There are two different types of butt augmentation procedures. The first is with fat transfer and the other is with implants. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) the number of butt augmentation with fat grafting procedures has grown 28% from 2014 to 2015. The number of buttock implant procedures has grown 36% from 2014 to 2015. Needless to say, the popularity of buttock augmentation procedures has grown exponentially.
Buttock augmentation with fat transfer is often referred to as a Brazilian butt lift. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Stephen Mulholland, describes the procedure saying, “A Brazilian butt lift is the removal of fat from one area of the body where you don’t want it and the transplantation transferred to the buttock to give it a rounder, lifted appearance”. Mulholland goes on to explain that the downtime required for a fat transfer to the buttock is dependent upon the areas where the fat was harvested and how many areas there were.
How it Works
As Dr. Mulholland explained fat is removed from one area of the body and then transferred to the buttock. One common question about a Brazilian butt lift has to do with how much fat is needed from a donor site in order to facilitate a fat transfer. Dr. Julie Khanna, a board-certified plastic surgeon, says “With regard to fat transfer surgery, your surgeon will assess how much fat you have from one body area to donate to another. If you are a healthy weight and have good donor sites (common areas being abdomen or thighs) then adding calories to gain weight shouldn’t be needed”.
The other option for buttock augmentation is a buttock implant procedure. Implants are appropriate if the person receiving the procedure has poorly defined buttocks and limited fatty tissue. The procedure is performed by placing a silicone implant through an incision made on the buttock. After the buttock implant procedure is completed, support garments need to be worn for up to three weeks. The final results will not be noticeable until three months after the surgery. By this time, most of the swelling will be gone.
For both of these procedures, it’s important for your health and safety, to contact your plastic surgeon when you have any questions or concerns. Fortunately, significant complications from buttock augmentation procedures are infrequent when performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon. Remember that any type of surgery has some degree of risk attached. Following the advice of your cosmetic surgeon is very important.