If you’ve ever wished you had a fuller, curvier butt, you’re not alone. Buttock enhancement is one of the fastest-growing requests in aesthetic medicine. Although many people love the look of a round and full butt, only those who are genetically predisposed will develop it naturally. It’s almost impossible to achieve this look through strength training and other exercises, despite workouts that promise to help you create a defined and curvy backside. That’s where cosmetic enhancement can come in to help improve a small, flat, or poorly defined buttock area. The Brazilian Butt Lift and the non-surgical butt lift can enhance the contour of the butt, improving waist, thigh, and buttock definition and creating a curvy and sensual silhouette. Body expert Kristin A. Boehm, MD, has helped countless patients achieve their goals with buttock enhancement at Premier Image Cosmetic & Laser Surgery in Atlanta, GA.
What is Buttock Enhancement?
Unlike breast augmentation, buttock augmentation and contouring isn’t normally accomplished with artificial implants. Instead, procedures like the Brazilian Butt Lift or non-surgical buttock enhancement are more popular options. With these procedures, there’s no risk of implant rupture and the results look and feel much more natural.
The Brazilian Butt Lift (also known as fat transfer or fat grafting to the buttocks) is a wildly popular procedure that uses the patient’s own fat to augment and shape the buttocks. Fat is taken from other areas of the body, like the stomach, hips, or thighs, and is then purified and injected into the buttocks to add volume and definition.
A non-surgical buttock enhancement uses the filler Sculptra, a poly-L-lactic acid filler that encourages the body to create more collagen, giving the skin more volume and elasticity for an improved appearance. This procedure creates results gradually over the several weeks following the injections.
Benefits of a Brazilian Butt Lift
A Brazilian Butt Lift can substantially increase volume in the buttocks while enhancing the patient’s natural curves and contours. Many patients find that they feel much more confident and sexy after undergoing a Brazilian Butt Lift procedure.
Patients love the results of a Brazilian butt lift because they look very natural. Because the patient’s own fat is used, the look and feel is totally cohesive. There’s no risk of rejection, because the body recognizes its own fat cells, allowing them to establish and live in the area they are injected. This creates semi-permanent, long-term results. As an added bonus, unwanted fat can be harvested for use in the procedure, meaning that patients gain minor body contouring benefits at the same time as their buttock enhancement. Although the procedure is surgical, it is minimally invasive, and patients tend to recover quickly.
For those who want a non-invasive treatment for buttock enhancement, non-surgical butt lift procedures are extremely convenient and minimally-invasive. All that is required is a simple 30 minute injection session. After the treatment, patients can get back to their normal activities immediately, with no downtime. Results can last for up to two years. The non-surgical butt lift produces subtle results in comparison to a Brazilian Butt Lift, but it can be a great option for some patients.
Who is a Good Candidate for a Brazilian Butt Lift?
The Brazilian Butt Lift procedure is appropriate for healthy adults who want to increase the size of their buttocks. Candidates should be non-smokers and should have no major health problems. It is important to disclose any medical conditions and medications during your consultation to ensure your safety and facilitate good results.
Patients should also have realistic expectations for the results of the procedure. A Brazilian Butt Lift can make a huge difference in buttock appearance, but it’s important for patients to understand the limitations of the procedure. Studying before-and-after pictures can be helpful in understanding typical results.
Finally, only people with enough body fat to harvest are eligible for a Brazilian Butt Lift. Patients who lack any excess body fat may need to consider other options, such as a non-surgical butt lift or even augmentation with implants. Your plastic surgeon will be able to give you alternative options if you do not have enough fat to harvest for the procedure.
Requirements for a non-surgical butt lift are less strict, as there are fewer risks associated with the treatment. Patients should be healthy adults with realistic expectations, especially since the procedure produces comparatively subtle results.
Only an expert plastic surgeon can determine individual candidacy, which will be assessed during the initial consultation.
The Buttock Enhancement Consultation
A consultation at Premier Image in Atlanta is the first step for buttock enhancement patients. Before scheduling their procedure patients meet with double board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Kristen A. Boehm to ensure candidacy and discuss the patient’s goals and options.
Dr. Boehm will go over the patient’s medical records and ensure they are healthy enough for the procedure. She will also perform and examination and discuss the patient’s goals and expectations. After gathering this information, Dr. Boehm will make treatment recommendations and start to develop a preliminary plan. This is an excellent opportunity for patients to ask questions and voice any concerns they may have. After the consultation, patients should have all the information they need to make a decision about their treatment, and may then schedule a Brazilian Butt Lift or non-surgical butt lift.
Brazilian Butt Lift Procedures at Premier Image
The Brazilian Butt Lift is a multi-step procedure. Because the surgery is minimally invasive, typically a local anesthesia and sedation is used during the fat extraction process.
Once anesthesia has been administered, Dr. Boehm will use liposuction techniques to extract fat cells from one or more areas of the body, through small incisions. This will provide the harvest areas with modest body contouring, but this is not the focus of the procedure.
The harvested fat will then be purified to ensure only strong, intact cells are used to augment the buttocks. These cells will have the highest probability of survival following treatment. The purified cells are carefully injected into the buttocks, creating a fuller, shapelier appearance.
For a non-surgical lift, only a brief injection session is necessary. Patients can return to their normal activities immediately after the treatment is complete.
Recovery and Downtime
Patients can return home soon after surgery as long as they have someone to drive them home. During the first few days, there will be some bruising and swelling in the harvest areas. Prescribed medication will help patients cope with any post-surgical discomfort. Typically, a special compression garment must be worn over the areas that received liposuction for about eight weeks following the procedure to help aid in proper healing and skin retraction. The most challenging aspect of a Brazilian Butt Lift recovery is that patients must avoid sitting directly on the buttocks until the grafts have had time to establish themselves, which can take at least eight weeks. Sitting on an inflatable pillow or donut pillow is advised in circumstances that demand sitting. It is important for patient’s to follow their doctor’s instructions as closely as possible to facilitate optimal healing.
Is the Brazilian Butt Lift permanent?
One of the benefits of a Brazilian Butt Lift is that the fat grafted to the area can survive and create permanent enhancement. However, not all of the fat that is transferred to the buttocks will survive, which is why surgeons typically overfill the area slightly, to compensate for these cells that will not survive the transfer. After about six months, the fat cells that will live are typically established, and results shouldn’t change much after this. Although the results are considered permanent, aging, weight gain or loss, and other factors can influence the appearance of the buttocks later in life.
What are the risks of a Brazilian Butt Lift?
Like all surgical procedures, there are some risks associated with Brazilian Butt Lifts. With that said, the procedure is overall very safe, and complications are rare when the patient is a good candidate and the surgery is performed by a board certified plastic surgeon. Possible risks include bleeding, infection, anesthesia complications, and a poor aesthetic outcome. Patients should follow all of their surgeon’s instructions to help ensure proper healing and to prevent complications.
How do I know which buttock enhancement option is right for me?
You and Dr. Boehm will discuss your options and goals during your consultation. She will help you determine which procedure is right for you, based on your individual goals and lifestyle.
Can the fat come back after a fat transfer?
Fat cells removed during the harvest phase of the treatment will either be discarded or used in the Brazilian Butt Lift procedure. New fat cells will not appear in the area, but remaining fat cells in the harvest area and in other areas of the body can still expand and cause weight gain. This is why it is so important for patients to maintain a healthy lifestyle after the procedure—it helps to create lasting results.
When will I see the final results?
Because not all of the fat will survive the fat grafting process, the final results will not be apparent until about six months after the procedure. At this time, the grafts will be established, and there should be few, if any, additional changes.
How do the results of a Brazilian Butt Lift compare with a non-surgical butt lift?
While the non-surgical butt lift is a great option that can create subtle volume and contouring, a Brazilian Butt Lift can provide much more volume than Sculptra injections. The results of a non-surgical butt lift last for about two years, while a Brazilian Butt Lift is considered permanent.
Patients who want more augmentation may not be satisfied with a non-surgical butt lift, while patients who can’t take the time to recover from surgery may want to opt for the non-surgical augmentation. Choosing the right procedure is all about finding the right solution for your goals and needs, and your surgeon will help you pick the best butt enhancement option for you.
When can I exercise again after surgery?
Light activity can usually be resumed in about two to three weeks. More vigorous exercise may need to be postponed for an additional six weeks or so. Your surgeon will give you specific guidelines.
How should I sleep after my Brazilian Butt Lift?
Brazilian Butt Lift patients are advised to sleep on their side or stomach, to avoid disrupting the fat grafts.
Creating Curves in Atlanta
If you want to create some curves and feel more confident and sexy with butt augmentation, Dr. Kristen A. Boehm can help you achieve your goals. Dr. Boehm is board certified and renowned for her skill in buttock enhancement. To schedule your consultation at Premier Image Cosmetic & Laser Surgery in Atlanta, GA, call 770-457-6303 today.