Why choose Wake Plastic Surgery?
Buttock enhancement surgeries can result in a dramatic improvement in both shape and size of the buttocks. But the surgeries that are available to achieve such results certainly carry a significant amount of risk. Our surgeons take pride in being able to communicate effectively before surgery to help you decide exactly what risks are worth taking.Our Buttock Lift Results
What type of procedures are available for buttock contouring?
Reduction of the lower back and augmentation of the hip and buttock
Gluteal fat grafting
The term Brazilian butt lift simply refers to the augmentation of the buttocks using fat transfer. Liposuction is completed on other parts of the body and the collected fat is injected as a graft into the buttocks. Gluteal or buttock fat grafting can help achieve several goals. The most obvious is that the buttocks can be increased in size. But the technique also allows for reshaping of the buttocks and hips. The liposuction of the lower back alone can significantly improve the appearance of the buttocks. Fat grafting can certainly add volume and help tighten skin that has become loose due to weight loss or aging. But expectations should be tempered with this procedure if the skin is extremely lax. Best results with fat grafting are achieved when the skin is relatively healthy.
Lower body lift with tightening of the buttock and lateral thigh
Lower body lift
Significant weight loss and sometimes just aging can negatively affect the shape of the buttocks. The loose skin is difficult to fully correct with fat grafting procedures alone. There is often a need for surgical removal of the excess skin in order to significantly improve the shape of the buttocks. Lower body lift procedures can be used to remove excess skin and help reshape the buttock fatty tissue. Sometimes the removal of this skin is combined with a tummy tuck procedure and the combination of surgeries is called a belt lipectomy or circumferential tummy tuck. The removal of buttock skin necessitates a scar across the lower back similar to the abdominal scar associated with a tummy tuck. This lower body lift procedure helps to tighten the skin of both the buttock and the lateral thigh.
Is buttock fat grafting safe?
There has been quite a bit in the news recently about the dangers of buttock fat grafting. It certainly is a procedure that carries risks that are very serious including deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolus, fat embolus, and infection. But most of the serious complications can be avoided by placing the fat grafts in only the subcutaneous space (immediately under the skin) instead of within the muscle of the buttock. For many years, it has been taught that best results can be obtained by placing the fat into several layers of the buttock tissues including within the muscle itself to optimize how much fat survives. But we know know that by doing so, the risks of the surgery increase too much. For this reason, we only graft in the subcutaneous space in a very safe way and still achieve very nice and effective results.
How effective are buttock implants?
Neither Dr. Stoeckel nor Dr. Purzycki have decided to start using buttock implants. The use of gluteal implants may be safe and effective for some surgeons, but they are thought to be associated with significant risks including implant displacement and infection. The results that our surgeons can achieve with fat grafting are better than what he could achieve with implants. Because of this, we have decided not to offer buttock implants in this practice.
What are the risks associated with lower body lift surgery?
Although the lower body lift procedure can yield striking results in terms of skin tightening of the buttocks, there is a high rate of scar widening and incision healing complications seen with the procedure. For patients that are willing to work through the potential complications, the surgery can be very satisfying. But our surgeons want all of their patients to understand that this particular surgery can often be frustrating for patients that happen to develop issues with incisional wound healing.Schedule A Consultation