03 Aug Baby Got Back: Choices in Buttock Augmentation
Grabbing media attention around the globe, the humble bottom has been popularised in recent times by celebrities sporting bountiful backsides such as J.Lo and the Kardashian clan, and it’s a phenomenon that’s catching on.
Buttock augmentation surgery is a relative new procedure, but one that is gaining in popularity both here in Australia and around the world. But what is the best option to beautify your behind? Specialist surgeon Morris Ritz of the Melbourne Institute of Plastic Surgery explores some of the pros and cons of the choices currently available.
Buttock implants can be made of either soft solid silicone or silicone gel of various shapes. These implants are used to enhance and fill out the buttocks. The implants are placed through an incision just above the natal cleft, which is barely visible post surgery. The implants are then placed within the gluteus maximus muscle and the wound is closed.
Buttock implants present a long lasting and relatively predictable option in creating a bigger butt. The size, shape and feel of implants can be selected to suit individual patient body types and preferences. Implants have a long lifespan and generally don’t need to be replaced, enabling you to maintain a firm, seductive silhouette for years to come.
The surgery takes around two hours and patients will need to take approximately two to four weeks off work. Patients cant drive for two weeks following surgery and exercise is a no-go until around six weeks post op. Patients cannot sit directly for two weeks. They can go from side to side or prone and will need to wear a support panty to hold the position and shape during recovery.
It is important to note that buttock implants may be the only option for patients who do not have enough body fat for a fat transfer, as these patients do not have enough fat stores across the rest of their body to create a bountiful booty.
The first step in a fat transfer procedure is the removal of isolated fat deposits from one area of the body via liposuction. A narrow cannula is placed directly into the localised fat to loosen and gently suction fat cells out of the body. Once the fat is removed, it is purified and prepared for injection into the buttock area. Nearly any area of the body can be augmented using this technique to provide natural, long-lasting results.
While liposuction is a surgical procedure that does require anaesthesia and downtime, it is typically less invasive than augmentation using implants. Much smaller incisions are made to perform liposuction, which means less post-operative discomfort and scarring. Because this procedure uses the patient’s own cells to sculpt and augment, the results tend to be more natural.
Due to the fact this procedure uses a patient’s own body fat, although the results are more natural they can be less predictable. Fat transfer can be affected by changes to the patient’s overall health and wellbeing, such as weight loss and weight gain. In some cases this may cause the augmentation to be less long lasting than an implant. Patients will still need to wear a support garment for around six to eight weeks following this procedure.
Whichever way you decide to beautify your behind, it is important to discuss your options with a skilled and experienced surgeon to decide which option is right for you and your body.