The Rising Popularity of Plastic Surgery for a Larger Butt
Butt Augmentation Plastic Surgery Procedures Have Increased in Popularity over the Past Decade
By: Dr. Kenneth Benjamin Hughes, MD
In the United States, plastic surgeons perform two types of buttock augmentation procedures. The most common type of buttock augmentation is called a Brazilian butt lift in which fat is liposuctioned from areas of excess like the abdomen or love handles and transferred to the buttock and hips for augmentation. The second type of augmentation is the placement of the solid silicone implants. The butt implant surgery usually involves placing the implants either on top of the muscle or within the muscle for augmentation.
The Brazilian butt lift has the advantage of using your own fat and no chance of foreign body reaction. However, the amount of fat that lives is somewhat unpredictable as rates can range from 30% to 70% fat survival. The butt implant surgery produces a more reliable volume increase.
In addition, there are differences in the number and types of complications. The buttock implant surgery has a greater rate of complications with the most significant complication being fluid collection, which can lead to the removal of the buttock implant. The liposuction and Brazilian butt lift has fewer complications overall but does have inherent risks of fat necrosis, or dead fat, and the possibility of fat traveling to the lung causing respiratory distress.
Patients should always be educated about the relative risks involved in each of these procedures as the risks are certainly not inconsequential. However, both of these procedures produce reliable results for those patients seeking improvement in buttock size and shape and overall silhouette.
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Dr. Kenneth Benjamin Hughes, MD
Los Angeles Board Certified Plastic Surgeon