Butt Enhancement

Quick Facts About Butt Enhancement

Average Treatment Cost:: $4,800
Procedure Time: : 2-4 hours
In/Outpatient:: Usually Outpatient
Anesthesia:: General or local with sedation
Recovery Time:: 2-4 weeks; strenuous activity in 3-6 weeks
Duration of Results: : Long-lasting
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What you should know

What Is Butt Enhancement?

From butt lifts to butt augmentation, today’s cosmetic surgery buttocks procedures are focused on achieving what might be called the ultimate butt by skillfully removing excess skin (when necessary) while, in many cases, adding fat to contour the buttocks. The ultimate butt these days may well be bigger, rounder, firmer, tighter or even more lifted. A better butt can be had depending what it is you what to change about your backend. 

Butt Lift

A buttock lift removes excess sagging buttock skin that has developed as a result of weight loss, aging, gravity or genetics much like other cosmetic lift procedures. A buttock lift is commonly part of a lower body lift that may include the abdomen and thighs. 

A buttock lift or lower body lift, which can include the abdomen and thighs, as well, can improve and/or remove excess skin and reshape your derrière. Most frequently done in conjunction with a body lift or abdominoplasty, the buttocks lift improves shape and contour and tightens the skin. Some women experience drooping in the buttocks area after they lose the baby weight and if your skin doesn’t have enough elasticity, and your rear end looks a little deflated, a buttocks lift is the only way to eliminate the excess skin and restore a tauter appearance. A butt lift is essentially a more extensive tummy tuck that uses incisions along the upper area of the buttocks as well as under the buttocks crease so your surgeon can lift and rejuvenate the area.

The buttock lift also can improve the lumps and bumps associated with cellulite. During a butt or body lift, the skin and underlying matrix are separated from the muscle and fat, thereby releasing the bands that cause cellulite. When performed alone, recovery from a buttock lift is not as difficult as you might expect. After surgery, you’ll wear a compression garment or have drains to prevent fluid formation.

Brazilian Butt Lift

A buttock lift removes excess sagging buttock skin that has developed as a result of weight loss, aging, gravity or genetics much like other cosmetic lift procedures. A buttock lift is commonly part of a lower body lift that may include the abdomen and thighs. 

A buttock lift or lower body lift, which can include the abdomen and thighs, as well, can improve and/or remove excess skin and reshape your derrière. Most frequently done in conjunction with a body lift or abdominoplasty, the buttocks lift improves shape and contour and tightens the skin. Some women experience drooping in the buttocks area after they lose the baby weight and if your skin doesn’t have enough elasticity, and your rear end looks a little deflated, a buttocks lift is the only way to eliminate the excess skin and restore a tauter appearance. A butt lift is essentially a more extensive tummy tuck that uses incisions along the upper area of the buttocks as well as under the buttocks crease so your surgeon can lift and rejuvenate the area.

The buttock lift also can improve the lumps and bumps associated with cellulite. During a butt or body lift, the skin and underlying matrix are separated from the muscle and fat, thereby releasing the bands that cause cellulite. When performed alone, recovery from a buttock lift is not as difficult as you might expect. After surgery, you’ll wear a compression garment or have drains to prevent fluid formation.

Butt Implants

Butt implants, which are still used today although many plastic surgeons prefer fat to implants, are made of soft, solid silicone. The implants are inserted through an incision in the fold beneath each buttock cheek and placed between the muscle and the bone.  

Solid elastomeric implants, which cannot leak, can be positioned in the gluteus area in these ways:

  • Submuscular – under muscles
  • Intramuscular – inside muscles
  • Subfascial – over muscles

The size of the implants will depend on your body shape and desired fullness.

Using solid silicone implants can add significant dimension and contour to your backside. Unlike breast implants, which are soft to the touch, buttocks implants are firm. Another upside to implants is that they can smooth out the skin. They can fill the void of lax skin and reduce cellulite by stretching out the skin. While the butt procedure results are permanent, the recovery can be difficult. 

Butt Enhancement Lipo

One of the most effective and gratifying ways to re-sculpt your rear is through liposuction. During the procedure, which is performed under anesthesia, a small incision is made in the crease of the butt that will be barely visible once you’re healed. Using a cannula, fat is suctioned out of the butt. Another technique commonly used when liposuction is performed on the buttocks is ultrasound-assisted liposuction.

Liposuction is effective for treating localized pockets of excess fat and for people with healthy, elastic skin. Inelastic or sagging skin will not conform well to new contours after surgery, and a saggy, rippled appearance may result. Even if you exercise regularly, it can be difficult to lose fat stored in the buttocks. Liposuction of the buttocks involves sculpting the buttocks themselves, and may involve treating surrounding areas like the outer thighs and lower back to create a more streamlined shape.

Butt Contouring

Women who desire a fuller buttocks and have excess fat in areas such as the stomach, hips or thighs are good candidates for butt contouring via fat transfer and injections. If you want a more shapely backside and you have enough fat to harvest and place in the butt, this is one procedure that can produce super dramatic results.

In order to contour the buttocks, there are two approaches surgeons can take:

A butt lift – For patients lacking considerable excess skin, an incision is made in the small of the back. This is called the superior approach, and it works like pulling up a pair of pants.

Fat removal with fat repositioning – In terms of aesthetic ideals, your preferred buttocks can’t be achieved by fat removal alone; in the majority of patients, repositioning fat is necessary.

Did you know?

Fat has proved itself a good source for skin perfecting stem cells as it can improve the quality of facial skin. Plastic surgeons now believe body skin can reap the same benefits.

Who Should Consider Butt Enhancement

Ideal candidates include: anyone with saggy butt skin with cellulite or who wants a more voluptuous butt and women who gain an excessive amount of weight during pregnancy and are left with extra skin on their lower body. Butt contouring procedures are generally good for women who have enough fat to harvest for repositioning into more desirable areas. 

Who Should Not Consider Butt Enhancement

Women who don’t have enough fat to transfer and want extra fullness in the upper portion of the buttocks are not ideal candidates for fat transfer procedures. Also, because of longer downtimes, women who are extremely active are not as well suited to it either.

You should have enough fat in one area that can be suctioned out and transplanted into the backside. If you don’t have enough fat, an implant can be used, but they, too, have risks and complications that can arise.  

What to Expect With Butt Enhancement

Butt enhancement procedures require more downtime than some people might assume and are not without complications. If you opt for butt implants, for instance, complications can result from implants that shift or become visible beneath the skin, causing an uneven appearance. Implants may not last a lifetime and they will most likely need to be replaced in the future. Also keep in mind that once you get buttocks implants, removing them without replacing them can lead to disfigurement. In addition, infection, bleeding, blood clots and complications related to anesthesia can occur. Always consult fully with your doctor before undergoing surgery like butt implants to understand the risks, special considerations, costs and recovery issues.

During a Brazilian butt lift, excess skin and fat are removed in order to reshape the target areas and deliver smoother contours. Following the surgery, you’ll be wrapped in a compression garment and probably be advised not to sit down a lot or on each leg, while keeping the glutes squeezed tight, and lay on your butt. 

Post-Treatment Care: Butt Enhancement

Following most butt enhancement procedures you will be dressed in a compression garment or wrapped in elastic bandages to help the skin conform to the new body contours and reduce swelling. Thin, flexible tubes may be placed in your incisions to drain any excess fluid after surgery. Walking as soon as possible after surgery is a must to keep blood circulating and to prevent blood clots. Your plastic surgeon may provide you with crutches or a walker after surgery because standing fully upright will be difficult for a few days and bearing all your weight on your lower body can be very stressful. Within a few days you'll be able to shower, probably with some assistance. And if you have been wearing a compression garment, limit the time that garment is removed to no more than 10 minutes, or swelling can increase sharply. At two weeks you should be 25 percent back to normal fitness and activity; at four weeks, 50 percent. And by six weeks you should be fully recovered.

Inside Tips: Butt Enhancement

Fat makes for a more natural-looking end result since it’s softer and more compatible with the body. In order for a good outcome, it’s imperative that any transplanted fat be placed near the muscle so that there is good blood support. Transplanted fat that successfully remains one year after surgery should remain permanently if a stable weight is maintained.

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