Butt augmentation is a cosmetic enhancement procedure that has been around for a very long time. Believe it or not, it started to become popular among women hundreds of years ago. Prior to the advent of butt enhancement surgeries, there were a lot of methods that aimed to make a woman’s butt look bigger. Some of the products included panties with butt pockets, exercise routines and injections (legal or otherwise) of different substances. Such methods didn’t produce much of a change and only lead to ugly side effects like infections, lumps and even death. There were even butt surgeries in olden times and the results were poor and the complications even worse. It is only during these modern times that butt augmentations surgeries can be safely performed thanks to the huge advancements in modern medicine.
Modern butt enhancement surgeries come in various options to provide both men and women the results they have been looking for. Such options include the Brazilian butt lift, rotation flaps, fat grafting and implants.
Brazilian Butt Lift
The Brazilian butt lift is perhaps the most common form of butt augmentation surgery. It is indicated for patients who have excess fats on other areas of the body. This method is done by collecting the fats through liposuction from body parts such as the abdomen, thighs, hips and back. The fat is then injected into the butt area to enlarge it and give it a better shape. Because the patient’s own tissue is used for augmentation, the result is an enhanced butt that looks smooth and very natural.
Estimated cost: In general, the price of butt augmentation surgeries ranges from as low as $4000 to as high as $20,000 depending on a number of factors including the fees for the surgeon, the fee for the anesthesiologist and the hospital facility costs. Brazilian butt lift starts at $4500 (including the fee for liposuction) and can go as high as $10,000-20,000.
Rotation flaps pertains to the method of moving a specific volume of tissue from one area to another area near it. Patients suited for this technique include those who have lots of excess fat and skin on the waist. These patients have usually lost significant amounts of weight and may also benefit from a lower body lift.
The first part of the procedure involves creating a pocket of tissue on the butt cheek. This is followed by the creation of an incision on the sides of the waist and then lifting a flap of excess skin and fat without completely detaching it from its source. This ensures that the flap has adequate blood supply. The free end of the flap is then rotated towards the butt check and inserted into the previously created pocket. The technique may cause some scarring that can easily be hidden by a bikini.
Estimated cost: The average cost is $5000 but it can run as high as $10,000.
Dermal Fat Grafts
In dermal fat grafting, a section of the skin with lots of fats underneath it is completely cut from its source and then transferred to the butt area. The effect is much like an implant but the look and feel is much more natural because it is the patient’s own tissue. Compared to rotation flaps, dermal fat grafts require a much larger piece of tissue from the abdomen. This type of butt augmentation is usually performed alongside a tummy tuck. The excess skin and fat discarded during a tummy tuck is used for filling out the butt area. That’s why this technique is only good for patients who also need a tummy tuck. The volume of excess skin and fat removed from the abdominal area must be enough to cover the butt area.
Estimated cost: Averages at $4000 according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).
Although butt implants have been around for 50 years, they still have a large risk of complications. Such complications include opening of the wound (leading to infection), nerve compression, displacement of the implant and seroma (fluid accumulation around the implant). Despite all these complications, implants can provide significant improvements in the size and shape of the butt. Augmentation via implants is often the last resort when the other three methods are not indicated for the patient. Patients who usually require an implant are those who have very minimal fat. These implants are placed beneath each butt cheek. An incision is made over the tailbone for this purpose.
Estimated cost: The cost is approximately $5000-15,000 depending on the type of implants used.
Ask Your Surgeon
Your surgeon is the best resource in determining which butt augmentation technique is best for you. The doctor can go over the pros and cons of each augmentation technique with you to help you make an informed decision before undergoing a procedure.