Butt Augmentation surgery is a surgical procedure that helps to enhance or reshape your buttocks, uplifting the area and giving a better shape and profile. This surgical procedure has gained huge popularity all over the globe in the past decade or so. A nice curvy butt is often considered to be the symbol of sensuality and femininity, causing the widespread popularity of this surgery. Plus of course the popularity of celebrities like the Kardashians, J Lo, Nicki Minaj etc. has also contributed to the desire to have a large, curvy butt and hips like theirs.
One of the most frequently practiced methods of butt augmentation surgery involves the grafting of natural fat tissue from your own body into the buttocks area to offer it the desired shape and size. This is also known as the “Brazilian Butt Lift“.
Who Might Consider Butt Augmentation?
There are a few reasons that someone might opt for a butt augmentation procedure:
- If you have flat or sagging buttocks, and want them to have a firm and curvaceous shape
- When you have asymmetrical buttocks, or two different sized butt cheeks, and you want to make them of equal sizes
- When the size of the buttocks are relatively small in comparison to body frame
- When you notice misshapen buttocks due to massive amounts of weight loss
How is Butt Augmentation Performed?
The process in which this procedure is performed varies from one surgeon to another. However, there are a few key processes that remain the same. They are:
Extraction of the Fat
The procedure of butt augmentation involves using fatty tissue from your own body, and injecting them into the buttock area. First its necessary to identify a part from your body from where the fatty tissue can be extracted. This is mostly done using liposuction. During this process, most surgeons prefer to extract the fat particles that are the smallest.
Processing of the Fat
Once the fatty tissues have been extracted from the body, they are processed properly for purification. This is done by decanting as well as effective centrifugation. This allows proper segregation or separation of the fat that can be re-injected into the buttocks from the quantity that must be discarded. In most cases, only a small fraction of the total fat extracted qualify to be re-injected, although sometimes, this can amount to even 25 percent of the total fat extracted.
Re-injection of the Fat
Once the extracted fat has been processed and is ready for re-injection, it is re-injected into the subcutaneous region of the buttocks in small quantities. This is done with the use of numerous injections that have special tubes known as cannulas. This is one of the trickiest parts of the entire procedure as the surgeon must determine the proper areas and their depths to inject the fat. This will ensure proper absorption of the fat and create the desired results. The fat is generally injected into the subcutaneous area of the buttocks to ensure that there are no associated risks caused due to fat embolism.
Post-surgical Care and Recovery
There will be mild restrictions to your normal activities after you have undergone such a surgical procedure. The incisions created to insert the cannulas will drain for the initial few days. Along with that, you may also notice a few common symptoms that may include inflammation of the operated area and intense pain. These symptoms will wear off after a few days, and if they do not, you must consult your physician.
The average recovery time for a butt augmentation surgery is usually 7-8 weeks. However, if you continue to feel the pain or notice the swelling in the operated area beyond eight weeks, its important to get in touch with your doctor.
How Long Do The Results Last?
The results of this surgical procedure are usually long-lasting. Generally, the fatty tissues injected in the buttocks area tend to become just another normal tissue in the body. Hence, they age as the rest of your body does. However, you do need to maintain these enhancements, and make necessary lifestyle changes to ensure that the results do not wear off. Maintaining an enhanced butt shape needs proper care for it to last for a lifetime.
Possible Complications and Risks
Similar to any other surgical procedure, this surgery also has a number of associated risks and complications that you must be aware of.
- The surgery may cause unnatural inflammations and bruising in the operated area
- You may feel a great deal of pain or complete numbness in the area
- There are risks of the occurrence of fat embolism
- You may notice stretch marks on your skin that may not fade
- The size of your buttocks may reduce after a while or the shape may alter due to absorption of the injected fat by your body
- Adverse reactions to the anesthesia used during the surgery
- Infection of the operated area that may or may not lead to incessant bleeding
- Allergic reactions to the surgery or the post-surgery medications
- Unusual scarring of the operated area
- Unsatisfactory results necessitating additional surgeries
Apart from the ones mentioned above, there may be other complications as well. Basically, you must consider all these possible risks and complications properly before opting for this procedure.
What Does It Cost?
The costs associated with a butt augmentation surgery depend on a number of factors. One such factor includes the number of areas where liposuction must be done in order to remove the fatty tissues. The more number of areas to administer the liposuction process, the more the eventual cost is going to be. Also you also need to consider the fees of the surgeon, the anesthesia, the post-surgery expenses, and plenty of other miscellaneous expenses. On an average, one such surgery can amount to a total expenditure of anywhere between $15,000 and $20,000.
You may also have to opt for additional surgeries if you don’t get the desired results with the first procedure. These procedures will have separate expenses that you have to take into consideration.
Is it worth it? That’s for you to decide. It’s certainly the fastest way to get the results you want, but its also the most expensive, and isn’t without potential complications and safety issues. If you’re interested in the Brazilian Butt Lift make sure you do plenty of research before make your decision, and choose a reputable plastic surgeon who is proven to do a good job.