Buttock augmentation surgery (also called Butt Lift) is one of the most requested cosmetic surgeries in Spain.
Butt Lift has a relatively quick recovery period and offers spectacular results.
Current techniques for buttock augmentation (butt lift) are safe and with a very low rate of complications.
However, to avoid unpleasant surprises, it is important to use the correct technique and implant. Buttock augmentation surgery requires a surgeon with wide experience.
With the correct placement technique, the implant can be covered over in a way that is not visible and that will not move. Due to this technique, a beautiful and well-proportioned buttock can be achieved.
Which surgery is recommended for female buttock augmentation (butt lift)?
There are different approaches to improve the zone of the buttocks. These will depend on the objective of the patient, whether they want to enlarge the projection of the buttocks or to reshape the zone. Currently buttock augmentation (butt lift) is carried out using implants, liposuction (using the patient’s own fat) or combining both methods.
Liposuction is the most common technique for reshaping the buttocks, as it allows for sculpting the shape of the buttock by extracting selected excess fat. Furthermore, the central zone of the buttock can be increased in volume by reinserting the fat obtained by liposuction.
There is also plastic surgery which enlarges the buttocks with implants. This surgery is very common in certain parts of Latin America and it is increasingly in demand in Europe. Buttock augmentation (butt lift) with a silicone implant tries to give the buttocks the most rounded shape possible.
Buttock implants are made of cohesive silicone gel, are flatter and are more resistant than implants that are used for breast augmentation. This resistance allows the zone of the buttocks to withstand, without problems, the force that comes from the use of the gluteus maximus muscle when walking, running or jumping.
Currently there are two kinds of implants for the buttocks: oval-shaped implants or round-shaped implants. The shape of the implant is chosen depending on the shape of the buttocks and the result that the patient wants to achieve. Most women opt for the round-shaped implants, because they give more projection and round off the curves of the buttocks. In women who have flat or sagging buttocks the best option is to use oval-shaped implants, to avoid the appearance of double contours or a result that is too round and artificial.
The implant is placed below the gluteus maximus muscle in such a way that it cannot be distinguished externally. The incision in buttock augmentation (butt lift) surgery is made in the crease between the two buttocks, as low as possible so that it is hidden. The operation is done using general anaesthetic so that the muscle is relaxed and we can insert the implant easily. It is not usual to use drains.
The positioning of the implant subcutaneously or under the fascia of the muscle as some surgeons do can give very voluminous results, but this is doomed to failure and to not very aesthetic results: the implant moves out of place, it turns over, it can be seen in whatever position the patient’s body is in. This subcutaneous placement of the implant is very widespread because it is very easy to do, but it has disastrous consequences.
However, with the correct placement technique (that of the intramuscular implant) the implant can be covered over in a way that is not visible and that will not move. Due to this technique, a beautiful and well-proportioned buttock can be achieved.
What advantages are there to combine implants and fat transfer in buttock augmentation (butt lift)?
The best option is probably the combination of the implant and a fat graft. The combination of the techniques (liposuction, lipofilling, radio frequency and implant) allows for modifying and improving the buttocks with results which before were unattainable, in this way achieving perfect buttocks.
However, the team of surgeons at Antiaging Group Barcelona (Spain), who are experts in buttock augmentation (butt lift), stress that the application of own fat in buttock augmentation requires the expertise of a well-experienced surgeon to minimize the risks and increase the results. Antiaging Group Barcelona is a pioneering centre in Spain in introducing the technique of Dr. Coleman which guarantees the greatest survival rate of the grafted fat and minimizes the incidence of cysts.
Female buttock augmentation (butt lift) surgery, usually combines liposuction of the lower back, waist and flanks to reshape and increase the curve of the buttocks when inserting the implant. The fat that has been obtained is reinserted in the lower zone, just above the buttock crease to round off the buttocks at that level. The implant fills the upper two thirds of the buttocks very well, but not the lower part and here is where the inserted fat is able to improve the final result.
How is the postoperative period after buttock augmentation (butt lift) surgery?
In buttock augmentation (butt lift) surgery, the cooperation of the patient is very important so that the scar is stable and the implant doesn’t move or cause asymmetries. For this reason, the patient should follow the following behaviour guidelines in the weeks following the operation:
- The first two days, the patient will stay all day in the hospital lying face down.
- Later, it is possible to get up, but for a week they should not be seated more than is necessary and when doing so to be careful not to squash the zone that has been operated on.
- They have to sleep face down for a couple of weeks.
- It is important to avoid any kind of physical exercise which involves using the buttocks for five or six weeks.
What factors should be kept in mind currently when it comes to defining perfect buttocks?
The buttocks have, for a long time now, become the new focus of attention in cosmetic surgery. “It’s not just about increasing the volume of the buttocks and giving it projection. It is about completely changing the shape,” explains Doctor Jesús Benito, director of the Antiaging Group Barcelona (Spain).
The new buttock surgery takes into consideration the different types of buttocks that exist. The team of experts at Antiaging Group Barcelona also take into consideration the origin and preferences of each patient. For example, Latin American women tend to prefer much more buttock volume than European women.
Other aspects are also assessed such as the weight of the patient, the flaccidity of the tissue and the muscle tone. The quality of the skin will also determine to a great extent the final result.
To carry out the new buttock surgery some aesthetic rules are to be observed. For example, it is considered that the ratio between the circumference of the waist and hip should be 0.7. Anthropological studies have observed that this ratio is considered beautiful in all cultures. However, now, ratios of 0.6 and even 0.5 are being sought.
How will I look after buttock augmentation (butt lift) surgery?
Is there any treatment for buttock augmentation (butt lift) which doesn’t involve surgery?
There are cosmetic medicine treatments that have proved to be effective such as radio frequency treatment. Radio frequency treatment is a noninvasive technique. It does not serve to enlarge the buttocks, but it can improve the contour and the texture of the skin, especially of the midlateral buttock and in the lower zone of the buttock, between the buttocks and the thigh.
How much does buttock augmentation (butt lift) surgery cost?
This is one of the first questions that our patients ask. Buttock augmentation (butt lift) surgery cost depends on many factors.
Without meeting the patient we don’t offer approximate prices as each patient is a different case. But we know that the economic factor is important when it comes to making a decision. Therefore, we offer the possibility for the patient to come to our facilities for a first free no-obligation visit. The patient can consult with the surgeon regarding all their doubts and worries. According to the characteristics of each patient, we will offer the best solution for each case.
Doctor Jesús Benito: Publications:
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- Benito-Ruiz J. “Buttock and hip enhancement with implants”. En: Cosmetic Surgery. Art and Techniques Shiffman, Melvin A.; Di Giuseppe, Alberto (Eds.) 2013, 2013, XV, 1192 p. 86 illus.
- Contorno Corporal en el paciente VIH. Utilización de implantes en glúteos y caderas. XL Congreso de la SECPRE. La Coruña, junio de 2005.
- Surgical treatment of the buttocks and hip atrophy in feminine lipodistrophy patient. 7thInternational Workshop on Adverse Drig Reactions and Lipodistrophy in HIV, Dublin, Noviembre de 2005.
- Prótesis de glúteos. VI Reunión de la Sociedad de Cirugía Plástica, reparadora y Estética de la Comunidad Valenciana. 28-29 de octubre de 2005. Valencia.
- Buttock implants. Focus Symposium in Plastic Surgery. Munich, 17 de abril de 2010.
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