Buttock augmentation can be performed in one of two ways: gluteal implants or fat transfer to the buttock. Fat transfer to the buttock, also known as Brazilian buttock lift, is by far the most popular and more natural technique. I have been performing this procedure for over six years now in the Los Angeles area and patients seem to be quite happy with the results. Basically, the procedure involves liposuction of a number of areas (usually the abdomen, love handles, back and thighs) then transferring or injecting that fat into the buttock for augmentation. The Brazilian buttock lift is a great way to not only enhance the buttock, but also to reshape the hips, waist and lower back as well. Most women benefit from this gluteal reshaping as well as the increase in size of the buttocks. The surgery takes between two and three hours and is performed under general anesthesia (asleep). Most patients will take off about one to two weeks from work to recover. During the recovery from buttock augmentation it’s important to avoid direct sitting, as your body’s weight can injure the newly transferred fat cells in the buttock. It takes a few months to see your final results and allow for the swelling in the buttock area to resolve.
The other less popular option for buttock augmentation involves the insertion of silicone implants under the gluteal muscle. These implants do not feel as soft and natural as fat, but may be the only option available in very thin patients who may otherwise not be candidates for a fat transfer procedure (Brazilian buttock lift). Buttock implants have a higher complication rate and tend to look unnatural compared to a fat transfer procedure.