The breasts are not the only part of the body that people want to enhance. Bigger booties are pushing their way into the spotlight in real life and also on social media. However, many people cannot afford butt implants due to the cost and the extended time off work. So how does a patient build a bigger butt with less recovery and downtime?
Butt augmentation via fat transfer is a relatively simple procedure performed to gain a well-rounded bottom but very little is actually known about the treatment. To help you make an informed decision, here is a handy FAQ about butt injections:
What are butt injections?
Butt injections are a cosmetic procedure where fat is injected into the butt in order to make it larger. The Brazilian Butt Lift is the only FDA approved method. With this procedure, the fat is grafted from other parts of the patient’s body via liposuction and transferred into the butt and hips to create a curvy figure.
Can the injected fat migrate to other parts of the body?
The transferred fat cannot migrate to other parts of the body upon injection. However, approximately 20%-25% of the injected fat can be rejected by the body. The fat liquefies into oil and is excreted through the urine within six weeks. The remaining fat cells become permanent and can only be lost if the patient loses weight.
How long have butt injections been around?
Over 20 years ago, the first Brazilian Butt Lift made its mark on the world. However, within the past 5 or 6 years, the demand for bigger booties has skyrocketed. In 2013, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery reported that 10,000 butt enhancements were performed in the US.
Am I a good candidate for butt injections?
The ideal candidate for a Brazilian Butt Lift is someone who desires a shapely yet bigger butt. The ideal patient also has at least an inch of fat to spare on their abdomen. The person should be in good health and able to take a few day off work for recovery. If a person does not have enough fat to spare, they might end up being a better candidate for butt implants.
What is the difference between butt implants and a Brazilian Butt Lift?
Butt implants are made of a solid, gel-like silicone. The implants are inserted through an incision made between the crack of the butt. Therefore, butt implants pose a higher risk and complication rate than a Brazilian Butt Lift. Implants will only add volume to the butt. They cannot reshape the butt like the Brazilian Butt lift can for a patient. If a person loses weight, the implant can become noticeable and leave the patient looking like they are smuggling something large and round in their butt. With a Brazilian Butt Lift, the fat isn’t encased in an implant shell so the doctor can easily reshape the butt and hips. If any weight is lost after the injections, the fat will simply be lost but not malformed. The injected fat has a soft, natural feel while implants can feel like a tightened muscle.
What is the most popular butt shape?
Although some patients like a round “C” shaped bottom for a look like Nicki Minaj or Kim Kardashian, many patients request the “upside-down heart” shape booty. This shape can be seen on Sofia Vergara and Jessica Biel. Before going to a consultation for butt enhancements, patients should print some images of their desired shape and take them to the appointment. This will help the doctor understand what size and shape the patient is seeking.
What are the risks of butt injections?
When the injected material is the fat from the patient, the risks are minimal. However, a fat embolism can occur with injections. A fat embolism is when fat becomes injected directly into a blood vessel and blocks an artery. Other risks include hematoma, poor wound healing and a seroma which is a buildup of fluid in the treated area.
How long is the recovery time for a Brazilian Butt Lift?
Patients should expect 7 to 10 days of discomfort accompanied by swelling and bruising of the treated areas. The recovery time depends on the amount of fat removed. After 2 to 3 weeks, all pain and discomfort should dissipate.
What is the average cost?
Although the price can vary depending on the surgeon and the state in which the surgeon practices, the cost of a Brazilian Butt Lift can range from $8000-$10,000. Butt implants can cost $10,000 for a basic procedure. Butt implants can also cost up to $20,000 for a traditional butt implant surgery modified with a small amount of liposuctioned fat. The liposuctioned fat will be placed around the implant in order to give it a more natural look and feel.