Amidst the constant barrage of reality television, there’s been a lot of talk lately about butt lifts and augmentations. Have you ever longed for a behind like Kim Kardashian West’s? There are surgical ways to achieve a more shapely buttocks, but as with every surgery, recovery time and side effects must be considered. If you’ve always wanted to fill out your jeans, then an augmentation or lift may be just right for you.
Candidates for Butt Enhancement
The shape and size of your buttocks can significantly impact the way you look. The fashion industry designs clothing – and swimsuits – for women who are perfectly proportioned. But, what normal woman has measurements like a model?
Have you ever:
- Been frustrated by the way pants sag on your butt?
- Had problems finding a swimsuit bottom that fits correctly?
- Hated the way you fill out a dress?
- Felt like your body shape isn’t sexy?
If you replied “yes” to any of these questions, then you may be a candidate for a butt-enhancing procedure.
Procedures for Enhancing Your Buttocks
There are two main ways to cosmetically enhance your behind: lifts and augmentations. The Brazilian butt lift (BBL) has become increasingly popular over the last few years. There’s also a standard butt lift, referred to as a traditional excisional butt lift, which can be tailored to meet the requirements of many patients. Augmentations involve implants similar to those used in breast augmentation procedures, but much firmer. Every surgical procedure has its advantages and disadvantages, so it’s important to choose the procedure that is right for you.
The Brazilian Butt Lift
The BBL is really a lower back and buttocks procedure. During the surgery, the lower back and waist are sculpted via liposuction. Then the fat removed from the liposuction is injected into the butt, shaping it and adding some volume.
- Pros: The results of a BBL look and feel very natural. Some of the fat that is injected will die and reabsorb into your body, but the surviving fat will stay there permanently. A major benefit of the BBL is that the liposuction enhances your figure in the waist and lower back – in addition to your buttocks. And since the surgery is less invasive than an augmentation, the recovery time is shorter.
- Cons: Injections are an art form. If your surgeon is not skilled at placing them, your butt will not be symmetrical when it heals. In some cases, a revisional surgery is needed to fix symmetry issues. If you do not have enough fat to graft, then you may not be a candidate for a BBL.
- Recovery: Post-surgery, you should avoid sitting for approximately three weeks. It is possible to return to work after two weeks, but you will not be able to sit. You will also need to use a compression garment during the first two weeks of recovery to help with swelling. If you fail to listen to recovery instructions, you will impact the results of your procedure. Normal activities can typically be resumed after three weeks.
The Traditional Excisional Butt Lift
During a traditional butt lift, long cuts are made around the contour of the butt to lift it. There are various techniques that can be utilized, depending on the needs of the patient. Excess tissue can be used to sculpt the buttocks during the procedure, but the procedure is sometimes done in combination with an augmentation.
- Pros: Traditional lifts are ideal for cases of excess sagginess, especially after major weight loss. Results are also long-lasting.
- Cons: Scarring can be severe, depending on your needs.
- Recovery: Recovery time and instructions will vary based on the details of your surgery. Typically, patients can resume normal activities within three weeks, but it will take several months before healing is complete.
In the United States, cosmetic surgeons perform butt augmentation procedures using soft, but solid silicone implants. In other countries, you may hear talk of gel implants – but they are not approved by the FDA for use in the US. During an augmentation, the surgeon inserts an implant under the butt muscle on each side of the buttocks. The placement of each implant is adjusted to ensure that the implants both look and feel natural.
- Pros: A butt augmentation procedure is usually much more affordable than a BBL. It is a great way to increase the size of your butt without having to remove fat from other parts of the body. Results are also immediately noticeable.
- Cons: Implants have been known to move or shift. It also takes about six to eight months before they feel natural.
- Recovery: The best way to recover is to keep pressure off of your butt. You will need to avoid sitting for long periods of time, especially the week following your surgery. Most patients lie on a couch or bed (on their stomachs) to avoid sitting during the first week. It takes approximately six weeks to get back to normal sitting and driving capabilities, but many people can return to work after a couple of weeks with some adjustments.
Risks and Side Effects
As with all surgeries, there are risks:
- Pain is a common side effect associated with all surgeries. Your surgeon can prescribe medication to keep you as comfortable as possible.
- Swelling will occur but can be relieved somewhat with a compression garment.
- Implants can become infected, as well as any incisions.
- Some patients experience fluid accumulation called a seroma. If this occurs, the fluid must be drained using a needle or drain tubes.
- Scarring can be minimal or severe depending on the technique used.
- Numbness during recovery is normal, but in extreme cases, the nerve damage can be permanent.
Choosing the Right Procedure
If you are considering a butt lift or augmentation, it’s time to talk to a board-certified cosmetic surgeon like Dr. Chang. He would love to speak to you about your needs and what options would work best for you. Whether it’s a traditional butt lift or a straightforward augmentation, you need to be certain that you fully understand the risks and the benefits. A curvy, full behind can be in your future – contact Aesthetica today.