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Buttock augmentation, or gluteal augmentation, is used to improve the contour, size, shape, and contour of the buttocks. This is done through the use of buttock implants, fat grafting, or sometimes a combination of the two. Buttock augmentation through the use of fat grafting involves the transfer of fat from one or more areas of the body into the tissues of the buttocks. This technique is sometimes referred to as the Brazilian Butt Lift.
Candidates for buttocks augmentation are those requiring an enhancement in the size and shape of the buttocks and do not have any medical conditions that would prohibit the anesthesia required for a successful operation. During the initial consultation, an assessment of the contour of your buttocks and adjacent body areas will be made in addition to a review of your overall medical health. If you are a candidate for buttock augmentation, the next decision will be made between you and Dr. Hardy regarding the use of an implant or the transfer of fat.
For Buttock Augmentation with an implant, a specially designed implant made for this operation is placed in a position over the gluteus maximus muscle that gives an optimal shape to the buttocks. The position of the implant is a modern approach that places the implant below the connective tissue covering of the gluteus maximus muscle and above the muscle itself. A specially designed pain catheter is placed in order to dramatically minimize any discomfort and make the recovery period easily managed with medicines by mouth.
For Buttock Augmentation with fat transfer a.k.a. “Brazilian Butt Lift”, fat from other parts of the body is used to enhance the buttocks region. The fat is “harvested” from one part with the use of a special suction device and is then placed in areas that require more volume. The Brazilian butt lift requires a significant amount of specialized expertise to shape the butt with fat cells that will live when being moved to their new location, the ability to perform expert liposuction in the areas where fat is removed along with the artistic and cultural knowledge to perform the procedure specific to the woman’s needs. The main potential complication from buttock implant placement is infection. With proper compliance with postoperative instructions, the incidence of the potential problem is approximately 1%. The main potential problem with fat transfer is significant resorption of fat which can occur in approximately 30-40% of cases. One can not predict preoperatively which patients are likely to have this issue. Dr. Hardy’s meticulous surgical technique and attention to detail help to maximize your surgical results making your surgery, pre,-operative and post-operative a comfortable and successful experience for patients.
“Essential to a beautiful butt is the shape of the small of the back and waist in addition to the added volume to the butt. I have patients that want a voluptuous and ethnic butt and those that want to look hot in yoga pants with a round perky, “bubble” or “beach” butt and minimal hips. The key is understanding what the individual wants and having the ability to deliver on those expectations.” – Dr. James Hardy
The overall cost of Buttocks Enhancement is affected by anesthesia fees, hospital fees, post-surgery garments, and medications. Price is also impacted by medical tests, surgeon’s fees, and the exact techniques employed.
There are several options for buttock enhancements including implants (surgical) and fat grafting (minimally invasive) procedures.
Slimmer patients may not be recommended for fat transfer. Patients who do not want to undergo surgery may not be ideal for butt implant surgery. However, the right option will be discussed during the consultation to address your goals and expectations.
In general, buttock enhancement procedures take several hours to complete depending on the complexity of the procedure, and the extent of correction.
To prioritize patient comfort during implant or fat grafting procedures, general anesthesia is used. Local anesthesia or lidocaine is not used in order to reduce damage to tissue during fat harvesting (fat transfer).
For buttock enhancement through fat transfer, the incisions are minimal, small enough to fit the cannula. Implant surgery may involve larger incisions, but these are concealed in the natural contours of your buttocks. The scars may also fade over time, making them less visible.
No, the results of buttocks augmentation through fat transfer are permanent. You can retain up to 70% of the fat transferred to your buttocks.
When you undergo butt implant surgery or fat transfer, the results are visible right away. After a fat transfer procedure, the tissue may take 3 months to settle. You may lose some volume but you will retain the lift and improved shape.
Yes, you will be given instructions to wear compression garments and for how long. This will help alleviate swelling and keep your implants or grafted fat in place.
Your healing and recovery after the butt enhancement procedure depend on your body’s natural healing process. Some patients are able to go back to work after 2 to 3 weeks. It can take longer if there are combination procedures performed.
Yes, you may opt to undergo additional body contouring procedures in combination with implant surgery or fat transfer to the buttocks. You may combine your buttock augmentation with a tummy tuck or liposuction in other areas.
You will be instructed to avoid putting pressure on your buttocks for 2 weeks up to a month. Prolonged sitting can damage the grafted fat.
Implants can last for a long time but it is normal for patients to come back for revisions or exchanges after ten years or more. For fat transfer, you may come back for additional sessions if you want more projection, volume, or lift as long as you have viable tissue to harvest.
If you’re unhappy with the shape and size of your buttocks and are interested in learning more about the buttocks enhancement procedure in Jacksonville, don’t hesitate to contact our office to schedule a consultation with Dr. James Hardy. As a highly-skilled plastic surgeon with many years of experience helping patients achieve the best versions of themselves, Dr. Hardy will surely help guide you on the path to the aesthetically pleasing buttocks you’ve always wanted.
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