Butt Implant Surgery

The first step is a consultation with our plastic surgeon about various buttock augmentation procedures, including butt implants, buttock lifts and Brazilian butt lift (fat grafting to the buttocks). During this initial visit, be open about what you are looking for from your butt-enhancing surgery. Discuss your goals and desires, including how large you want your buttocks-to-be to be.

Butt Implant Surgery Procedure

Buttock implantation, also called buttock augmentation, typically involves a 7cm incision made at the midline of the buttocks. Your surgeon creates a pocket for the solid silicone implant and inserts it through this incision. The implant is positioned intramuscular plane within the main buttock muscle. The muscle will form scar tissue that should help keep the implant in place.

Like breast implants, buttock implants come in different sizes and shapes, and can even be customized. In general, these natural-feeling implants help round out the upper and outer parts of the buttocks, but not the lower areas.

Buttock implantation is performed under general anesthesia, typically on an outpatient basis. After placing the implants, the plastic surgeon must assure that both buttocks are symmetrical and look natural before stitching up the incisions. Buttock implantation usually takes about two or three hours to complete.

Butt Augmentation Risks

There are risks involved with any medical procedure, and buttock augmentation is no exception. For example, butt implants may shift and cause the buttocks to look asymmetrical. Other risks may include infection, unsatisfactory cosmetic results, excessive bleeding, hematoma, seroma, anesthesia problems and the need for revision surgery.

Buttock augmentation stretches the tissues, which can be painful. Our plastic surgeon will prescribe an antibiotic and anti-inflammatory medication to reduce the risk of infection and help with the pain. Temporary drains will be used to remove excess fluid buildup during recovery. You will wear a compression garment for support for a few days after your buttock surgery.

Butt Lift Surgery

Sometimes butt implants are paired with buttock lifts and liposuction of the lower back for more balanced results. A butt lift removes excess skin and fat that may cause sagging buttocks and adds contour to the waist, hips and back of the thighs. These age-defying butt lifts are growing in popularity even as the economy lags.

To perform a butt lift, your plastic surgery specialist makes an incision along your lower back, spanning from hip to hip. The surgeon pulls up on the excess skin below the incision to lift your buttocks and outer thighs. The extra skin is then removed.


Butt Lift Recovery

A buttock lift is often part of a total body lift or a lower body lift, which is common after weight loss surgery. It can take about two hours to perform by itself, typically using general anesthesia. Most people who have buttock lifts go home the next day; however, the hospital stay may be longer if other procedures are performed simultaneously.

There is usually some postoperative pain that can be managed with medications. Abdominal binders are generally worn for six weeks to help prevent fluid buildup and provide support during the butt lift healing process. Swelling may last for up to three months, and the full cosmetic results are visible within a year.

Butt Lift Risks

Butt lift risks include scarring, excessive bleeding and infection. There is also a risk that you will be dissatisfied with the cosmetic results. Risks can be minimized with a thorough consultation (including a medical examination) with our plastic surgeon.


The Brazilian Butt Lift

Buttock implants cannot help shape the lower part of your buttocks. But fat injections can enhance the lower buttocks. Recently some refer to fat grafting to the buttocks as Brazilian butt lift.

Brazilian Butt Lift: Risks and Challenges

Despite the increase in research on fat grafting to the butt, many questions remain. There is no exact science behind how much fat to harvest or inject. Usually, 50 percent of the injected fat dissolves and to compensate, some plastic surgeons will over-inject. They don't always get it right, and repeat treatments are often needed. Brazilian butt lifts and other fat grafting procedures use liposuction to extract fat from your thighs, abdomen or flank. This excess fat is then purified and re-injected into your backside. There are many techniques that can be used for processing and re-injecting the fat.

Fat injections can be done in conjunction with butt lifts.

Risks associated with the Brazilian butt lift include asymmetry, infection, scarring and cosmetic dissatisfaction. There are also risks associated with the liposuction used to vacuum out the fat for grafting.