Butt Augmentation Houston
With the popularity of curvaceous celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Beyonce, many people are looking to achieve that coveted hourglass figure. Butt augmentation procedures work to reshape and enhance the buttocks to create a rounder, smoother and more shapely appearance. There are different ways to achieve these goals such as high volume fat grafting (“Brazilian butt lift”), buttock implants, or skin tightening (traditional buttock lift). Butt augmentation procedures can be combined and are tailored to the needs of each patient.
Brazilian Butt Lift
To achieve your desired body profile, a “Brazilian butt lift” can create a shapelier, more filled out and lifted backside. The way a Brazillian butt lift works is by using your own fat (autologous fat transfer) to augment the gluteal area or buttocks and/or hips. Fat is harvested through liposuction, processed until purified, and then injected into the buttocks and/or hips for a natural enhancement. With a Brazilian butt lift, the typical areas that are liposuctioned to harvest fat are the abdomen, waistline, back, and love handles. To achieve more volume, liposuction can also be performed on other areas of the body such as the thighs and arms in order to collect more fat for injection.
Patients who are unhappy with the shape or appearance of their buttocks, but have good donor fat are considered to be the best candidates for a Brazilian butt lift. This is an outpatient procedure which is performed under general anesthesia. The areas around the buttocks are sculpted to make the augmentation more pronounced.
Patients who have a “boxy” figure or “hip dips” but are content with the size/shape/projection of their buttocks, may desire a Brazilian butt lift with fat transfer just to their hips.
Implant-based butt augmentation involves an incision made near the gluteal cleft or in the lower buttock crease followed by insertion of synthetic buttock implants to create generous curves. This procedure is performed under general anesthesia and is mostly recommended for patients who have flat backsides and limited fatty tissue elsewhere on the body. Buttock implants which are made of soft silicone are inserted into the gluteal muscle or in the folds between the cheeks right above the pelvic bone for a lifted and shapelier figure.
Traditional Butt Augmentation
A traditional butt augmentation more commonly known as a “buttock lift” or “posterior body lift” is performed by creating an incision across the lower back, where hanging skin is lifted, trimmed, and then sutured. Liposuction can also be performed in adjacent areas for complete gluteal contouring and fat grafting.
Non-Surgical Butt Lift
Another option for patients who are thin and do not have enough fat for a Brazilian butt lift is to increase the size of the buttocks using Sculptra, a poly-L-lactic acid that plumps by stimulating your body’s own collagen production.
Indications for a Butt Augmentation
Common indications for butt augmentation are gluteal asymmetry, deformity, underdeveloped buttocks, desire for a curvier physique, and sagging buttocks as a result of significant weight loss or natural aging. The technique used for butt augmentation is dependent on the desired results.
Butt Augmentation Considerations
During your butt augmentation consultation with Dr. Erika Sato, she will listen to your concerns about your buttocks and give you detailed information about each procedure and figure out which one will help you achieve your desired results.
Who is a good candidate for butt augmentation?
If you are a healthy non-smoker, over the age of 18, have realistic yet positive expectations, and unhappy with your buttocks and or hips, you may be a good candidate for butt augmentation. A physical exam and a review of your medical history will help Dr. Sato determine if a Brazilian butt lift is indeed suitable for you.
What can I expect while recovering from a butt augmentation?
After a Brazilian butt lift, you will not be able to apply direct pressure such as sitting or lying on the buttocks for about 10 days. With a Brazilian butt lift, you will wear a tight compression garment with molded buttocks to help shape and apply uniform pressure for 7 days. You will not take the compression garment off for the entire 7 days, but will undo the garment daily to do “skin checks” as the garment can be abrasive and leave raw areas on the skin. The garment will be worn for 4-6 weeks total and must remain tight or a smaller size must be purchased. After the 2nd week post surgery as the swelling starts to subside, most patients require a smaller size garment. Lipo foam and lipo boards along with baby powder and pads can be applied under your garment to protect your skin.
At your first post-operative visit at one week after your surgery, Dr. Sato will take the compression garment off for the first time. At this point you will be able to go home and shower. You must wear a compression garment (to control swelling) at all times for 4-6 weeks except when taking a shower (~1 hour per day). There may be intermittent swelling in the areas of liposuction for up to 6 months. You should be able to resume all normal activities at 4-6 weeks postoperatively (varies from patient to patient depending on how active your lifestyle is). Fat volume loss can occur up to 3 months after your surgery.