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Butt Augmentation – Fat Transfer vs Implants?

Butt Augmentation – Fat Transfer vs Implants?

What Is Butt Augmentation?

Butt augmentation surgery is a procedure designed for someone who is looking to change the shape of their buttock or to balance their body. It is performed primarily in one of two ways, with implants or fat transfer (also known as fat grafting).

Fat Transfer V.S. Implants

When the transfer of fat is involved, this procedure is referred to as a “Brazilian Butt Lift.” Fat is generally removed from the areas such as the hip, flanks, abdomen, or lower back – where there tends to be more fat deposits – and then purified and injected into the buttocks. Liposuction is often performed to help better contour the butt before the fat is injected. When butt implants are involved, the butt muscle is lifted up, revealing a pocket to hold the implants in the appropriate place. The incision is then sewn up.

In terms of costs, fat transfer and buttock implants are comparable. According to 2014 statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the average cost of butt augmentation with fat grafting is $4,077 USD and buttock implants is $4,580 USD. Note that these average fees do not include anesthesia, operating room facilities or other related expenses.

What is The Recovery Time?

Recovery times vary between the two procedures. A support garment in both cases will be provided for you to wear in both cases for 2-3 weeks following your procedure. After fat grafting, you should avoid prolonged sitting for about 2 weeks to avoid damaging the fat. Most patients can return to a desk job within a week, although it can take up to a year to see your final results. Butt augmentation with implants tends to be a bit more painful in the recovery period and it will take 3 months after surgery before final results are noticeable. Typically, regular activities can be resumed 4 weeks after surgery.

As with any surgery, there are some risks involved.  With implants, the possible risks include infection, bleeding, scarring, nerve damage, implant rupture and implant migration. For fat transfer, risks can include excessive loss of blood, blood clots, bruising, numbness and pain, and deep vein thrombosis, cardiac and pulmonary complications. Your doctor should discuss the full extent of the potential complications with you at your consultation.

You will need to decide if the benefits of buttock augmentation outweigh the risks. The results are expected to be long-lasting and by maintaining your weight and keeping a healthy lifestyle, your new look can be retained. It should also be noted that if the surgery was performed with fat transfer, some of that fat may be reabsorbed by your body. The best way to retain you new look is to keep a healthy lifestyle and physique and to maintain your weight.

The suitability of either procedure is largely dependent on each individual’s unique situation. Fat injections are ideal for individuals who are looking to achieve a perkier buttock, expand volume and mold new contours. Alternatively, a patient who wants to achieve similar results, but does not have enough fat on their body for a fat transfer, may consider implants. To determine the best type of butt augmentation for you, it is best to do some of your own research and contact a few doctors who can assess your needs and recommend the various options available to you.


Published By: Plastic Surgery Portal
Written By: Trudi Schrieber
Article Name: Butt Augmentation Options: Fat Injections vs Implants

Published By: American Society of Plastic Surgeons
Article Name: Butt Augmentation

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