Your Complete Guide to Butt Enhancement

Perfectly shaped, round butt

The shape of your buttocks is determined by your genetics. Although cosmetic surgeries have made it possible to get that perfectly shaped buttock you wish to rock, in a bathing suit.

Many people with a “flat butt” are very self-conscious and feel less confident about their appearance. A butt enhancement surgery can help you regain your confidence and make you fall in love with your body.

Just as fashion trends keep on changing, there is a need to change the body as well. Those who desire the perfectly round buttock under a pair of jeans or a bathing suit should consider getting butt reconstruction surgery. 

Butt augmentation dates back to the 1960s eventually leading to the commercial development of butt implants. Butt enhancement, also referred to as a Brazilian Butt Lift is used to contour, resize and remodel your butt using implants, fillers, or sometimes a combination of both.

As per the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), compared to 2017 there were a quarter-million more cosmetic procedures in 2018. A butt enhancement surgery has a high success and patient satisfaction rate. Surgical or minimal invasive body-shaping procedures have gained a lot of popularity in the United States, over the years. 

Before and After: Butt Augmentation


Description About the Condition

Various factors such as genetics, aging, sun damage, fluctuations in weight, pregnancy, etc alter the shape of your buttocks. You may have a flat butt or the tissue loses its elasticity making your buttocks sag. A sagging or a flat butt can look quite unflattering and impact your self-esteem.

A butt lift will improve the shape and tone of the tissue surrounding the skin and fat of the buttock. 

Buttock implants will focus on increasing the volume of your butt for better contouring. In some cases, it is paired with liposuction to get the desired results. 

Consulting your Plastic Surgeon

Once you have decided to go for a butt lift or a butt implant you need to prepare yourself for the consultation. The doctor may ask you to explain how you envision your buttocks to look. Once that is determined, you will be asked about allergies if any, medications taken by you, and your medical history. You also need to mention previous surgeries if any.

Your plastic surgeon will evaluate your general health, risk factors, measure and examine your body, and inform you about various options. They will also mention various treatment options and inform you about the risk factors associated with the surgery. 

It is very essential to clarify all your doubts, weigh all the available treatment options and not feel shy in the entire process. 

The procedure of the Surgery 

Based on your consultation you can either go for a butt lift to treat sagginess or go for butt implants. In some cases, liposuction may also be required. Irrespective of the procedure selected for your body, the first step is the placement of butt implants. The implants will be placed above or below your muscle based on your doctor’s recommendation. 


Silicone Butt Implants

Solid silicone implants have proven to be a safe and satisfying procedure for butt reconstruction surgery, for both the patients and the surgeon. 

Step 1: General Anesthesia

For the butt enhancement surgery, firstly medications are administered for your comfort during the procedure along with general anesthesia. Your doctor will recommend medications that are best suitable to you.

Step 2: Incision and Implant placement

A small incision is made in your buttock region and soft, solid silicone implants are inserted through this incision. The size of the implants depends on how much volume you wish to add to your buttocks.

If you desire to have a bigger butt, big implants will be required. The most important factor here is to observe the elasticity of your skin. 

Step 3: Incision closed

Once the implants are inserted, the incision will be closed using suture, skin adhesive, or surgical tape.

Step 4: Liposuction if required

Your doctor may perform liposuction if it is required to contour your butt. Liposculpture or liposuction is mostly done in the abdomen, legs, thighs, and back region to get a perfect hourglass figure. 

It takes up to 4 weeks to recover from a butt enhancement surgery.


Fat Grafting

Sometimes in butt reconstruction surgery, fat grafting is also required. Butt augmentation combined with fat grafting was highly popularised in 2015. It was called the “Brazilian butt lift”.

Step 1: General Anesthesia

Medication and general anesthesia are administered into the body for the overall comfort of the patient during the surgery.

Step 2: Fat Grafting

Fats are mostly extracted from the abdomen, thigh, or flanks and redistributed in the buttock region to add more volume. If fat grafting is performed, the extracted fats are removed, cleaned, washed, and prepared for redistribution in the body. 

Step 3: Recovery and Results

Results of butt augmentation are visible immediately. However, the best results are noticed after a few weeks of the recovery period.

Fat grafting is often combined with an implant to make butt enhancement look and feel more soft and natural. Fat grafting also helps the patient get rid of stubborn fat from developing in and around the buttock region. Fluctuations in your body weight can affect the result. 


Butt Enhancement without Surgery

When it comes to butt enhancement many people look for alternatives that do not involve surgery or are minimally invasive. The following will give you more clarity about non-surgical butt augmentation procedures,


Sculptra Butt Lift

Sculptra butt lift is a minimally invasive, non-risky cosmetic procedure. In this procedure, a dermal filler called Sculptra is inserted into the buttock region to enhance the overall shape of your butt. 

Sculptra is a dermal filler that stimulates collagen production in the deeper layers of the butt. It is a much safer treatment option, however, there may be a risk of infection. Over a few weeks or months, additional collagen production adds volume to your butt. 


Hydrogel and Silicone Butt Injections

Hydrogel butt injections are a hot topic when it comes to butt augmentation. You may have heard hydrogel butt injections as a cheaper option for butt enhancement. However, it is important to note that these injections are temporary and not approved by the FDA. 


Recovery after a butt enhancement surgery involves staying off your butt as much as possible. Many specialized pillows support you while you sit. Swelling is natural after surgery and it may subside after a while. After a few weeks, you will see a rounder butt with more volume. You will see the complete results once you are fully healed. 

Doctors provide a post-operative recovery protocol to be followed back at home. The recovery period is very crucial and your protocols may be altered by your doctor, as per requirement. Failing to follow post-surgery protocol will not give you the anticipated results. 

Risk factors included

The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery has reported a 95% overall satisfaction rate for butt enhancement surgeries. There are risk factors associated with every surgery. The decision to get a butt lift or butt implant is personal and the patient must assess the risks carefully before making this decision.

Your doctor will explain to you all the risks associated with the surgery and make you sign a consent form to ensure that you are fully aware of the procedure, risk factors, and recovery period. The following risks are associated with a butt reconstruction surgery,

  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Fat necrosis (Fat tissues may die)
  • Asymmetries
  • Anesthesia-related risks
  • Skin discoloration
  • Swelling
  • Skin loss
  • Scarring 
  • Fluid or blood accumulation in the buttock region
  • Pain 
  • The skin may become loose
  • Numbness
  • Sutures may resurface and cause irritation
  • Allergic reaction
  • Nausea or vomiting due to anesthesia


Before and After: Brazilian Butt Lift

Am I a good candidate for butt augmentation?

Butt enhancements have become very popular lately. That does not indicate that everyone needs butt augmentation surgery. You are a good candidate if you meet the following criteria,

  • A young patient who desires a curvaceous figure and fuller buttock
  • A patient with a flat or squarish butt 
  • Your butt is asymmetrical 
  • Someone who lost a lot of weight and needs a butt lift or implant 
  • Someone who is born skinny
  • Fight signs of aging such as sagging or flat butt to obtain more younger-looking buttock
  • The patient should lead a healthy lifestyle
  • Non-smoker

Do butt implants work?

Butt augmentation and implants are considered safe with a high success rate. In very rare cases, do implants break or shift. The majority of the patients are satisfied with the procedure and result. 

Butt implants are immediately visible, however, it may take 3-6 months to see the desired final look. 

The recovery period is very crucial and a person must lead a healthy lifestyle to maintain their figure. Follow-up surgery may be required after a few years to maintain your implants. It is important to consult your plastic surgeon for follow-up surgery. 

How much does a butt implant cost?

Butt enhancement is a cosmetic procedure. The procedure is not a necessity nor is it insured. It is important to know how much a butt enhancement procedure will cost you.

On average, butt augmentation and fat grafting cost $4,807, a butt lift costs $5,482 and butt implants cost $5,278 as per the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.  

The average cost does not include the cost of anesthesia, operating room facilities, and other expenses. Butt enhancement costs may include,

  • Surgeon’s fees
  • Hospital Facility cost
  • Anesthesia cost
  • Medical tests
  • Prescribed medicines
  • Special pillows required for recovery

The surgeon’s fee may vary based on your location. You should consider comparing costs between different board-certified providers. A low-interest loan can also help you finance the procedure. 

 How will I look and feel after the butt reconstruction surgery?

After surgery, recovery time is very crucial. Results are visible immediately, however best results are seen after a few weeks. You may feel sore, tired, or stiff after surgery.

Discomfort is experienced within the first 48 hours, however, as days pass by the pain keeps on diminishing. Your doctor may prescribe a few medications to subside the pain.

After resting for a couple of days, you may resume less strenuous activity. Walking is recommended to reduce the stiffness of the muscles. 

Patients should avoid extremely strenuous activities for at least two months after the surgery. Butt reconstruction surgery has a high success rate and most patients are very satisfied with the result. 

What are the major risks associated with butt enhancement surgery?

Although butt enhancement surgery has a high success rate, there are certain risks associated with it. There is a possibility that the silicone implants shift or break. This may affect the appearance of your buttocks and requires surgery to fix it.

Fat grafting can also lead to few asymmetries. These effects require a follow-up surgery which may cost you additional bucks. 

Hydrogel and silicone injections are used for a facial lift, however, they are not approved for butt enhancement and can be dangerous. Gel injections must be completely avoided. 

The procedure can cause infection, scarring, disfigurement, etc hence you must assess all the risks associated with a butt reconstruction surgery.

What else do I need to know?

It is important to weigh all the risks and associated factors before jumping into a butt reconstruction surgery. 

Many illegal practitioners are using low-quality solid silicone implants. It is important to ask the right kind of questions to your plastic surgeon and research in detail before making a decision. 

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