A buttock lift plastic surgery procedure improves the contours of the buttocks. A buttock lift is usually accomplished through augmentation or enlargement of the buttocks with silicone implants or fat grafting from another part of the body. Dr. Lynch’s preferred method is with fat grafting, commonly called fat transfer. Many know this procedure as “The Brazilian Butt Lift” which has been popularized in the United States and fashioned after buttock augmentation performed in Brazil.
With the aging process, most people will lose fullness in the buttocks and experience some degree of dropping (ptosis). Almost all buttocks look more youthful and curvaceous with some added volume from fat transfer. The placement of the fat will predict what the shape of buttocks will be and how much of a lift you will get.
Fat transferred from other parts of the body (mainly low back, flanks, abdomen and thighs) into the buttocks has a survival rate of about 60%. This means that a considerable amount of fat is needed to complete the procedure. In order to be a candidate for fat transfer you must have a donor site and usually more than one site so that the procedure will be worth your while. If you have enough available fat, it is harvested by liposuction. This fat is then transferred by injection with a small cannula to the desired areas of the buttock for augmentation. Transferring fat cells from those areas to the buttock will cause your rear end to look like it has been lifted up and more curvaceous. The results can look very natural and the extra benefit is that you will be able to contour another area where fat is less desirable.
When fat is transferred to the buttocks, face, lips or any other place in the body, some of it will not survive and will be reabsorbed by the body. More fat than is actually needed is transferred with the expectation that some volume will be lost in the process of transfer. You will experience some volume loss in the first few weeks as the swelling goes down. You will not see the final result until a few months after the procedure.
The recovery for buttock augmentation is similar to that of liposuction. The incisions are very small, just enough to allow the suction wand, or cannula, to go under the skin and to remove the fat. You will feel sore in the areas where liposuction is done but you will feel very little to no discomfort in the buttocks. You will be required to wear a body garment for four weeks after the procedure to compress the liposuction areas so that the skin will shrink and to support the fat transferred areas (buttocks). You can go back to work after one week but it will usually take a month before you’ll feel completely back to normal. You will be able to sit the day after the procedure but it requires two to four weeks before you can begin exercising again.
During your consultation you will learn more about the procedure and the risks, benefits and recovery. You will have an exam to determine if you are a good candidate and to decide which sites the fat will come from.
For massive weight loss patients with a large amount of excess skin and ptosis (drooping) of the buttocks, a lower body lift may be required. In this procedure, a segment of skin and fat from the posterior hip, lower back area, and lateral thighs is removed and the buttocks and thighs are lifted. The buttocks are then enhanced/augmented with fat transfer. In some cases, the low back fatty tissue is swung down into the buttocks after the skin layer is removed. It blood supply attachments are left in place and it is transferred as one piece to the buttocks. This is called Autologous Tissue Augmentation of the Buttocks. In both cases described, the resulting scar left behind is located in the belt line of the waist where it can be hidden in clothing.
Buttock Enhancement/Augmentation Surgery is a popular procedure in Chevy Chase, MD, and the Washington, DC, area. Buttock Enhancement/Augmentation is considered cosmetic and therefore is not covered by insurance. The patient is responsible for payment.
The specific risks and the suitability of buttock enhancement/augmentation for a given individual can be determined only at the time of consultation. All surgical procedures have some degree of risk. Minor complications that do not affect the outcome occur occasionally. Major complications are rare.
If you are considering buttock enhancement, find out more by calling board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Sheilah Lynch, who will gladly answer your questions during consultation.