Buttock Augmentation (Brazilian Butt Lift)
For many women, firm and shapely buttocks are a sign of youth and fitness. In the recent past, the only way for women to create volume in the buttocks involved unnatural-feeling implants that often bore high risks of complication. However, recent technological advances have provided plastic surgeons with the ability to safely contour and shape the buttocks using a fat transfer augmentation procedure, also known as a “Brazilian Butt Lift.” Utilizing innovative microfat grafting techniques, our board-certified plastic surgeons now offer patients a method of achieving the firm and shapely buttocks they desire.
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In order to create an ideal size and shape, microfat injections fill out and contour the buttocks while simultaneously removing unwanted fat from another part of the body using liposuction. Common donor sites for this fat are the abdomen, thighs, love handles, and occasionally the arms. Once the transfer is complete, the purified fat becomes reintegrated with the body and the newly contoured buttocks often experience long-lasting, even permanent, results.
Why People Choose Buttock Augmentation
Patients elect to undergo buttock augmentation for a number of reasons including: reshaping the buttocks, creating more volume, the removal of excess or drooping skin, and improving the balance and proportion of the buttocks in relation to the rest of the body.
About Buttock Augmentation Surgery
Dr. Jerome Liu and Dr. Tom Liu use a technique for fat grafting that minimizes trauma to the body while maximizing the success rate of the transfer. A buttock lift can redefine the shape of the buttocks and create the patient’s desired aesthetic. Their experience with buttock augmentation allows our plastic surgeons to carefully select liposuction sites that will compliment and highlight the renewed look of the buttocks once the procedure is complete.
The initial consultation for buttock augmentation surgery takes approximately 45 minutes. During this time, one of our plastic surgeons will obtain a thorough medical history to better assist patients with their decision-making process. Liu Plastic Surgery believes that the consultation is a time to educate patients so they are able to make fully informed decisions regarding their health and their cosmetic surgery options.
Ideal candidates for buttock augmentation have stable body weight and enough fat available for a successful transfer. Since smoking cigarettes can reduce the success of the transfer, patients who smoke are recommended to abstain for 4 weeks before the day of the procedure. Our plastic surgeons also encourage patients to practice exercises that strengthen the gluteal muscles in the weeks leading up to surgery.
About the Operation
The operation entails liposuction of excess fat from a donor site that is then purified and injected into the buttocks in small increments. The buttocks are also smoothed and contoured by reshaping existing fat. The surgery is typically performed in 1½-2 hours as an outpatient procedure and general anesthesia is used for patient comfort.
Patients should plan to spend 1-2 days resting in bed after buttock augmentation. Any discomfort resulting from the procedure can often be easily remedied with pain medication. Most patients are able to return to their normal activities in 5-7 days, though our plastic surgeons recommend patients avoid strenuous activities for 3 weeks. Patients often wear a compression garment after surgery to improve the success rate of the fat transfer as well as to reduce the risk of post-surgery bruising and swelling.
Buttock augmentation can be used to improve the shape and size of the buttocks while also contouring the surrounding areas to maximize results. If you are interested in learning more about buttock augmentation, please contact Dr. Jerome Liu or Dr. Tom Liu today.