Thanks to celebrities such as Kim Kardashian and Jennifer Lopez, the derrière has taken center stage. While many patients want bigger buttocks simply because they like the look, a buttock augmentation is also a powerful tool for re-contouring the entire torso.
Many patients come in to see Dr. Robert Whitfield thinking that they need a tummy tuck or liposuction to their thighs. What most don’t realize is that the abdomen, thighs and buttocks all work together. In some cases, adding a bit of volume to the butt can reshape the outer thighs or decrease the appearance of the stomach. In others, a buttock augmentation can be a nice addition to a tummy tuck or a mommy makeover.
During your buttock augmentation consultation, Dr. Whitfield will do a thorough physical exam, assessing your body contour from a 360 degree viewpoint. He will listen to your goals and talk about your lifestyle. Together, you will come up with the treatment plan that best suits your needs.
A buttock augmentation, sometimes referred to as a Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL), is a form of fat transfer (or fat grafting) that increases volume and changes the shape of the buttocks, while re-contouring the torso. The first step in any Brazilian Butt Lift is harvesting excess fat via liposuction from areas where you may have too much. Typically, these areas include the abdomen, thighs, love handles and back. More often than not, fat will need to be taken from multiple areas.
The harvested fat is then cleaned and purified before being placed in a series of syringes. Dr. Whitfield will then use a very fine needle or cannula to artfully place the fat into the buttocks. The goal of any successful buttock augmentation is to deliver a butt that is in proper proportion to the rest of your body.
There are many reasons why a patient may seek a buttock augmentation. For many, the problem is age. Our buttocks lose volume as we get older and our skin becomes more lax. Some are simply born with a flat butt, and yet others are affected by weight gain/loss. This is especially true for women who’ve had multiple pregnancies.
A buttock augmentation can restore a more youthful look to your back side; give you the buttocks of your dreams, and/or reshape your entire trunk.
When a technique like the Brazilian Butt Lift becomes popular, it is easy to forget that buttock augmentation is a serious surgical procedure. For it to be performed safely, it requires both skill and experience on the part of the plastic surgeon. Dr. Whitfield has an intimate understanding of anatomy after decades of experience, knowing where the proper placement regions are and how to add the fat. For him, patient safety is of the utmost importance.
Buttock augmentation is typically performed under general anesthesia in an accredited surgery center. You can expect to be sore and bruised for the first few weeks following surgery. In general, Dr. Whitfield likes his patients to avoid prolonged sitting for the first couple of weeks as this may adversely affect the distribution of fat.
He will recommend that you sleep on your stomach or your side for at least two weeks. You will be prescribed a support garment to wear 24/7 for at least a month, possibly longer. Most patients will be able to return to exercise in 4-6 weeks, but it may take anywhere from 3-6 months for the swelling to fully subside so be patient and kind to yourself as your body recovers.
To find out more about a buttock augmentation with Dr. Robert Whitfield, call us today at 877-785-2382 or schedule a consultation at our Austin location in West Lake Hills.