Buttock augmentation

Specialty of Plastic surgery

What is buttock augmentation?

Many people are unhappy with the appearance of their body. One aspect that has been receiving more attention in recent times is the buttocks. Many people feel that this part of their body has lost its aesthetic appeal, due to a loss of volume, the distribution of fat or flabbiness. In these cases, it is possible to enhance the appearance of the buttocks via surgical procedures collectively called buttock augmentation, gluteal augmentation or gluteoplasty.

Why is it done?

Flabbiness, depressions or cellulitis in the buttocks can be aesthetically displeasing. In some cases, the depressions or disproportionate contours may be visible even while clothed.

Via buttock augmentation, the surgeon reshapes the buttocks area, reducing fat, improving contours and appearance, rejuvenating tissues and increasing volume in specific zones.

However, the final result depends on which zone is targeted and the desired outcome, i.e. whether the patient wants to increase the size or projection of their buttocks or to reshape their buttocks. It should also be borne in mind that surgery differs between men and women because the procedures to maintain masculine or feminine characteristics are different.

What does it involve?

The first step to achieving a satisfactory result is for patients to know exactly what they want. Therefore, after assessing the patient’s buttocks, the surgeon will advise them about the various possibilities.

Thus, there are several ways of augmenting the buttocks. We need to emphasize however that all buttock augmentation procedures require surgery. On the other hand, there are aesthetic medicine procedures that can improve the contour or the texture of the skin, e.g. radiofrequency.

The operation itself takes about 90 minutes. There are various ways of performing buttock augmentation surgery: using an implant, using the patient’s own fat and using hyaluronic acid.

  • Buttock augmentation with implants: the volume of the buttocks can be increased by placing implants using an intramuscular technique. The surgeon makes a minor 8 cm incision up to the gluteus maximus muscle, then inserts the implant. The scar is hidden between the buttocks. Silicone cohesive gel implants are used for buttock augmentation.
  • Buttock augmentation by fat transfer: if the patient does not want to have implants, a completely natural result can be achieved using their own fat, and at the same time remodelling their figure via liposuction. Normally, fat is extracted from the hips, abdomen, back or thighs.
  • Buttock augmentation with hyaluronic acid: this technique consists of injections of hyaluronic acid into the buttock area, leading to a moderate increase in size. It is performed under local anaesthesia and the result is temporary.

How to prepare for it

Like any surgery, preparation is required. You will undergo a complete assessment, focusing on aspects such as buttock height, width and projection, whether you do exercise and other factors. After this examination, you will able to choose the technique that best fits your needs.

Post-operative care

You will have to follow several rules to ensure that the scar remains stable, the implant does not move, and no asymmetry occurs.

  • You will spend the first two days in the clinic, in a face-down position.
  • After the first two days, you will be able to get up but you must not remain seated longer than absolutely necessary.
  • You will have to sleep face-down for at least two weeks.
  • You will have to avoid any physical activity involving the buttock muscles for at least 5 or 6 weeks.
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