The Differences Between Buttock Augmentation & Butt Lift Surgery
It’s no secret that a full, shapely bottom is very in style right now! Kicked off by the Kardashian sisters in the early 2000s, the trend of a larger shapely behind is now en vogue with actresses, celebrities, and influencers, as well as everyday people.
For women born without a shapely behind, a variety of surgical treatments can give them the “butt” that nature and heredity did not. Buttock Augmentation (gluteal augmentation) and Butt Lift surgery can both be used to improve the contour, size, position and/or shape of the buttocks.
In this article board certified Birmingham, Mi plastic surgeon Dr. Ali discusses the differences between Buttock Augmentation and Butt Lift surgery to help you decide which is right for you.
Buttock Augmentation Surgery
Buttock Augmentation is a surgical procedure that enhances the “butt” through the use of buttock implants, fat grafting (transferring the patient’s own fat), or sometimes a combination of the two.
Butt implants are silicone-filled devices that are surgically placed deep within the tissues of the buttock. While butt implants can give a fuller and more rounded look, they are limited because they only deliver volume to one specific area of the behind –and cannot be sculpted and contoured. Buttocks implants also tend to feel less natural than when the body’s own fat is used.
Buttock augmentation with fat grafting involves the transfer of fat from one area of the patient’s body into the the buttocks. This is sometimes referred to as a Brazilian Butt Lift. Buttock fat transfer can increase fullness, roundness and the projection of the butt. Typically fat is obtained by the plastic surgeon via liposuction from unwanted areas (such as the belly or thighs).
It is essential that any buttock augmentation – whether implants or a Brazilian Butt Lift fat transfer – be performed by a very skilled and experienced board certified plastic surgeon. Improperly performed butt augmentation surgery has potential for complications such as infection, capsular contracture (scar tissue formation), and wound healing problems. Butt implants can also become displaced or cause worse sagging over time.
Butt Lift Surgery
For the above reasons, many board certified plastic surgeons prefer butt lift surgery to buttock augmentation or Brazilian Butt Lift surgery.
Butt lift surgery (gluteal lift) improves the shape and tone of the underlying tissue that supports skin and fat in the buttock area. In many cases sufficient enhancement of the buttocks can be achieved with butt lift surgery – without the need for implants of fat grafting.
Aging, pregnancy, weight gain or loss, and hereditary factors can contribute to poor tissue elasticity that can result in sagging of the “butt cheeks”. Similarly, estrogen decline in women and testosterone decline in men can result in a loss of muscle mass that can also cause the buttocks to lose volume and tone that results in sagging and dropping.
During butt lift surgery, excess sagging skin is removed – and a higher, smoother and more pleasing contour is created. If fat removal is required, liposuction is sometimes added for better contouring. While a traditional gluteal lift will not make the butt larger, it can make it higher and rounder as well as improve a dimpled, irregular skin surface.
A Third Option: Sculptra Butt Filler
Sculptra is a relatively new filler that can be injected into the buttocks. The Sculptra provides a framework that induces the body to grow its own collagen around the product. Since the body is producing its own, new, living tissue the results last several years (rather than a few months like traditional fillers).
However, the results of are more subtle than butt lift or augmentation surgery – and cannot remove excess skin or fat from unwanted areas. Sculptra also generally requires a few sessions to get the full effect in larger areas like the buttocks to achieve sufficient results.
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With this wide variety of butt augmentation and butt lifting procedures, 2022 can finally be the year that you get the firm, toned, shapely behind you want once and for all.
Bloomfield Hills area board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ali has helped hundreds of women achieve beautiful, attractive curves with Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL), Butt Lift Surgery and Sculptra injections. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Ali, and he will take the time to discuss your appearance goals and help you decide which butt augmentation procedure is right for you!