For over a decade, there has been a steady increase in Buttock Augmentations performed in the United States and around the world, and El Paso is no exception to this trend.
A Buttock Augmentation changes the size and shape of a patient’s buttocks by surgically placing a silicone implant in the buttocks or by transferring fat to the buttocks. A silicone implant can be placed in the buttocks, but the preferred method by most surgeons and patients is to transfer fat to accomplish this. The reason the fat transfer is preferred is that buttocks implants can be more problematic than implants in other areas.
A ‘Brazilian Buttock Lift’ involves removing fat from one area and transferring it to the buttocks. To accomplish this the patient undergoes liposuction of the areas that have some excess fat. For most patients this is the abdomen, hips or flanks, upper back and inner or outer thighs. The more fat that is available, the more we can do to improve the shape and volume of the buttocks. Most patients need at least 2 liters of fat removed to yield enough fat for a significant improvement. How much fat we need depends upon how deficient the area is and whether we are trying to increase projection and more of a round shape on the sides.
After we remove the fat we separate it from the accompanying fluid and prepare it for injection. Small incisions are used for the aspiration of the fat and the transfer of the fat. We place the fat at multiple levels and multiple passes injecting a small amount of fat each time to ensure maximal survival. About 85% of the fat usually survives long term while 15% gets resorbed by the body. Avoiding pressure in this area for two weeks after surgery helps ensure maximal survival.
Other than avoiding pressure in this area, patients can return to most other activities after surgery. If a patient has had massive weight loss or extreme weight changes then the excision of tissue at the top of the buttocks or above the buttocks may be helpful to lift the area and improve the shape. This is called a Buttock Lift (not Brazilian) and can be combined with a tummy tuck to make a body lift or circumferential abdominoplasty.
A Brazilian Buttock Lift can be done alone or in conjunction with other procedures. If it is done with other procedures in a woman after childbirth then it can be part of a Mommy Makeover. Excess abdominal tissue can be removed with a tummy tuck after the fat has been suctioned. This allows us to tighten the abdomen and remove extra skin from the area all in one procedure.
Whatever the patient’s motivation is, having a fuller and more shapely buttocks improves confidence and makes clothes and swimsuits fit better. If you are thinking about doing this, join the hundreds of thousands of other patients who have done it and become part of the ‘rear revolution’!