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Butt implants and augmentation procedures

Turns out butt augmentation is one of the fastest growing cosmetic surgical procedures performed in the world

, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Derrière implants increased by 18 percent between 2015 and 2016,

while fat grafting procedures (where they literally inject more fat into your keister) jumped 26 percent during the same period.

yet all patients are not happy after having these procedures—and a few have even come back requesting reversals. So is butt augmentation really worth it?

There are a few things you should know before springing for this pricey procedure:

Fat Grafting Is The Most Popular (And Best!) Method

Fat grafting

Fat grafting is the most popular method of butt augmentation. With fat grafting, also called the Brazilian butt lift, the doctor starts by performing liposuction—removing fat from an area where it’s not wanted, like the stomach, thighs, or upper back, and injects it into the buttocks. Results are immediately visible, but you won’t see the final product until a year after surgery; it takes time for the body to form new blood vessels and truly incorporate the grafted fat.

There are risks like blood clots, sensation changes, and fat embolism (when fat is released into the blood stream), but most experts advocate fat grafting as the number-one option for butt augmentation.

Butt implants and augmentation procedures

Butt implants and augmentation procedures

You Can Also Opt For Silicone Implants

Silicone implants

Very thin patients who don’t have enough fat for liposuction might not be eligible for fat grafting, and these are the women who make good candidates for implants.

Butt implants require a multi-hour outpatient surgery in which a surgeon inserts silicone implants into your tuchus. On butt-implant delivery day, your surgeon will make an incision within the vertical butt crease and then slide silicone implants either into or above the gluteal muscle on each side. Placement technique varies among doctors, but intramuscular implants are ideal.

“Most of the patients who have had implants and are unhappy with them have on-top-of-the-muscle implants. “That’s just not a great place for an implant to be. Those implants sag over time and kind of look like gumdrops on the buttocks, as opposed to a much more natural look.”

Surgeons typically use the approach they’re most comfortable with, so if you’re considering the procedure, ask your doctor what type of placement he or she uses, he recommends.

 

The Bigger Implant, The Bigger Risk

Different size butt implants
Most women go into the initial consultation with an idea of what kind of butt they’re trying to achieve, but our surgeons cautions against going too large. they say they won’t do implants bigger than 350 cubic centimeters, which equals roughly one and a half cups of fluid—even when patients beg, as they sometimes do—because it’s too “fraught with risks.”

Large implants have higher rates of incisions that split open post-surgery and implants that shift around under the skin.

In 2013, a sientist co-authored a study published in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery that analyzed the experience of 2,226 people who received butt implants. Among all patients, 848—or 38 percent—reported complications.

The most common side effect reported in the PRS study was incisional separation (7.9 percent of patients)—“people bend and stoop and the incision can separate. About 5 percent of patients needed an implant revision, and 4.2 percent experienced pain that lasted more than 12 weeks. Nearly 4 percent developed seromas, which means fluid builds up under the skin, and 3.6 percent had minor infection that didn’t require the implants to be removed. Implant removal was necessary in 3.8 percent of patients for reasons like major infection, chronic pain, and chronic