Butt Augmentation

What is Butt augmentation?
This procedure indicates augmentation the shape and size of the buttocks using fat aspirated from a patient’s areas of concern.

How long will surgery be?

If not combined with other procedures, a Brazilian Butt Lift can take about 2 hours. The fat is collected through liposuction in a dedicated device to optimally process it for reinjection. Through small stab incisions the prepared fat is carefully and purposefully injected into the buttocks in the desired contour.

What kind of anesthesia will I have?

General anesthesia is used for butt augmentation because it is safe and very well controlled. West Magnolia Surgery Center, on site at West Magnolia Plastic Surgery, is fully accredited by the AAAHC. Local anesthesia in injected into the incisions once the patient is under anesthesia for enhanced postoperative comfort.

What is recovery like?

Liposuction is performed though small stab incisions adjacent to each area treated. Once under anesthesia, the area to be treated is flooded with a dilute solution of anesthesia to help minimize bleeding and help with postoperative pain management. At the completion of the procedure, it is my preference to leave the incisions open and allow what might be left of the fluid to drain. This is messy but temporary and an exercise in reducing bruising and swelling in the long run. Drainage usually stops after 3 or 4 days and the port sites close naturally on their own.

The prepared fat injected into the buttocks results in a very firm area and positioning must be on either side when resting, not flat on the back. Patients can sit comfortably and are in a compression garment for 8 weeks because of the liposuction.

What are the risks of Butt Augmentation?

The risks of liposuction include contour irregularities, injury to adjacent structures and infection. Sometimes the port sites do not heal as desired when allowed to close on their own and a revision is indicated. If a contour deformity from liposuction occurs, a minor office procedure to move fat from one area to another can be performed to address this.

The risks of butt augmentation specific to the fat injection includes infection, asymmetry and loss of partial volume of fat. The most significant risk is related to injections of fat into the muscles of the buttocks, a practice which I do not perform. Reports of fat embolism from injecting into the veins in the muscle have been reported with this practice.

How do I prepare for surgery?

A preoperative appointment is scheduled approximately 2 weeks prior to surgery. At this time, all consents and recommendations, instructions for before and after surgery are reviewed. A long list of medications to avoid is reviewed and prescriptions are given for postoperative management.  The day before surgery, all patients are called to review final questions, confirm nothing has occurred since the patient was seen at preop that might require rescheduling of the procedure and to finalize arrival time at the facility. All patients are given ample information at the preoperative appointment regarding a time line of what to expect in the recovery process and when.