thigh area.
How this fat is distributed in your buttock area is one of the most important factors in the overall shape and appearance of your buttocks.
This distribution is mainly determined by genetics, hormones, and diet, and exercise.
The final layer of tissue that makes up your buttocks is your skin.
Similar to other parts of your body, the skin of your buttocks lies over the subcutaneous tissue, holds everything in place, and is subject to the same signs of aging.
Like the skin on the rest of your body, the skin on your buttocks can have spots, cellulite, and stretch marks.
As you age, the skin all over your body, including your buttocks, loses elasticity and thickness. For your buttock muscles, this means that they sag.
The “perfect” butt
Everyone’s butt is different, so achieving the “perfect” butt can look different for everyone.
According to a 2009 study in the Seminars in Plastic Surgery, aptly named Ethnic Considerations in Buttock Esthetics, your definition may even be influenced by ethnicity.
In general, the ideal butt shape is the result of a combination of a few key characteristics.
For many women, the curve of their back is a defining feature of their buttocks or at least the top of their buttocks.
Some people tend to have a more natural curve in their lower back, and this helps their buttocks to show a perkier contour.
Why is this attractive? Scientists believe it may have to do with reproductive health: This tilt reduces the risk of spinal injuries during pregnancy.
So if you’re endowed with a curvy lower back, you’re already well on your way to the ideal butt shape and “butt cleavage.” Hips and waist width
This is another visible sign of fertility, according to scientists. Wider hips not only make it easier to deliver babies but, combined with a narrower waist, are a sure sign that you’re not pregnant right now. With a wider waist, you may also store more fat in your butt.
Another important factor in your ideal butt shape is the definition of your butt crease. This fold of skin marks the bottom of your butt where your thighs begin.
The ideal buttock has a well-defined gluteal crease that clearly separates the thighs from the buttocks.
You don’t want to draw attention away from the buttock area, so your thighs should be narrower.
4 Common Butt Shapes
Many women think that the perfect butt is all about size.
In reality, it’s all about the fatty tissue that sits on and around the buttocks.
Muscle is important to lay the foundation and can be worked out for more definition, but it’s the fat that gives you the softer contours of the attractive female butt.
No two butts are exactly alike in shape, but most fit into four general categories.
The V-shape, most often considered the least attractive, occurs when there is more fat in the waist and upper buttock area.
The buttocks taper toward the thighs, so there is no line between the buttocks and the legs. Square-shaped buttocks tend to look flat from the side.
A common complaint is that they look almost masculine.
This is usually the most commonly complained about shape and can be caused by a little too much fat in the “love handle” area around the midsection and inadequate projection.
A round butt is usually considered attractive. This shape has a lot of fat volume in the cheeks and sides.
When there is a significant amount of volume, it is also referred to as a “cracked butt.” The heart-shaped or A-shaped butt is typically considered the “ideal” butt shape.
Imagine an upside-down heart with a smaller waist and larger hips. Most of the fat is located near the bottom of the buttocks, with good projection.
Factors that influence the shape of the buttocks
It can be extremely difficult to maintain the elusive and ideal buttock shape, especially with so many factors negatively affecting it.
As you age, the time has an extremely negative impact on the shape of your buttocks. The genetics you were born with can also play a major role in how your butt changes.
Finally, diet and exercise can have a remarkable effect on the shape of your buttocks.
Age probably has the biggest impact on the appearance of your buttocks. By the time you reach your 20s, the shape of your buttocks is usually fully formed, and you have a lot of good, healthy fat stored there.
Your buttocks can be firm and high even if you are not physically active and lead a sedentary lifestyle.
Unfortunately, for most women, it goes downhill once they hit their 30s – or even before if you get pregnant.
Muscle mass and tone, skin cell turnover (i.e., the frequency with which the body replaces skin cells), and skin elasticity all decrease during this time. These decreases contribute to sagging and wrinkling.
If you’re in your early 40s, you’re likely to start sagging a bit more, accumulating fat around your hips and love handles and getting a butt that isn’t as high and “perky” as it used to be.
This worsens in your 50s and during menopause.
The drop in estrogen that comes with menopause leads to all sorts of changes in your body, including the storage of more fat around your middle and hips and a loss of fat in your buttocks.
Your butt starts to look flatter and continues to drop.
Once you reach the age of 60, the sagging continues. However, it is important to maintain strong buttock muscles even at this stage of life.
No matter how old you are, your back and hips need strong and stable support to keep you from falling.
The way your buttocks are naturally shaped is largely controlled by your genes.
Your genetic makeup determines how the muscle groups of your buttocks are placed and contoured, as well as the width and overall structure of the pelvic bones that support them.
Your genes also dictate how your body stores and distributes its fat. Exercise can only change the shape of your buttocks to a certain extent.
Diet and exercise
However, age and genetics are no reason to neglect diet and exercise.
A strong dedication to exercise can help build the muscle mass of your buttocks and give them a more appealing shape.
A healthy exercise routine can also help your glutes resist the changes that age and gravity can cause.
An early exercise routine can help maintain and lengthen the butt you had in your 20s and slow sagging and other hormone-related changes.
A quick history of butt contouring techniques
Buttock contouring, or butt lift, is a relatively new procedure in the world of cosmetic surgery.
Wounds, injuries, and deformities of the buttocks have been treated for a very long time, but the concept of shaping this area is still relatively new.
Its popularity has steadily increased as both the demand for body beautifying surgery and the safety of liposuction have increased.
The recent rise in popularity of the procedure can likely be explained by changes in fashion and the media – think of the influence that celebrities like J Lo and the Kardashians have had.
The first reported attempt to shape the buttocks took place in 1969. In this first attempt, breast implants were used to add shape to the patient’s buttocks.
The results were not very impressive. Over time, the procedure was performed more frequently, and problems with the movement of the implants became apparent.
These problems were quickly solved by placing the implants between the gluteus maximus and gluteus medius rather than in the subcutaneous layer.
As liposuction became safer and more popular, it became the most commonly used method for surgeons to remove unwanted fat from various areas of the body.
This eventually included the flanks, lower back, and areas around the buttock region. Liposuction was also quickly adopted as the primary means of shaping the buttocks.
If you are thinking about a buttock lift, there are two different techniques you can consider: the traditional buttock lift and the newer Brazilian buttock lift.
Both methods have their merits, and which procedure is best for you will depend on your individual body shape and goals.
The Traditional Butt lift
A traditional butt lift may include one or more of the following methods: Skin removal, Liposuction Butt implants.
Exactly what happens during a butt lift depends on the patient and her individual esthetic goals.
Skin is typically removed for sagging, liposuction may be performed to sculpt the buttocks, and implants may be used to add volume.
When implants are used, the procedure is called buttock augmentation.
Butt lift without implants
In this procedure, your surgeon will make a small incision in your buttocks to remove thin layers of excess fat, tissue, and skin.
Depending on your individual needs, the buttock muscles may be tightened. Sutures may be placed deep within the muscles and tissues to lift and hold your new butt shape in the desired position.
There are four main types of traditional butt lifts, all of which can use liposuction to shape the buttocks.
They differ in the type of incision your surgeon makes to correct your sagging: An upper buttock lift focuses on the contours of the upper part of your buttocks.
The incision is made across the curve of the upper portion of your buttocks, through which the underlying tissue can be removed with liposuction or repositioned to improve buttock cleavage.
If your problem is only mild to moderate sagging, your surgeon may remove the tissue from just the bottom of your buttocks.
This helps to reposition the fat in the lower buttock area and lifts the gluteal fold at the base of your buttocks.
A lateral incision can be made on either side of the buttocks to address mild sagging at the hips and outer edges of the buttocks. This method limits scarring.
A “butterfly” butt lift involves making an incision from the central crease (the “crack”) upward and outward. This technique is good for tightening sagging tissue, but it does not usually reposition or lift the buttocks.
Buttock lift and augmentation with implants
If you have a flat or poorly defined buttock – especially if you have very little subcutaneous fat – you may choose to have a buttock lift with implants.
In this procedure, the implants are inserted through an incision hidden in the central buttock crease.
However, depending on your needs, another incision may be better, and this can be done without any problems.
The implant is then placed under the gluteus maximus to give the buttocks a fuller, rounder appearance.
There are three main types of implants available:
Water-based implants, as you might imagine, are filled with a sterile saline solution. They are considered the safest option because, in the unlikely event of a rupture, your body will harmlessly absorb the water.
On the other hand, they are not popular because they can rupture if you bump them sharply or in the event of a hard impact, like a fall. They are also criticized for not feeling as natural as other options, as they tend to feel firmer.
Cohesive gel silicone implants are another option and are similar to breast implants.
Surgeons shy away from this type of implant, however, because of the amount of stress your buttocks are subjected to even during normal daily activities.
The likelihood of a gel silicone implant rupturing under the stress of your body weight increases.
Fixed silicone implants are the most popular type of buttock implants used today.
These implants, unlike breast implants, are completely firm yet pliable, with a feel and texture that fits your buttocks much better.
They come in a variety of shapes, or they can even be custom cut for you. And thanks to their solid design, they can’t tear.
The Brazilian Butt Lift
As liposuction techniques improved, a new butt lift technique finally emerged from South America: the Brazilian butt lift.
Invented by Dr. Ivo Pitanguy in Rio de Janeiro in 1992, this technique is actually called “autologous fat transfer” in the medical community.
Autologous fat transfer means that fat is taken from one part of your body to be put into another part of your body.
For a Brazilian butt lift, this means that fat is taken from a place where it is abundant and inserted into your buttocks.
It’s basically liposuction and butt augmentation, but instead of implants, your own fat is used for the extra volume.
The Brazilian butt lift is a two-step procedure: Using liposuction, your surgeon removes unwanted, excess fat from your body.
In addition to the buttocks, the most common target areas are the inner thighs, lower back, abdomen, and stubborn love handles.
Sometimes even fat can be taken from your upper arms if there is enough there. It is also often necessary to take fat from two or three different areas of your body to make sure there is enough to get the results you want.
In this first step, you get the benefits of liposuction: a slimmer and more toned body.
The fat that is removed is then medically treated and purified. This purified fat is strategically injected into your buttocks, reshaping them the way you want.
Unfortunately, not all of the transferred fat cells can survive. Current estimates by surgeons are that about 20 to 30% of the transferred fat cells die.
To counteract this, your surgeon may “overfill” your buttocks or perform a touch-up after a few weeks.
If you are interested in a buttock lift to improve the shape of your buttocks, you must first determine if you are a candidate for the procedure.
A good candidate for a traditional buttock lift should:
- Be in good general and mental health.
- Have realistic expectations.
- Be a non-smoker or quit smoking. Cigarette smoke can have a negative impact on your ability to heal after surgery. If you are a smoker and still want a butt lift, you will need to stop smoking at least temporarily for a period of time before and after the procedure.
- You have excess skin and fat in the buttock area that needs to be removed.
- You have been working on getting rid of the excess fat and tightening the skin through proper diet and exercise.
- You must also be willing to continue eating right and exercising to maintain the results.
- You should not plan to lose any more weight as this may affect the results. Weight loss after surgery can have an unfavorable effect on your results.
Many of the criteria for ideal butt lift candidates also apply to Brazilian butt lift surgery, but there are a few additional factors.
Good Brazilian Butt Lift Candidates:
- You want to add volume to their buttocks.
- Have easily accessible pockets of excess fat that can be removed, cleaned, and transferred to the buttocks with liposuction. These pockets of fat are preferably located in the midsection or thighs. If you don’t have enough fat, you may need to get implants.
- You will not have excess sagging skin.
- Sagging buttocks are better treated with a traditional butt lift.
- You have the right body shape for a Brazilian butt lift. Not everyone is ideal for this procedure, and your surgeon can help you decide if adding more volume to your buttocks will help improve their appearance.
How much butt lift surgery costs: 10 determining factors
For many patients, the cost of a butt lift is an investment, both in terms of the improved appearance and the increased self-confidence that comes with it.
Prices vary from country to country. However, you should expect the price to be affected not only by the cost of your surgeon’s time but also by anesthesia, operating room fees, and other related factors.
A traditional butt lift costs between (THB here and THB here), with the higher end of the price range being butt augmentation with implants.
A Brazilian butt lift can range from (THB here) upwards.
Some of the factors that will determine the cost of your butt lift procedure are:
The specific type of surgery you choose – Generally, a traditional butt lift is the most expensive procedure because the surgeon must carefully and skillfully remove unwanted tissue, tighten underlying muscles, and trim away excess skin.
Suppose you are having an implant or fat transfer inserted, the price increases.
The experience of your surgeon – Experienced surgeons with expertise may cost more upfront. However, they may cost less in the long run because they usually provide the best treatment with excellent results and a lower risk of complications.
The type of sedation or anesthesia – This can vary greatly and depends on a few factors, including the type of surgery, your medical needs, and even your preferences.
Medications for recovery – You will need antibiotics to fight infection, and you may need pain medication during recovery. With some doctors, this is included in the price of the procedure, but it is usually an additional cost.
Compression garments – Supplies or materials to aid your healing process may be included in the price but are usually an additional cost.
Where the surgery is performed – Due to regional differences, the cost of your butt lift surgery can vary greatly from country to country.
Many patients choose to travel to reduce the cost or to work with a more experienced surgeon. However, there are downsides to choosing a surgeon who is not in your area, especially if complications arise during the recovery period.
Surgical facility fees – Hospitals and other surgical facilities charge a fee for their use. This fee can vary from facility to facility and city to city. Again, some doctors may have this fee included in the price if they have an agreement with a surgical facility, or there may be additional charges.
The cost of implants – If your butt lift includes implants, they will increase the cost. There are several options for implants, each with its own price tag.
Combining multiple cosmetic procedures – For example, many patients like to combine their butt lift with a tummy tuck to completely revitalize their appearance. Many surgeons offer a slight discount when combining procedures.
Your Insurance Coverage – It is very unlikely that your health insurance will cover butt lift surgery, as it is considered a cosmetic procedure.
However, if you have excess skin that is causing medical problems, such as a skin infection, your insurance may pay for part or all of the surgery.
During your initial consultation, your surgeon will break down the cost of your specific procedure. If they don’t, just ask!
Preparations for the surgery
Before your procedure, you should have a consultation with your surgeon to discuss details such as your medical history, your expectations for the procedure, your recovery, and any potential risks or complications.
You should inform your surgeon of any medications or supplements you are taking at least a few days before your procedure.
You may be advised to stop taking some of them, such as aspirin or vitamin E, as they can increase the risk of excessive bruising and bleeding.
Also, if you are a smoker, you will be asked to stop smoking at least two weeks before your surgery.
This is because the nicotine in the bloodstream can have a negative impact on blood circulation and the overall healing process.
You will probably also be asked to abstain from alcohol for a few weeks.
Remember, by properly preparing for your butt lift procedure; you can have a smoother surgery and a faster recovery!
Recovery: Post-Operative Advice
After surgery, you will be taken to a recovery room, where you will be closely monitored for a while until the anesthesia wears off.
After a few hours, you will be allowed to leave the room, but before you go, you will be given a list of specific instructions to follow.
These instructions may include how to care for your buttocks and any areas treated with liposuction during your recovery, what medications to take, and what hygiene guidelines to follow.
Most likely, you will be told to always wear a support garment or compression garment after your procedure. Compression garments help relieve swelling and allow the skin in the suctioned areas to absorb better.
Your surgeon will let you know how long you need to wear the garment and if there are any other special instructions you need to follow.
Each butt lift surgery has its own unique steps that you will need to take to ensure that your recovery is smooth, quick, and long-lasting results.
Traditional Butt Lift recovery
Whether or not you choose to include implants in your butt lift surgery, you will need to wear compression garments for at least 2 to 3 weeks. This will help the skin heal and form properly and give your new buttocks some much-needed support.
After this time, you will likely be able to gradually return to your normal activities, but it may take up to six months to see your final results after surgery.
It is only at this point that the swelling has reduced sufficiently, and the implants have settled into their final position.
Brazilian Butt Lift Recovery
If you choose to have a Brazilian butt lift, the recovery process will be slightly different. You will most likely be asked to avoid sitting for long periods of time or at all for at least two weeks (some surgeons prefer even longer).
This is important because sitting on your new butt for too long during recovery can damage the fat transferred there.
Excessive pressure prevents the formation of veins that supply the fat with blood and nutrients to help it survive.
You will be asked to sit with a pillow or pad under your hamstrings to help straighten your buttocks and prevent too much pressure on the fat grafts. You will also need to sleep on your stomach or side for the same reason.
During recovery, compression stockings are necessary to apply even pressure to the areas treated with liposuction.
Small drains may also be placed in the incisions under the skin to flush away excess blood or fluid. If your procedure includes these drains, you will be given detailed instructions on how to care for and clean the drains.
The drains are usually removed by your surgeon within a few days.
The length of recovery varies from patient to patient, but most people can return to work within a week or two.
If you have had a Brazilian butt lift, you will need to take frequent breaks from sitting.
Sometimes recovery can take longer, but most patients can expect to gradually return to their normal activities over the course of about 4 to 8 weeks.
Butt Augmentation Risks & possible side effects
Fortunately, serious complications following butt lift surgery are rare.
The risks associated with your particular procedure will be discussed in detail during your consultation.
Remember, however, that all surgeries come with some level of risk. Some of the possible side effects associated with the various butt lift procedures include excessive bleeding and hematoma.
A collection of blood, called a hematoma, can form and cause an uncomfortable bulge under the skin if the blood does not clot properly during surgery.
Drainage is required to correct this problem. The risk of hematoma can be minimized by not taking any anti-bleeding or anti-inflammatory medication for two weeks before and after the operation. Seroma
Seromas are similar to hematomas, except they are filled with clear fluid rather than blood.
Seromas are usually managed with drains during and after surgery but sometimes require further surgery to correct.
In extreme circumstances, the skin at and around the surgical site may die after surgery. This death of tissue, called “necrosis,” is much more common in patients with poor circulation, such as smokers and diabetics.
The skin will become discolored before it falls off and becomes infected. Surgery is necessary to correct this problem.
All surgeries carry a small risk of infection, but this risk is slightly higher during a butt lift. The risk of infection increases with the volume of fat grafted during a Brazilian butt lift.
To reduce this risk, antibiotics are administered during the procedure.
The risk of infection is about 20-30% higher with implants. These infections can range from mild to severe, and treatment options range from simple antibiotic administration to removal of the implants.
Smokers, diabetics, and those who have undergone previous procedures are at the highest risk for infection.
The site of the incisions may feel numb, tender, painful, or simply unfamiliar after surgery. This usually goes away on its own within 4 to 6 months and is rarely permanent.
Massages, as recommended by your surgeon, can help promote good circulation to the area and speed the return of normal skin sensation.
About a quarter of the fat injected into the buttocks during a Brazilian butt lift is reabsorbed by the body after the procedure.
If this fat is reabsorbed unevenly, it can lead to a lopsided result or contour irregularities. After liposuction, you may notice dents in the skin and irregularities in the curves of your body.
This can be fixed naturally by massaging the area during recovery and wearing your compression garment.
Liposuction can also cause swelling and discoloration. These skin issues almost always take care of themselves during recovery, and permanent problems are extremely rare.
If your implants migrate too close to your lower back or put too much pressure on this area, they can aggravate or injure the sciatic nerve.
If this happens, the implants will need to be repositioned or removed. The implants may also begin to push through the incision site or even the skin of your buttocks.
The chances of this happening increase if you put too much pressure on your implants before you’ve had enough time to heal properly or if an infection occurs.
This can also be a result of a hematoma or seroma.
Deep Vein Thrombosis
Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) describes a condition in which blood clots form in the deep veins of the legs.
If one of these blood clots makes its way to the heart, lungs, or brain, it can be fatal. This is why it is so important to follow your surgeon’s post-operative instructions, especially regarding the use of compression garments.
Compression garments help keep the blood flowing and prevent these clots from forming in the first place.
You should also walk a lot during your recovery for the same reason. DVT is rare, but you should tell your surgeon right away about any shortness of breath or difficulty breathing.
Large, noticeable scars can occur if the suture healing time is prolonged or if there are complications, especially infection.
In most cases, these scars fade over the course of a few years. If you have developed unusual scarring, such as keloids, in the past, you may also be at risk for such problems after surgery.
There are things that can help reduce the appearance of scars, such as topical treatments with silicone sheets and silicone gel. Any scar treatments should not begin until after the incisions are closed.
A word about scarring
Unfortunately, scarring is inevitable with a traditional buttock lift. As the excess skin is removed, a scar will form where the skin is rejoined.
However, experienced surgeons plan the location of the scar very carefully in advance. With any of the four traditional incision techniques used in butt lift surgery, the scar will be hidden by the natural contours of your body.
Once the scars are completely healed and faded, they should be nearly invisible, even in a bikini. They are expertly hidden in the central crease, the buttock crease, or along the contours of the top or sides of your buttocks.
However, the scarring associated with the Brazilian buttock lift is almost non-existent. The incisions required for the liposuction cannula are very small, measuring only a few millimeters.
They are also relatively shallow, only deep enough to allow the cannula to get under the skin to remove the fat.
The incisions through which the fat is injected back into the buttocks are equally small. Any scars that form at the incision sites are small and barely noticeable.
Retention of the result
The results of all butt lift techniques should be very long-lasting, provided you are willing to maintain them.
Massive weight fluctuations, pregnancy, and aging will take their toll on your body even after the procedure.
The best way to maintain your new buttock shape is to live a healthy lifestyle and avoid stretching the skin due to weight gain. This means eating a healthy, nutritious diet and exercising regularly.
You need to keep in mind that weight loss will also likely cause you to lose your new butt. When you burn excess fat through cardio exercises, the fat goes off your entire body, including your new butt area.
Exercise that butt 3-4 times a week and maintain your weight.
There are even some specific exercises that can help your butt muscles look great after the procedure. Once you have been given permission to work out, it is important to do lots of exercises for the gluteal region and leg muscles to keep your butt tight and perky.
Two of the best exercises for tight buttocks are squats and lunges. Keep the weights you use light and do lots of repetitions to get the best results.
For cardio, use the Stairmaster, elliptical, and bicycle to keep your new buttocks looking nice.
Last but not least, for safety and the best results, it’s always a good idea to maintain a relationship with your surgeon’s office.
Don’t hesitate to contact your surgeon if you have any questions or concerns after your procedure. If you notice any unusual changes in your condition, especially early in your recovery, contact your surgeon immediately!
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the difference between a Brazilian butt lift and buttock implants?
A Brazilian butt lift uses your own fat tissue to add volume and create your desired buttock shape. Excess fat is removed from other areas, purified, and expertly grafted into the buttocks to shape and contour the region.
Implants, on the other hand, use medical-grade materials that are inserted into your body to create a fuller, more youthful shape, and appearance. Not everyone is a good candidate for either procedure, so be sure to schedule a consultation with a board-certified surgeon before choosing one.
Traditional vs. Brazilian butt lift: which procedure provides the best results?
Because everyone’s buttock region is different and butt lifts can be customized, results can vary from patient to patient. In general, both a traditional butt lift and a Brazilian butt lift can give you a tighter, “perkier,” and all-around more appealing butt.
A traditional butt lift can provide more dramatic results, as it involves the removal of unwanted layers of fat and tissue, as well as excess, sagging skin. The Brazilian butt lift, on the other hand, focuses more on reshaping the body by removing unwanted fat from other areas and filling in the buttocks with it, resulting in plumper buttocks and curvier hips.
Both procedures are capable of improving the appearance of your buttocks, just in different ways. A traditional butt lift is good for slimming the buttocks, and implants can be added to create some shape if you don’t have enough excess tissue, while a Brazilian butt lift adds volume for a sexier, more youthful look.
The results of both procedures can last for years, provided you are willing to take care of your body and avoid dramatic weight changes.
Does a butt lift always involve augmentation?
No. A butt lift without implants is ideal if you have sagging or drooping skin, wrinkles under your buttocks, and don’t want a bigger butt. If you want to add volume to your buttocks, consider butt implants or a Brazilian butt lift.
Both procedures can help your butt appear fuller, rounder, and more youthful. However, a Brazilian butt lift is a better option for you if you have a lot of excess fat in other areas of your body that can be grafted onto your butt. If you do not have this excess fat, implants may be the best option to achieve your goals.
How long does the procedure take?
The length of the procedure depends primarily on the type and extent of the surgery in question. Generally, a traditional butt lift, with or without implants, takes about 1 to 3 hours.
The duration of a Brazilian butt lift surgery depends on the patient’s measurements, the number of areas that will be treated by liposuction, and any additional procedures that will be performed at the same time. Generally, it should take about 2 to 3 hours.
Does a butt lift hurt?
You will not feel anything during the procedure. Thanks to the effective anesthesia, you will be comfortable, and there should be no pain throughout the procedure.
You may experience mild to moderate pain or discomfort after the procedure, but this will be well managed with painkillers.
Is the recovery after the butt lift uncomfortable?
In most cases, the first few days to a week after surgery are the most uncomfortable, with patients experiencing mild to moderate pain and discomfort.
This should be easily controlled with your prescribed pain medication. There may also be some swelling and numbness, but this will subside and disappear completely within a few weeks.
Will I have to stay overnight?
Most butt lift procedures are performed on an outpatient basis, and you may go home as soon as the anesthesia wears off, usually after a few hours. You will only need to stay overnight if your surgery is more complicated than average or you are a higher-risk patient.
How long do I have to wait to see the results of my butt lift?
How long it takes depends on many factors, including the specifics of your individual procedure, as well as your own body and how it recovers.
Generally, there will be some swelling and bruising after the procedure, which should subside after a few weeks. You should be able to see the optimal result a few months after the procedure.
How long do the results of a butt lift last?
The results of a butt lift can last for years – as long as 20 years in many cases. Of course, nothing can stop the aging process, so the best way to ensure your results last as long as possible is to eat a healthy diet with regular exercise.
Dramatic weight changes can have a negative impact on the shape and feel of your new buttocks.
Is there a natural method for a buttock lift?
Right now, there is no cream, pill, or device that can achieve the results of a surgical butt lift. Sure, you can plump up your butt muscles with strength training exercises, but that can only do so much and won’t give you the soft roundness that surgery can achieve.
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