Buttock Augmentation

What Is Buttock Augmentation?

Almost all rear ends look better with some added volume. Buttock Augmentation is a procedure that makes the buttocks fuller or more proportional to the rest of the body. This is achieved in either of two ways, by injecting fat taken from elsewhere in your body (fat grafting procedure, also called a Brazilian butt lift), or by inserting synthetic butt implants (so-called butt implants).

A buttocks augmentation is a procedure that can have dramatic results. It gives you the appearance of a tighter more attractive, rounded and shapely bottom and improves the overall shape.

Although many people are dieting and exercising to reduce the size of their derrieres, there are some who feel that this area is too flat and lacks prominence. Pregnancy, or just aging alone, can also affect the size, projection, and profile of the buttocks.

During the initial consultation with us, patients will learn which type of augmentation is right for their specific shape: butt implants or enhancement via fat transfer.



Implants are often used in plastic surgery to reshape and augment body parts like the female breast and the calf. Likewise, gluteus implants can improve the shape of patients buttocks.


If an Implant Can Leak?

Breast implants which are filled with saline or silicone can leak but the implants used to augment and shape the buttocks are made of solid silicon which cannot break and leak any fluid into your body.
How the Implant Feels Like After Healing?

The augmented rear end has a firm but natural feel, about like the feel of a person has who been working out with weights or exercising hard for many years. Moreover, you actually do not sit on the implant because it is placed somewhat higher than the bones on which you actually sit.



Surgeons can harvest fat from any place where corpulent tissue is found. The most common donor spots are the flanks, the outer legs and the outer and upper buttocks. Planting fat cells from those areas will cause rear end to look like it has been reshaped to be more curvaceous and lifted up.

Who Is a Good Candidate for Buttock Augmentation?

Individuals that wish to enlarge, lift, and shape the buttock are good candidates.

Usually, if a patient is overweight or wears an eight to 12 dress size, she is probably best suited for transfer and perhaps some liposuction. Thin patients who wear size two to four dresses are usually not good candidates for fat transfer because they do not have any fat to spare.

During your consultation our surgeon will review your treatment options for Buttock Implant, Brazilian Butt Lift, and Liposuction. He will discuss if you are a good candidate, surgical options and techniques, potential risks and complications of surgery, pre and post operative instructions, and recovery course, as well as what to expect after surgery. At that time, doctor will also show you before and after pictures of other patients who might be similar to you and have had Buttock Augmentation and/or Brazilian Butt Lift.

How Should You Prepare for Buttock Augmentation?

During your initial preoperative visit with your surgeon, we will need your complete medical history, including all of your medications, allergies and previous surgeries. You will undergo a through physical examination and blood tests. Feel free to talk to your doctor about the exact look you are hoping to achieve and any questions you have about your procedure.

If you are a smoker, you may be asked to stop smoking in advance of surgery. Aspirin and certain anti-inflammatory drugs can cause increased bleeding, so you should avoid taking these medications for a period of time before surgery. Your surgeon will provide you with additional preoperative instructions.

How Is Buttock Augmentation Performed?

Depending on the procedure; your surgeon will recommend the best choice for you.

Buttock augmentation is an outpatient procedure that takes about an hour to perform. If liposuction is being done, then it may take an additional half hour.

Medications are given for your comfort during the surgical procedure. Butt lift may be performed using a combination of local anesthesia and sedation.

Butt implant, the procedure is fairly straightforward and involves placing a 5-6 cm (about 1/4 inch) vertical incision in the well-hidden buttock center crease, the sacrum, the dissection continues on either side of the sacrum until the buttock muscle is reached. The muscle is incised and with careful dissection, a pocket is created for the implant within the muscle. The implants are inserted into the newly created pockets and the muscle closed over the implants. The midline incision is then closed. If liposuction is going to be done, it is performed through separate incisions.

Brazilian butt lift, also known as fat injections, is a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure. The buttock is first contoured by performing liposuction in the areas around the buttocks to make them stand out more. The fat transfer butt lift involves extracting fat from other areas of the body via liposuction. Next, the fat is purified, so that only the best donor fat cells are reinjected back into your buttocks for augmentation and re-injected into the buttocks. The process may involve a large number of injections into different areas of the buttocks and at various depths so that the patient will get the highest permanent absorption rate, until desired results are achieved.

What Is Recovery Like After Buttock Augmentation?



Since this is an area of the body that is required for sitting, walking, and other movements, patients might experience greater pain during the recovery period and the recovery time is usually longer. Pain medications usually are prescribed to help with the discomfort. After approximately 5-7 days the patient is able to be up and about; walking, sitting more comfortably and moving.

There is generally very little swelling and bruising after buttock augmentation so the results may be seen very soon after surgery. Full physical activities are usually permitted within a month after surgery.



After the procedure, the buttocks will swell somewhat and then subside. It requires three months before we can get a final resolution on how much fat actually remains.

Most patients want to know how long it takes to recover from a fat transfer into the buttocks. Generally that is the length of time it takes for you to recuperate from the liposuctioned areas. The liposuction incisions are very small, just enough to allow the suction wand, or cannula, to go under the skin and take out the fat. However, your buttocks won’t feel any discomfort at all. After the procedure, you must wear a body garment for 6-8 weeks. You can go back to work after 10-14 days.

Your doctor will follow your progress closely and advise you as to which activities are safe during your healing process.

Will the Results of Buttock Augmentation Be Permanent?

Usually, butt augmentation produces permanent and satisfactory results.

Are There Any Possible Complications From Buttock Augmentation?

When surgery is performed by a qualified surgeon, complications are rare and usually minor. Nevertheless, as with any surgery, there are potential complications and risks. Your consultation is Key. Your physician will spend time discussing these with you during your scheduled consultation. Be sure to bring a list of questions or concerns with you. All patients are instructed to discuss the general surgical risks with their surgeon.

Fat transfer is very safe. Because the fat comes from your own body, there is no risk of allergic reaction. Infections can occur at the extraction or injection areas, but this is extremely rare and usually resolves with antibiotics. The most common risk associated with enhancement via fat transfer procedure is possible absorption of the transferred fat in the weeks following surgery. While not dangerous, this occurrence would require a second insertion of fat into the buttocks. A second procedure gets satisfactory results in nearly all cases.

Butt implants carry the risk of scarring, excessive bleeding, and becoming dislodged. However, the main concern with butt implants is the risk of infection.

Good communication between doctor and patient is always important. For any type of buttock augmentation, follow your surgeon’s instructions to the letter to reduce the risks of infection or other problems.