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Four key things to know before your buttock augmentation consultation

Gluteal augmentation, more commonly referred to as a buttock augmentation, is a common procedure designed to improve the size and shape of the buttocks. As moderately invasive techniques improve, buttock augmentations are becoming more popular, and for good reason. A firm, lifted, round bottom can dramatically accentuate a youthful, feminine figure. According to current statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), last year in the United States, more than 14,000 Brazilian butt lifts were performed.

A successful buttock augmentation will begin with an in-person consultation appointment. This is an important time to find out more details on the procedure, get to know the doctor, and decide if you are comfortable with the surgery. Before you walk into the consultation, however, there are four key points that you should already be aware of.

A Brazilian butt lift is different from butt implants

There are two unique techniques available to lift and plump the buttocks: surgically placed silicone buttock implants and the analogous fat transfer (Brazilian butt lift). Implants will provide a more rounded shape for your bottom, while a fat transfer creates a natural contour and lift. Your surgeon will help decide on the right technique to achieve your desired aesthetic goals, based on your body type. Those with little body fat may most benefit from buttock implants, while fat grafting can provide excellent results for sagging buttocks.

It really matters which surgeon you choose

An experienced, trusted buttock implant surgeon is your secret weapon for a successful procedure and ideal results. The surgeon you decide on should have years of experience in analogous fat grafting and buttock implants. They should be board certified in plastic surgery and be up to date on training or certifications. Educate yourself on how to best select a surgeon. Be sure to ask the following questions during your initial appointment:

  • Are you board certified?
  • How many butt lifts have you done?
  • How will my procedure be performed?
  • How long will my butt augmentation take?
  • What can I expect from my recovery?
  • What is the likelihood that I will need a revision procedure in the future?

The best butt augmentation results will be proportionate to your body

An experienced butt augmentation surgeon will help you decide the best size/shape/surgical procedure for your body type. While it is great to have an "ideal" bottom in mind before your consultation, understand that your particular procedure should be custom tailored for your physique. Normally, the goal of a buttock augmentation is more than just creating a big butt, the procedure should add to your overall figure.

The results from your buttock augmentation will last for a very long time

A successful butt augmentation can bring pleasure for years to come. Conversely, if you are unhappy with the results or the final size, it can cost you in confidence, potential discomfort, and money for a revision. Keep this in mind when you are looking at potential surgical options and shapes/sizes. Under normal circumstances, the results of your buttock augmentation surgery will be long-lasting. Silicone butt implants are safe and can look fabulous for 10 years or more. Analogous fatty tissue graft will merge with your own tissues, providing permanent results. This is why choosing the most appropriate size for your body type and lifestyle is so important.

More information can be found by visiting the buttock augmentation page on the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) website. When you understand the benefits and limitations of the butt augmentation, and trust in a board certified plastic surgeon, you are ensured the best results possible. A properly performed buttock augmentation will then bring you pleasure for years to come.

For more information, including a list of ASPS plastic surgeons in your community, please use our Find a Plastic Surgeon tool.

Visit Dr. Vitenas' website for more information about buttock augmentation: About the Brazilian butt lift

The views expressed in this blog are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.


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