Is a Buttock Augmentation Right for Me?
If you’re unhappy with the shape of your buttocks or are looking to increase the size, buttock augmentation can help. The procedure, also known as a Brazilian butt lift, uses fat grafting techniques to increase the size and fullness of the buttocks. Whether your body shape has changed due to aging, or you’ve never been happy with the appearance of your buttocks, this procedure can help you attain a curvy, proportionate shape.
Buttock Augmentation in Houston
Both men and women alike seek out buttocks augmentation surgery in Houston, and the recent trend is expected to continue. The procedure involves taking fat from the patient’s own body and then transferring it to the soft tissue of the buttocks to create a curvier figure. Depending on your body type, this treatment may be the best solution for creating curves and producing a better balance of your body features.
Am I a Candidate for Butt Enhancement?
Although this surgery is more common among women, the procedure is trending with men as well. The popularity of buttock augmentation has been soaring for the past several years. Both genders want to feel confident with the shape of their bodies, although women are seeking a more contoured figure to achieve a voluptuous body outline.
Brazilian butt lift, fat transfer, or butt augmentation procedures are suitable for patients who:
- Can’t achieve the results they want through diet and exercise alone
- Seek a balanced, proportionate look
- Want fuller or a more projected buttocks
- Desire sculpted buttocks
- Need to correct asymmetry between buttocks
- Are healthy and have time for recovery
- Have realistic expectations
- Have enough fat in donor areas, such as the flanks or thighs
The best way to determine if this procedure is right for you is by scheduling an initial consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Chris Livingston. This meeting will allow you to ask any questions you may have and get in-depth information about the procedure. Dr. Livingston will listen to your goals and concerns, and he will carefully evaluate you to determine the right treatment to achieve your ideal look.
Dr. Livingston will also help you explore additional procedures to address your cosmetic concerns. If you have significant skin laxity in the buttocks and thigh area, you may be an excellent candidate for a thigh lift. This procedure removes excess skin on the thighs and around the buttocks, and it restores a smooth, youthful appearance.
Fat Transfer to Buttocks Procedure
Buttock augmentation via fat transfer is a highly customizable procedure. Dr. Livingston will create a fully personalized treatment plan suited to your unique anatomy and cosmetic tastes.
Dr. Livingston determines the surgical technique according to various factors, such as:
- Skin type and elasticity
- The presence of excess skin
- Amount of excess fat in possible donor areas
- Patient’s desired results
How the Procedure is Performed
A fat transfer to buttocks procedure sculpts a new shape with processed fat extracted from other parts of the body using liposuction. The procedure is carried out in three steps:
- Extracting the Fat: Dr. Livingston extracts autologous fat from a selected donor site on the patient’s body using a gentle liposuction technique. The donor areas will be selected during the initial consultation. These sites typically include the thighs, flanks, or abdomen. An added benefit of this step is that you can potentially slim down in these areas, producing a more attractive figure.
- Processing the Fat: Prior to injecting the fat into the soft tissues of the buttocks, it is processed using a special centrifuge. This ensures that any oils or impurities that were extracted from the body along with the fat are removed.
- Transferring the Fat: Once the fat has been processed, it can safely be transferred to the body. Dr. Livingston will layer the fat slowly and meticulously until the desired contour is achieved.
Ensuring Safe and Effective Butt Enhancement
It needs to be noted that some plastic surgeons offer silicone injections as an option for buttock augmentation. These are unsafe and must be avoided at all costs. Patients who choose Dr. Livingston for their fat transfer to buttocks procedure can rest assured that their surgery will be performed to the highest standard of care.
Butt Augmentation Recovery
Patients usually return home a few hours after surgery. Support garments are always required to help the body adjust to its new shape. Dr. Livingston will outline how long they will need to be worn, though it’s usually two to three weeks. Failure to wear the support garments may create shifting in buttocks shape, so it’s important to stick to the post-op plan.
As with any surgery, patients will need to set aside time to rest and recover. Butt augmentation recovery lasts about three to four weeks, and you may not see the final results for some time. The results will appear gradually over time, with the full results usually becoming apparent within a few weeks after surgery. Due to Dr. Livingston’s meticulous surgical techniques, any resultant scarring will be very minimal.
Swelling and bruising are all normal elements of the recovery process. It may take weeks for these symptoms to fully resolve, but they should not be interpreted as a sign of injury or that the procedure failed. Follow the post-op instructions provided by Dr. Livingston’s office to make a full and timely recovery.
What to Expect from Your Results
The results from a fat transfer to buttocks procedure are long lasting. It’s typical for some of the transferred fat to become reabsorbed by the body. However, most of the fat will establish a blood supply in the area, allowing it to stay there indefinitely.
The fat will continue to age and shrink naturally with the body, so you may want touch-up sessions in the future to maintain your results. Patients who maintain healthy lifestyles often see the best long-term results.
FAQs About Buttock Augmentation
Will buttock augmentation look natural?
Absolutely. Because the procedure enhances your buttocks with your own fat, the results look and feel entirely natural. The grafted fat becomes a permanent part of your buttocks after about six months and fits with your natural contours.
Can buttock augmentation improve “love handles” or fatty thighs?
The fat-grafting procedure has a double benefit — reducing fat from a part of your body that needs slimming and adding it to your buttocks to boost volume. Love handles on your flanks, bulges on your belly, and excess fat on your thighs are all suitable areas for slimming with liposuction as part of the procedure. This harvesting of the donor fat is done skillfully to leave the area looking smooth and trim.
What is the difference between a Brazilian butt lift and butt implants?
Some plastic surgeons offer butt implants as an alternative to fat grafting. We do not, because there are no implants currently approved by the FDA for this procedure. Implants present a higher risk of complications than fat grafting, they don’t reshape the buttocks as naturally as fat grafting, and they can become noticeable if the patient loses weight.
Can the grafted fat move to other parts of the body?
No. A small portion of the injected fat, typically 20 to 25 percent, will be rejected by the body and naturally processed out as waste in the urine. This occurs in the first few weeks after grafting. The fat that remains in place after six weeks or so is there to stay. By then, it has established a blood supply and will remain in place without moving.
Can other procedures be combined with buttock augmentation?
Certainly. Buttock augmentation is already combined with liposuction, which will have a slimming effect on another part of your body. It can also be performed as part of a mommy makeover, a general term for a combination of procedures that can include breast augmentation, a tummy tuck, or facelift. In your consultation with Dr. Livingston, he can advise you on the procedure options that best suit your needs.
Does my health insurance cover buttock augmentation?
Buttock augmentation is considered an aesthetic procedure and your health insurance provider will not cover it. However, if you lack the funds to pay in full, we offer great financing options for your Houston butt augmentation.
Houston Buttock Augmentation at Livingston Plastic Surgery
Dr. Livingston is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and has the skills and experience necessary to safely and successfully perform buttock augmentation. He also offers a full range of other cosmetic surgery procedures. He and his expert team look forward to providing you with personalized cosmetic care.
If you would like more information about buttocks augmentation in Houston, please schedule your free consultation by calling 281-501-1812.